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Topnotch Resort Creates New Ways to Enjoy Mud Season with New Package

March 22, 2016

Stowe, VT (March 22, 2016) – Topnotch Resort welcomes New England’s fifth season with a muddy mix of activities and amenities, inviting guests to “Get Dirty” during a two night stay at the 68-room luxury boutique resort. With 120 acres to explore, visitors can hike along the recreation path, tear down the mud-laden roads on fat tire bikes or end up knee deep in infused clay at the Spa throughout Topnotch’s extended mud season, now through June 30.

The Get Dirty mud season package includes a two night stay in luxury accommodations with breakfast daily, one muddy mountain bike road tour and fat tire bike rental per adult from Mountain Ops (on-property), and a mud puddle cookie and mocha milk amenity delivered during turn down. In addition, guests who book the package can add-on an optional 50-minute combo Swedish massage at the special price of $100, per person. Offer is subject to availability. Rates start at $285 per night, based on double occupancy, now through June 30. The package can be booked online here.

Following the mud trail indoors, the Topnotch Spa, featuring more than 120 treatments in 30 rooms, has designed dedicated spring treatments including a Maple Sugar Body Scrub, priced at $75 plus 20 percent service charge, or an infused mud therapy session using rich jasmine clay to detoxify and nourish guests’ lower legs and feet, followed by a massage, priced at $125 plus 20 percent service charge. Before or after working up an appetite on the trails, Topnotch offers a menu of mud-inspired snacks, like Muddy Buddy Trail Mix, and desserts, such as the mud pie made with chocolate pudding, dirty Oreo crumb and gummy worms, served at the on-site restaurants The Roost and Flannel.

Set within 120 acres of woodland at the foot of Mount Mansfield in the village of Stowe, Vermont, Topnotch Resort blends the gracious charm of a ski lodge with the luxurious amenities of world-class resort. In 2013, a $15M renovation encompassed all 68 guest rooms, 9,000 square feet of meeting space and added a new concept restaurant, The Roost, to complement the locally sourced, full-service restaurant Flannel.   Additional accommodations can be found in a variety of Resort Homes.

Amenities at the luxury boutique resort include the 35,000 square foot Topnotch Spa; the Tennis Center with four indoor and six outdoor courts; a state-of-the-art Fitness Center; and water features such as an indoor pool, a whirlpool/Jacuzzi, and two outdoor pools with mountain-views – one of which is heated year-round. Among the outdoor pursuits is cross-country and downhill skiing, mountain biking, hiking and horseback riding. One of members of the MetWest Terra Hospitality collection of boutique hotels, Topnotch Resort is a AAA Four-Diamond property.

For more information on Topnotch Resort and to book the “Get Dirty” mud season package, visit www.topnotchresort.com or call 800-451-8686.

 

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Vermont, Staking Claim for ‘World’s Best Foliage’ Provides Weekly Foliage Reports

October 2, 2015

After years of watching other states attempt to position themselves as autumn destinations, Vermont has thrown down the gauntlet and declared itself the home of the World’s Best Foliage.

“No one does foliage better than Vermont,” declared Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin. “Three-quarters of our state is forested, and we have the highest percentage of maple trees in the country. With our flaming reds, blazing oranges and glowing yellows, we have the most vibrant fall colors in the world.”

In previous years, states as far away as Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Arizona have claimed their fall season was as pretty as Vermont’s. “Clearly, we’re the bar,” said Megan Smith, Commissioner for the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing. “Our fall advertising campaign will articulate the myriad reasons we have the World’s Best Foliage. Our hope is that people will be inspired to come see it for themselves.”

Smith added that Vermont’s fall campaign isn’t just about bragging rights. Visitors spend $460 million during the foliage season, which represents about a quarter of overall visitor spending each year. Nearly 3.5 million people travel to Vermont in the fall to experience its unique working landscape of bucolic villages, pastoral meadows, and forested hillsides.

To help visitors plan their trip during “peak” season, the state’s official tourism website, www.VermontVacation.com, will offer weekly foliage reports, Best Bets for driving tours, and a foliage tracker. The website will rely on information from the state’s Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation and its commissioner, Michael Snyder. Snyder is a well-regarded forester, and with over 30 years of professional experience, has earned the title of Vermont’s official Foliage Forecaster.

