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Lantern Lodge North...Remember When?

Just in time for Throwback Thursday, we found this set of keys squirreled away on a shelf in our garage.

Lantern Lodge North was the original name given to what is now Weathertop Mountain Inn, back in the mid to late 70s. Info going back to those days is pretty fuzzy. We don't even have any photos from that time period, other than these keys.

Lantern Lodge North, aka Weathertop Mountain Inn

If anyone has stories or photos of the inn from those days to share, we would love to hear or see them!

HELP US UNLOCK THE PAST...

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Elk In The Kitchen!

Just received our first shipment of 24 BEAUTIFUL pounds of elk tenderloin from Vermont Heritage Elk, LLC, our newest supplier of locally-raised game, located in Fairfax, VT. They're so new, we can't even direct you to their website or FB page!

We've been anxiously awaiting their first slaughter, and this first shipment, since March.

Vermont Heritage Elk Tenderloin

Guess we'll just have to do a quality control check and fire some up on the grill tonight. Anybody care to join us?

EATIN'S BEST WHEN YOU'VE GOT FOUR FEET IN THE TROUGH!

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Night Landings Now Possible

OK, admit it. How many of you have passed by our driveway at night and had to turn around? Yeah, Route 17 is very dark at night...

That should no longer be a problem with our new driveway lights! Better yet, they are energy efficient (LED) and Dark Sky Friendly™. When I started this project, I hadn't a clue that this group existed. But they do and we did. If you're interested in learning what they're all about...click here...

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So if you ever miss our driveway again...

YA SHOULDN'T BE DRIVIN'...just sayin'...

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Naughty Or Nice?

We recently had a guest who looked very familiar, but hadn't stayed with us before. Just yesterday, we received a nice letter from him which included his business card:

Business Card © W. A. Bizon, 2015

SWEET...

Perhaps it was the extra slice of bacon we gave him at breakfast? Now we just have to wait 5 months to see what it all means.

CAN'T WAIT TO FIND OUT!

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When Eyes Are Bigger Than Stomach

Got a great price on a Spanish cheese that I never had before, called Etxagarai, so I ordered some. It's a smoked, raw milk sheep cheese from the mountainous Basque Country of northern Spain. It is phenomenal. Problem is, the wheel weighed in at 7 pounds, soooooo...

I guess we're gonna be eating a lot of this stuff for a while!

Anybody wanna help???

PEACE, LOVE AND BBQ!

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Countdown To ArtsFest

Only one week to go until the beginning of The Vermont Festival Of The Arts, THE annual month-long celebration of ALL forms of art. Whatever your passion, you'll find some activity or event to peak your interest, each and every day of the festival.

To discover what's on tap...click here...

Best of all, everything happens right here in The Mad River Valley. A stay at Weathertop Mountain Inn makes it easy. We're located right in the middle of all the activity. So get creative, enjoy summer & explore Vermont's Mad River Valley...all at the same time...

Wishing You All A Happy Fest!

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This Weekend's Menu At The Shameless Carnivore

Check out this weekend's menu at The Shameless Carnivore...click here...

Muddy Boots CSA is delivering an awesome variety of summer's freshest vegetables & herbs. Our salads, pestos & veggie sides are just about as colorful and flavorful as they can possibly be...

We're also anxiously awaiting an order of elk tenderloins from Blue Mountain Elk Farm in South Ryegate, VT. We had elk striploin from Blue Mountain on our menu during the winter. The quality & flavor were amazing. Can't wait for the arrival of this tenderloin shipment! If it is delivered on Saturday, as promised, it will DEFINITELY by added to our menu. Stay tuned...

Bon Appetit! 

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Enhancing The Guest Experience

Of all the projects we've undertaken at Weathertop Mountain Inn lately, the one most likely to be noticed by our guests is the refrigerator upgrade in the guest rooms.

Now, guests have sufficient fridge capacity to hold 60 cans of Heady Topper, and the freezer is larger enough to hold 12 pints of Ben & Jerry's latest flavors, with room to spare for another dozen Cherry Garcia Pops! How's that for an upgrade?

