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Linda Brophy

Bluebird Month at Mount Snow

Having the blues isn't always a bad thing. All throughout the month of December Mount Snow is celebrating the opening of their new Bluebird Express Bubble Chairlift with lift ticket deals, events and giveaways. So grab your skis and boards and get ready to celebrate your new favorite color -- BLUE.

A massive crane lifts the summit terminal pieces into position. Photo: Mount Snow.

When the new lift makes its maiden voyage, the mountain will be hosting a Grand Opening day full of events including a blueberry pancake breakfast, music, trivia and giveaways. Also on this day, the lucky winner of the Golden Chair raffle will be announced and leave the mountain with a piece of Mount Snow history.

Even if you're not the lucky new chair owner, there are plenty of other specials and events that will make you feel like a winner all month long. Here's a list of some of the important dates and happenings.

December 1: Bluebird Day Photo Contest

December 2-22: Get 20% off "Beat the Blues" package at naturespa

December 3: Mount Snow Film Festival at the Snowbarn. Featuring the premiere of Carinthia: The Movie. 6pm

December 5-11: 17% off Blue logo wear at Mount Snow Sports at the Grand Summit and the Main Base Lodge.

December 6, 13, 20: Blue Tuesdays -- Wear blue and get lift tickets for just $39.

Looking up the mountain after the bubble chairs have been hung. Photo: Mount Snow.

December 9: Bright Lights of the Mount Snow Valley kick-off event.

December 10: 1900' Burger Grand Opening, Mount Snow Retail Fashion Show and free racing on Charlie's Chase.

December 12-18: 17% off Blue beanies and winter hats at any Mount Snow Retail Shop.

December 17: Scavenger Hunt to find the Bluebird Egg. Find it and win a Season Pass.

Check out the Mount Snow events calendar for more details.

With so many great days to be at the mountain this season, you'll need to have a good place to stay. Check out our great rental properties for a comfy place to call home this winter, located just a short distance from all the Bluebird festivities.

Tour Vermont Breweries and Earn Beer Gear

One of the Vermont's most valued products, aside from maple syrup and cheese of course, is their craft beer. Locals and visitors from out of town can find a great selection of local nectar at markets, bars and brew fests around the state. But the best way to sample the freshest beer is right off the taps at the brewery. So grab your passport, it's time to go on a self-guided Vermont brewery tour.

Visit all Vermont breweries and earn the collector's set of beer gear. Photo courtesy of Vermont Brewers Association

It's not the same passport you need to get into Canada, and probably won't help you get across the border --unless the on-duty boarder patrol is a beer aficionado. This is the Vermont Brewery Challenge Passport, created by the Vermont Brewers Association (VBA). This passport is also a lot easier to get. No application necessary. Simply stop in to any Vermont brewery and pick one up. There's usually a large stack sitting right at the bar. So order up a pint and get the first stamp to begin the journey.

As you earn stamps at each brewery, you can earn prizes from the Brewers Association for your loyal patronage. Prizes are awarded when the passport is mailed in to the VBA.  Visit four breweries, get a bottle opener. Ten brewery visits entitles you to a VBA t-shirt.  If you visit all of the breweries, you'll earn the collector's set of Vermont beer gear and a place in the hearts of brewmasters everywhere.

Present your "Passport" to get stamps at each Vermont brewery you visit. Photo: Brian Daigle/Red Sink Media

Get your first few stamps by visiting these breweries located just a short drive from the Mount Snow Valley.

