Posted on: May 10th, 2011 by Patti Eddington
Guests from Around the Globe
I am constantly pleasantly surprised that people can find our boutique bed and breakfast in Vermont from all over the world. Finding us through the internet and guidebooks, guests have visited our North Bennington Vermont bed and breakfast from all over the globe….Singapore, Japan, New Zealand, Ghana, South Africa , Italy……you get the picture.
Recently I had the opportunity to host Marco & Lucia from Sao Paulo, Brazil. They had planned to visit Lucia’s homeland of Japan but since the Tsunami, they were concerned about the choice of vacation this year. They re-grouped and chose a last minute venture to New England and Canada instead. Though Marco has spent time in Montreal and Quebec, it was his first visit to Southern Vermont. Of course, they loved it!!
Marco & Lucia work together in banking in Sao Paulo. Sao Paulo is the largest financial center in Brazil. Marco is fluent in English and Lucia does quite well though is more reserved. Her English is certainly MUCH better than my Portuguese.
They have been surprised at the number of people dining in restaurants throughout their travels. It seems that in Sao Paulo much of the cooking is done at home with their families and restaurants are not as numerous as they are here in the US.
I always enjoy learning from our guests, whether they are locals on a much needed getaway or guests from around the world. Life is always interesting at the Eddington House Inn.
Posted on: April 27th, 2011 by Patti Eddington
May 1st is rapidly approaching and it is the deadline for Fall 2011 college decision making for high school seniors. The Eddington House Inn has been ”hopping” this spring with students visiting nearby Bennington College, Southern Vermont College & Williams. Accepted students and their families have filled our Vermont bed and breakfast over the last couple of months, while students take classes and families check out the Bennington community and surrounding Southern Vermont area. We have also seen many high school juniors just beginning the college tour process.
Since the Eddington House Inn is walkable to the village entrance of Bennington College we are a natural lodging choice for Bennington College visits. We are only 10 minutes from SVC and 30 minutes from Williams.
Suzie’s room & adjacent room, the Village Nook are our most popular room choices as the student gets his/her room with a twin bed, desk, window seat and tv. Our suites can easily accommodate 3 with a rollaway bed.
To help ease the pain of college tuition, we offer a Special College Midweek Rate of $99 per room, based on double occupancy (Valid February- May, midweek non-holiday). This rate includes a full breakfast, afternoon refreshments and endless desserts.
With just a few days to make a decision, I wish all the best of luck to you college bound students and hope to see a few of you back as neighbors.
Posted on: March 19th, 2011 by Patti Eddington
VAE does it again. North Bennington’s own art center presents another fun night of music. The Basement’s “house band” is back filling the dance floor for their annual rock n roll party. The Prescriptions will be performing on Saturday March 26 at 8pm at Vermont Arts Exchange on Sage Street in North Bennington Village. Tickets are available at 800-838-3006.
Enjoy some of the area’s finest musicians delivering the best tunes – Blues, Rock, Funk & Soul…………!!! Dance the night away.
An additional treat is CAFE AMBITION! After two first runs of serving sweets and chili during the shows, VAE now offers a light dinner before the show. Drop by at 7:00 (when doors open), grab your seat, then go to the Cafe for traditional coffee house fare including Soups, Stews (vegetarian or not). A great way to squeeze in dinner before or after the show and relax!
Or you can catch an early dinner at Pangaea Lounge or Kevin’s….both within a short walk from the Eddington House and Vermont Arts Exchange.
Posted on: March 17th, 2011 by Patti Eddington
Maple Sugar Open House Weekend
I just discovered a wonderful website to assist you with your Maple Sugar House visits sponsored by the Bennington County Sugarmakers Association. This site is www.benningtonmaple.org. The Bennington County Sugarmakers Association (BCSA) is a group of maple producers who have joined together to share their ideas and their love for making maple products.
Each spring the cold nights and the warm days cause the Maple Sap to flow. Families throughout the county gather that sap, boil it down, and produce some of the best maple syrup in Vermont.
