The Best Ski Resorts are in Vermont

December 14, 2011 by  
Filed under Blog, Restaurants, Skiing

skiing in Stowe vermont
Photo: Courtesy of Stowe Mountain Resort.

According to Ski Magazine readers, Vermont has some of the best ski resorts in the US and even in North-America, whether you are looking for downhill skiing or cross-country ski or simply want to enjoy great après-ski and dining. In each of these categories, Vermont ski resorts are making Ski Magazine’s list of the “Top 10 Ski Resorts”. And others have also recognized Vermont ski resorts as… some of the best! (See where they are all located on this map of Vermont ski resorts).

Top 10 ski resorts for après-ski (Ski Magazine)
For the best après-ski, Ski Magazine readers selected 2 Vermont ski resorts in the top 10.
Here is their “top 10” list:
1. Aspen Mountain, Colorado
2. Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia
3. Heavenly, California
4. Killington, Vermont
Killington truly has a number of fun places to enjoy after a long day of skiing: the Mahogany Ridge bar at the K-1 Lodge, the Long Trail Pub at the Snowshed Lodge, and the Bear Mountain Lounge at the Bear Mountain Lodge, the Wobbly Barn or the Lookout Tavern. Lots to choose from. And for the very best BBQ, our personal choice is The Back Behind Saloon on route 4 and 100 S.
5. Tremblant, Quebec
7. Park City, Utah
8. Breckenridge, Colorado
9. Whiteface, New York
10. Stowe, Vermont
There is definitely an established tradition of bar hopping after a day of skiing at the Stowe Mountain Resort. There is even a name for it: it’s the “Mountain Road Crawl”! You start by warming up and having a drink at the Fireside Tavern right at the mountain, then drive down the road a little and stop at the Matterhorn Bar. Pool tables, music and great food (appetizers, pizza, etc.) are all there for you. The bar also has a dance floor. Then, The Shed and the Rusty Nail are further down the road. The Rusty Nail also has a great space and pool tables upstairs. Lots of places for lots of fun! And to make sure to stay safe, take advantage of the shuttle which will take you from one bar to another, yep, no kidding!

Top 10 ski resorts for dining (Ski Magazine)
For dining, Stowe is ranking number 10. A very respectable score. Indeed, the whole road from the Mountain to Stowe village and to Waterbury has restaurants of all kinds and all budgets, as well of course B&B and little inns. Some are fun and relaxed, some are fancy and gastronomic in quaint historic homes. We’ll just name a few: the Whip Bar & Grill, located in the Green Mountain Inn, the Blue Moon Café, the Swisspot (in town), the Cliff House Restaurant (at Mt. Mansfield), and Mr Pickwick’s at the Ye Olde England Inne. Waterbury is close as well and hosts some award-winning restaurants, such as Michael’s on the Hill, and Hen of the Wood (our previous article).

For your curiosity, here are Ski Magazine’s “top 10 ski resorts” for dining:
1. Aspen, Colorado
2. Deer Valley, Utah
3. Tremblant, Quebec
4. Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia
5. Sun Valley, Idaho
6. Vail, Colorado
7. Park City, Utah
8. Beaver Creek, Colorado
9. Telluride, Colorado
10. Stowe, Vermont

Top 10 ski resorts for off-hill activities (Ski Magazine)
And when it comes to off-hill activities, it’s Smugglers’ Notch which is the favorite station in Vermont. Smugglers’ Notch has the FunZone for kids, video arcades, snow tubing, ice-skating at SmuggsCentral, massages, and more…

Ski Magazine’s top 10 list includes:
1. Whiteface Mountain, New York
2. Aspen Mountain, Colorado
3. Heavenly, California
4. Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia
5. Smugglers’ Notch, Vermont
6. Park City, Utah
7. Tremblant, Quebec
8. Vail, Colorado
9. Breckenridge, Colorado
10. Deer Valley, Utah

Top 10 ski resorts for romantic cross-country skiers (that’s a niche!) (MSNBC – February 2006)
MSNBC has selected the Mountain Top Inn. The photos on its website seem fabulous… with the view on Chittenden Reservoir. We will have to check it out!

