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1 Apr 2007
Vermont Pet Friendly Travel

There are many lodging facilities in Vermont that welcome pets. In fact, if you go to the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing homepage and scroll down, you will see the pet friendly network logo which leads to 273 listings of pet friendly establishments throughout Vermont.

An easier way to find them is to visit the VDTM Travel Planner page. This search engine does an excellent job and you will find it easy to locate many lodging facilities that cater to pets as well as people. Note that in Step 3, you should click the box next to pets. If you search statewide for all types of lodging, you will get so many "hits" that the results will be numerous and unwieldy: 254 matches! But if, for example, you can narrow the search to Central Vermont, and the type of lodging to Bed & Breakfasts, and Cabins, you will get 10 matches.

(c) 2007 Jeff Connor
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31 Mar 2007
Vermont Travel Help from Google Mobile

Google has an impressive array of travel information you can use in your travels to Vermont and other locations.

For instance, to get real- time flight information, you just text message your flight number to 466453 (GOOGLE on most mobile devices). You will receive a text message back with the flight's status. For more general information, text message the name of the airline and you will get back airline's toll free phone number.

The Google Mobile SMS page contains a list of other services including weather, sports, movies, restaurants, and much more. It helps to have the zip code of the Vermont town you will be visiting.

Google gets the flight information from a company called FlightStats which has even more information about flights and airports than Google has, and I suspect you will find it more handy than just using Google Mobile alone.

(c) 2007 Jeff Connor
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5 Mar 2007
Daylight Savings Begins Sunday
You'll probably be hearing this often this week but daylight savings time begins Sunday March 11 at 2:00 am. We "spring ahead" by setting the clock forward one hour when going to bed: 2:00 am becomes 3:00 am for example.

We are doing this three weeks early this year because Congress changed the official date as part of a program to help save energy . . . we will spend more of our waking hours in daylight and less time after dark, thereby saving energy. The end of Daylight Savings will be November 4, 2007, one week later than usual.

I just downloaded the Microsoft software to update my operating system and Outlook because they are not programmed for a switch to Daylight Savings Time at this early date. It was an easy download. You can find it here: Microsoft Daylight Savings Time Update Center.

(c) 2007 Jeff Connor
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27 Feb 2007
Snowmobiles in Vermont
Snowmobiles are not as common as cars in Vermont but sometimes it seems like they are. The Vermont snowmobile season got a late start this year but it is fully underway now. There are options for people to rent or operate their own snowmobile.

If you don't own a snowmobile or can't bring yours with you, here are two rental outfits (note: there are more but I'll just mention two now and write another entry about some others at a later date):

High Country Snowmobile Tours , located in the town of Wilmington in southern Vermont, has many types of tours including a two hour, evening, half day, full day, private, corporate, snowmobile safety course, and an introductory course. Prices range from $55 to $285.

Snowmobile Vermont has new or late model snowmobiles, helmets, and boots. The tours run every day, conditions permitting, at Killington, Okemo, both in central VT, and Stowe in northern VT. I took a two hour ride at the Stowe location a few years ago and had a great time. This is a very well run operation and the tour went deep into a beautiful forest. Note: this is real back country snowmobiling, not just plodding around a flat field. We had some guests at our inn who mostly enjoyed themselves on this tour but they were surprised at and intimidated by the rugged terrain. They were not the outdoors type, let us say, so keep in mind that these tours are not ideal for shy and hesitant people. The tour is conducted at a reasonable speed and with safety in mind but it is not for everyone. If memory serves, a two hour tour for two people on a snowmobile is about $160.

Note: both companies take a credit card and place a hefty deposit on it in case you damage the equipment. This is returned to you at the end of the tour. And both operations will take walk-ins but it's better to reserve ahead of time.

If you own your own snowmobile, you should take a look at the Vermont Association of Snow Travelers (VAST), a huge organization made up of some 140 snowmobile clubs around the state. VAST operates more than 5,000 miles (!) of snowmobile trails in Vermont. There is an annual fee of $95 for out of state residents ($65 for Vermont residents) to ride the trails plus a required local membership of $5 to $15 depending upon which club you purchase a membership from. You must show registration and proof of insurance. The VAST website has full details for joining as well as map ordering and other information.

(c) 2007 Jeff Connor Grunberg Haus
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24 Feb 2007
Sugar Mountain Farm Blog
Farms, especially dairy farms, are a major Vermont attraction and are also highly valued by Vermont rasidents. Here is one of the better Vermont farm blogs I have found: Sugar Mountain Farm Blog

It is well done, interesting reading that will give you good insights into what it is like to farm here in some of the most beautiful but very rugged country in the world.

(c) 2007 Jeff Connor
posted by  grunhaus at  10:39 | permalink

19 Feb 2007
Vermont Tour Guide
Not everyone who comes to Vermont in winter is here to ski, snowshoe, skate, or snowmobile. We often have guests who just wanted to go someplace quiet and relax. They often ask for recommendations on where to go to see some great scenery, shop, and dine. We have lots of suggestions and it's easy to fill a day with some leisurely touring activities.

For an even better experience, you could have a local drive you around while you sit back and relax. It's much easier to enjoy the scenery when you don't have to spend most of your time with your eyes on the road.

One tour company is located in Stowe. Mountainview Tours offers tours of Burlington, Montpelier, Middlebury, Stowe, and southern Vermont including Woodstock.

For example, the Stowe tour is three hours long and costs $45 per person for two to four adults, and $35 pp for groups of five or more. One of their most popular tours is "A Taste of Vermont" which includes Ben & Jerry's ice cream factory, Cold Hollow Cider Mill, Cabot Cheese, etc. It is four hours and is priced at $55 per person, or $45 pp for five or more.

Mountainview Tours also offers trips to Maine, New Hampshire, and Montreal.

(c) 2007 Jeff Connor
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