Madison Brewing Co. - Main Street, Bennington Madison has 6 beers on tap at all times, from English ales to an American Honey Wheat. Take home a growler for $11. Open Sun-Thur 11:30am-10:00pm, Fri/Sat 11:30am-11:00pm (summer); Sun-Thur 11:30am-9:30pm, Fri/Sat 11:30am-10:30pm (winter)

Northshire Brewing - County Street, Bennington Northshire brews a small selection of robust beers available at many pubs and liquors stores around the region. Open for tours Tues & Thur 3:00-6:00pm, Saturday 10:00am-1:00pm

McNeil's Pub & Brewery - Elliot Street, Brattleboro Find McNeil's brews in 22oz bottles at most gas stations, markets and beer stores throughout the Northeast. Open Mon-Thur 4:00pm until late, Fri-Sun 2:00pm until late

Harpoon Brewery - Ruth Carney Drive, Windsor Less than a mile off Exit 9 on Interstate 91, Harpoon offers great food in their tap room, regular brewery tours and an annual Oktoberfest in the fall. Great beer merchandise, too. Open Sun 10:00am-6:00pm, Tues-Wed 10:00am-6:00pm, Thurs-Sat 10:00am-9:00pm, Closed Mondays

After a long day of sampling fine Vermont libations, rest up at one of our comfortable rental homes, just a short "hop" from the taps.

Comments

  1. Scott Medeiros on

    Hey im interested in 2 of the passports can you mail them to me ?? Was at a brew festival in CT today and everyone told us about this incredible thing your doing!!!
    • admin on

      Hi Scott, The Vermont Brewers Association manages the statewide Passport Program. You can print the passport directly from their website (http://www.vermontbrewers.com/passport-program/) or pick one up in person at any Vermont brewery on your next visit. Cheers!
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        Mount Snow Lift Tickets on the Cheap (or FREE!)

        Mount Snow lift tickets aren't getting any cheaper. That's a definite. Factor in the cost of ski and snowboard gear, lodging near Mount Snow, the price of fuel when driving up to Vermont and the expensive base lodge food, and Mount Snow lift tickets can seem downright astronomical.

        That's why we've compiled a list of discounts and special deals to get you on Mount Snow's slopes without setting your wallet on fire.

        1. Youth Pay Their Age Day -- January 8, 2012 By far one of Mount Snow's most popular discount lift ticket options. It's a simple premise, all kids 18 and under pay their age for a full day lift ticket.

        Mount Snow lift tickets2. Valentine's Day 2 for 1 -- February 14, 2012 Show up to the lift ticket window on Valentine's Day with another person (it doesn't even need to be a romantic someone) and get 2 Mount Snow lift tickets for $49.

        3. Bring-a-Friend Fridays This special runs all season long. Season passholders may bring a buddy to the mountain on non-holiday Fridays and he she will score Mount Snow lift tickets for $50 (adult) and $29 (youth and seniors). Limit one buddy per passholder.

        4. College Kid Thursdays-- January 2 - 6 and 9 -13, 2012 College kids are notoriously strapped for cash, so here's their redemption. Mount Snow hosts "College Weeks" the first two weeks of January. And on January 5 and 12 (both Thursdays) students can score $29 lift tickets. Just show up at the ticket window with a valid college ID.

        5. Buy Online and Save If you purchase lift tickets online directly through mountsnow.com, you can save 5%. One caveat, though, you must purchase at least a 2-day ticket.

        6. St. Patty's Day Special -- March 16, 2012 A screaming deal that would be ludicrous to pass up. All full-day Mount Snow lift tickets are just $17. You don't need to be Irish or even be wearing green.

        And last but not least, don't forget that if you're coming up to ski or ride at Mount Snow, you might as well get a great deal on a place to stay. Check out our listings of long and short-term southern Vermont real estate rentals, available all winter long. We're located just 15 minutes from the base of Mount Snow.

        Have fun out there, money saver.

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                                                        Easy and Intermediate Fall Hiking in Southern Vermont

                                                        As the weather begins to cool off and the peak of foliage season quickly approaches, it's the perfect time for hitting the trail on a relaxing fall hike. Vermont has an abundance of breathtaking views that gaze into endless mountain ranges and look down over the peaceful towns that make up the unique countryside.

