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Blog :: 08-2010

Mount Snow Brewers Festival is coming.

Few days of the year are dedicated solely to drinking beer. Well, you could probably count Labor Day. Maybe New Year's too. In some families, Christmas Eve might be included.

But we're talking about craft beer here. We're talking about an entire weekend set aside in honor of the art of brewing and appreciating really... good... beer. We're talking about the annual Mount Snow Brewer's Festival.

WHAT: The Mount Snow Brewers Festival WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, September 4 and 5, 2010 WHERE: Mount Snow base area, West Dover, Vermont WHY: Beer. Why else?

The Mount Snow Brewers Festival attracts  some of the region's best craft breweries (and some national breweries as well). Some of the breweries are large and well known, while others are tiny mom-and-pop shops that brew only a few recipes. Either way, there's something for everyone's preference. Woodchuck Cider even shows up to provide an apple-based alternative.

Beer makers scheduled to show up are: Brooklyn Brewery Sam Adams Harpoon Long Trail Peak Organic Rock Art Smuttynose Stone (rumor has it they'll have Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale on tap - you never see that on the East Coast!) Sierra Nevada North Coast Rogue BBC Flying Dog and a whole bunch more!

Everyone who enters receives a souvenir pint glass and one free beer. Tokens for each 8 oz. sample are $2.

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

Public transportation is available on the MOOver line. Everyone please be safe and take advantage of this free service or designate a driver.

All the information you need about food, live music lineups, parking and more can be found here.

Need a place to stay during the festival? We have plenty of rental houses available at Chimney Hill, just 10 miles down the road from the festivities.

Have fun. Be safe. To beer!

Posted on 2010-08-15 22:50:06

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Farmers' Day Fair, coming Aug. 19 - 22

Our excitement here at the Chimney Hill offices can barely be contained. Why? Because the annual Deerfield Valley Farmers' Day Fair is coming to Wilmington this weekend, August 19 - 22!

This fair is seriously awesome. It's been running for over 90 years now and it seems to get better every year. We'll get to our favorite part in a minute, but first we have to tell you about all the events and activities (we'll give you a hint, though... it's loud and involves a lot of bent metal).

Fun for the whole family? Absolutely. Grandma can get her groove on in the Bingo Tent all weekend. Meanwhile, Lil' Suzie can attend the Horse Show Saturday morning. Suzie's brother Billy will be heard screaming in delight as he revs his riding lawnmower engine at the Children's Lawnmower Pull Friday afternoon.

We imagine Dad could be found at the Saw Contest Saturday morning. After the workout, he'll have a big apetite, so it's only fitting that he enters the Pie Eating contest that afternoon. And Mom? She'd probably enjoy the Horse Pull. But it's a safe bet she'll be poking around the Exhibit Halls all weekend, perusing the Valley's summer bounty.

But our favorite part, without a doubt, is the Demolition Derby on Sunday. There's something about the roaring V8 engines, the blown radiators billowing steam, the sound of metal crunching against metal... it's a live spectacle that no action movie can match. Last year, about 45 cars competed for cash prizes and trophies. With all the different heats, the whole derby lasted over 4 hours. Talk about getting your money's worth for some entertainment! We are giddy with anticipation for this year's derby. Will Dan Brown repeat as champion in the six and eight-cylinder class? We'll see.

For a full schedule of the fair, running Thursday, August 19 through Sunday, August 22, please visit www.dvfair.com. You'll also find applications for the contests and Demolition Derby at the site.

And, as always, we'd be happy to set you up in one of our rental homes if you need a place to rest your head after the pie eating, derbying, horse pulling and ride riding. Have a blast!

Marlboro Music Festival

The Mount Snow valley has no shortage of options for live music. Countless bars and taverns along Route 100 routinely book rock, acoustic, jazz and blues bands to keep us entertained as we enjoy our nights out. But for those of us seeking more traditional classical music (sometimes called chamber music), the choices have been lacking. Until now.

For a few weeks every year, some of the world's most respected and practiced classical musicians converge upon Marlboro College for the annual Marlboro Music Festival. Dozens of musicians feed off of each other's diverse energies and backgrounds to form completely unique ensembles and perform for audiences. You could say the stars align in southern Vermont once every summer, and the result is music bliss.

And it's all just 20 minutes away from our community of homes in Wilmington, Vermont. We highly recommend you check out this festival, and of course if you're looking for a short-term rental house, or a place to stay for the entire 2 weeks of the performances, please see our rentals for prices and availability.

For ticket prices and a schedule of performances at the Marlboro Music Festival, please visit www.marlboromusic.org.

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