Okemo Mountain Resort has long offered a free daytime shuttle service, transporting skiers to and from the mountain and valley lodging for fantastic Vermont skiing. However, come evening time, Valley travelers have had little option other than driving their own cars when heading into Ludlow nightlife. Not only was this inconvenient for many, but with high drunk driving rates, it was also unsafe. The Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Ludlow Police Department helped initiate a service to correct this deficit in our Vermont Ski Resort community. As members of the Chamber of Commerce and as a directly-paying Vermont lodging property, we are proud to introduce the Okemo Valley Shuttle as a complimentary service to our guests.
The Okemo Valley Shuttle will drive an hourly loop through the valley, picking up and dropping off passengers at Ludlow hotels, condos, bars and restaurants along the way. The route begins at Jackson Gore on the north and travels through Ludlow, ending at The Pointe Hotel, continuing onto Golden Stage Inn Bed and Breakfast and Glimmerstone Mansion on a “on demand” basis.
The 24 passenger vehicle is available to travelers on winter Fridays, Saturdays, and holiday periods from 6pm through 2am, through the end of March 2013. A second vehicle, a 15 passenger van, is used for fare-taxi service in Ludlow and its surrounding communities. For taxi service, call (802) 438-8089.
The buses are owned and operated by The Good Bus, a local business offering taxi service and private charters for all occasions including weddings, bachelor or bachelorette parties, brewery tours, corporate outings and family reunions. Tesha Buss, owner of The Good Bus, says The Good Bus “is excited to fill the transportation need for the Okemo Valley and contribute to the safety and vitality of our night life.” For more information on The Good Bus and its services, you can call (802) 776-8333.
“What winter activities can we do in Vermont other than just skiing?” As innkeepers, we are often asked this question, and when we reply with a long list of ideas (sleigh rides, snow shoeing, cheese tours, and so on), we always include snowmobiling. And this is why…
What a blast! Our family of four just got home from a 2-hour guided tour through Calvin Coolidge State Forest in Plymouth, Vermont. Not far from Killington, and less than a half hour from Golden Stage Inn Bed and Breakfast, the tour company offers tours of varying lengths and cost. Helmets and boots are included in the cost and I am happy to report that safety is only one feature of the helmet; it also provides incredible warmth!
After some brief instructions on how to use the snowmobile, we were led by a guide onto Vermont’s Snowmobile trails, up and down the rolling hills (mountains may be a better word), winding through the forests, and careening through the open meadows. (Okay, so maybe some of us were a bit too conservative to actually careen, but my memory tends to exaggerate my speed and confidence!) In the open area, we were offered some time to drive around, practicing our speed and turns, and just goof off a bit where the potential for damage was pretty minimal. Overall, the entire tour filled nearly two hours and we covered about 25 miles of scenic Vermont trails.
The customer service at Snowmobile Vermont was fantastic from the initial phone reservation through the representatives in the shop and certainly including our tour guide. We absolutely recommend this snowmobile tour as a fantastic way to see the winter wonderland of Central Vermont.
We’re Not in Kansas Anymore Toto!
Our gracious guests at our Vermont Inn this week were not spared the New England winter experience as the area received two separate snow accumulations (I hesitate to call them storms as they were so peaceful and non-threatening), one early in the week of about three inches and one overnight last night that seemed to drop somewhere between four and five inches of the white stuff.
Although heavy and wet down here in the village with temperatures in the mid-30’s, in neighboring Ludlow, Okemo Ski Resort is boasting much softer, fluffier snow because of the higher elevations. Our dog Nelly is in heaven as she feels like she’s visiting a brand spanking new place each morning even though it’s only outside our regular back door…. that’s how different the area looks under a fresh new blanket of snow.
Despite the rain scheduled for later on today, snow is said to resume tomorrow, beginning overnight tonight when the temperatures become a bit colder. As a quick aside, Vermont schools in this area have been called off three times so far this school year (including this morning) because of snow. Our best guess is that this state requires a level of caution regarding school bus safety that we just did not experience in suburbia, USA. With the mountainous terrain and the number of secondary roads up here, far less chances are taken regarding decisions about school closing or remaining open seem to occur up here than we had been used to in the flatlands of Massachusetts…much to the girls chagrin.
Did you know that if new chickens are to be added to a flock it should be done overnight? If introduced during the day, they may fight ‘til their death. But if merged while sleeping, the chickens will wake together peacefully, and accept one another as part of their group – as if they were together already. (Such birdbrains!)
This is how we increased our flock recently at our Southern Vermont Bed and Breakfast. After a summer of a declining chicken population (but an increasingly satisfied raccoon and fox population), we were down to four hens for our source of farm fresh eggs. This is nothing short of a crisis for a country inn that is so committed to serving wholesome local foods at breakfast each morning! And, as maybe you don’t know, it’s not real easy to find hens for sale in the fall. If you don’t buy them as chicks in the spring, the options disappear quickly. So when were alerted in October that a Massachusetts farm was selling pullets (that’s the hip word for ‘teenage hens’), our interest was piqued. But it only got better from there. My Mom and Dad (who still chuckle at my interest in backyard farm animals) went to the farm, bought us six pullets and delivered them to us at the bed and breakfast as birthday presents for me and Michael. Thanks Mom and Dad! We kept the six new pullets separate from the four mature hens for several weeks, until they were all similar in size. Then late one night, we stealthily executed “Operation New Chickens” and placed the six young birds on the roosting bar next to the four hens. Although some feathers were indeed ruffled, all ten birds shifted and wiggled just momentarily, and then drifted back to slumber. The following days were relatively peaceful …though it was interesting to watch the young hens earn their status as equals. Expressions like ‘ruffling feathers’ and ‘hen pecking’ are fully explained in our backyard! We now gather about eight eggs per day and we’re inviting you to Okemo Valley for a truly local breakfast.
“Shayla the Sheep gets Sheared in Shpring.” So silly how much I love to say this! But here we are in Spring 2012 and I’m given the opportunity to say it again. “Shayla the sheep got sheared this Shpring!” (Last year, it was even better because she got sheared on a Shaturday!)
It is only our second year at our Bed & Breakfast in southern Vermont, but we are already feeling the rhythm of some spring rituals. The sheep is sheared .The koi pond is cleaned (four fish, two frogs, and one salamander are happy about this!). The leaves are raked and the gardens are being tended to. Even the pool cover has been removed. (Not quite ready for swimming though!) It is a beautiful time of year to embrace our new home in Proctorsville, VT.
$350 for 2 nights (2 people), plus tax
At our Vermont bed and breakfast, we typically use local foods, sometimes (as in the case of eggs, herbs, and honey) they’re as local as our own backyard. But for the months of May and June, we’re stepping up our local focus by working with area restaurants and shops who emphasize local products too. Book our Foodies Package with at least a two-night stay in May or June and enjoy:
Book this package and receive all of the above, plus two nights lodging, all for $350 plus 9% VT Rooms & Meals Tax. When booking online, use Promo Code: springlocal. Please note: not available May 31 through June 2 (due to our family-centric planting weekend)
Call (802) 226-7744 or Book Online with Promo Code: FOOD13