“Predicting fall’s color changes is part science and part luck,” admitted Snyder. “We know the science of color change and the factors that influence it, but we don’t know exactly how it will unfold in any given year. The good news is, our foliage is like a day on the slopes—when it’s good, it’s great. And even when it’s a bit off, it’s still really good.”  Snyder says Vermont’s abundant spring rain and summer sunshine have created the right conditions for a spectacular fall in 2015.

To see the top reasons why Vermont has the World’s Best Foliage, go to www.VermontVacation.com/worldsbestfoliage.

 

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The Woodstock Inn & Resort Sweetens Spring with Sugar Season Packages

February 18, 2015

Woodstock, VT – Sugar Season signifies the end of winter in Vermont as warmer weather brings flowing sap for the creation of Vermont’s famous maple syrup. This spring maple takes center stage with sweet savings at The Woodstock Inn & Resort located in the heart of Woodstock, VT. From a family-friendly vacation to an elegant romantic escape, the resort’s Sugar Season Escape packages allow guests to indulge in the luxury of The Woodstock Inn & Resort to welcome the spring season.

Woodstock celebrates all things maple during Maple Madness Weekend, March 28 and 29, with festivities at Suicide Six including Sugar on Snow, a maple taste-a-round and even a muddy bike ride. Guests interested in learning more about maple syrup production can visit nearby Sugarbush Farms and take-in the sugar house tours, explore a nature trail to see the sugar maple trees, and sample four grades of 100% pure Vermont maple syrup.

The Sugar Season Escape package includes: Luxury accommodations at The Woodstock Inn & Resort; Hearty country breakfast for two each morning (Midweek rates starting at $169/room/night; Weekend rates starting at $199/room/night).

The Sugar Season “Extra Sweet” package includes: Luxury accommodations; breakfast; $100 spa credit per room, per night ( Midweek rates starting at $239, Weekend rates starting at $269).

Sugar Season “Suite Deals” package includes:Luxury Suite accommodations;breakfast; bottle of wine upon arrival; a taste of maple welcome amenity ( Midweek rates from $299, Weekend rates from $329).

Packages run March 8 through May 28, 2015. To reserve this package, call 855-238-6954 or book online http://www.woodstockinn.com/Specials-Packages Booking restrictions apply.

Activities at the Woodstock Inn & Resort include a 41,000 square foot Racquet & Fitness Club, complete with indoor tennis courts and racquetball courts, a 30-by-60 foot indoor lap pool, a whirlpool, workout equipment and a steam room and a sauna. The 10,000 square-foot LEED-designed spa offers a nature-inspired ambiance, nourishing treatments, organic products and a great room for spa-goers to enjoy.

Guests can dine at Richardson’s Tavern, which offers a cozy old-world atmosphere with a full bar. The Red Rooster, the resort’s award-winning fine dining restaurant, emphasizes fresh, local ingredients sourced from the best purveyors in New England. The new game room brings out the kid in everyone featuring a wall-size scrabble board, vintage pin ball games, shuffle board and bar service from Richardson’s Tavern.

Located in idyllic Woodstock, Vermont, The Woodstock Inn & Resort defines country sophistication in one of New England’s most charming and popular year-round vacation destinations.  The 142-room, AAA Four Diamond Resort and member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, offers award-winning dining in two restaurants, ranked among the finest in New England.  The Woodstock Inn & Resort is owned and operated by The Woodstock Foundation, Inc.  Proceeds from Resort operations support The Woodstock Foundation and Billings Farm & Museum education and conservation programs.

For additional information become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Woodstock-Inn-Resort, visit www.woodstockinn.com or call the sales department at 802-457-6632.

 

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Okemo Mountain Resort, Vermont Introduces Kids’ Snowmobile Tours

December 24, 2014
Among the distinctive activities that make Okemo such a marvelous family mountain destination are new kids snowmobile tours on specially designed 'kidsbiles'.

Among the distinctive activities that make Okemo such a marvelous family mountain destination are new kids snowmobile tours on specially designed ‘kidsbiles’.

LUDLOW, Vt. – Okemo Mountain Resort has added kids’ snowmobile tours to its lineup of winter activities for families visiting the popular ski and snowboard resort. Pintsized Polaris snowmobiles travel at a maximum speed of 8 mph. Kids love the look and sound of the Indy 120 XC – a real snowmobile built for kids. Each 15-minute tour consisting of up to four riders takes place on a specially designed course at the Jackson Gore Paleo Field and is led by an adult riding a full-sized sled. Riders must be between the ages of 5 and 12, weigh no more than 120 pounds and be no taller than 5’4”. Helmets are required and provided for riders. Each tour is $29 and reservations are recommended.

