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Mid-Winter Report from Stowe, Vermont

26 January 2014

We have had quite the range of weather conditions here in Stowe so far this winter season. Starting out with several good dumps of snow in late November and early December, we were again skiing well before Thanksgiving 2013.

The season started out so promising and even with a few rainy weekends in late December, early January, our guests have certainly pulled a wonderful time out of each stay.

As one guest told us, “It’s never the wrong weather, only the wrong clothes.” We think that is a great motto to consider in northern Vermont, especially during the transition periods of each of our wonderful four seasons. With so many outdoor activities to choose from and some amazing scenery as your backdrop, and while we do everything we can to make your room a sanctuary, we recommend getting out and experiencing our unique location.

Downhill skiing at Stowe Mountain Resort has clearly benefited from the Mountain’s $8.5 million investment over the past two years in snowmaking equipment. We have experienced some wonderful ski days, everything from spring-like conditions to cover-all-exposed-skin-surfaces types of conditions and can report a great time was had by all with each trip to the mountain.

The Stowe Arena, our new, fully enclosed ice arena (that will also be used for “turf” sports in spring/summer) opened in December to rave reviews (locals and visitors). Hockey is huge here in northern Vermont and while you are sure to see lots of this activity in the new arena there are daily open ice skating sessions each day to allow our guests to get out on the ice.

With all that there is to do in Stowe, in any of our seasons, it’s important to also remember the benefits of Rest and Relaxation! Remember we do our best to provide that warm, inviting home away from home atmosphere in your guest room and our common areas. We understand if you just want to curl up in front of the fireplace and read a book, take a nap, and just relax. We get it!

Oh, and don’t forget to follow/Like us on the Brass Lantern Inn, Bed and Breakfast Facebook page as we keep you updated on the seasonal scenery and any last minute specials and packages.

Vermont and the Town of Stowe by the Numbers

28 July 2013

Vermont is known as the “Green Mountain State” and rightly so when your consider some of the following stats –

• There are 223 mountains in Vermont with Mt. Mansfield topping out at almost 4,400 ft. elevation and within view of our back porch and most of our guest rooms
• While one of the smallest states in area, 9,200 square miles, our state truly earns that “green” status when you consider that 76% of scenic state is forested

Have a desire to get outside? Check out just a few stats regarding some of our outdoor options –

• 5.5 miles of paved bike path, the “Stowe Rec Path,” from the center of our idyllic New England Town center to the base of Mt. Mansfield. Stunning views all along the way
• 50 + miles of Mountain Bike Trails within the Stowe area alone. We can also direct you to Mountain Bike Riding Centers nearby in the Northeast Kingdom
• For the kayakers/canoeists – there are over 7,000 miles of rivers and streams with connections to the 740 mile long Northern Forest Canoe Trail
• Hiking your passion? Take on sections or the entire 273 miles of the Long Trail stretching from our southern border with Massachusetts to our neighbors to the north in Canada

More of a Winter person? Oh, do we have that covered –

• 287 inches – total amount of natural snowfall on Mt. Mansfield for the 2012-13 winter
• Stowe Mountain Resort provides 485 acres with 39 miles of skiable terrain so get out early and plan to stay late to get it all in
• Like to glide on skies (as in cross country)? Take on the Catamount Trail, a 300 mile, state long trail

And did you know? -

• Vermont is the second least populated state in the country (625,000 residents, about the same amount of people in the city limits of our old hometown, Baltimore, MD)
• The 6th largest lake in the country is in Vermont – yep, Lake Champlain is just a short, scenic 45 minute drive away from Stowe
• There are more than 30 breweries in Vermont and 5 of those are within a 5 to 10 mile radius of our Inn
• Stowe is 250 years old – being chartered in 1763 by Royal Governor Benning Wentworth originally as part of the “New Hampshire Colony”

This and so many other features of Vermont add up to one amazing place to experience a vacation you know you deserve! Please let us know how we can be of service and we look forward to welcoming you to Stowe.

Snowbirds Sighted Here in Stowe, Vermont!

17 February 2013

We enjoy and are truly blessed to be able to showcase Vermont winters to all of our guests and have realized that many of our guests are Snowbirds in what would be considered a non-traditional migration. Some of our guests travel from the far reaches of the south seeking this unique season here in Stowe and to experience their first snowfall. Others from parts south of here have managed to make an annual migration to our little corner of Vermont to get their “snow fix.”

Of course some of the locals here, mostly our retired neighbors, do head south for a few weeks to months during the winter, but, honestly there are many more that stay in Stowe as the scenery and opportunity to get out and take advantage of our winter season is something most don’t want to miss out on.

