Posted on: May 13th, 2011 by Patti Eddington
Keeping up with the Jones
It is Spring in SouthernVermont after a long winter. Our garden is beginning to sprout bulbs…our cherry tree is amazingly beautiful and our ferns, hostas and soon our amemones will be in full bloom. However, our next door neighbor’s yard, with its 180 year old perennial gardens, is amazing with lush greenery, bluebells, flowering trees bulbs and the estate’s expansive green lawn which wraps all around our house and barn. What a fabulous view from our inn especially from our sunny dining room.
Keeping up with the Jones
The neighboring house, barn and grounds have been in the Welling family for generations. Edward M Welling, who owned a local mill, built the home on Main Street in North Bennington Village in 1827. The home’s current resident is Edward’s great, great granddaughter Mary, who married a fine young man, an architect and painter named Kevan Jones (Though our gardens are lovely-”keeping up with the Jones” fine property is difficult). Mary & Kevan raised their family in upstate New York but moved to North Bennington to care for the estate following Mary’s parents.
The Welling property always looks magnificent and Mary is a wonderful neighbor. She loves to share the beauty of her beautiful gardens with local residents as well as our guests.
Posted on: July 22nd, 2010 by Patti Eddington
Season of Mystery – Writer Presentation Series
The Eddington House Inn was host to award winning author Kenneth Wishnia and his lovely wife Mercy last evening. Ken was in Bennington, Vermont to give a presentation on mystery writing as part of Bennington’s Season of Mystery. Ken’s crime fiction has been nominated for the Edgar and Anthony awards. In addition to his writing, Ken currently teaches composition, literature and creative writing at Suffolk Community College. Ken’s wife, Mercy teaches Spanish as well as an English composition class to ESL students in a high school near their home in Long Island. Ken and Mercy have two children.
Ken just released his 6th novel The Fifth Servant which combines historical details of 16th century Prague with compelling mystery. A great deal of historical research has gone into this novel making it rich and intelligent as well as compelling.
Ken & Mercy enjoyed their brief stay in Bennington having dinner at Kevin’s, an evening at Mt Anthony Country Club and an overnight stay with breakfast this morning here at the Eddington House.
Locally, Ken’s work can be found at the Bennington Bookstore in downtown Bennington. Thanks to Ken & Mercy for making the trip to Bennington and for participating in our Season of Mystery. To learn more about Ken and his writing go to www.kennethwishnia.com.
Posted on: July 22nd, 2010 by Patti Eddington
Mystery Writers of America
On Wednesday July 21, Ken Wishnia will lead a series of talks as part of the Season of Mystery in Bennington, Vermont. This event is free to public and will be held at 7:00pm at Mt Anthony Country Club just around the corner from the Bennington Battle Monument. This event includes a lecture, book signing and reception with a cash bar. Remember to order the signature Mystery Martinis.
Come and meet this award winning mystery writer whose work includes 22 Shades of Black, Soft Money, Red House and most recently his latest release The Fifth Servant.
Please stay tuned for the next Mystery Writers Book Receptions on August 25 Nancy Means Wright and September 29th E. J. Wagner. Bennington Vermont…a season of Mystery!
Posted on: July 13th, 2010 by Patti Eddington
2010 Art Park – North Bennington Village Vermont
July 17th marks the beginning of the 13th year of the North Bennington Art Park in North Bennington Village. The show’s official opening is July 17, from 4 to 8 p.m., on the grounds surrounding the post office and train station, and is open to the public. There will be music and refreshments, but “it’s mostly about the artwork.”
Fred Brownstein, a local but internationally known sculpture, is putting the show together again this year. The exhibition includes sculpture, painting and mixed media artwork from artists invited especially for this show. Brownstein said one key to the exhibit is that it really shows that “the artist is your neighbor”.