Renowned for its commitment to snowmaking, world-class grooming, and a vast selection of trails that span five distinct mountain areas, Okemo Mountain Resort excels at providing a memorable winter vacation experience off the slopes, as well as on. Visitors can enjoy mountain coaster rides, ice skating, snow tubing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, swimming, year-round indoor golf, racquetball, fitness classes, aerobic and weight training, massage, sauna, relaxing by a fire, or soaking in a hot tub.

The Timber Ripper Mountain Coaster is a four-season attraction that offers a scenic and exhilarating ride through alpine forests and along the contours of the mountain at Okemo’s Jackson Gore. The roller-coaster ride features tubular rails for a smooth run down the mountain at any time of the year. Sled-like cars carry two passengers in comfort but can be handled easily by one alone. The riders are in control of their speed and this gives them a unique hands-on experience, encouraging repeat visits. Visitors, age 7 and older, load and unload The Timber Ripper in the Jackson Gore base area, near the bottom of the Coleman Brook Express lift. The ride starts with a five-minute, 1,600-foot climb followed by a 375 vertical-foot descent along 3,100 feet of track with turns, waves, camel backs and banking loops at speeds of up to 25 mph.

The Ice House, a multi-functional, year-round sports pavilion, features a covered skating rink that is maintained by an ice resurfacing machine. Skate rentals are available and skaters can enjoy a hot chocolate by the fireplace inside the attached building. When winter wanes, The Ice House transitions to a warm-weather sports center with tennis courts, a basketball court and covered, single-lane jogging track.

Snow tubing is a popular early-evening activity at Jackson Gore on weekends and during holiday periods and other designated times. Specially groomed chutes keep inflatable snow-sliding “inner tubes” on track for a thrilling slide down a snowy slope. Snow tubers must be at least 42 inches tall. Specialized snow tubes are available for rent by the hour and a magic-carpet style surface lift returns tubers to the top of the chutes after each thrilling ride down.

Located halfway between Okemo’s Jackson Gore base area and original Clock Tower base area, the Okemo Valley Nordic Center welcomes winter enthusiasts with 22 km of tracked and skate-groomed cross-country skiing trails, and 13 km of trails designated for the use of snowshoers. Okemo’s Nordic Center trails are ideally suited to all ability levels, and they are groomed daily using state-of-the-art grooming machines. Inside the clubhouse, visitors enjoy a fully stocked Nordic Shop with the latest advances in outdoor clothing and accessories. Demos, equipment rentals, repairs and waxing are available on-site. Dressing rooms with showers and lockers make a nice change from the typical rustic facilities of most Nordic centers.

Golfers can stay on top of their game with Okemo’s Indoor Golf Training Center at the Okemo Valley Nordic Center. The 6,000 square-foot, indoor practice facility houses a 700 square-foot putting green, swing stations and a computerized virtual golf simulator.  Golf instructional programs are available with group and private lessons offered. The Indoor Training Center is an ideal way for golfers to improve upon their skills and maintain their swing during the winter months. Golf enthusiasts can purchase a golf winter season pass to the indoor golf facility or visit one day at a time for a daily fee.

Okemo’s Spring House is a center for relaxation and rejuvenation. The two-level, 18,000 square-foot fitness and aquatic center features a recreational swimming pool with lap lanes for designated swim times, a five-person hot tub, and a children’s pool with a whimsical frog slide and numerous splash and fountain features. In addition to all that aquatic action, The Spring House offers a racquetball court, a fitness-class studio, weights and cardio equipment, a sauna, and locker rooms that include a unique family locker room area. For the ultimate indulgence, massage services are available just steps away, inside the Jackson Gore Inn.

For resort visitors who opt to travel farther afield, the village of Ludlow and the entire Okemo Valley serves as a gateway to Okemo Mountain Resort, offering shopping, dining and a variety of community events that are open to the public.

For more information about Okemo Mountain Resort, call (800) 228-1600 or visit okemo.com.