                                                        Hiking in Vermont offers many thrills to outdoor enthusiasts. Photo opportunities, animal sightings and friendly encounters with other hikers are a part of every outing.  In addition, the difficulty of the terrain varies greatly and accommodates all ranges of interest and skill. For trips out with the whole family, try these easy to intermediate hikes just a short drive from Wilmington.

                                                        Hogback Mountain Conservation Area

                                                        View from the fire tower at Mt. Olga. Marlboro, VT

                                                        One of Vermont's forgotten ski areas, Hogback Mountain continues to be a frequented hike for visitors traveling along Route 9 between Marlboro and Wilmington. There are several trails accessible inside the boundaries of the conservation area. The Tower Trail is a popular route and starts next to the Hogback Mountain Gift Shop. Follow the old ski trail just over 0.5 miles west to the fire tower at the peak of Mt. Olga (elevation 2,418'). Climb the spiraling staircase and you'll be rewarded with a stunning 360 degree view spanning from the Green Mountains (north) to the Berkshires (south).

                                                        Mount Wantastiquet

                                                        View of Brattleboro from the summit of Mt. Wantastiquet.

                                                        For a unique view of downtown Brattleboro and the Connecticut River there is no better choice than Mt. Wantastiquet. Take Rte. 9 into downtown Brattleboro, head down Main Street and cross the iron bridges into Hinsdale, New Hampshire on Rte 119. Take the first left and follow the dirt road to the end. From there two trails begin to the north. One follows the banks of the Connecticut River with easy climbs for two miles. The other switchbacks up a rocky old road bed for just over two miles to a rock outcropping at the summit. Shortcuts along the way can cut down on time, but they are steep, narrow and cover more rugged and uneven terrain. Make sure to wear shoes with good traction if you venture on these routes.

                                                        Putney Mountain Summit

                                                        Panoramic view from Putney Hawk Watch.

                                                        Also known as the Putney Mountain Hawk Watch, this a favorite spot for bird lovers. Located on the Brookline/Putney town line, the Hawk Watch is an easy hike to gorgeous views of the surrounding valley and distant mountain peaks including Stratton, Mount Snow, Bromley, Haystack and Mt. Manadnock in New Hampshire. For year round access, head north from the center of Putney on Westminster Road, turn left onto West Hill Road and continue past the apple orchard. Turn right on Putney Mountain Road and follow it to the peak (roughly 2.2 miles) where there is a parking area on the right and a kiosk. Hiking to the summit takes less than 30 minutes, where a message board lists the bird sightings for the season along with bird identification tips and images.

                                                        When you're ready to kick off your hiking boot, consider putting your feet up in one of our short term rentals just a short commute from the trail head.

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                                                        1. Patty Killion on

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                                                          • Ann on

                                                            Sydney LongfellowI used to work at the Brattleboro Food Coop until I moved to Northern California. Now I work at a locally owned naatrul foods market called The Good Earth. On February 15th we moved into our brand new expanded location down the street from the older store. We renovated an old eyesore in town to create our new store: we expanded all the departments, added parking, landscaped, renovated the building with green technology and used local artists to beautify, and even added new departments plus tons more selection in our deli and hot food. Many people loved it immediately, but lots of the regulars were aghast: it's just like Whole Foods , it's too big , it's impersonal , you ruined my local grocery store, etc. Nearly five months later the furor has quieted down and I think I can safely say, now that everyone has gotten over the shock, that most people enjoy the new store. Sales are up and everyone is happy and friendly again. I'm sure it will be the same for the Coop in Brattleboro. I can't wait to see it when I visit town in August!

                                                            Mount Snow OktoBrewFest and Golden Chair Raffle

                                                            Never fear brew fans, the time for beer is near. If Hurricane Irene thought the flooding and destruction was going to stop a great beer drinking tradition in Vermont, she was sorely mistaken. In fact, it has made the community stronger and the festivities bigger. Get ready for OktoBrewFest coming October 8 & 9, 2011.