But don't take our word for it. Come visit Weathertop Mountain Inn & The Mad River Valley this summer and prove it to yourself...

HOPING TO SEE YOU SOON!

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Sometimes You Just Get Lucky

Today I did something I have NEVER EVER done before...I stood in line for beer...

I happened to be driving past the VG at 7:55 this morning and there was already a line waiting for the days delivery of Heady Topper. Not a huge line, but a line. Waiting for beer at a time when many folks are having their first cup of coffee. So I laughed and kept going. When I passed by again at 9:00, the line was still there. It wasn't any longer than before, AND the delivery truck was in the parking lot, so I figured what the heck.

Within only a few minutes the doors opened and another surprise was waiting. In addition to purchasing a case of Heady Topper, I was also able to get my hands on a case of Lawson's Sip Of Sunshine AND a 12-pack of Lawson's latest offering in cans - Super Session #2.

Sometimes you just get lucky...I probably should have bought a lottery ticket before leaving the VG...

CHEERS!

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Go For The Gose!

We recently added Lost Nation Brewing "Gose" to our beer portfolio at Weathertop Mountain Inn. For some, Gose is a developed taste, but for those who love it, well...they love it! It is salty, tart & herbal...very refreshing. And at 4.5% ABV...very crushable.

We think it is the perfect beverage for a warm summer day after working out in the gardens or after a long hike (after a glass of water, of course...).

Give it a try...

CHEERS!

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Burger-N-Brew Weekends Are Here!

While regular dinner service at The Shameless Carnivore has ended for this ski season, from now until our spring close we'll be offering Burger-N-Brew Weekends. Your choice of burger - beef, venison or salmon - will be freshly prepared & grilled to your liking and served with your choice of cheese, salad and chips. We'll also included a glass of local draft beer or a soft drink. A delectable selection of desserts and our complete beer & wine list are also available. Cost is as follows:

  • Beef Burger Platter (8 ounces) - $15
  • Venison Burger Platter (7 ounces) - $17
  • Salmon Burger Platter (6 ounces) - $16

We're offering this Burger-N-Brew Special on Friday and Saturday evenings. All you need to do is let us know in advance which night(s) you would like to dine with us and we'll keep the grill fired up from 5-9 PM.

What a nice complement to a great spring skiing season...

SEE YA SOON!

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The Magic Of Mature Bordeaux

Reflecting on the events of the prior year and life in general is best done while enjoying a nice bottle of wine. Tonight was such a night, and we happened to have one remaining bottle of 1992 Chateau Lagrange Saint-Julien. While some would say that this particular vintage is beyond prime, there is something magical about any well-aged Bordeaux. The wine still has a lovely nose of berries, flowers & oak with soft berries & tannins on the palate. In a word - delicious.

But the wine is much more than that...

This particular bottle has been in our cellar for 22 years. We purchased it one year after we were married. Since then, we have had numerous career changes, traveled a good chunk of the globe, enjoyed a three-year stint living in Singapore, got certified as divemasters to satisfy our SCUBA addiction, quit our corporate jobs, started our own business, learned way more about cooking then we ever imagined, created a great wine cellar and - most significantly - gained & lost dear friends and loved ones along the way. During that time, this bottle patiently lay dormant in our cellar, waiting for the moment we would open it to flood us with these wonderful memories.

So here's a toast to great food, great wine, great travel, great memories & a great many New Years...

CHEERS!

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Here's What's Cookin' New Year's Eve

For those of you ringing in the New Year at Weathertop Mountain Inn, click here to see our New Year's Eve menu at The Shameless Carnivore. Contact us if you have any questions or would like to reserve your table!

Don't worry about the calories...you can work them off in 2015 on the slopes of Mad River Glen & Sugarbush...

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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What's On Tap?

We're starting off the winter season with two draft offerings from Trapp Lager Brewery:

  • Golden Helles - a crisp, filtered session lager with a nice hop balance; 5.0% ABV
  • Trösten Bier - a winter-warming black lager with roasted malt, rich flavor & enough hops for a clean finish; 6.2% ABV

As always, we also have Heady Topper from The Alchemist, the flagship of American Double IPAs (in our humble opinions...).

CHEERS!