 

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Stowe Mountain Lodge Introduces ‘Mountain Survival Package’ and Other New Experiences

December 23, 2014

Stowe, Vt. – Stowe Mountain Lodge, by Destination Hotels, is offering new and exciting outdoor adventures and revitalizing spa treatments for the 2014/2015 winter season. With people seeking more experiential and adventurous vacations for the entire family, Stowe Mountain Lodge has developed offerings that appeal to a wide variety of guests.

Here is a sample of new offerings for the 2014/2015 winter season.

The Mountain Survival Package:  This is an unforgettable experience and a chance to spend the day with a true mountain man and our resident Green Mountain expert. Mountain Survival includes:  a two-night stay in luxurious accommodations, your choice of an ice climbing/mountaineering expedition, a Rustic Furniture Making Class, or a backcountry skiing trip; an 80 minute deep tissue or hot-stone massage, a guided evening snowshoe tour and a $100 dining credit to experience our upscale restaurant, Solstice or Hourglass Lounge. Guests can seek out a true adventure with a touch of indulgence to go along.

For Mom: The Winter Goddess: Spend a day at the Spa and Wellness Center at Stowe Mountain Lodge to truly revive and rejuvenate. Winter Goddess includes:

-Hydrofacial Boost treatment

-Manicure & Pedicure

-Blowout

-Make-up Application

For the Young Couple: Ultimate Detox: The Stowe Mountain Lodge Spa and Wellness Center takes pride in guiding our guests to achieve their ultimate level in wellness and balance. The Ultimate Detox package is designed to leave you feeling refreshed, healthy, balanced and ready to seize the day, whether it’s on the slopes or sitting by the fire.  Ultimate Detox Package includes:

-80 minute Detox Facial

-50 minute Detox Body Wrap

-50 minute Ionic Detox Foot Ritual with a hand, scalp and foot treatment

-Healing Lodge Access for Detox Ritual

For the Kids: Art Aprés, Ages 3-18:  After a fun day on the ski hill or playing outside, kids can wind down with the art teachers from Stowe’s Helen Day Art Center, a non-profit organization that supports the arts in the community of Stowe, Vermont. Classes include: Paper Arts, Winter Birch Tree Painting, Fabric Arts, Wool Weaving, Snowboard/Ski Designing, Sticker/Logo Designing, Cartooning, Winter Watercolor and more.

For the Grandparents: Take a Day Off…from Skiing!  Package: When you ski hard on a winter vacation, especially a challenging mountain like Stowe Mountain Resort, sometimes you just need a day off. Enjoy the “Take a Day Off” package at The Spa and Wellness Center and spend the day stretching, moving, and relaxing. “Take a Day Off” includes:

-Guided snowshoe Tour and Stowega (our signature outdoor stretching and yoga class)

-Unlimited fitness classes

-Choice of 80-minute massage

For the Four Legged Family Members: Bring the dogs on a special and unique privately guided snowshoe tour for the entire family. Your dogs will get to run free, frolic in the snow and hike Smuggler’s Notch with other Vermont dogs and families. “We like to call it the ‘Vermont Dog Park’.”

Stowe Mountain Lodge is the centerpiece of Spruce Peak at Stowe, a $400 million alpine village in planning and development stages for the past 16 years.  As part of this new community, guests of Stowe Mountain Lodge will enjoy world-class service, 312 guest rooms, a 21,000-square-foot spa and wellness center, ski-in/ski-out access to over 100 legendary trails, exclusive access to Stowe Mountain Club, an 18-hole mountain golf course designed by Bob Cupp, and a heated outdoor pool. Stowe Mountain Resort offers over 56,000 square feet of event space, as well as high-end boutiques, restaurants and limitless on-mountain recreational options.  The lodge offers farm-to-table cuisine in Solstice restaurant and Hourglass bar.  In addition, 34 fractionally-owned condominium units are available for vacation home ownership in the Lodge’s Front Four Private Residence Club.  Rooms reservations, with special lodging offers and packages, are available by calling (802) 253-3560 or (888) 4-STOWE-VT, or by visiting www.stowemountainlodge.com. For real estate inquiries, call (888) 403-7739 or (802) 253-0320.

