NEWSLETTER :April 2015 Online Edition 82


We are ever so slowly climbing our way out of winter - a long and steep climb. Thus we are getting closer to not only spring, but to the end of our yearly specials which expire on April 30. These include the Canadian Dollar at Par and the mid-week specials. Check our special's link for more details.
Over the 25 years of our inn, we’ve enjoyed articles written about us in the NY Times and the Montreal Gazette. However none of these was as complete and thorough as the recent profile in the Vermont Business Magazine. If they had only gotten Brad’s first name correct in the headline. As P.T. Barnum (and others) said “I don’t care what they say about me as long as they spell my name right”.

Are you looking for a USA address to use for your online purchases?
Speaking of Canadian at Par and our Canadian guests, we are now offering an additional service for you “Cross Border Shoppers”. Buy that Amazon, LL Bean, Ebay or other bargain and have them send your package to you in care of us.
We’ll receive your package and hold it for your arrival at no cost.This will also save you shipping costs. Then we’ll have it in your room for you when you arrive. Like us on our Facebook page "CANADIAN AT PAR" for updates with more U.S. retailers.

Vermont offers a unique shopping experience with local products, outlet stores, downtown Church Street, University Mall, Costco Warehouse and many more.

Visit the newly opened L.L. Bean Store on Church Street.

See where others suggest shopping.

NOTE: Vermont sales tax is only 6% and does not apply to clothing. Our understanding is that Canadians may return home after 24 hours with a $ 200 exemption on purchases. After 48 hours it rises to $ 800.00. To be sure, confirm for yourselves.

Winter Midweek Special ( ENDS - April 30, 2015) 

Canadian Loonie

It is no secret that the best skiing is during the week - fewer people, shorter waits, better powder. It is also no secret that inns and lodging establishments find it challenging to fill their rooms during the week in the off-season. (It's also no secret that everyone is edgy about the economy).

To encourage all of you to make use of weekdays during the winter, we're making the following offer. Come stay with us and to the extent that any or all of your stay includes two weekday nights, (excludes Friday and Saturday), we'll cut the cost of those weekday nights in half.

That's right, a 50% discount. So, for example, if you stay Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights, those first two nights will be at half price while Friday will be at the regular rate. Or, if you stay Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, the cost of the entire stay is cut in half. Such a deal. No other discount applies. (Excludes Fridays, Saturdays and holidays which occur on a midweek day)

You will need to mention this offer though for the special to apply.

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NOTE: We have changed our newsletter format so please scroll down for news from our pets and the recipe of the month. Thanks so much for reading!
Thanks for reading,
Brad & Jacquie



Contact Us

Inn at Buck Hollow Farm

2150 Buck Hollow Road

Fairfax, Vermont 05454

(802) 849-2400 (tel.)

Toll Free- (800) 849-7985

Pet Peeves


Editors note:  For many years we allowed one of our dogs to write a monthly column.  First there was “Isham’s Corner” and then “Gizmo’s Gossip”.    Jealousies with the other pets convinced us to give everyone a chance on a rotating basis.  Thus,

This is Elmo, and Grover the dynamic duo.

Just as our human counterparts never had a say in picking their names, it's also true for dogs and cats. Grover and I are not very happy with the Sesame Street theme Mom and Dad used when choosing our names.
But it could be worse or could it? Mom often tells Grover she should rename him "Miss Piggy" because he grunts like a pig. And just because he grunts, she all of a sudden wants to follow that up with calling me "Kermit".
Grover and I are so excited when guest dogs come to visit, but some of them have had some off the wall names, like Punky Brewster, Nacho Dog, Fortune Cookie, Potato Chip, Yosemite Sam, Captain Underpants, Winnie The Poodle,Bacon Bitz or Max The Moose. Mmm.. maybe ours aren't so bad.
Hey! Maybe we pets can form a support group. Let us know your wild and crazy name by posting it on our Facebook page. It helps to know we're not alone.
Love  "AKA" Miss Piggy & Kermit

(Become a Fan of Elmo & Grover On Facebook)

Chewy Baked Granola Bars

Chewy Baked Granola Bars

Vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, oil-free, refined sugar-free, soy-free. Dense, chewy, soft, doughy, seedy, hearty, protein-and-fiber-packed granola bars, sweetened naturally with dates! Try them spread with nut or seed butter for a fun treat or just enjoy them plain.