As part of the Vermont Maple Open House weekend the Bennington County Sugarmakers will be hosting their annual “Maple Sunday (Weekend)” on March 19-20, 2011. Saphouses will be open to the public offering tours, activities, and free samples of syrup. These sugar houses are all located in Bennington County and some just a few miles from the inn.
So put on your boots and spend the day enjoying Vermont during this unique season.
Posted on: March 11th, 2011 by Patti Eddington
Looking for a Spring Getaway
Opening March 4 through May 30, the Bennington Museum features Bennington Collects IV- The Curated Edition including works by Paul Feeley, Carl Ruggles and Asahel Powers. Bennington Collects IV is a regional-based exhibit that features an eclectic mix of art and historic artifacts that might make you stop and think about what it is you have been collecting. , This exhibit will feature objects collected by residents of Bennington County and the surrounding area, ranging from cobalt decorated stoneware made in Bennington during the nineteenth century to photographs by some of the 20th-century’s most celebrated photographers. Each collection will tell about the collection, how it got started and why it continued, as well as the feeling it brings to the collector.
Any time of year is a wonderful time to visit the Bennington Museum. From the museum’s permanent collection, items such as Bennington Pottery, the 1924 Wasp Touring Car, Fine Art, Vermont Furniture, and the Bennington Flag – one of America’s oldest flags are always on view.
The museum is open every day except Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and open 7 days a week in September and October. Admission for Adults is $10.
In addition to the Bennington Museum, you might want to take a self guided tour of world renowned Bennington Potters, open 7 days a week or tour the automobilia at Hemmings Motor News Car Lover’s Oasis.
Don’t forget the Spa and of course shopping for antiques at Camelot Village. Ah, yes Southern Vermont is a great getaway anytime of year.
Posted on: March 9th, 2011 by Patti Eddington
Southern Vermont Midweek Getaway
Sun, Sun, Sun….after many cloudy and snow filled days this winter, we are now experiencing our second day of sun. Great for skiing, snowshoeing or just relaxing inside with a good book while the light filters through the windows.
Due to the overwhelming positive response to our Midweek Winter Dinner Package we have extended it through April….hopefully our tulips & daffodils will be in bloom by then. This package includes 2 nights lodging, breakfast each day, dinner one evening at Kevin’s, dinner one evening at Pangaea Lounge, afternoon refreshments daily and of course endless desserts. Rate is $349 per couple for the two night stay.
It’s a great time to escape the ho hum of winter at home and treat yourself to a Vermont Getaway. You can’t beat the short walk to dinner since both restaurants are within a block of the inn. Escape to Vermont before this special ends on April 30!
Posted on: March 7th, 2011 by Patti Eddington
Vermont Maple Syrup
Warm days and cold nights …..it’s Maple Sugaring Season here in Southern Vermont. The North Bennington area has several local sugarhouses gearing up for Vermont maple syrup production.
Visit our neighbors the Mance Family Tree Farm at 217 Holliday Drive in Shaftsbury, VT just around the corner from the inn toward Route 7A.
Dave will be open on Saturday & Sunday March 19 & 20 and offers
wood fired evaporator and reverse osmosis. Boiling demonstration and guided tour of how maple syrup is made Sample syrup and sugar on snow (Sunday only). Syrup for sale. 10 AM- 4PM both days. Sugarhouse phone 802-442-5263. email@example.com
Directions from the inn. Right on Route 67 (past Kevins). Right at the stop sign onto Route 67 about 1.5 miles. Right onto Cleveland Ave., next left onto Holliday Drive. Sugar House is at the very end of the road.
We also encourage you to visit our friends Rick & Greer Kobik at Maple Hill Maple located at 207 Maple Hill Road in Shaftsbury who will also be open both Saturday March 19 & Sunday March 20. They invite you to see how maple syrup is made on a wood fired evaporator. Free maple samples and treats. Open 10AM to 4PM Sat. & Sun. Maple syrup for sale. firstname.lastname@example.org
Directions from the inn…Right on 67 past Kevins, over the railroad tracks to the stop sign. Right on RT 67A for 2 miles then left on Route 7A for about 6 miles. Take a right on Old Depot Road(0.3 miles North of Chocolate Barn), go 0.6 miles to Maple Hill Road, right fork uphill 0.2 miles, driveway on left at top of hill.