Destination Hotels is a collection of luxury and upscale independent hotels, resorts and residences across the United States. Offering authentically-immersed and enriching experiences, each property is individual at heart, yet connected by a commitment to drawing upon the best of each location. Highly distinct, the Destination experience is always memorable and matchless; guests will feel the locale in a genuine way through each property and during the engaging moments cultivated both in and outside of them. Continuously growing with more than 40 properties from coast to coast, the award-winning portfolio features 20 renowned golf courses, 19 indigenous spas, and 125 exceptional bars and restaurants. Destination Hotels are true to our place; diverse by design. For more information, visit www.destinationhotels.com. Follow on Twitter: @Destination. Like on Facebook: DestinationHotels.

Stowe Mountain Resort is an internationally renowned four-season destination. With majestic Mt. Mansfield and Spruce Peak, Stowe is filled with activities for every season: golf, tennis, hiking, fishing, skiing, snowboarding, world-class dining, shopping, spas and more. Stowe’s historic village combined with Vermont’s most spectacular landscape creates the quintessential New England getaway. For more information visit:  http://www.stowe.com or call: 800-253-4754.

 

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Lake Morey Resort Offers Array of Ways to Enjoy Winter in Vermont

December 23, 2014
With its own 600-acre lake cleared to create multiple pond hockey rinks and the country’s longest maintained skating trail (4.5 miles), Lake Morey, Fairlee, Vermont, is an icy playground for winter enthusiasts.

With its own 600-acre lake cleared to create multiple pond hockey rinks and the country’s longest maintained skating trail (4.5 miles), Lake Morey, Fairlee, Vermont, is an icy playground for winter enthusiasts.

Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, VT offers a variety of ice-based outdoor winter activities that get the blood pumping in ways other than downhill skiing. With its own 600-acre lake cleared to create multiple pond hockey rinks and the country’s longest maintained skating trail (4.5 miles), Lake Morey is an icy playground for winter enthusiasts.

During Ice Sports University (ISU) weekend, January 23-25, 2015, guests can sweep a curling stone down the ice, compete in an invigorating game of pond hockey, circle the lake on Nordic Skates or discover the secrets to ice fishing. Snowshoeing and cross country skiing are also available for more snow-minded folks. Open to beginners through advanced, experts in each field will be on hand giving complimentary one-hour workshops in each activity for those who need it, culminating in a friendly competition for those who wish to test their skills.

Rates start at $149 based on single or double occupancy. Extra people sharing a room would be $20 per person, per night. The rate includes two nights lodging and all workshops. All equipment (except helmets) will be provided onsite.

For those not interested in hitting the ice, there are plenty of spectator sports to enjoy as well. In addition to the ongoing workshops, Lake Morey Resort has partnered with the Upper Valley Curling Club to bring a weekend of curling competition to the lake during the second annual Pondspiel. Catch the action lakeside or while sipping a warm beverage in the Steamboat Lounge. Throughout the weekend, the resort’s complimentary 120-seat indoor movie theater will also be streaming classic winter-sports-themed movies and a variety of other indoor activities are available, from swimming and table tennis to massages and other treatments in the resort’s Waters Spa.

For more information and to book, visit www.lakemoreyresort.com or call 800-423-1211. Lake Morey Resort is located at 1 Clubhouse Road, Fairlee, VT 05045.

 

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James Taylor to Perform New Year’s Eve Concert at Stowe to Benefit Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center

December 8, 2014

STOWE, VT – James Taylor will perform Dec. 31 in a special concert to benefit the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center located at Stowe Mountain Resort in Vermont.

The five-time Grammy Award winning singer/song-writer will return to present an intimate evening of some of his most beloved songs in this New Year’s Eve event.  Taylor will be joined by members of his band, including his wife and son, Kim and Henry Taylor.  The Taylor family are regular visitors to Stowe and are all avid skiers.  Taylor last performed at Stowe to open the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center in 2010.  The concert will begin at 8:30 p.m.

Proceeds will benefit the Spruce Peak Arts Center Foundation, Inc. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not for profit public organization funded in part by contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations.

The 420-seat multipurpose theatre, situated at the base of Stowe Mountain Resort, is committed to presenting live and multimedia performances including theater, music, dance, variety, film, and much more. The Center also includes active partnerships and collaborations to engage, educate and entertain resort guests and residents of Stowe and surrounding communities. Tickets are available at http://www.sprucepeakarts.org/event/jamestaylor/.

 

James Taylor, a Notable Career

James Taylor’s music embodies the art of songwriting in its most personal and universal forms. He is a master at describing specific, even autobiographical situations in a way that resonates with people everywhere.  In 1971, Taylor was on the cover of Time magazine, heralded as the harbinger of the singer-songwriter era.  Four decades later his warm baritone, introspective lyrics and unique guitar playing still blaze a path to which young musicians aspire.