3/4 cup gluten-free rolled oats, ground into a flour 1 cup water
3/4 cup packed pitted Medjool dates
1/2 cup chia seeds

1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup dried cranberries, finely chopped
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
  1. Preheat oven to 325F and line a 9-inch square pan with two pieces of parchment paper, one going each way.
  2. Add rolled oats into a high-speed blender. Blend on highest speed until a fine flour forms. Add oat flour into a large bowl.
  3. Add water and pitted dates into blender. Allow the dates to soak for 30 minutes if they are a bit firm or your blender has a hard time blending dates smooth. Once they are soft, blend the dates and water until super smooth.
  4. Add all of the ingredients into the bowl with the oat flour and stir well until combined.
  5. Scoop the mixture into the pan and spread it out with a spatula as evenly as possible. You can use lightly wet hands to smooth it down if necessary.
  6. Bake at 325F for about 23-25 minutes, or until firm to the touch. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes and then lift it out and transfer it to a cooling rack for another 5-10 minutes. Slice and enjoy!
  7. I suggest freezing leftovers to preserve freshness.



Come to Vermont this weekend March 28th and 29th and experience Maple Sugaring Open House Weekend. Visit our sugarhouse, and enjoy a pancake breakfast with our own maple syrup in the morning

Maple Sugar Festival at the Boyden Valley Winery
Place: 64 VT-104, Cambridge, VT
Time: March 28-10:00 am-5:00 PM

The Boyden Valley Winery will host a variety of family friendly activities from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm including sugar on snow, maple syrup sample tastings, demonstrations of maple sugaring with a traditional wood-fired evaporator, winery tours at 11:30 am and 1:00 pm (tours suitable for all ages). There will also be featured maple wines, liqueur, and Vermont Ice Hard Cider, and donuts with maple cream will be available at the sugar house while they last.

Lehouillier Maple Orchard Open House Weekend
City: Johnson
Place:320 Sinclair Rd
Time: March 28-29

Rustic sugarhouse sits near Gihon River. Equipped with RO and steam-away and a Vortex wood-fired arch. Free sugar-on-snow and coffee. Maple products for sale. Very easy access to sugarhouse. Directions: Rte. 15 in Johnson, take 110-C North, .09 mile to Sinclair Road, turn right on Sinclair Road, .04 mile to sugarhouse.

Corey’s Maple Orchard Open House Weekend
City: Fairfield
Place:2128 South Road
Time: March 28-29

Come see new state of the art operation using two 6 x18 oil fired evaporator. Boiling from 70,000 taps on pipeline. Tours of sugarbush. Directions: Fairfield Center, take South Road for 3.5 miles, take left on Howrigan Road, go 3 miles, Sugarhouse on the right.

Snow Hill Farm Open House Weekend
City: Westford
Place:34 Snow Hill Lane
Time: March 28-29

New oil fired evaporator, tubing with vacuum system, reverse osmosis, self-guided sugar bush tour, sugarhouse tours, samples, maple syrup for sale. Directions: From Rte. 15 in Essex, 5.7 miles north on Old Stage Road. From Milton-Westford Road, 3.4 miles south on Old Stage Road.

Relay For Life of University of Vermont
City: Burlington
Place: University of Vermont
Time: April 17-18-4pm-4am

One hundred years ago the American Cancer Society began the fight of a lifetime – the fight to end cancer. Now it’s time to join together to finish the fight. Join the American Cancer Society at Relay For Life, an event where we celebrate, remember and fight back against cancer. Dream big, hope big, Relay big.

Vermont Maple Festival
City: St. Albans
Time: April 24-26
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It is Maple and more at the annual Vermont Maple Festival in downtown St. Albans. There is something for everyone! A maple exhibit hall and contests, antiques, crafts, fiddler's variety, youth talent, a sap run road race, sugarhouse tours, pancake breakfasts, carnival, historical museum, entertainment, and traditional maple treats all topped off by the grand parade on Sunday. Other activities include: Pony rides, concessions, and exhibits on Main St., great food, maple cotton candy, carnival rides and games for children of all ages.

Made in Vermont Market Place
City: Champlain Valley Expo
Place: Essex Junction Vermont
Time: April 10-12

The 2nd Annual Made in Vermont Marketplace will be taking place April 10th - 12th, 2015 at the Champlain Valley Exposition! We will be showcasing a great variety of Vermont made products. Why travel throughout the state when you can find Vermont made products all under one roof! Last year, there were over 4,300 attendees!

Everything Equine & Canine Expo
City: Champlain Valley Expo
Place: Essex Junction Vermont
Time: April 25-26

Billed as New England's largest equine and canine show, this two day event stands apart from many regional shows as a family friendly event with scores of consumer vendors, as well as a full schedule of informative seminars, demonstrations, horse and dog breeds on display, and entertainment for dog and horse enthusiasts.  As event coordinators put it, "The addition of dogs last year really added a new dimension to the event.  The crowd was larger and we noticed more kids than usual".