just plain sweeter here in Vermont! And that is especially true
during maple sugaring season. Vermont's maple trees herald the
sounds of a new season, drip by drip. The maples are responding
to nature and the sap begins to flow. This annual event happens
late February (in far southern Vermont) or sometimes in March -
the exact date varies but any sugar maker will tell you - the
warm sunny days followed by crisp cool nights will make for a
longer sap run and a better maple sugaring season. Vermont is
America's leading maple producing state. Upwards of 350,000
gallons of maple syrup is produced here each year. The 39th
Vermont Maple Sugar Festival takes place April 22nd to 24th.
While you're here you can also take a tour of our sugar house.
why not plan a day trip to Montreal? Beginning this month we've
added a list of activities for this great city and it's only 90
minutes from the Inn. We'll provide you with everything you
need, maps, tourist information etc.
& Jacquie's Kitchen
OUR GUESTS SAY!
Happening in MONTREAL?
& Jacquie's Kitchen
Stuffed French Toast
slices cinnamon bread
2 8 oz cream cheese (soft)
3 ripe bananas-mashed
1/2 cup heavy cream
Mixture of cinnamon and sugar for sprinkling
or spray a 13 X 9 inch pan. Mix the cream cheese
and add the banana to it. Arrange a layer of
bread slices on the bottom of the pan. Spread
each piece with a generous layer of cream cheese
mixture. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Place
another piece of bread on top of each slice and
spread another layer of cream cheese mixture on
each slice, repeat the cinnamon sugar step.
Cover each piece with a third slice of bread.
a large bowl, mix the eggs, cream and syrup and
pour over the bread. If it floats push the bread
down to immerse in liquid. Cover with plastic
wrap and refrigerate overnight.
from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Bake
uncovered in preheated 350 oven for 45 minutes
or until golden and puffy. Sprinkle with
confectioners sugar and serve. Servings: 6
I'M BAAACK - AND BETTER THAN EVER. I still can't
understand why my proposed column failed to meet their
so called "high" standards of journalism.
Anyhow, that's all in the past.
Notice however the total lack of popular groundswell to
have me "Pipped" in favor of Gizmo. His
desperate pleas for support were totally ignored by you,
clearly discerning readers. My insights, humor and
unique canine view of the world (or at least 400 acres
of it) leave subscribers clamoring for more. I will
continue as always to meet and exceed your high
I hope you will respond to the "Antique Lover's
Weekend". If so, I have a number of archaeological
treasures of historical significance, dug up by me which
I can share with you. Prehistoric (prior to my history)
bones, a spoon, a 20th century toy, fountain pen and a
plastic cup are just a few examples of what we can
discuss and price.
See you then.
OUR GUESTS SAY!
STACEY & GREG
Inn has always been a very special place to visit and it
has brought us many good memories, but this time it was
extra special. Greg took me to the top of Smuggler's
Notch and asked me to be his wife..of course the answer
was YES. We've had a wonderful time here and you will
always be a part of our life together." Stacey
EVENTS APRIL 2005
Annual Vermont Maple Festival- April 22-24th
celebrating Vermont's world-renowned maple harvest, the
City of St. Albans plays host to the Vermont Maple
Festival, featuring numerous events, including maple
product exhibits, pancake breakfasts, New England craft
exhibits, antique shows and markets, a specialty foods
show, maple candy-making demonstrations, a variety of
concessions, carnival rides, and a huge parade, all in
honor of maple syrup.
We are excited to offer an antique lover's weekend to
our subscribers. Combine a chance to visit Vermont (in
decent weather), learn more about antiques and perhaps
discover unexpected value in that inheritance from
Grandma which has been in the attic for the last 20
Scheduled for the weekend of Saturday April 30th, the
weekend will include dinner at the inn with Tom Cross, a
well experienced dealer (plus Brad), a chance to have
him discuss and appraise your item(s) and a group visit
to his shop where he will provide a guided tour so that,
with his inventory as examples, you can discuss the
factors that create value (or lack thereof). Both the
tour and dinner will be on Saturday, leaving plenty of
time for you to plan whatever.
Other than the normal room charges, we are providing
dinner and the antique experience for the modest charge
of $ 20.00 per room for the weekend. We hope you will
find this an interesting event. In order to maximize the
number of guests who are part of the special, we will
not accept reservations from others before April 15th.
When reserving, please let us know that you're part of
Oh, please feel free to either bring items you would
like appraised, or bring photos.
We look forward to hosting you.
HAPPENING IN MONTREAL-APRIL 2005
Life is a Festival
All year and every year, Montréal hosts over 40
festivals ranging from the traditional to the
wildly avant-garde. Jazz, laughter, food and snow
are just four of the many reasons Montrealers take
to the streets, theatres and clubs, and party for
weeks on end. In April there are over 65 events
and so we have listed only a select few.
4/9/2005 - 4/9/2005
and the Beast
4/19/2005 - 5/1/2005
Montréal premiere. A Broadway musical for
the entire family, Disney's Beauty and the
Beast is an eye-popping spectacle with
dazzling production numbers and special
effects. $55 to $89.50 (Canadian)
International Literary Festival
3/30/2005 - 4/3/2005
multilingual and open to the world, Blue
Metropolis brings together more than 200
participants from all over the world for
five days of literary events in English,
French, Spanish and other languages.
Admission: $5. Passports: 6 for $25 or 12
2005 – Cirque du Soleil
4/21/2005 - 6/19/2005
named Cirque 2005 and directed by Daniele
Finzi Pasca, the show explores the world
of dreams, a dimension somewhere between
heaven and earth. $50 to $90 (Canadian)
phone: 802-849-2400 Toll Free- 800-849-7985