September 18, 2016
While of course we enjoy each of our distinct four seasons here in Stowe, without a doubt, we love our Fall Foliage Season. We also know that this golden season is one of the most popular with our guests as many of our rooms from late September through mid October have been reserved since February/March of this year.
It is a “bucket list” kind of adventure for many of our guests as most “fall” into the category of retired teacher (typically, always working at this time of year), British (visiting New England with scenery unlike what they would find on the other side of the pond), and photobugs that are here to find that postcard scene. It is also a time for distant guests from across the world, Australia, Japan, and India to make this migration to Vermont at this point in the lunar calendar year.
So far, the colors have been a bit hesitant to show and the temperatures have mostly been above normal, however, there are signs that autumn is just around the corner. As I write this note, the British Invasion is wrapping up and is our official kick-off for the season. This town wide event is a great way to start the season with a Friday night block party with live music, dancing in the streets, with antique and new British cars on display all along Main Street.
Oktoberfest! First one was yesterday hosted by the von Trapp Brewing company at their new Bierhall. What a great day it was, German oompah music, roving singer/accordionist, amazing food, magnificent setting in the mountains and of course plenty of wonderful Trapp Lager. My favorite beer, “Oktoberfest” (of course). I like this beer so much I explained to Johannes von Trapp that after the season he should just change the name – it’s that good!! I think the von Trapp’s have hit a home run with their new Bierhall. If you are in Stowe we think this is a must stop.
Our next Stowe Oktoberfest is the weekend long event produced by the Stowe Rotary Club. Starting on Friday night, Sept. 30 is Rocktoberfest, live music, bratwursts, and Trapp Lager Beer (yep, the Stowe Rotary knows a good thing when they see it and well, Johannes is a Stowe Rotarian and a very generous donor for this event). Saturday and Sunday is a full day each of oompah music, yodeling, and yes, Trapp Lager Beer, all in celebrating the season. We typically see more than 2,500 people through the front door of the big tent. If you are in town you have to check it out.
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!
Recently, due to Hurricane, then Tropical Storm, Irene, Vermont has received a lot of air time on CNN, WeatherChannel and other round the clock “news” organizations. And if you watched much of it you would think all of us here in Vermont may need to pull the Ark out of the garage for the next 40 days or so. Not exactly the kind of exposure on the news that us in the travel and tourism industry like to work with. The Brass Lantern Inn as your Stowe Lodging choice is very much open and ready to welcome you.
The Green Mountain State of Vermont is overall in great shape. While there are some tragic conditions spread throughout the state (mostly in southern Vermont) we feel like we live in an oasis here in Stowe, Vermont. The extent of our damage at the Brass Lantern Inn – 1. One sunflower blown over – restaked with a bamboo pole left over in the garage and now the sunflower seems happy to be facing the sun again, 2. One wall planter/container blown off the wall and cracked, decided, or rather rationalized, that the new crack “adds some character to the container” so now back on the wall, 3. Small puddle of water inside the doorway to hot tub deck (door faces the typical wind direction), shop vacuum and dehumidifier and the situation is resolved. That is the full extent of the damage. Thank goodness and this rain helps keep our valleys and mountains green.
We very much appreciate the thoughts, concerns and prayers of many of our past guests and those yet to come. We know we “dodged a bullet” and want you all to know that we are ok, especially for our guests that are planning to be here in the next month or so and especially for our Signature Fall Foliage Season guests.
Please feel free to contact us if you still have questions, concerns or stories of how you survived Irene. We would love to post the stories on our Brass Lantern Inn Facebook page.
By the way, become a Friend of ours on Facebook, and drop us a comment on our Brass Lantern Inn Facebook Page regarding how you survived Irene OR something special regarding your own hometown and we will give you a 12% discount on a two night or more stay (offer expires 12/31, discount applies to all rooms except Roundtop Mtn. and Sugarloaf Mtn., not valid during holidays, special events or Fall Foliage). And of course in true Facebook fashion if you let your Friends know about this deal, everyone wins!
Thanks again everyone for your concerns. Beautiful day here, think I will go golfing.