He has sold over 100 million albums throughout his career and has earned 40 gold, platinum, and multi-platinum awards, multiple GRAMMY Awards and has been inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the prestigious Songwriters Hall of Fame.  His songs have had a profound influence on songwriters and music lovers from all walks of life: “Fire and Rain,” “Country Road,” “Something in the Way She Moves,” “Mexico,” “Shower the People,” “Your Smiling Face,” “Carolina In My Mind,” “Sweet Baby James,” “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight,” “You Can Close Your Eyes,” “Walking Man,” “Never Die Young,” “Shed a Little Light,” “Copperline,” “Enough to be On Your Way,” “Caroline I See You,” and many more.

Early next year, Taylor will release a new album or original, which he wrote and recorded in between touring over the past few years.  It will also be a particularly special summer for Taylor as he will be performing a full length concert with his All-Star Band for the first time ever at Fenway Park to a sold out crowd on August 6, with guest Bonnie Raitt.

In a career marked by artistic triumphs, the past few years for Taylor have been notable for both creative virtuosity and recognition of exceptional achievement.  In 2012, he was awarded the distinguished Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government and in 2011, was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama. Both medals are their nation’s highest honors for artistic excellence recognizing “outstanding achievements and support of the arts.” In 2011, Taylor was also honored with a Carnegie Hall Perspectives series, which consisted of four concert evenings presented by Carnegie Hall and featuring Taylor and personally selected musical guests.

Raised in North Carolina, Taylor lives in Massachusetts with his wife, Kim, and their twins, Henry and Rufus. (www.jamestaylor.com, http://www.facebook.com/jamestaylor)

Tickets go on sale December 11 at 10 am at sprucepeakarts.org.

 

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Tubbs Snowshoes Adventure Center to Open at Historic Woodstock Inn & Resort This Winter

October 24, 2014

The historic Woodstock Inn & Resort, in the quintessentially New England village of Woodstock, is opening a Tubbs Snowshoes Adventure Center this winter to offer new outdoor activities for guests.

Tubbs Snowshoes is opening its first Tubbs Snowshoes Adventure Center at The historic Woodstock Inn & Resort, in the quintessentially New England village of Woodstock this winter, adding a whole new dimension of outdoor activities for guests. Woodstock Inn already offers skiing on its own Suicide Six mountain (despite the name, is very family-friendly), and cross-country skiing.

Tubbs Snowshoes has deep roots in New England from its founding in Maine in the early 1900’s and its previous World Headquarters in Vermont, before relocating to Seattle, WA, in 2003.

“Tubbs Snowshoes, with its comfortable and innovative equipment, coupled with the expertise of the Tubbs Certified Guides, is an ideal partner to offer enhanced outdoor experiences for the Woodstock guest,” said President and General Manager Gary Thulander. “From a hike up Mt. Peg to a more leisurely trek along our grounds, guests at every skill level will find a whole new way to experience and enjoy the great outdoors this winter.”

The Tubbs Snowshoes Adventure Center will feature expert-led tours, group teambuilding exercises, and family-friendly scavenger hunts. Enhanced experiences are also available, including special moonlight treks for dinner in the resort’s cozy cabin in the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park. Beginners and experts alike will find the Tubbs Snowshoes Adventure Center and 30 kilometers of trails challenging yet comfortable and relaxing against the backdrop of the Resort’s expansive grounds.

Woodstock Inn & Resort has designed a series of winter adventure-themed vacation packages built around the Tubbs Snowshoes Adventure Center. From romantic to adventurous, the value-packed getaways are designed for an exhilarating way to experience the peace and tranquility of Woodstock in winter.