                                                            Forging two great Mount Snow annual events -- Oktoberfest and the Brewer's Festival -- OktoBrewFest is sure to be a schnitzel and beer extravaganza the like's of which have never been seen, not even in Germany. So grab your drinking buddies, strap on your lederhosen and get ready to polka.

                                                            Shop around for great Vermont products at the Harvest Arts and Craft Show. Browse the extensive tap list from local and national breweries and sample delicious fall offerings from Beck's, Sam Adams, Harpoon, Wolaver's, Long Trail, Dogfish Head, Ayinger, Trapp, Victory, Rock Art, Rouge and many more.

                                                            Games and activities for kids including face painting, pumpkin painting, arts & crafts, a hay pile and the famous "schnitzel toss". Adults can compete in a keg toss, Horseshoe Tournament, and Stein Holding contest.

                                                            Plus, don't forget to grab a ticket for the Golden Chair Raffle, and earn a chance to take home a piece of the mountain's history. All proceeds from the raffle benefit Vermont flood recovery efforts in the area. The chair has been freshly painted and hung on a custom-built timber frame. The lucky winner will be drawn at the start of the ski season.

                                                            Admission: One Day: $25 - 21+ Adults /$12 - Under 21 / Kids 5 & Under Free Two Day: $35 - 21+ Adults / $20 - Under 21 / Kids 5 & Under Free

                                                            All 21+ adult admission receive a special commemorative pint glass.

                                                            If you overfill on sauerkraut and lager we've got plenty of rental homes near Mount Snow for you to hang up your laderhosen.

                                                            WHAT: OktoBrewFest and 38th Harvest Arts and Craft Show WHEN: October 8 & 9, 2011. 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM WHERE: Mount Snow base area, West Dover, VT

                                                            Wilmington, VT/Chimney Hill update, donation information. Irene flood.

                                                            Here is an update of road conditions and relief efforts in the Chimney Hill and Wilmington, Vermont area as of Monday, September 5, 2011. Tropical Storm Irene hit Vermont on Sunday, August 28, causing widespread flooding. Wilmington was one of the hardest hit areas in the state.

                                                            2011 and 1938 flood level, wilmington, vermont

                                                            Access in and out of the area is still limited. It is hoped that at least one lane on Route 9 from Bennington will be open by the end of the week (bridge above the Woodford School) and Route 9 from Brattleboro is still being worked on below Marlboro and only open to emergency and relief vehicles at this time. As of this writing the Route 9 Bridge in Wilmington has limited vehicle access and foot traffic is prohibited.

                                                            You can get to Chimney Hill via Route 2 in Greenfield to Route 112 and then route 100. You will need to take Route 100 north in Wilmington to Cold Brook Road and then gain access to Chimney Hill via Mann Road (past the Haystack golf course) to upper Ray Hill Road which will bring you to the upper end of Haystack Road. Because the Town has been busy putting the infrastructure back in order in the downtown area many roads in Chimney Hill still are one lane with steep drop offs on the sides, please use caution when getting around the Hill and local areas. We have been told that the Town will begin road work in Chimney Hill this week. Chimney Hill will begin contacting those owners who have experienced driveway washouts this week with estimates on repairs. Driveways repairs may take some time as materials for repairs are limited.

                                                            It is amazing how much has been done in a week. Hundreds of volunteers worked around the clock to clean out the downtown area. Our maintenance department assisted in these efforts helping the Wilmington Water Department in getting their system back in order and removing piles of debris from the downtown area. We also assisted the Chamber in relocating their offices to the Split Ends building (up the street from the Town offices).

                                                            There is much that still needs to be done and we all want our town to recover from this devastating flood and return our area to the great place we have all come to enjoy, and it will.

                                                            As many of you have offered your assistance of help the following relief sites have been established and are accepting donations. We have been assured that all of the sites listed will use all of the monies donated for the local community. When and if you make a donation please let them know that you are a Chimney Hill owner.

