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Blog :: 01-2011

Ice Fishing in Vermont (Harriman Ice Fishing Derby Coming Soon!)

Ice fishing is a favorite wintertime activity for anglers once the cold temps hit Vermont. In Brattleboro, on an estuary where the West River meets the Connecticut River, an area of water known around town as the Retreat Meadows becomes home to dozens of ice fishing shacks once the water freezes over. Most of these tiny huts (see photo below of the Retreat Meadows in January) are equipped with gas-fired warmers or wood stoves, allowing wintertime anglers to be comfortable while fishing for hours on end.

And in Wilmington, Vermont, just south of Mount Snow and west of Brattleboro, the Harriman Reservoir plays host to an annual ice fishing contest. For 2011, the Harriman Resevoir Ice Fishing Derby is coming to Wilmington, Vermont February 26 and 27. This annual event is a ton of fun for the family, as well as the serious ice fishing enthusiast. This year's derby is receiving an especially enthusiastic lead-up, as last year's event was canceled due to safety concerns with thin ice.

Here are the quick details...

WHAT: 27th Annual Harriman Reservoir Ice Fishing Derby WHERE: Harriman Reservoir, Wilmington, Vermont WHEN: February 26 and 27, 2011 COST: The organizers of the event, the Deerfield Valley Sportsmen's Club, have yet to announce ticket prices. But each admission includes a raffle ticket for a prizes. Additional raffle tickets can be purchased for $10 each.

Awards in several different categories are handed out at the end of the derby around 4pm.

The Harriman Reservoir is widely known as an excellent fishing spot. Bass and trout are the most commonly caught fish -- the trout are especially prized. Once in a while, salmon will nibble.

New to the sport of ice fishing but itching to give it a try? Make sure you've purchased your license first. You can buy one online at the Vermont Fish and Wildlife's website. Prices vary depending on age, but you can also purchase a temporary 3-day pass for $10.

Below is a video, shot on the Retreat Meadows in Brattleboro, Vermont, featuring some ice fishing basics.

Enjoy and be safe on the ice! As always, we'd love to host you in one of our Vermont winter rental homes if you're coming to visit and need a place to stay near Wilmington.


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    Valentine's Day Weekend Getaway at Mount Snow

    Valentine's Day weekend in the Mount Snow Valley is truly an amazing experience. The snow, the solitude, the beautiful setting... they all add up to a perfectly romantic  couple of days. Dozens of romantic restaurants and inns line the Rte. 100 corridor between Mount Snow and Wilmington, and there are several options for romantic activities (and some special lift ticket deals to boot). It's hard to narrow down the best and most romantic spots, but we'll try. Here are our suggestions for the perfect romantic Valentine's Day at Mount Snow...

    1. Romantic Inn - If you're looking for a warm and cozy spot close to the ski slopes, we recommend the Deerhill Inn. With a variety of rooms of differing taste and style, the Deerhill has several rooms with fireplaces and views of the mountains -- what else do you need for a romantic trip? If you're thinking of staying in Brattleboro, a charming town about 30 minutes from Mount Snow with great shopping, dining and activities, check out Forty Putney Road Bed and Breakfast. This Tudor mansion-turned-inn has become one of southern Vermont's premiere places to stay. Tim and Amy, the young, hip innkeepers, are self-professed beer geeks who run a small tavern downstairs (for guests only) that features some of Vermont's rarest and best beers.

    2. Restaurant - There are literally dozens of high quality restaurants in the Mount Snow Valley, but the top stop may be Ravello, an Italian trattoria about halfway between Wilmington and the ski slopes. Their wine list is thorough and excellent, and there menu features everything from "Baby Spinach, Green Apple and Goat Cheese Salad" to Osso Bucco with "braised veal shank served over creamy polenta". Mangia!

    3. Mount Snow lift ticket deal - Mount Snow is running a special lift ticket discount on Valentine's Day, February 14. Just show up to the ticket window with your loved one and you'll receive 2 tickets for just $49. As far as we know, they won't ask you for "proof" that you're in love. But a kiss can't hurt.

    4. Things to Do - If you need a reason to venture out of your romantic room aside from skiing or a fantastic meal, you'll want to visit Adams Farm, located just off of Rte. 100, for a romantic horse-drawn sleigh ride. You'll spend 35 to 40 minutes sliding on the snow past streams, fields and rolling hills, drawn by Vermont Morgan Horses. Reservations are required.

    So there it is, our take on the perfectly romantic Valentine's Day getaway in the Mount Snow Valley. Enjoy yourselves, love birds. And if you're looking to rent an entire house near Mount Snow, or need a short-term winter home rental in the future, please visit our website and check out our wide selection of rentals.

    • P.O. BOX 415, 9 Haystack Road, Wilmington VT 05363