MSNBC’s top 10 list includes:
• Callaghan Country at Whistler, British Columbia
• Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, in Alberta
• Garland Resort in Lewiston, Michigan
• Lone Mountain Ranch at Big Sky, Montana
• Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, New York
• Mt. Washington Hotel at Bretton Woods, in New Hampshire
Mountain Top Inn in the town of Chittenden, Rutland County, Vermont
• Royal Gorge in Soda Springs, California
• Sun Mountain Lodge in Winthrop, Washington
• Vista Verde Ranch in Steamboat Springs, Colorado

And last but not least:
Top 10 ski resorts for family in New England (Family Ski Trips)
The Family Ski Trips website listed 6 Vermont ski resorts as the best ski resorts for family.
Wow, well done Vermont! And it’s nice to know that many of these ski resorts have timeshare rentals available through their owners which are spacious enough to fit the whole family comfortably.

Okemo, Vermont
For its lesson programs…
Smugglers’ Notch, Vermont
For the “most innovative instruction in snow country”, its beginners’ slopes on Morse Mountain, its kids’ ski camp and day care, and all the activities in the Village from the Fun Zone to snow tubing.
Stowe, Vermont
When the kids grow older: “your kids can night-ski while you dine at the European-style Cliff House” restaurant.
Killington/Pico, Vermont
For Bear Mountain which is dedicated to freeskiers and riders, with parks and pipes; for its Winter Adventure Center with snowshoeing, tubing and dog sledding; and for the less intimidating Pico resort. Killington also has several video arcades.
Suicide Six, Vermont
Ascutney, Vermont
Ascutney has a lot for kids of all ages: Young Olympians ski and ride camps for ages 4-12, and a Bumps Center for teens. Note that the Duckling Daycare will not be open this winter.

Other ski resorts in New England which made the list:
– Bretton Woods, NH
– Sunday River, ME
– Jiminy Peak, MA and
– Sugarloaf, ME

On that note, I hope we’ll see you this winter in Vermont… on our mountains or off the slopes. The snow is already here waiting for you.
Related article: 2009 Best Ski Resorts and Ski Hotels

Handel’s Messiah Concerts in Vermont – 2009 Season

December 4, 2009 by  
Filed under Blog, Music events

 Handel’s Messiah concert
Due to popular demand, we have gathered the list of Handel’s Messiah concerts in Vermont this December… just like last year! Let’s enjoy the music of Christmas!

The Vermont Philharmonic has two Handel’s Messiah concerts:
– In Montpelier – Friday December 4th, 2009 at 7:30 pm at the Saint Augustine Church – and in Barre – Sunday December 6th, 2009 at 3:30 pm at the Barre Opera House – The Vermont Philharmonic performs the Messiah with conductor Lisa Jablow.
More information at: Vermont Philharmonic

Brattleboro – Saturday December 5th, 2009 at 1 pm 39th Annual Community Messiah Sing – Centre Congregational Church. Conductor Terry Larsen with soloists Christine Speidel, soprano, Lisa Woods, alto, Tim Levesque, tenor and Andrew Semegram, bass and organist Bill McKim. 250 to 300 singers will join in the choruses. It is a fund raising event for the homeless.
More information at: Friends of music at Guilford

Rutland – Sunday December 6th, 2009 at 3:30 pm and 7:00 pm – The Grace Congregational Church will have its annual performance of Handel’s Messiah.
More information at: (802) 775-4301.

Thursday December 17th, 2009 at 7:30pm, Community Church, Stowe and Friday December 18th, 2009 at 8pm, College Street Congregational Church, Burlington: Performance of the Vermont Mozart Festival orchestra with the Oriana Singers; conductor William Metcalfe
More information at: Vermont Mozart Festival http://www.vtmozart.org/

– Middlebury – Sunday December 20st, 2009 at 2 pm – Middlebury Congregational ChurchA sing-along led by Jeff Rehbach, conductor of the Middlebury College Community Chorus.
More information at: Middlebury College – Annual Messiah Sing

Stowe – Monday December 21nd, 2009 at 7:30 pm – 17th Annual Handel’s Messiah Community Sing – Stowe Community Church – It’s also a sing-along with the soloists and the 20-piece orchestra.
More information at: Go Stowe

 And finally,
Arlington – Sunday December 27th, 2009 at 3 pm 7th Annual Messiah Sing-along – St. James Episcopal Church
More information at: St. James Episcopal Church

Enjoy the music!