                                                            Specific Local Funds:

                                                            FOR TOWN INFRASTRUCTURE: The Town of Wilmington has set up a Flood Relief Fund.  To make donations please make out checks to "Town of Wilmington Flood Relief Fund" and mail to Town of Wilmington, PO Box 217, Wilmington, VT 05363. This fund is to be used to help the Town defer our costs to rebuild infrastructure.  Donations are tax deductible and you will receive an acknowledgement by mail.

                                                            FOR WILMINGTON SMALL BUSINESSES:  Wilmington VT Flood Relief. Unfortunately, flood insurance and FEMA rarely give support to businesses that lose inventory or equipment. This relief fund, with coordination through the Deerfield Valley Rotary Club and Mount Snow Chamber of Commerce, has been set up to help offset any replacement costs or repair expenses. PayPal donations link at the website. They are working on getting 501c3 status and will update accordingly. All donations will be dispersed to local Wilmington businesses exclusively.

                                                            FOR FAMILIES: Deerfield River Valley Human Webwww.drvhumanweb.com

                                                            These funds will be used to help affected families anywhere along the Deerfield River path.  People will be able to apply for grants from this fund to help displaced renters, people who have lost work and jobs because of the flooding, lost furniture, etc.  A website with more information will be set up soon.  For now, checks made out to "Deerfield River Valley Human Web" can be sent to the fund at 14 Castle Hill Road, Wilmington, VT 05363.

                                                            One of our own, a Chimney Hill staff member, also had flood damage to their home in Wilmington center. Although somewhat covered by insurance they lost many of their personal items and have expenses not covered by insurance. If you wish to make a donation please send your check to: Chimney Hill Owners Association, P.O. Box 415, Wilmington, Vermont 05363. Checks should be made out to Chimney Hill and include in the memo section "Staff Relief".

                                                            In lieu of monetary donations:

                                                            Furniture, small appliances, etc. - Wahoo Eatery Flood Relief - contact Adam Grinold (802) 780-7828.

                                                            Clothing and "Stuff" - Twice Blessed, (802) 464-7500. Clean and in good shape clothing and household items can be dropped off at 716 Route 100 North, Wilmington.

                                                            Food Donations - Deerfield Valley Food Pantry - non-perishable food donations accepted. Open from 9 AM to 5 PM daily at 7 Church Street, Wilmington (802) 464-0148.

                                                            Time heals all and this will hold true for our area. With your help homes, roads, infrastructure and businesses will be reconstructed and our great corner of Vermont will be open for business as usual.

                                                            The concerns and generosity of our membership is overwhelming and all of us in the local community thank you for your past and future support.

                                                            I will keep updating the membership as developments warrant.

                                                            Very Sincerely,

                                                            Ken Spicer Executive Director Chimney Hill Owners Association, Inc.

                                                            Comments

                                                            1. edythe darnell on

                                                              My family in NYC is naturally concerned about me being up here alone. I.m ok, but if they decide to come up here to "rescue" me next week, what would be the best route-from NYC perhaps using Rte 91 or an alternative? Thankyou, Edythe 15 Corner Lane
                                                              • edythe darnell on

                                                                In case my family from NYC want to "rescue" me what is the best route? 15 Corner Lane B53
                                                                • admin on

                                                                  Edythe, there is detailed information on the condition of roads and the routes in and out of Chimney Hill in the post above. Once your family has reached Greenfield, MA they can follow the directions below. You can get to Chimney Hill via Route 2 in Greenfield to Route 112 and then route 100. You will need to take Route 100 north in Wilmington to Cold Brook Road and then gain access to Chimney Hill via Mann Road (past the Haystack golf course) to upper Ray Hill Road which will bring you to the upper end of Haystack Road.

                                                                  Pick your own apples in southern Vermont

                                                                  "Crunch!" The sound of that first big bite into a fresh juicy apple is unmistakable.

