July comes Independance Day while our Canadian
friends celebrate Canada Day (July 1st).
Summer vacations are fast approaching and as
promised the second part of our featured series
of articles on Vermont activities. This month
focusing on biking.
We now have two brand new bikes available for
guests and ON THE WAY... a bicycle built for
If you would like us to feature information
on a particular interest of yours, we'd be glad
to hear from you.
Brad and Jacquie
BRAD & JACQUIE'S
STAR SPANGLED MUFFINS
Yield: 12 Muffins
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tbsp. baking powder
1 cup rolled oats
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup milk
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
1/2 cup sliced fresh strawberries
- Heat oven to 400 F. In a large
bowl, combine flour, oats, sugar and
baking powder; mix well.
- In a small bowl, combine milk,
oil, egg and vanilla; blend well.
- Add to dry ingredients, stir until
moistened. Don't overmix.
- Gently stir in blueberries and
- Fill greased muffin tins 3/4 full.
Sprinkle batter with 1 tsp. cinnamon
- Bake 18-20 minutes.
Ah ! June. Those summer breezes, June
love and June weddings, Father's Day and
(sniff sniff) graduations.
My little sister Kate graduated high
school and I am so sad. Where will she
go, what will she do ? Does this mean
that her room will now be clean enough
for me to actually set foot into ? Might
she take me with her to college ? Just
think. Kate a high school graduate and
me an obedience school drop out.
And speaking of Father's Day. My fans
and admirers are frequently asking and
writing me to inquire about my heritage.
Dad usually says that I "ain't
nothin but a pound dog", which is
only partly true. As best as I can
recall, my father was (and maybe still
is) a Briard, who got away from home one
night and found my mother, a ribbon
winner Wheaton Terrier. The rest, as
humans sometimes say, is history.
The brain genes must have been stacked
in my favor. Gizmo, my lovable
littermate, came upon a porcupine
recently, so decided to check it out,
real close - too close. Only one quill
however which Mark removed. Lesson
learned ? Remember, this is Gizmo. Two
days later, another rendezvous, similar
result. This time - 60 quills, many in
his mouth. Vets do love us country dogs.
Our reservation books shows lots of dogs
coming this summer to visit me. I can't
See ya soon.
through July 3rd,
Circus Smirkus Summer Tour:
Internationally acclaimed youth circus.
& Friday, 2 & 7 pm; Saturday, 11
& 4 pm.
Launch of Replica Canal Schooner:
History comes alive!
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum launches
replica canal schooner Lois McClure.
Burlington waterfront, 2-4 pm. Free.
Vermont Symphony Orchestra's 2004 Summer
The VSO presents an outdoor concert,
which concludes with the 1812 Overture
and magnificent fireworks display.
Shelburne Farms, 7:30 pm Gates open 5:30
16 - 17,
Vermont Brewers Festival
Taste nearly 100 beers from craft
brewers throughout New England and the
Waterfront Park (Lake & College
Friday, 6-10 pm; Saturday, Noon-4 pm
& 5-9 pm.
Vermont Mozart Festival Summer
Series 31st grand opening.
Shelburne Farms (Bay Road)
7:30 pm Dressage exhibit on East Lawn
Gates open for picnicking, 5:15 pm.
6th Annual Swanton Summer Festival
featuring rides, a parade, music,
dancing and more.
30th- August 1st, Shelburne
Shelburne Art and Craft Festival
A juried art and craft festival under
with great food and entertainment.
Shelburne Museum (Route 7), 10-5 pm.
the inn. The country roads in our area
are paved, relatively level, sparsely
traveled and provide beautiful scenery.
Four miles can bring you to the
Fairfield General Store and Chester's on
the Square where you can sip a beverage,
have lunch and rest for the return trip.
For mountain biking enthusiasts, our
logging trails are a challenge (and you
might find Morris the Moose).
We're not just talking a park here or
there: Try the whole state, top to
bottom, east to west, bike path to goat
path, beginner's joy to bone-rattlin'
Start with Vermont's gravel roads and
old logging trails. Grab a Vermont
Atlas, or one of the many mountain
biking guides to Vermont, and go.
There's 9,000 miles or so to explore,
filled with New England's best scenery
and quaint villages. Your legs are the
limit, and there's little traffic to
Vermont villages are spaced an easy
pedaling- distance apart, and our
extensive network of lightly-trafficked
"farm to market" back roads
provides a virtually inexhaustible
supply of on-road bicycle routes.
Popular multi-use paths have been built
along the shore of Lake Champlain in
Burlington. Other recreation paths are
found in Colchester, Shelburne, Essex,
Williston, South Burlington and
Montpelier. Nearly three dozen new
recreation paths and rail trail projects
are either under construction or being
planned and designed in communities
For easier-on-the-legs riding and
premier foliage viewing, not to be
missed are Vermont's bike paths in
Burlington and the 26-mile rural
Mississquoi rail trail between St.
Albans and Richford. Add it all up, and
Vermont's the real wheel.
For more information: Bikeways
OUR GUESTS SAY!
first B & B visit- we were
treated royally- love the
animals!" Judy & Johnny - Ringold, Georgia
" Your pleasant company, a beautiful farm-we've been in
Heaven! An unadvertised asset of
Heaven, was Sticky Bun French
Toast! Thank you for all your
caring creativity." Jackie
& Steve, San Antonio, Texas
" What a wonderful place to relax on our honeymoon.
Spendid atmosphere, friendly
people (and dogs!) and delicious
food! Marc & Sara
Ann & Jim
are truly blessed to meet many
wonderful people along the way.
Ann and Jim are just two of
We would like to thank Ann and
Jim for their frequent visits
over the years. As guests
enjoy hearing the adventures of
Isham, Gizmo and their feline
brothers and sisters, we love
hearing about the humorous
antics of their cat Teddy.
Thanks again, Ann & Jim