2009 Best Ski Resorts and Ski Hotels

November 23, 2009 by  
Filed under Blog, Skiing

skiing in Stowe vermont
Photo: Courtesy of Stowe Mountain Resort.
Read in the December 2009 issue of Condé Nast Traveler: the results of the Readers’ Poll about 2009 Best Places to Ski & Stay in North America.

Well, the Rocky Mountains ski resorts win this time… no doubt. Too bad, because there is indeed some very fun places in Vermont to go skiing. In our article last year, The Best Ski Resorts are in Vermont, we highlighted some of the recognition they got, particularly in Ski Magazine, for best after-ski, best family places and more…

And Vermont is still a nice place to enjoy skiing. Some great hotels indeed made the “top 50 ski hotels” list in this recent Condé Nast Traveler survey:
31 – Sugarbush Inn, Warren
39 – Killington Grand Resort Hotel, Killington
42 – Topnotch Resort & Spa, Stowe
44 – Woodstock Inn & Resort, Woodstock (nice hotel indeed!)
48 – Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa, Stowe

And what is YOUR best ski hotel in Vermont?

Discover Vermont Chocolates

May 19, 2009 by  
Filed under Blog, Regional specialties

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Photo Credit: Paul Rogers.

Known for culinary delights such as maple syrup and specialty cheeses, Vermont also has its share of superb chocolate makers.

Lake Champlain Chocolates
The state’s largest chocolate producer, based in Burlington, started small. In 1983, restaurant owner Jim Lampman began making hand-rolled truffles for his staff and select patrons. Demand was so great he soon turned to chocolate full time.

The company now owns three shops and cafés in Vermont, and sells its wares – truffles; raspberry, orange and cherry creams; hazelnut pralines; peanut butter cups; and Chocolates of Vermont (Belgian chocolate combined with rich local ingredients) – in over 1,200 independent specialty stores across the country.

The selection is diverse and delicious, but don’t take our word for it. Watch their chocolates being made, and enjoy discounts on factory “seconds” – slightly imperfect chocolates – at their factory store in Burlington.

In winter, the cozy, sweet-smelling café is THE place to sample the company’s four varieties of hot chocolate. And don’t worry, there’s a comparable summer ritual: locals and visitors welcome warm weather with a scoop of their sublime chocolate ice cream.

Laughing Moon Chocolates, Stowe
Owner and chocolate maker Leigh Williams has been creating artisan chocolates and old fashioned sweets in Stowe for over fourteen years, with an increasing commitment to local ingredients and the environment.

Hand-rolled truffles incorporate all kinds of rich liquor: Boyden Valley Wines, Green Mountain Distillers Sunshine Vodka and Maple Liquor, Flag Hill Farm Pear and Apple Brandys, and Rock Art Vermonster Beer. Their popular chocolate cookies, covered with milk, dark and white chocolate, come from the Sweet Crunch Bake Shop in Hyde Park.

And Laughing Moon makes more than chocolate – they recently started to candy fresh organic orange slices in Honeygardens of Vermont honey.

Tom & Sally’s Handmade Chocolates
Tom and Sally (yes, those are their real names) arrived from Manhattan nearly 20 years ago to live their dream of making chocolate in beautiful southern Vermont. Their line of sweets includes hand-crafted Luxury Chocolates; chocolate bars wrapped with vintage art; and old time pleasures, peanut brittle and almond toffee.

Our favorites are the 100% Organic Skinny Bars – rich in flavor, low in fat. These single serving size dark chocolate bars, made from 100% organic dark Belgian chocolate, with cocoa contents ranging from 66 to 78%, are infused with Ethiopian Yirgacheffe coffee, ginger root, peppermint leaves, and raspberry.