New winter packages include:

Tubbs Snowshoes Romance Excursion Package

  • Luxury accommodations for two nights
  • Welcome gift basket
  • Breakfast-in-Bed one morning
  • Breakfast at the Red Rooster Restaurant
  • Four course dinner for two at the Red Rooster Restaurant
  • Guided snowshoe trek to a four course chef’s dinner at the Mt. Tom Cabin
  • Tubbs Snowshoes rental and Nordic Center trail passes for two
  • Horse-drawn sleigh ride at Billings Farm
  • Package rates start at $1,799 per couple in a Woodstock King room; two night minimum is required

Tubbs Snowshoes Total Tranquility Package

  • Luxury accommodations for one night
  • Welcome gift
  • One 50 minute massage per guest at The Spa; includes use of steam room, sauna and jacuzzi
  • Tubbs Snowshoes rental and Nordic Center trail passes for two
  • Package rates start at $588

Certified Tubbs Snowshoes instructors and guides will be onsite at the Tubbs Snowshoes Adventure Center to lead tours for beginners to advanced outdoor explorers. They will also offer snowshoe fittings for guests purchasing the latest Tubbs snowshoes from the on-site ski shop. Trail passes, rentals and lessons will also be available.

Tubbs Snowshoes Adventure Center fees include:

Trail Passes

Inn Guests: Free Sunday-Thursday; $22 Friday, Saturday & Holiday Dates

Day Visitors: Adults $22 • Junior (13-17) $15 • Child (6-12) $10 • Senior (65+) $18

Tubbs Snowshoes Rentals (includes poles)

Adults: $25 • Children (6-17): $15

Tubbs Snowshoes Lessons (per person)

Private Lesson $80 per hour

Semi-Private Lesson $50 per hour

Located in idyllic Woodstock, Vermont, The Woodstock Inn & Resort defines country sophistication in one of New England’s most charming and popular year-round vacation destinations.  The 142-room, AAA Four Diamond Resort and member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, offers award-winning dining in two restaurants, ranked among the finest in New England.  The Woodstock Inn & Resort is owned and operated by The Woodstock Foundation, Inc.  Proceeds from Resort operations support The Woodstock Foundation and Billings Farm & Museum education and conservation programs.

For more information on the Tubbs Snowshoes Adventure Center, including detailed vacation packages, visit www.woodstockinn.com. For information on the latest collection of Tubbs Snowshoes, visit tubbssnowshoes.com.

 

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Indulge at Twin Farms, Vermont’s 5-Star, Relais & Chateaux Country Hideaway

September 3, 2014
Twin Farms, an intimate country hideaway and a five star Relais & Chateaux Resort, is an ideal retreat for art and design lovers, romantics and gourmets.

Twin Farms, an intimate country hideaway and a five star Relais & Chateaux Resort, is an ideal retreat for art and design lovers, romantics and gourmets.

Twin Farms, an intimate country hideaway, set amidst 300 acres of meadows and woodlands in an unspoiled valley, just 15 minutes north of Woodstock, in Barnard, Vermont, is an ideal retreat for art and design lovers, romantics and gourmets.

The five star Relais & Chateaux Resort provides 20 lovely rooms in 10 freestanding cottages

Originally the home of the writer and Nobel Prize winner Sinclair Lewis, the five star Relais & Chateaux Resort provides 20 lovely rooms in 10 freestanding cottages.

In 1993, Jed Johnson, interior designer and friend of the famous artist Andy Warhol, designed 15 rooms, before Peter Bohlin and interior designer Thad Hayes completed the rest in 2005. A special combination of American folk and contemporary art gives Twin Farms its special charm. Decorative ceramics are mixed with originals by Roy Lichtenstein, Jasper Johns and David Hockney, among others, while fine woodwork made of maple and pine relate with modern sculptures.

Gourmets will appreciate the elegant and authentic cuisine at The Main House restaurant. Chef Nathan Rich’s dishes reflect the seasons and are prepared with ingredients from the garden or from the nearby region. The wine cellar, consisting of 26,000 bottles of fine wine of international origin, completes the taste experience. Nathan Rich was honored last year as one of the world’s only three chefs with the award “Relais & Chateaux Rising Chef Trophy 2013”.

At the “Spa at Twin Farms,” guests can indulge in relaxing massages or enjoy a workout in the fully-equipped fitness center. The Spa menu offers tailor-made spa treatments, luxurious facials, rejuvenating pedicures and manicures as well as exquisite body treatments. All Spa products are handmade Vermont and contain only herbal extracts, organic herbal teas and pure essential oils.

Summer and winter, there is a lot to do, whether hiking, climbing, fishing, canoeing, skiing or ice skating.

Accommodations start at $ 1,450 for two people. The price includes all meals, drinks, cocktails, wine and the use of the spa area including the Furo – a 104 degree Japanese style soaking tub – as well as the use of recreational equipment such as canoes and fishing tackle.

