Inn at Buckhollow Farm
 Inn at Buck Hollow Farm Newsletter . Online Edition No.4 
December 2003 

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Dear Brad,

As those winter winds approach, we know many of you are beginning to think about winter getaways, either for a couple of days or for perhaps a week during President's Week vacation. So we thought we'd bring a few of our winter "Did you knows" to your attention.

1) We have miles of cross country trails on our property.

2) We offer complimentary snow shoes.

3) We are only a 35 minute drive (winter driving) from Smuggler's Notch, rated the best family ski area in the East.

4) Cross country skiis can be rented by the day only 15 minutes from here.

5) After a long outdoor day,when you're hungry but don't want to fight the cold, we have Jacquie's homemade pizza, soft drinks, snacks, beer and wine.

A reminder that during November and December we have a "special" where for each two night stay (only for those on our email list), we are providing a gift certificate to Jeff's Maine Seafood in the amount of $ 25.00. A number of those certificates are now here waiting for our guests to arrive.

A happy Thanksgiving to all of you and many thanks for your patronage and loyalty. It's the warm response from all of you that gives us so much pleasure.

Brad and Jacquie

In this issue
  • Another Vermont Legend


    Eggs Dijonnaise

    • 2 cups grated Cheddar Cheese
    • 1/4 cup butter
    • 1 cup light cream
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt & pepper
    • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
    • 12 eggs, slightly beaten

    1) Spread cheese in a greased 13 x 9 x 2 baking dish and dot with butter. Combine the cream, salt, pepper, and mustard.

    2) Pour 1/2 of this mixture over the cheese. Pour the beaten eggs in the dish and add the remaining cream mixture.

    3) Bake in a preheated oven at 325 degrees F for 40 minutes or until set. Cut into squares. This makes a light and fluffy dish.Serves 6-8 people.

    I'm told that Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Isn't that the time when huge amounts of turkey get dropped to the floor ?
    So here are some of my thanks:

    Thanks to so many of you who brought dogs for me to play with. And further thanks to those of you who allowed me to bunk out with your dog (either through your invitation or my insistence).

    Thanks to our cats who love to run - thus giving me an excuse to chase.

    Thanks to Dad for getting Gismo. We've really become great buddies.

    Thanks to guests who tolerated our occasional mischief in the morning - just when it's time for breakfast.

    Thanks to guests, such as Tom Molloy, who bring us great treats.

    And thanks to those guests who take Gismo and me on long walks in the woods. We make sure none of you get lost.


    November 1-30: Native American Art Exhibit

    November 15: Advanced Map and Compass


    November 15: Holiday Bazaar on the Green

    November 16: Men of Color to Arms: Vermont's African-American Soldiers

    November 19: Donald Knack, Junk Music

    November 20: 83rd Annual Old Fashioned Game Supper

    November 28-30: Thanksgiving Weekend

    December 6-January 4: Christmas at the Farm

    December 9-January 3: Annual Festival of Trees - "Oh, You Beautiful Doll"

    December 12-14: Woodstock's 20th Wassail Celebration

    December 12-14: Vermont Symphony Orchestra Holiday Pops Tours

    Upcoming Events


    Didn't I just take down the lights and decorations ? It seems like only yesterday. Soon the calls will be coming in inquiring about gift certificates.

    Each year our guests call for gift certificates to give for the holidays, corporate gifts and thank you's. Several realtors regularly give gift certificates as a thank you for clients who have bought or sold a home. Since these certificates have been paid for, I think it only appropriate for them never to expire, though of course they are always subject to availability.

    November and December also seem to be the months for corporate and non-profit retreats. This year we have four scheduled, ranging in size from 6 to 20. For a fee of $70, they have use of the sunroom, dining room and we provide coffee, juice and muffins. Their meals are catered from the outside.

    Brad and Jacquie

    Another Vermont Legend
    In their constant search for Morris the Moose, guests have been promised a gallon of maple syrup if they sight him on the many hiking trails located on our expansive 400 acre property. He was once sighted by a guest standing by the outdoor hot tub.

    But what about Champ?

    What if Champ exists-seen on many different occasions,there is a healthy population of these animals living in Lake Champlain.

    The most frequently asked question: What is Champ? Champ was seen as a Lizard like long-necked animal with four legs and feet, a forked tongue, omits a hissing noise, loves the shallow waters but seen on land, eats small fish, and is about twelve inches at birth and twenty feet or more full grown. Oh, and very ugly.

    Thousands of people, dating all the way back to the Abenaqi Indians, claim to have seen the creature. The first recorded sighting took place when Samuel de Champlain came upon the lake in July 1609. During this expedition, the French explorer noted "a 20-foot serpent, with a horse-shaped head and body as thick as a keg." Since then, sightings of the strange aquatic beast have been reported by over 300 people.

    In recent times, hundreds of people- boaters, picnickers, swimmers- claim they have seen one of these animals. But no one has ever caught a live Champ. Or have they? In 1954 a 14" long reptile was captured in Shelburne Bay. There is an early account of one being captured and tied up to a public dock in Burlington. It was described as "a baby."

    In 1976 a lizard like animal was caught by a Vergennes man. It was twelve inches long, held itself up on four sturdy legs, omitted a hissing sound and had a forked tongue.

    The moral of the story, pick a spot to search from and stick with it. Act normal, it's consistency that counts. Who knows you may become an old friend of Champtanystropheus, and if a true friend they might let you take their picture.


    Congratulations to the Hicks who recently tied the knot, and celebrated at Buck Hollow.

    A dream of a place! Thank you for following your dreams so we could enjoy it with you!
    Aileen & Eric

    I can't thank you enough! Your gracious opening up of the "red room" for me these past couple of months have helped me with the move to N.H. more than you will know...many, many thanks!

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