The yummy confections weigh in at 1.5 oz, and average about 200 calories a bar – which you can burn off in the one-hour guided factory tour in their Brattleboro headquarters.

Touring the state?
Visit these other Vermont chocolate makers, located a bit more off the beaten path:
Snowflake Chocolatiers, in Jericho
Daily Chocolate, in Vergennes
Vermont Chocolatiers, of Northfield
Vermont Nut Free Chocolates, of Grand Isle
Nutty’s Steph’s Chocolate Factory, of Montpelier

And last but not least, discover these fine chocolate makers – and others – at the Chocolate Festival, the 3rd Annual Festival of Sweets, Nov. 21-22, 2009 at the Doubletree Hotel in Burlington.

2009 Vermont Film Festivals – Line-ups

March 22, 2009 by  
Filed under Blog, Cultural events

green_mountain_film_festival_575This week is the Green Mountain Film Festival… But we are taking the opportunity to also bring you information on other film festivals or film series throughout the state of Vermont this year. After all, the ski season is almost over, and spring is not quite here yet. It’s the perfect time to go to the movies!

12th Annual Green Mountain Film Festival – March 20-29 – Montpelier
Hundreds of screenings. A very interesting selection of movies in several avenues.
See the complete list of movies with dates of the screenings, summaries, and links to reviews. Make sure to buy tickets early, some movies are already sold out.
Locations: Savoy Theater, City Hall Arts Center and Kellogg-Hubbard Library
Official website:  Green Mountain Film Festival

Reel Paddling Film Festival – April 4 – Colchester – 8pm
The Reel Paddling Film Festival is showing the best paddling films of the year from around the world.
Location: McCarthy Recital Hall – St. Michael’s College
More information at: Reel Paddling Film Festival – Vermont

Hirschfield International Film Series – Middlebury – April – May
The 2008-2009 Film Series still has some showings in April. You can see these films on Saturdays at 3pm and 8pm.
Upcoming showings:
April 4: The Band’s Visit (Israel, 2007, 87 minutes) – Winner 2008 Un Certain Regard – Jury Coup de Coeur, Cannes; Winner 2007 European Film Award; Winner 2007 Grand Prix at Warsaw International Film Festival. In English, Arabic, and Hebrew.
April 11: Zodiac (US, 2007, 158 minutes) – Nominated 2007 Golden Palm, Cannes.
April 18: City of Men (Brazil, 2007, 110 minutes) – Nominated for 2008 Cinema Brazil Grand Prize. In Portuguese with English subtitles.
April 25: Syndromes and a Century (Thailand, 2006, 105 minutes) – 2007 Winner at the Asian Film Awards; Nominated 2006 Golden Lion, Venice Film Festival. In Thai with English subtitles.
May 2: Duchess of Langeais (France, 2007, 137 minutes) – Nominated 2007 Golden Berling Bear, Berlin International Film Festival.
Location: Middlebury College’s Dana Auditorium on College Street
Cost: free
More information: Middlebury – Calendar of Events 2009

Central Asian Cinema Film Series – Asian Cultural Center of Vermont – West Brattleboro
A pretty amazing program of movies on Central Asia. Who would have thought that you could view so many movies about Central Asia in Vermont?
These are feature movies, subtitled in English, preceded by a short introduction and followed by a discussion.
It is a little difficult to identify the movies on the events page of the website, as 2007, 2008 and 2009 events are all mixed together on the page.
Here is the list of the upcoming showings.

white-mountains-kyrgyz-movie-75Saturday, March 28, 2009 – 5pm
The White Mountains, a film from Kyrgyzstan by Melis Ubukeev
(62 minutes, 1998, subtitles)

 

land-of-the-fathers-movie-75Saturday, April 4, 2009 – 5pm
The Land of the Fathers, a film from Kazakhstan by Shaken Aimanov
(85 minutes, 1966)

 

aksuat-movie-75Tuesday, April 7, 2009 – 6pm
Aksuat, a film from Kazakhstan by Serik Aprimov
(80 minutes, 1997)

 

little-angel-movie-75Tuesday, May 5, 2009 – 6pm
Little Angel, Make me Happy, a film from Turkmenistan
(88 minutes, 1993)