The Tenth Annual Vermont Maple Open House Weekend will be held at sugarhouses throughout Vermont, March 19 and 20, 2011, a great time for a Vermont Getaway. The Open House Weekend is the public celebration of the maple syrup season in Vermont and an opportunity for the public to visit one or more “sugarhouses” throughout the state to learn about Vermont’s first agricultural crop of the year. Vermont is the largest U.S. producer of maple syrup and produced 920,000 gallons of syrup in 2009. There are approximately 2000 maple producers in Vermont.
If you can’t make it to Vermont on March 19 & 20th….The Armstrong Family in Pownal have been welcoming our guests for several years and we will be happy to make a phone call to arrange a visit for you throughout the month of March.
Happy Stuffed French Toast:)!!!!
Posted on: March 7th, 2011 by Patti Eddington
Ski & Board in Southern Vermont
Bromley Mountain Ski Area just 30 minutes from the Eddington House Inn offers several weekends of fun this March in Southern Vermont.
Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge
Did somebody say “Dual Grand Slalom”? You bet your Dew they did! Come out and watch or get in on the action yourself; this is your last chance to qualify for the national championships.
Spring Fling Weekend
Mar 19th through Mar 20th
Spring Fling Weekend with Live Band and Adventure Pass Give Aways. Saturday features a live band and Pond skimming contest. In addition the Trampoline Things will be on hand from our Summer Adventure Park to liven up the weekend both Saturday and Sunday. Weather permitting the Sun Flyer will be in action over the weekend as well as the third annual Card Box Derby on Sunday!
3rd Annual Backyard BBQ Rail Jam
This springtime rail jam will include; Music, a BBQ, an emcee, a shredtacular contest setup, cash prizes, giveaways, and will be spectator friendly as well. It’s an awesome opportunity for any skier and rider looking to showcase their talent and have some fun in the Sun!
Lots of great snow this winter. Great weekend getaway packages. Southern Vermont is only 3 hours from NYC or Boston.
Posted on: March 3rd, 2011 by Patti Eddington
Music in Southern Vermont
Vermont Arts Exchange brings another great evening of live entertainment to Southern Vermont as part of their Basement Music Series.
North Bennington’entertainment scene this weekend features “a night of Winter Bluegrass” with Gold Town and special guests, The Cambridge Country Line.
Join in the fun for this foot stomping evening….dance floor is waiting.
North Bennington Village also offers a live music venue at Kevin’s every Friday & Saturday night with no cover charge.
With three restaurant options and two music venues within walking distance of the inn, it’s a great winter getaway.
Hope to see you soon.
Posted on: February 25th, 2011 by Patti Eddington
Sarah & Dan visited the Eddington House Inn in 2007 to celebrate their first anniversary and have been trying to return ever since. Like many young couples, things have been busy for Dan & Sarah. They have purchased their first home and added a family member…a new dog. Sarah has returned to school to study business and Dan is busy juggling three jobs; teaching piano from his home, building web sites and working with his Dad.
Dan’s dad is sculptor Robert Shure who has his own ties with Bennington. Mr. Shure sculpted the statue of Revolutionary War General John Stark which can be seen on the grounds of the Bennington Battle Monument. General Stark and his men, with some help from Seth Warner’s Vermont militia, the Green Mountain Boys, routed the Hessian forces there and prevented British General John Burgoyne from resupplying. Stark’s action contributed directly to the surrender of Burgoyne’s northern army at the Battle of Saratoga some months later. This battle is seen as the turning point in the Revolutionary War.
I was happy to see Dan & Sarah…they are a delightful couple. They returned to celebrate Valentine’s Day here in Southern Vermont by taking advantage of our Romance Package.
Have a great Spring Dan & Sarah….hope to see you again soon!