                                                                  Not only are apples a symbol of wisdom, life and good health, but here in Vermont fresh apples are a clear sign that fall has arrived. With so many varieties available, each with their own distinctive colors, flavors and uses, it's impossible to say which is the 'top pick'. But all apple lovers can agree that the best apples are the ones you pick yourself.

                                                                  Apple picking is a great fall activity to enjoy with the whole family or just someone special. Pack a basket of snacks and enjoy a romantic picnic in the orchard. Afterall, the apple is also a symbol of love. *wink* *wink*

                                                                  Peak apple picking in Vermont is from late-August until November, so get an early jump on the season and check out these great orchards, just a short car ride from Wilmington.

                                                                  Dwight Miller Orchards: Located on Miller Road in East Dummerston. One of the oldest orchards in southern Vermont. All crops are certified organic. They have a huge selection of pre-picked crops at the stand, even honey from their own bee hives. Make sure to enjoy some of their fresh apple cider, pressed at the cider mill on-site.

                                                                  Green Mountain Orchards: Located on West Hill Road, just 3 minutes northwest of Putney proper. A family owned and operated business since 1914. They offer pick your own blueberries, pumpkins, apples, peaches and plums. The orchard is a beautiful place to hike, pick and even get married. Don't forget to try their warm and fresh apple cider donuts.

                                                                  Harlow's Sugar House: Located on Bellows Falls Road in Putney. Known best for their maple syrup and sugar house products, this family-run farm blossoms with beautiful red fruit in the sugaring off-season. Enjoy picking apples and see fresh cider being pressed.

                                                                  Scott Farm: Located on Kipling Road in Dummerston. This hillside orchard produces over 70 varieties of heirloom apples from around the world. Join them for an apple tasting day in October and pick up a mixed bag.

                                                                  Cortland Hill Orchard: Located just 2 miles off Rte 9 in West Brattleboro. Find a full selection of peaches, plums and more at the farm stand, and a local selection of PYO apples in the orchard.

                                                                  Apples aren't the only thing ripe in the fall. We've got a handful of beautiful rentals properties for the picking near Wilmington that you'll love 'a bushel and a peck'. Check them out today.

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                                                                  1. nicole barlett on

                                                                    looking for rental 2 night for family of four would love to come and pick apples etc..
                                                                    • Patty Killion on

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                                                                      Another round please - Mount Snow Brewers Festival 2011

                                                                      Update: This event has been cancelled. The Brewfest will return in 2012. http://mountsnow.com/brewers-festival-cancellation/

                                                                      Is there anything better than sitting outside in the sun, drinking beer with your friends, listening to music and enjoying the beauty of Vermont? If so, then ignorance is bliss because you can expect all of those things on September 3 and 4 during the 17th annual Mount Snow Brewers Festival.

                                                                      This two-day tradition is a salute to all things hoppy and malty. It's a chance for beer aficionados and amateurs to put their differences aside and raise a glass (of whatever they prefer) in honor of awesome craft brews. This year Mount Snow expects over 30 national and local breweries to be on handing pouring a total of over 75 luscious libations to please every taste.

                                                                      You'll be able to sample from an assortment of ales, a horde of hefeweizens, a plethora of porters... you get the idea. And for non-beer drinkers, there's great cider to be had from Woodchuck and Farnum Hill. In addition, as if the beer wasn't enough, there will be BBQ, a horseshoe tournament and live music by the Jeff Touhy Band (a brewfest favorite) on Saturday and The Heavy Pets on Sunday.

                                                                      Now what you've been waiting for... What's on tap?

                                                                      Confirmed brewers include: Switchback Peak Organic Olde Burnside Northshire Woodchuck Magic Hat Sierra Nevada Farnum Hill Ciders Victory Brewing Otter Creek Long Trail Brooklyn Brewery Rogue Ales Stone Brewing Smuttynose Ommegang, plus more are still being added.