 

daughter-in-law-movie-75Saturday, May 9 – 5pm
Daughter-in-law, a film from Turkmenistan
(75 minutes, 1963)

 

kosh-ba-kosh-movie-75Tuesday, June 16, 2009 – 6pm
Kosh Ba Kosh, a film from Tajikistan
(1993, 98 minutes)

 

hasan-arbakesh-movie-75Tuesday June 30, 2009 – 5pm
Hasan – Arbakesh, a film from Tajikistan
(1965, 91 minutes)

 

the-orator-uzbek-movie-75Tuesday, July 7, 2009 – 6pm
The Orator, a film from Uzbekistan
(90 minutes, 1998)

 

youarenotanorphan-movie-75Saturday, July 11, 2009 – 5pm
You are not an Orphan, a film from Uzbekistan
(75 minutes, 1963)

 

beshkempir-kyrgyz-movie-75Tuesday, August 11, 2009 – 6pm
Beshkempir, a film from Kyrgyzstan by Aktan Abdykalykov
(77 minutes, 1998, subtitles)

Location: 814 Western Avenue, West Brattleboro
More information  and story lines at: Asian Cultural Center of Vermont – Events

2nd Annual Vermont Samurai Kaiju Film Festival – October 23-25, 2009 – Brattleboro area theatres
A festival of Samurai and Kaiju films in Japanese. Kaiju, in Japanese, means ‘mysterious beast’ and refers to a film genre that started in the 50s. The Samurais are Japanese warriors. Schedule to be announced
More information at: Vermont Samurai Kaiju

Other film series or film festivals we missed – we’ll bring them to you next year… promised!

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour – February 2009 – Burlington
The World Tour brings a selection of around 30 of the best outdoor life films from the Banff Film Festival.
More information at: Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

Stowe Mountain Film Series – December to March 2009 – Stowe
Stowe Mountain Resort brings you a number of films on skiing.
Main location: Spruce Base Camp, Stowe Mountain Resort
More information at: Vermont Ski Museum events

Women’s Film Festival – Brattleboro – March 13-22, 2009
An annual festival of documentaries and feature films made mainly by women, highlighting women’s lives around the world and telling women’s stories.
It was the 18th year of that festival. Proceeds go to the Women’s Crisis Center of Windham County.
Locations: Three downtown locations close to Brattleboro’s Amtrak station.
More information at: Women’s Film Festival

Ski Resorts Offer Delicious Vermont Farmhouse Chowder

February 11, 2009 by  
Filed under Blog, Regional specialties, Skiing

Vermont Farmhouse Chowder
This winter, six Vermont ski resorts (and more to come) are offering something really special on their menus: a hearty Farmhouse Chowder, featuring products locally grown by Vermont farmers. How it was conceived and developed is truly a fascinating story, but more importantly to all of you skiers, it is delicious!
We had the opportunity to taste it ourselves at the Statehouse cafeteria last week. The chowder has a really nice smoky taste and is truly the kind of hearty food all skiers want to have when they come into the lodge for lunch, after a few hours of skiing.
With this chowder, Sugarbush Executive Chef Gerry Nooney created something truly distinctive for Vermont. The soup is made with Peaslee’s Potatoes, Cold Hollow Apple Cider, Vermont Smoke and Cure sausage and of course, fresh Vermont cream, all local Vermont products. And it does have a very distinctive taste!
And at $6.50 for a bowl at Sugarbush, it costs the same as other prepared soups… but it’s Vermont-made and always fresh…never frozen!
In addition to Sugarbush, the Vermont Farmhouse Chowder is also available at Mount Snow, Bromley, Stratton, Stowe and Smugglers’ Notch Resort, and we’re being told that more ski resorts could join soon. And non-skiers will be happy to know that they can also buy it in a number of delis and local markets or make it at home (see recipe).
Finally… for those of you who are interested in the story of how it came about: it started with a simple idea of promoting local produce, similarly to the Vermont Ski Burger last year.
Chef Gerry Noonley worked hard to develop the recipe. Ski Vermont and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture worked together, along with some private businesses such as Cold Hollow Cider, Vermont Smoke and Cure, and Black River Produce (the distributor) to make it happen! “It is a remarkable example of what Vermont small community can achieve when working together” says Chef Gerry Noonley… Indeed… and the success is there to prove it: the chowder has already been produced in volumes that are twice the team’s initial expectations.

