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.
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.
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!
Mary Anne and George
Even in our relatively short tenure as Innkeepers of the Brass Lantern Inn we have spoken to many, many guests that tell us, “you know, my husband/wife/partner/better half and I have always talked about running a Bed & Breakfast.” We realize that this lifestyle may inspire some romantic notion of a wonderful alternative to the corporate 9 to 5 work style but please note this innkeeping gig is not just about baking cookies or sharing life stories over a glass of wine with our guests. Though these are a couple of the perks.
We tell our guests, with a very sincere smile, “perhaps you would like to take the Brass Lantern Inn on a test drive.” “We would be happy to let you step in and get the experience of what it is like to own and operate a B&B” here in Stowe where there are numerous choices for owning and operating a Stowe Vermont Lodging experience.
Even our local banker, when completing the final loan approval documents, asked me this one final question “This isn’t the Bob Newhart syndrome is it?!” And if you are too young to know that reference just Google it. I’m sure the local bankers have seen these corporate type burn-outs looking for utopia here in Stowe, Vermont, many times over. Perhaps even a place like ours in the form of a romantic and historic farmhouse. And perhaps there have even been a few, or maybe, unfortunately, more than a few who never fully understood the risk of this type of business and somewhere in pursuit of the dream they lost track of reality. You have to do your homework.
And we did our homework. Among the many “due diligence” items the number one item was attending a three day seminar for “Aspiring Innkeepers,” through the B&B Team, www.bbteam.com . The setting for this seminar was at a beautiful Bed & Breakfast, the Captain Jefferds Inn, in the picturesque coastal resort town (and summer home of George Bush) Kennebunkport, Maine. The B&B Team, which at the time included Peter, Rick and Jan gave us an amazing level of personalized service from this first seminar to our initial searches of B&B’s for sale through in-depth due diligence analysis of the purchase of the Brass Lantern Inn. Completing your homework is essential. Remember what your high school teachers told you about completing your homework assignments? They were right.
Make no mistake, this isn’t a hobby or a side venture, it is a business that we have developed, work on daily to maintain and is the basis of the support our family. It is our livelihood. And it is through this business that we now have the luxury to call Stowe, Vermont our home, with a commute that requires only a walk down our hallway and the incredible opportunity to welcome guests to this beautiful area, guests that quickly become our new friends. And as you would imagine, it is the opportunity to meet incredible people from around the world that becomes the real reward of this business/lifestyle.
So, you still want to be an Innkeeper? Give us a call, we would love to chat about it and perhaps even give you a chance to take her out for a spin around the block.