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Blog :: 07-2011

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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