Note: The Vermont Ski Burger is available at Okemo Mountain, Stowe, Burke Mountain, Stratton and Mount Snow. It is made of Vermont-raised all-natural beef from Boyden Farm, and cheese from Cabot Creamery, with some “personalized touches” by the various ski resorts.
Ski Vermont Ale, made by Long Trail Brewery, is another Ski Vermont initiative that you can try at Stratton.

Enjoy a Dog Sledding Tour!

January 16, 2009 by  
Filed under Blog, Outdoors

Dog sledding in Vermont
Photo: Courtesy of Eden Dogsledding.

Dog sledding is a great way to be close to nature. Several companies, who all seem to be great dog lovers, are offering dog sled tours this season. We have not tried any of them ourselves, but we hope to do it soon.

Peace Pups Dogsledding – Lake Elmore, Northern Vermont – They are offering day tours at Lake Elmore with their teams of Siberian Huskies during week-ends (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, at 10 am, noon and 2 pm) and night tours at Stowe Mountain Resort during the week (Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, at 5 pm, 6 pm and 7 pm). They are advising to make reservations in advance, because they have a small kennel.
More information at: Peace Pups Dogsledding
Where are they located? Lake Elmore, VT
Watch a video on Peace Pups Dogsledding, produced by Seven Days Magazine.

October Siberians Sled Dog Adventures – Hinesburg, Central Vermont – They are offering 2-hour tours during the day on week-ends (Saturdays and Sundays) and night tours (5 pm and 7:30 pm) on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Their primary location is Little River State Park in Waterbury, VT, a convenient location for people staying at Stowe, Bolton or Sugarbush ski resorts. They also participate to Hinesburg Winter Carnival and Shelburne Farms Winter Carnival.
More information at: October Siberians Sled Dog Adventures
Where are they located? Little River State Park, VT

 – Eden Dogsledding and Dogsledding-On-Wheels! – Eden Mills, Northeast Kingdom – Located an easy, scenic drive from Stowe, Jay Peak and Smugglers’ Notch ski resorts, they offer dog sled tours with their gorgeous Alaskan Huskies. In the winter, you’ll enjoy their woodstove, hot chocolate and cookies too! They even have lodging on site.
More information at: Eden Dogsledding
Where are they located? Eden Mills, VT

Husky Works Mushing Company – West Wardsboro – Located at the intersection of the Stratton-Arlington Road and Route 100, near Stratton Mountain and Mount Snow, in the Green Mountains of Southern Vermont, they offer dog sled tours with their Siberian Huskies.
More information at: Husky Works Mushing Company
Where are they located? West Wardsboro

Note that Atii Sled Dogs, in Moretown, Central Vermont are not offering dog sled tours this season (2008-2009). More information at: Atii Sled Dogs

They are a few more places offering dog sledding in Vermont, and which don’t seem to have websites. At this time, we have not contacted them for more information but they can be reached at the following phone numbers:
Hardscrabble Mountain Sled Dog Tours – Sheffield, Northeast Kingdom – 802-626-9895
Vermont Dog Sledding – Shoreham – 802-897-2311
For general information of dog sled tours and dog sledding, you can also visit the dog sledding page at:
Vermont Outdoor Guide Association

And last but not least, if you want to see 99 teams for the US and Canada, racing in a great sled dog dash, don’t miss the 3rd annual event at Burke Mountain on February 28 to March 1, 2009.
More information at: Burke Mountain Sled Dog Dash

New Year’s Eve Fireworks, Torchlight Parades, etc.

December 28, 2008 by  
Filed under Blog, Celebrations, Lake Champlain - 400 years

New Year fireworksNote: This is a 2008 article which we will update in a few days.