                                                                      Admission: One Day: $25 - 21+ Adults /$12 - Under 21 / Kids 5 & Under Free Two Day: $35 - 21+ Adults / $20 - Under 21 / Kids 5 & Under Free

                                                                      All paid 21+ adult entries receive a one of a kind souvenir pint glass and two free samples on Mount Snow.

                                                                      Please remember to drink responsibly and don't drive if you imbibe. Have a designated driver or take advantage of the free transportation provided by the MOOver.

                                                                      Don't fear the hair of the dog. Just make sure you have a cozy place to rest your head. We have plenty of rental houses available, just 10 miles down the road from the festivities.

                                                                      Salu, Proust, Cheers

                                                                      Vermont Blueberry Festival begins July 29

                                                                      Vermont's landscape changes throughout the seasons, offering picturesque and colorful photo ops, especially during fall foliage. But in late July and early August, the Green Mountain State turns pure blue. Vermont's Annual Blueberry Festival runs from July 29 to August 7 in Wilmington, Whitingham, and Dover. If you're a blueberry lover, there is no better place to be.

                                                                      This week-long celebration of the blueberry is more than just for eating pies and picking berries, though there's plenty of that too. It's a jam-packed week of fun, food and flavor that will leave you blue in the face. Enjoy a bounty of family-friendly activities around the Deerfield Valley including contests, picnics, BBQs, bingo, tastings and more. You'll see vintage cars, hear live music by local blues bands, and tour art galleries along the Blue River. Need to work off some of the pie? Don your blue suede shoes and dance the night away during the Blueberry Ball at Mount Snow.

                                                                      How to prepare your palette for blue bliss. Start the week off by picking up a "Passport to Blue Adventures" from the Mount Snow Valley Chamber of Commerce. This will give you a guide to the events for the week, and help you find all the special treats, like sampling wild blueberries grown around the Boyd Family Farm property. Plus, with each blue event or activity you attend, you'll earn a stamp in the passport. The person with the most events attended will get a prize at the end of the festival.

                                                                      Want to know more? A full schedule of this year's festivities can be found at the official Vermont Blueberry Festival website. Feeling blue has never tasted so good.

                                                                      If you need to crash after consuming your weight in berries, we'd be happy to put you up in one of our rental homes around Wilmington.

                                                                      Triathlon time - sink or swim, run and ride

                                                                      If you like to swim, run and ride your bicycle, then what could be better than doing all three at the same time? How about doing them at one of Vermont's most beautiful ski resorts. On August 6th it's time to unleash your inner triathlete, as the Mount Snow Triathlon returns for its second year.

                                                                      Don't let the name scare you. The Mount Snow Triathlon is no Tough Mudder challenge. There are no walls to climb, mud pits to navigate or electrically-charged finish lines to brave. But it's no "sugar on snow" either. The event is both challenging enough for intermediate triathletes while still a great introduction for beginners.

                                                                      What does a triathlon entail? It begins with a 1/4 mile swim in Snow Lake at the base of the mountain. Then triathletes hop on their bicycles and pedal to the intersection of Handle Road and Route 100, and back to the resort; a 12-mile ride in total. Lastly, they hit the trail for a 3 mile run along ski trails ending behind the Main Base Lodge. Need a visual? See the map below for a bird's-eye view.

                                                                      Still not convinced you're ready? The course will be marked out Friday before the event, so you can scope out every turn, hill and straight away in advance. Registration for the event will run from 6:30-8:00 a.m.  the day of the event, and you can also pre-register online. The first heat will dive into the water at 8:30 a.m. After the last athlete has crossed the finish, and grabbed themselves a victory beer from Cuzzin's, an awards ceremony will be held and medals given to the top 3 competitors in each class.

                                                                      All that paddling, pedaling and pedometer pacing will be tiring work. Take a load off at one of our short-term rental homes around Mount Snow. They're the perfect place to rest your triathlete bones after the race.

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