Twin Farms, P.O. Box 115, Barnard, Vermont 05031, 802-234-9999, info@twinfarms.com, www.twinfarms.com.

 

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3rd Annual Long Trail Century Ride to Benefit Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports Set for June 22

March 13, 2013

The third annual Long Trail Century Ride to benefit Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports returns to Vermont again this spring, where cyclists of all abilities can ride a century, 50- or 20-mile course to raise funds and awareness for disabled sports programming. Adaptive athletes are sponsored and ride for free.

After what came together in less than six weeks in 2011 for its inaugural ride, thanks to the inspiration of Lookout Tavern owner Phil Black, the third annual Long Trail Century Ride to benefit Vermont Adaptive will be held on Saturday, June 22. Nearly three hundred riders from around New England and up and down the East Coast participated in 2012. Up to 500 riders are expected to participate in this year’s fundraising event. An après-ride party, featuring live music and entertainment plus kid and family activities, will be held after the ride at the brewery for all to enjoy – riders, spectators and visitors alike.

The century ride, plus 50- and 20-mile routes, will start and end at the Long Trail Brewery in Bridgewater Corners. The routes will travel through Killington and surrounding communities including Irene-survived Pittsfield, Stockbridge, Bethel, Woodstock, and Ludlow.

“We believe sports and recreation provide a physical, mental and social experience that is immeasurable in promoting self-confidence and independence in an individual,” said Erin Fernandez, executive director of Vermont Adaptive. “We extend an enormous thanks to Phil for starting this ride for us and to Long Trail and also to Killington Resort, who help us to provide an event of this caliber. Everyone in the community has been very supportive of our efforts, and the ride will help us to underwrite some of the costs of our adaptive programs and allow more people with disabilities to participate.”

The recreational rides loop through the towns of Killington, Pittsfield, Bethel, Barnard, Woodstock, Ludlow, Bridgewater, and Plymouth, Vermont. Quaint villages, the scenery of Route 100 and U.S. Route 4, the Crossroad of Vermont Byway, the seventh of its kind recently designated by the Vermont Transportation Board, are incorporated into the routes.

All riders and volunteers receive entry to the “Après-Ride” party, and additional party tickets are available for $15/adults and $10/kids.

Cyclists will check-in Friday night at a pre-ride party at the Umbrella Bar at Killington Resort, and rides begin at 7 a.m. on Saturday from the brewery on Route 4. All registrants will receive a lift ticket voucher to ski or ride Killington Resort during the 2013-2014 season, and those who raise an additional $300 or more will receive a special Long Trail Brewing cycling jersey.

Rider registration includes a Century Ride wicking t-shirt, food and support at aid stations during the ride, entry to the après-ride party complete with food and entertainment, plus a commemorative pint glass. There is no day of registration for the ride, and registration is limited to a total of 500 riders. Everyone is welcome to attend the “Après-Ride Party” and advance tickets are available for the party. Registration, pricing, information, and advance-ticket purchase to the party can be found at www.longtrailcenturyride.com.

Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports is the largest year-round disabled sports non-profit organization in Vermont offering the most diverse program opportunities and unique, specialized equipment. The organization promotes independence and further equality through access and instruction to sports and recreational opportunities including alpine skiing, snowboarding, and other winter sports; kayaking, canoeing, sailing, rock climbing, horseback riding, and more. More than 400 volunteers serve clients from all over the world in three locations in Vermont – Pico Mountain at Killington; Sugarbush Resort in Warren; and Bolton Valley Resort in Bolton. For more information, visit www.vermontadaptive.org.

The Long Trail Brewing Company, a key sponsor of the event, is located in Bridgewater Corners, Vt. and has been producing an exceptional family of fine ales since 1989. Today, as the leading handcrafted beer in Vermont, Long Trail has demonstrated it fills a niche in the market for quality craft beer. Located in the heart of the Green Mountains, Long Trail takes the words “environmentally conscious” seriously and lives that eco-minded philosophy every day at the brewery. Long Trail’s facility is truly unique, as it was designed to minimize the impact on our environment and was recognized in 2009 by receiving the Vermont Governor’s Award in Environmental Excellence for resource conservation. Also, Vermont’s Green Mountain Environment Association has named the water produced by the brewery’s artisan wells as “Vermont’s best drinking water.” For more information, visit www.longtrail.com.

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