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We're Open For The Season!

Season's Greetings!

The Shameless Carnivore is now open for the winter season. Click here to see our menu for the current holiday week. Stay tuned, as we'll be posting our New Year's Eve menu shortly. If you can't wait, give us a call - we already know what we're cookin' up!

Enjoy the holidays and THINK SNOW!

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Since The Snow Is Here...

Just a gentle reminder from your innkeepers...

Having you purchased your Mad Cards for Mad River Glen or your Quad Packs for Sugarbush? These are awesome opportunities for discounted lift tix not to be missed. Don't say we didn't warn you!

THINK SNOW!

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Thanks For A Great Season!

The leaves are gone and the season's first ground covering snow has arrived...

We are now closed for our between-seasons "break". Thanks to all of our guests who made it possible for us to have our BEST year...EVER!!!

We're now in the midst of our bucket list of projects. In addition to the usual prep of the gardens for winter and "scrubbing" of the inn from top to bottom, our plans include completion of the dining room renovation, completion of the guest bathroom renovations, "detailing" our Garland stove (aka The Beast), installation of new TVs in the great room & game room (not as minor a chore as one would think...), replacing the inventory of guest towels, updating our wine list (again???) and fine-tuning the winter menu for The Shameless Carnivore. Will we finish in time?

Once that's done, we're off to VA for Thanksgiving with family and then two weeks in Panama. Why Panama? Firstly, we've never been there. Secondly, we hear that it's the undeveloped gem of Central America, and we want to get there before it's "discovered". We're definitely looking forward to the break. Our cats also love it because they have a few weeks to be spoiled rotten by their favorite inn-sitter!

Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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Wagyu At Weathertop!

Our first shipment of Wagyu beef arrived today - beautiful, whole flatirons! I just finished trimming them up into 8 oz. portions and plan to offer them as a menu special starting tomorrow evening, while the supply lasts. What's so special about Wagyu? Without going into too much detail (you can Google it yourself...), it's as close as you'll come to Kobe beef, without flying to Japan and taking out a second mortgage to cover dinner. It's the same breed of cow, just raised in Texas. Oh yeah...in Texas, they don't feed the cows sake or give them daily massages (at least to my knowledge)...but the flavor profile is "reasonably" similar.

With such flavorful beef, we plan to honor it by keeping the preparation simple & seasonal. After a light dusting of smoked sea salt and freshly cracked peppercorns, we'll sear it on the BBQ, then serve it on a bed of heirloom tomatoes from our Gaylord Farm CSA basket. The finishing touch will be a toasted spice vinaigrette.

And what wine will we recommend? Give me the night to think about it - that will be the subject of our next blog. Tonight, we're having our "test" steaks with a Super Tuscan.

Bon Appetit!

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What's On Tap?

That's right...

To enjoy some of the local Vermont beers only available in kegs, we have added two draft lines at Weathertop Mountain Inn! Our current offerings are Trapp Golden Helles Lager and Lost Nation Rustic Ale. Golden Helles is a nicely balanced, golden-colored & filtered session lager with an ABV of 5.0%, while Rustic Ale is an amber-colored ale with more pronounced hop flavor (IBU: 40) and an ABV of 5.2%.

Enjoy autumn & the changing leaves in Vermont's Mad River Valley with a stay at Weathertop Mountain Inn. While here, sip a pint of each brew, and then move on to a can of Heady Topper. We'd say you've had the ultimate Triple Play!

Cheers!

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Our Weekend Wine Pick

This weekend our menu special was a stone-grilled ham steak, glazed with boiled cider and finished with grainy mustard. Our suggested wine for this dish was:

Laurent Kraft "Sec" Chenin Blanc, Vouvray AP, Vouvray (Loire), France, 2008

This is a dry Vouvray with light golden color and intense aroma & flavor reminiscent of fresh peaches, mangoes and orange blossoms. Crisp acidity and signature minerality perfectly balance the saltiness and tanginess of the glazed ham. If I had to describe this wine in one word - precise.

Dry Chenin Blanc is one of those wines that I don't have very often, yet every time I do it reminds me that I should utilize it more often...

Cheers!

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