fall everyone. How ironic that the good weather and fall
have arrived at the same time. Rain seems to have been
this summer's story. Though we were busier than ever,
the pool was begging for swimmers. Usually we can count
on at least a few months without the dogs tracking in
mud. Oh well. We hope you enjoy the fantastic foliage
shots which Jacquie took last year. Maybe this year will
be just as beautiful.
As many of you know, between November 1 and June 30 we
accept the Canadian dollar at par (or the equivalent)
for reservations made directly with us (no internet or
Also, between November 1 and January 31 we are offering
a "threefer". Stay three nights but pay only
for two - AND - on your third night we will provide you
with one of Jacquie's famous pizzas - AND dessert. Such
Finally, just a reminder that we do offer a 10% discount
for AAA or CAA.
However, for obvious reasons, we can not combine
discounts or specials. Guess you'll have to pick just
Looking forward to seeing many of you soon.
Jacquie and Brad
BRAD & JACQUIE'S KITCHEN
1 pound sausage, crumbled bacon
bread or pizza dough
2 cups cheddar cheese
and crumble sausage. Scramble eggs; add to
sausage. Roll thawed bread dough into a
rectangle about 3/4 inch thick. Place filling on
rolled-out dough. Sprinkle with cheese. Roll up
jelly roll fashion.Top may be sprinkled with
caraway or sesame seeds or dill. Place seam side
down on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350
degrees for 35 minutes until brown and crusty.
Slice and serve hot. At the Inn we serve the
Calzone topped with Hollandaise Sauce for rave
Unlike many, I am comfortable being a public
figure. I don't mind being recognized as I
stroll the streets, and I enjoy being approached
by strangers with praise for my monthly
writings. On the other hand, it's not something
I crave or need to have. So with that in mind,
beginning with this column, I will now and then
yield my space to introduce you to some of the
other inhabitants of the inn. Though difficult,
I will endeavor to make them as interesting as
Meet Tundra. When Jacquie met Dad and moved to
Vermont, she brought this cute, petite, cuddly
city cat along with her to the country. Perhaps
it's the rural Vermont air. Maybe new food.
Whatever. She remains cute and cuddly (our only
cat who willingly allows anyone to pick her up).
However, petite is no longer accurate. SHE'S A
MOOSE, A HIPPO, MULTI-LAYERS OF BLUBBER. She
doesn't walk - she waddles. She has more chins
than a Chinese phone book. She never met a meal
she didn't like. Only a wide angle lens can
capture her image.
That said, she remains warm, friendly, lets kids
have their way with her, is always receptive to
petting (and treats) and receives more comments
(wonder why) than any other of our cats.
So come visit and feel free to pick her up (if
through 10/3/04, Essex Junction
16th Annual Vermont Sheep
and Wool Festival:
A 2-day festival celebrating fiber animals
and traditional fiber crafts including spinning,
weaving, knitting & felting. Champlain
10/9/04 through 10/10/04, Essex
Champlain Valley Antiques
Select antiques show with Americana, Victoriana,
art, china, quilts, jewelry, European
decoratives in room settings.
Miller Exposition Center, Champlain Valley Expo
10/13/04 through 10/18/04, Burlington
15th Vermont International
One of the oldest venues in North America
for showcasing socially conscious films.
Various locations and times,
10/22/04 through 10/24/04, Essex
24th Annual Essex Fall
Craft & Fine Art Show:
Largest quality craft & fine art festival in
Champlain Valley Exposition
NOTCH AND FOLIAGE
There are countless
ways to recreate in Vermont, and some of the
best adventures are at Vermont's 52 state parks,
which range from remote islands to vast
Smugglers Notch Scenic Byway is one of the more
popular and scenic routes in Vermont, especially
during the fall foliage season.
More than close to
nature - in fact, smack in it - the parks'
peaceful, relaxed settings offer ideal launching
points for active vacations focused on hiking
and cycling, paddling and fishing, bird and
wildlife watching, or walks to observe fall
one of Vermont's State Parks is a narrow pass
through the mountain with 1,000 foot cliffs on
either side. In the early days, only a footpath
and trail for horses existed.
In 1807, President
Thomas Jefferson passed an embargo act
forbidding American trade with Great Britain and
Canada. This was a severe hardship for northern
Vermonters, since Montreal was closer than other
markets. Many people, therefore, continued
illegal trade with Canada, herding cattle and
carrying other goods through the Notch. Later,
fugitive slaves used the Notch as an escape
route to Canada. During prohibition in the
1920s, liquor was smuggled from Canada over the
improved road that was built in 1922.
Many species of
plants found in Smugglers Notch are endangered
and grow nowhere else in Vermont. These plants
are alpine species and thrive in the arctic-like
conditions of the moist, cold, rocky cliffs. In
more recent years, the peregrine falcon has
successfully nested amongst the cliffs in the
State Park is a corridor park with developed
facilities along VT 108. It consists of a
campground, a picnic area, the "Notch"
proper, and trailheads to some of the more
popular hiking trails in Vermont.
The picnic area,
provides travelers along VT 108 - Smugglers
Notch Scenic Byway - a stopping place for a
picnic meal. The Long Trail can also be accessed
from this location.
Going north along
VT 108, the traveler can catch glimpses of
various rock outcroppings and cliffs, many of
which have names - Elephants Head, The Singing
Bird, The Hunter and His Dog and the Smuggler -
to name a few.
Attractions: Smugglers Notch Historic Site,
(2 miles north Route 108); Toll Road (1 mile
south Route 108); Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe;
Johnson Woolen Mills, Johnson; Alpine Slide,
Spruce Peak; Gondolas, Mt. Mansfield; Ben and
Jerry's Ice Cream Factory, Waterbury; Smuggler's
Notch Resort, Jeffersonville.
OUR GUESTS SAY!
have travelled everywhere thru the U.S.
(Route 66, Dixie Highway etc) but we
have never enjoyed a place such as this.
Thank you so much!!!!!! " Marg
& Mike- Ontario, Canada
has been the most relaxing vacation, we
have had. Breakfast was great" Jim
quiet, relaxing atmosphere!
& Randi, VA.
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