And the artists don’t do it alone. They receive sponsorship from local businesses, help in positioning large sculptures from Art Whitman, and hot dogs and ice cream for the kids from Kevin’s, as well as funding from the Sage City Syndicate and the Fund For North Bennington. It’s a wonderful community event.
The North Bennington Art Park is just up the street from the Eddington House Inn on Main Street (Route 67) and artwork will be on display until October 1oth.
Posted on: June 25th, 2010 by Patti Eddington
Baker Street Breakfast Club
I returned to Vermont after my son’s wedding (yes it was WONDERFUL) to a “Season of Mystery” in the Bennington Area. This weekend Bennington College hosts the Baker Street Breakfast Club conference. In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the founding of The Baker Street Breakfast Club (a scion society of the Baker Street Irregulars) and the centenary of the first theatre production of a Holmes adventure (The Speckled Band at the Adelphi Theatre, London), the Baker Street Breakfast Club will host a conference of scholars and aficionados. The conference, through papers, panel discussions and major sessions, will explore the many worlds in which Holmes first moved and has moved since Dr. Watson stopped chronicling the adventures.
Our Bennington Vermont bed and breakfast is abuzz with guests for the conference..weather is perfect and it should be a wonderful weekend for all.
Posted on: May 28th, 2010 by Patti Eddington
Bennington Vermont Local’s Package
There are lots of great things about living in Vermont. One of these things is the ability to take advantage of the Local’s Package offered at the Eddington House Inn, our Southern Vermont bed and breakfast.
This is an opportunity to escape the hustle bustle of kids, laundry, yard work and enjoy a convenient and easy getaway in your “ own backyard” in beautiful Southern Vermont.
The Local’s Package includes overnight accommodations for two as well as dinner for two at your choice of Pangaea Lounge or Kevin’s Sport Pub, both restaurants are just steps from the inn. This Vermont bed and breakfast package also includes afternoon refreshments, a 3 course breakfast for two, endless desserts and locally made chocolate truffles.
All this for a cost of $139 per couple….This package is open to any Bennington County resident and another great perk for living in this beautiful part of the world.
Posted on: April 30th, 2010 by Patti Eddington
Romance is in the air. It is beautiful day in Southern Vermont…sunny and warm. A bird has built a nest in the wreath outside the front door of our Vermont barn. Yes, Spring is here.
Southern Vermont in the spring is the perfect time for a romantic getaway to a bed and breakfast. Gardens are in bloom, everything is fresh and new this time of year in Southern Vermont.
Take the time for a romantic getaway. Escape with your honey and enjoy a spacious suite with a luxurious queen bed and cozy fireplace, and a bottle of champagne. Later that evening you can stroll to our local bistro, Pangaea Lounge for a relaxing dinner for two. You’ll be treated the next morning to a gourmet breakfast for two in our light filled dining room. Then off to explore the many sites and shops in Bennington. Don’t miss Bennington Potters, the Village Chocolate Shop and Cat Bird Studio. Take in the Bennington Museum for a little “culture” and stop by Madison’s Brew Pub to try their beer sampler.
Hope to see you this spring at the Eddington House Inn….Bennington’s boutique bed and breakfast in historic Southern Vermont.
Posted on: April 23rd, 2010 by Patti Eddington
Live entertainment in North Bennington…just around the corner from our Southern Vermont bed and breakfast.
Howard Fishman returns tonight to North Bennington for his 6th annual appearance at the Basement Music Series just down the street from our Vermont bed and breakfast at the Vermont Arts Exchange. This composer, guitarist, singer and his band put on a fabulous show. Joining him is one of our favorites – Mazz Swift, of Brazztree. We have had the fortune of hosting Mazz here at the Eddington House Inn on many occasions. She is a remarkable person as well as an amazing musician with her soulful voice and incredible skill with the violin. Howard Fishman always plays to a sold out crowd in North Bennington..what a night!
Please check out some of the other great events at VAE. What a treat to have these live performances in a coffee house setting just a block from our Vermont bed and breakfast.