Our winter so far has provided a lot of variation. From heavy early snow, allowing us to ski well before Thanksgiving, 2012, to a couple of thaws each followed by brisk cold nights/days and then a winter storm dump of 12 – 14″ of snow. One thaw that happened just before Christmas was quickly forgotten with a full blanket of fresh snow arriving on Christmas Eve! Best Christmas present we could imagine.

Stowe Mountain Resort, with the recent addition of an array of new, high tech. snow making equipment has proven that even in our typically challenging Vermont weather, with daily swings in temperatures, and sometimes questionable precipitation that they can consistently provide a first class ski/ride experience. We have skied easily a day or two each week since Thanksgiving (with some time off during our busy weeks!!) to conditions that can only be described as good, excellent and spectacular. And we look forward to skiing right up to and including Easter Sunday, 3/31.

Each year we have the opportunity to experience Easter Sunrise Service at the top of the Gondola Lift. Hopefully, the weather with provide us with a spectacular sunrise experience. Two out of the past three years it was snowing. After the service we ski down and that is typically our last run of the year. So, yes, we will certainly miss the winter and the great outdoor activities available to us but have to admit we also look forward to getting out the bicycles, dusting off the golf clubs, finding our hiking boots and planning the next garden very soon thereafter.

While there is still plenty of winter left (independent of what the groundhog says…) we suggest you check out our “Sweet Winter Deal” as described in the “View Our Current Specials” tab at the top of this page. See how you can take home a taste of Vermont for free! But hurry, you don’t want to miss winter in Vermont.

Well, Welcome Back Winter!

1 December 2012

We have fortunately had an early return to winter here in Stowe, Vermont. Ok, for our southern friends, or family that may say, “what do you mean, fortunate?”, we offer the following explanation.

Of course if you have followed us in previous blogs you already know that we specifically selected Stowe, Vermont and the Brass Lantern Inn as our home base for this latest leg of our journey through life due in part to the distincly beautiful and wonderful four seasons of northern Vermont.

And an early arrival of snow this year allows us to enjoy some of our favorite things, such as:

flannel lined jeans, early Christmas presents in the shape of snowshoes, freshly tuned downhill skis, skiing before Thanksgiving!, sharing Christmas Cookies with our guests, chatting with our guests around the fireplace, hiking to Moss Glen Falls to see the everchanging ice sculpture by Mother Nature, hot chocolate at the “Octagon House” at the top of the quad chair (seriously, this hot chocolate alone is worth the ride up!), shoveling snow (I know, weird), skiing (or did I already say that?), helping our guests plan the “perfect play day outside”, a good book, a comfortable chaise lounge and snow falling softly just beyond our window…

These are just a few of our favorites and we are absolutely sure that we can help you discover your own favorites here at the Brass Lantern Inn as your choice of lodging in Stowe, Vermont. We invite you to see for yourself what we have found as a perfect place for the quintessential winter wonderland experience.

Don’t forget to check out the “View our Current Specials” section of this blog as we have some new early winter specials for your consideration!

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year, 2013. We’ll see you outside!

Warmest Wishes,
Mary Anne and George

Where Did Summer Go?

16 September 2012

Not that we aren’t excited to embrace our next season!

We are moving quickly into our Fall Foliage Season. One of our busiest as we look forward welcoming back guests/friends as well as many new guests here to witness the amazing display of the annual turning of the leaves from green to gold, yellow and reds. The temperatures have finally begun to drop into a range expected – sunny and warm by mid-day and crisp and cool at night. No frost yet (as of 9/16/12) but we expect to see it soon. A welcome relief after an above normal temperature we experienced here in Stowe,
Vermont this summer.

There is already some chatter in town regarding predictions of how much snow will we see this winter! Various images of extended forecast weather maps on the internet have begun to circulate on Facebook and through the local e-mails and my favorite one shows two divergent jet streams coming together in southern New England with a bubble of “above normal snow” centered right smack dab over Vermont. Ok, I did not get the full source of this particular weather map but we certainly hope this prediction comes true.

Stowe Mountain Resort typically works towards a Thanksgiving Weekend opening! The countdown to skiing and all of our great winter activities has definitely begun here in Stowe, Vermont.

And as we look ahead to the Thanksgiving Season we realize the blessing and good fortune we have found here in Stowe as the latest Innkeepers/Stewards of the Brass Lantern Inn. December 16th will mark only the 3rd Anniversary of when we took ownership. In that relatively short time we have hosted guests from 39 of our United States and 24 countries. Sharing life stories with so many guests from around the world is truly the greatest perk of this “job.”

To let our past guests and potential guests know of our gratefulness with this amazing lifestyle we offer you a special “Thank You Discount.” More details are on our home page under the “make a reservation.” Once on that page click on the tab, “Discounts and packages.” You can save 35% off of your third consecutive night for stays completed between 10/28 and 12/4/12. This discounted rate is on top of our already quiet season rates!

We hope to see you soon!

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