Vermont is celebrating New Year’s Eve with First Night events, fireworks and torchlight parades throughout the state. We’ll gather here information on all towns and ski resorts’ celebrations.
First Night events happen throughout the US. They feature a number of artists in a number of venues. In Vermont, Burlington, Montpelier and St. Johnsbury have First Night’s celebrations planned for you. First Night Montpelier has even been voted a Top 10 Winter 2008-2009 Event by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce.

First Night Burlington – Downtown Burlington – Wednesday December 31, 2008 – Noon to midnight
The complete schedule of the indoor performances is at www.firstnightburlington.com. Outdoors, the annual parade will take place at 6 pm on Church Street. It is a special parade this year for the beginning of a year of celebrations for the 400-year anniversary of Lake Champlain, in commemoration of Samuel de Champlain’s exploration of the lake, to which he gave his name. The parade will be led by the Abenaki Community and will have the theme “400 years together – The Lake, the Land and the People”. Then, the official kick-off of the Quadricentennial Celebrations will take place in front of the City Hall at 7 pm. Fireworks will be 7:30 pm and midnight at Burlington Waterfront.
More information at: www.firstnightburlington.com
Live webcam on Church Street

First Night Montpelier – Montpelier – Wednesday December 31, 2008 – Noon to midnight
Like in Burlington, you can enjoy many artist performances, music, dance, theater, storytelling and magic, plus children’s activities, and more. From noon to 3 pm, you can cross-country ski at Morse Farm or ice skate at the Central Vermont Civic Center. There is a 5K race at 3 pm, and the performances are from 3 pm to 8 pm at various venues. Parade and fireworks are at 8 pm. Finally, starting at 9 pm, the Dance Party and Midnight Countdown is at the City Hall auditorium with The Chrome Cowboys.
For the full schedule, visit: First Night Montpelier

First Night St. Johnsbury – St. Johnsbury – Wednesday December 31, 2008 – 4 pm to midnight
Around 50 performances at various venues, music, dance, magic, children’s activities and more. Outdoors, fireworks are at midnight at the Academy gym, and they will raise a lighted ball!
More information at: First Night St. Johnsbury

And there are more fireworks at your various ski resorts as well.

Bolton Valley – Wednesday December 31, 2008 – 8:30 pm kick-off
There will be a torchlight parade followed by fireworks. New Year’s Eve fireworks will be against the backdrop of Bolton Valley. Both events can be best viewed from the base lodge.
See: New Year’s Eve fireworks

Jay Peak Resort – Wednesday December 31, 2008 – 9 pm
New Year’s Eve fireworks will be shot off on The Interstate Trail, which is on the Tramside of the resort at 9pm.
More information at: Jay Peak Resort Events

Smugglers’ Notch – Wednesday December 31, 2008 – 11:45 pm
Beginning at 11:45 pm, there will be a bonfire on the Village Green near the Gazebo and a fireworks display against the backdrop of Morse Mountain.
See: Smugglers’ Notch winter vacations

Stowe – Wednesday December 31, 2008 – 7 pm
New Year’s Eve fireworks start at 7pm at Spruce Peak. The best place to view them is from the new Spruce Camp base lodge.
See: New Year’s Eve fireworks

Stratton Mountain Resort – Wednesday December 31, 2008 – 8:45 pm
New Year’s Eve fireworks and torchlight parade are starting at 8:45 p.m. in the Main Base Area.
More information at: New Year’s Eve at Stratton

Sugarbush Resort – Wednesday December 31, 2008 – 6:45 pm
There are also fireworks and a torchlight parade at Sugarbush for New Year’s Eve.
See: New Year’s Eve fireworks and torchlight parade

And finally,

There is fireworks and ice skating at midnight at the Hawk Mountain Resort in Plymouth, for New Year’s Eve.
See: Hawk Mountain Resort – Holiday Events 

Handel’s Messiah Concerts in Vermont

December 5, 2008 by  
Filed under Blog, Celebrations, Music events

Christmas concert

Note: This is the 2008 article. Check our 2009 article on Handel’s Messiah concerts.

