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12 Nov 2008
Make VT Thanksgiving Restaurant Reservations Now

Google is a great tool for finding a list of local restaurants in Vermont that you can research yourself or discuss with your innkeeper.

Thanksgiving is coming up in two weeks. If you will be in Vermont then and want to eat at a restaurant that day, you should make reservations now. Many restaurants will be closed for the day and those that are open may be busy. Find out from your innkeeper which local restaurants are open and get reservations just to be safe.

(c) 2008 Jeff Connor Grunberg Haus Inn
posted by  grunhaus at  20:08 | permalink

11 Nov 2008
Used and New Ski and Snowboard Equipment Sale at Okemo

Just came across a news item that Okemo, Ludlow VT, is also having a new and used ski and snowboard equipment sale November 21, 22, and 23 at the resort's base lodge. Friday's times are 4:00 to 7:00; Saturday is from9:00 to 5:00; and Sunday is 9:00 to 1:00.

If you have equipment you would like to sell, you can drop it off this Saturday, the 15th, Sunday the 16th, or next Wednesday the 19th - each day is from 10:00 to 3:00. Equipment should be in good condition and not more than seven years old. Items are sold on 25% consignment with proceeds going to Okemo Mountain School. For further information, contact Mariel Meringolo at mariel dot meringol at okemomountainschool.org or 802-228-1512.

I mentioned in yesterday's blog about the Waitsfield sale that I would like to see a fishing gear sale and, wouldn't you know it, the Okemo swap also welcomes fly fishing equipment! I'm tempted . . .

(c) 2008 Jeff Connor Grunberg Haus Inn
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posted by  grunhaus at  21:16 | permalink

10 Nov 2008
Great Deals at the Waitsfield VT Ski & Skate Sale

A few years ago I visited the Waitsfield VT Ski and Skate Sale because I had driven by it the previous couple of years and noticed a great number of cars parked there. Inside, I found an impressive amount of gear at tempting prices. And it was not only skis and skates despite the name. There were also many boots, snowboards, snowshoes, jackets, helmets, and pants. Much of the gear was adult size but there was also a lot of children's equipment. If you have a family to outfit, this event could be a big help to your budget.

The newest gear tends to go fast on Saturday, depending upon size and price. Sunday is the day for the best deals. Usually around 11:00 on Sunday, they start slashing prices to help move the gear out faster.

Waitsfield is in the Mad River Valley, home to Sugarbush and Mad River Glen ski areas. To say that the area is full of skiers is an apt description. Like most skiers anywhere, the people here have a lot of gear and they often buy new stuff to get the latest and best. I've noticed the same trait with golfers and fishermen. I'm one of them. I have enough fishing equipment to outfit about three people. I wish someone would hold a sale like this for fishing gear. On second thought, I would probably buy more stuff than I sold so I'm probably better off without it.

There are many sales like this around New England and this one is one of the oldest, being in existence for the past 29 years. The sale will be held at the Waitsfield Elementary School on Route 100 (scroll down the list on the left to find the Waitsfield school link at the bottom) Saturday and Sunday, November 15 and 16, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. There is no admission charge. Parking however, is a challenge. You will see people parked everywhere along the road and in nearby parking lots. Be prepared for a ten minute walk if you can't park close.

If you have stuff to sell, it should be checked in at the school on Friday from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. There is a 20% consignment fee. I don't know if they take gear on Saturday or Sunday too but you can use the contact information on the web page.

This event is about a ten minute drive from our inn. Since you will be bargain shopping, we'll help you save money by discounting our rooms ten percent. Call us at 800-800-7760 for information.

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posted by  grunhaus at  20:44 | permalink

9 Nov 2008
Southern VT Travel Blog

About nine years ago, we traveled to Vermont and New Hampshire to look at inns for sale. One of our favorites was an inn in Brattleboro VT called 40 Putney Road, named after the address there. It had beautiful French architecture and a nice location. We ended up passing on it because we found our current VT bed and breakfast inn that was a better fit for us and made our numbers work better. Since that time, 40 Putney Road has changed hands a couple of times I think. The new owners, Tim and Amy, look like they are doing a great job with it - see especially the room photos on their website.

They also write a blog I found a couple of months ago just as we started heading into the big fall foliage rush. Now that the extra busy period is over, I am getting around to writing about the blog. It's called "InnBrattleboro" and I have found it to be an interesting source of information about the area of southern Vermont. They also write some about southern New Hampshire which is a very short drive across the Connecticut River from their Brattleboro VT location.

It's nice to find this blog because a couple of other southern Vermont blogs I was following ended up dormant and I took them off my links list in the right column. InnBrattleboro looks like it has been going since December last year so I have hope the writers will keep it at it. I will put a link to it under the Travel Friends heading on the right.

Tim and Amy don't write frequently: twice in October and twice in September (during the busy season, remember) but prior to that they were writing blog entries roughly four times a month. Some of the photo links are broken but the ones that do work just take you to a slightly larger version of the photo. Thanks to InnBrattleboro, I've learned about new places to visit down there and this blog will be the first place I will check the next time we plan a trip to southern VT.

Tim is also a website designer. His company, Loose Leaf Design, does some nice looking work.

(c) 2008 Jeff Connor Grunberg Haus Inn
posted by  grunhaus at  18:52 | permalink

7 Nov 2008
Killington: Nevermind

They skied and snow boarded at Killington for five days but now it has come to a halt due to the unseasonably warm weather we've been having. Even with a 30 inch base in some spots, you just can't keep going when daytime temperatures are nearly reaching the 60's and nighttime temps are in the 40's.

There was some unofficial skiing at other areas, even Mad River Glen which does not make snow. But, it turns out it was all just an amusing early season appetizer of what is to come.

Right now, Killington is aiming for a reopening on November 14. Next week's night time temps will be the key. To get current information, check Killington's conditions page on their website. The resort has spent $8.4 million in improvements this year and they are anxious to show them off.

(c) 2008 Jeff Connor Grunberg Haus Inn
posted by  grunhaus at  10:49 | permalink

5 Nov 2008
New York Times Article on Burlington VT

The New York Times Travel section has a feature called "36 hours in ___." A few days ago the Time published such an article about Burlington VT.

It's pretty well done and covers the upper downtown area around Church Street for the most part. This street is closed off from car traffic and paved with bricks to make it an inviting pedestrian plaza. We often recommend it to guests who want to visit Burlington. There are a good number of specialty shops, restaurants, and bars which makes it a lively daytime and night gathering place.

One area the Time's article does not feature is the great waterfront including the Burlington Boat House. The article does mention Burlington's "Stonehendge" park and the accompanying slide show also mentions the ECHO Museum at the waterfront so readers can find the rest of the waterfront on their own. Of course, it is not as inviting this time of year as it is during months of milder temperatures.

This article is a reprise of similar "36 hours" article the Times did about six years ago.

There is much more to see and do in Burlington and the surrounding area but if you really do have just a few hours, this guide is a good overview of some main highlights.

(c) 2008 Jeff Connor Grunberg Haus Inn
posted by  grunhaus at  19:14 | permalink

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