Online Edition No.37 January 2007
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                                      Inn at Buck Hollow Farm Newsletter


Hi again everyone.  Gizmo here.
Snow and cold have finally arrived. BIG TIME. All winter sports are fully cranked and going full out, including skiers, x-c skiing and snow shoeing. I love going with our guests as they x-c ski up our miles of trails. I keep them on the straight and narrow (so to speak) and even help them sniff out our resident moose MORRIS. I'll bet you didn't know that Mom and Dad give a gallon of syrup to any guest who sees Morris. They keep saying they're going to get a Moosecam but so far they haven't.

Other guests enjoy using our complimentary snow shoes for exploring. But isn't that a little unfair ? Why aren't snowshoes provided for the guest dogs ? You should see how hard it is for some of these little guys to keep up, 36 inches of soft snow is a bit much for a 12" dog.

Speaking of soft white snow. My long white fur creates great cover. Almost makes me invisible. Unfortunately some have mistaken me for the abominable snowman. A few have simply called me abominable.

Finally Mom and Dad have asked me to remind you again of our spring special. Until April 1 we're running a "threefer". Stay for three nights and pay for only two. Such a deal !

Love  Gizmo

Banana Pecan Pancakes with Maple Butter


2 cups buttermilk
3 eggs
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
4 Tbs sugar
1/2 cup pecans, toasted & finely ground
1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted
3 bananas, sliced in 1/4-inch circles
Maple Butter, recipe follows:
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
2 Tbs honey

1. Preheat oven to 200 F. In a large mixing bowl whisk the buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla together so they are well combined. In a separate bowl mix the flour, baking powder, soda, salt, and sugar. Combine the wet ingredients with the dry and stir with a spoon to get rid of the lumps. Fold in the pecans, most of the melted butter and whisk until batter is smooth. Heat a griddle or skillet over medium low heat and swirl around a little melted butter to keep the pancakes from sticking. Using a ladle pour the batter into the pan.
2. Cook the pancakes on 1 side until they are set and then lightly press the bananas into the batter. When small bubbles appear on the uncooked surface, flip the pancakes and cook until golden on both sides, about 8 minutes. Transfer pancakes to a warming plate in the oven while you make the rest.
3. To serve, slice the maple-honey butter, layer it between the stack of pancakes and place in the oven to melt for 1 1/2 minutes. Sprinkle with confectioner's sugar. Yield: 6 servings

snow..snow..and more SNOW!!`


Dog Sled Adventures at Smuggs

Experience the thrill of a dog sled ride! This year Smuggs  offers off-site Dogsled tours. Experience the exhilaration of soaring through scenic meadows and pristine woodlands, led by an eager team of Alaskan Huskies.


 Mush! Wondering what to do on that off day from the slopes? Here's an option that will give you plenty to talk about back at the office. Dog sledding. If you've never been dog sledding it's time for an new exciting experience. If you've already been, you know why it's time to go again. You'll visit a working kennel tucked in Vemont's best snowbelt with ten miles of private trails kept exclusively for dog sledding. The kennel of twenty-five Alaskan Huskies live to run and pull. All the dogs are racing and working dogs.  Come see what it's like to take a ride with these amazing animals, or dare to drive your own team.

 Mid winter sled dog racers are a great way to get a look at this colorful sport, but you can also experience the adventure of winter travel with dogs first hand. Several outfitters in Vermont offer dog sledding tours. The day starts with a quick introduction to the basics of mushing - dog commands, how to maneuver the sled and more. Then you hop on the sled along side an experienced musher, and you're off behind a team of 8, 10 or even 12 huskies who were literally born to run. Now the fun begins. Picture yourself as the leader of the Iditerod, mushing into the wilderness against all odds. Or, try the ancient art of ski-joring, where you ski across a snowy field pulled by a team of dogs.

Call 802-635-9070 or visit Smugglers' Notch Nordic Center for pricing information or to make reservations.

December 8, 2006 - April 8, 2007. Weather permitting, limited space available.
Brad & Jacquie

VERMONT EVENTS  February 2007

6th Annual Northern Vermont Snowshoe Races and Family Snowshoe Festival - Sunday, February 11th Smugglers' Notch and Redfeather Snowshoes are proud to present this exciting family friendly series of treks, walks and races. There will be a 45 minute guided family trek, a 1/2K kids fun run/walk, a 4K fun run/walk, and an 8K race that is an official qualifier for the 2007 U.S. Snowshoe Assn. Natl. Championship Race. For more information on the U.S. Snowshoe Association, Web Site
Burlington Winter Festival - Sunday, February 9th Vermont's officially sanctioned Snow Carving Competition and fun winter activities. Burlington's Waterfront Park (College Street) Free. Web Site

Guest Comments

"Thank you for one of the most relaxing get-away we have ever had. Though it was just a two day stay, it was the perfect break from work. The beds were comfortable, the hot tub with the light falling snow was magical, the breakfast was wonderful, and snowshoeing through the woods on a "moose hunt" was a great way to escape from our busy lives. Thanks for everything...especially from our favorite dogs & cats!" The Gang from CT

"It snowed just in time! We had a weekend of true winter. Gizmo , Utah, Cheri and the gang were excellent hosts!!"  Laura and Rob,

Buck Hollow Farm is only 30 minutes from Smugglers' Notch, below is the daily  ski report.

phone: 802-849-2400 Toll Free- 800-849-7985