Christmas is not quite Christmas without the joy of listening to Handel’s most famous creation, the Messiah, written in 1741 and still played every Christmas all around the world.
For the Vermont Philharmonic, it will be the 50th anniversary of performing the Messiah but there are several other groups playing this beautiful music throughout the state of Vermont this Christmas.
Montpelier – Friday December 5th, 2008 at 7:30 pm – Saint Augustine Church – and in Barre – Sunday December 7th, 2008 at 3:30 pm – Barre Opera HouseVermont Philharmonic performs the Messiah with guest conductor Brian Webb.
More information at: Vermont Philharmonic
Brattleboro – Saturday December 6th, 2008 at 1 pm – 38th Annual Community Messiah Sing – Centre Congregational Church. Conductor Patty Meyer, organist Bill McKim, and trumpeter Charlie Schneeweis will perform with 4 soloists and more than 300 singers will join in the choruses. It is a fund raising event for the homeless.
More information at: Friends of music at Guilford
Wells River – Saturday December 6th, 2008 at 7:30 pm – 61st Annual Christmas Concert – Congregational Church – Soloists, orchestra and chorus of the North Country Chorus, all under the direction of Alan Rowe will perform the Messiah.
More information at: North Country Chorus
Peacham – Sunday December 7th, 2008 at 3:00 pm – Congregational Church – The North Country Chorus will perform there.
More information at: North Country Chorus
Rutland – Sunday December 7th, 2008 at 3:30 pm and 7:00 pm – Grace Congregational Church – The annual performance of Handel’s Messiah will take place in the beautifully decorated sanctuary.
More information at: (802) 775-4301.
Burlington – Ira Allen Chapel at the University of Vermont – Tuesday December 9th, 2008 at 7:30 pm – It is the annual Handel’s Messiah Sing-along lead by David Neiweem with a chorus of students and enthusiasts. For the first time this year, they will be accompanied by the University Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Michael Hopkins. Free admission.
More information at: University of Vermont
– Middlebury – Sunday December 21st, 2008 at 2 pm – Middlebury Congregational ChurchA sing-along led by Jeff Rehbach, conductor of the Middlebury College Community Chorus.
More information at: Middlebury College – Annual Messiah Sing
Stowe – Monday December 22nd, 2008 at 7:30 pm – 17th Annual Handel’s Messiah Community Sing – Stowe Community Church – It’s also a sing-along with the soloists and the 20-piece orchestra.
More information at: Go Stowe
And finally,
Arlington – Sundary December 28th, 2008 at 3 pm – 6th Annual Messiah Sing-along – St. James Episcopal Church – See comment below the article for more information.
Also visit their website: St. James Episcopal Church

Enjoy the music!

Pre-season Deals on Ski Season Passes

October 8, 2008 by  
Filed under Blog, Skiing

Winter season in VermontFoliage is absolutely beautiful right now… but ski lovers should already think “ski” because there are only a few days left to get a pre-season deal on ski season passes in most of Vermont ski resorts!
So, here at Travel-Vermont.net, we’d like to make your life really simple.

Below is the complete list of Vermont ski resorts, with link to their websites (season passes) and the deadline for the pre-season discounts. You can see where they are all located on this map of Vermont ski resorts.

Ascutney Mountain Resort – Deadline: October 13
Bear Creek – Private resort
Bolton Valley – Cut-off date was September 22 – oups, sorry
Bromley – Deadline: October 15
Burke Mountain – Deadline: No date
Jay Peak Resort – Deadline: October 13
Killington – Deadline: October 15
Mad River Glenn – Deadline: October 15
Magic Mountain – Cut-off date was September 30 – oups, sorry
Cochran’s Ski Area – Deadline: December 1
Middlebury College Snow Bowl – Deadline: End of October
Mount Snow – Deadline: October 13
Okemon Mountain – Deadline: October 13
Pico Mountain – Deadline: October 15
Smugglers’ Notch Resort – Deadline: By Halloween!
Stowe – Deadline: October 24
Stratton – Deadline: October 13
Sugarbush – Deadline: November 9 on college passes
Suicide Six at Woodstock Inn – Deadline: No date

Don’t hesitate to send us your comments and come back to read our articles and watch the ski reports!

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