Early Spring Mountain Bike Excursion
While we still have plenty of snow on the mountains for downhill skiing, these sunny days make us restless for some Vermont back-road mountain biking. So that's what we did this past weekend and had a cold, muddy blast! We have our favorite route from The Four Columns through Brookline, up over the mountain and then down to Grafton for a little hot coffee and a deserved break. Dress warm! This is a chilly, muddy and fun ride!!
Looks like it's going to be a beautiful September
and an Incredible Fall!
Thank you for all of the calls and emails extending your concern and best wishes for hurricane recovery. Southern Vermont caught a good portion of the damage but things are on the mend. We were fortunate. Our back garden area next to Smith Brook suffered serious flooding, and we are in the process of landscaping and repair in the coming weeks. Happily the rest of the Inn was untouched and remains fully operational. We were able to host a number of stranded travelers during the storm, who seemed grateful to have a place of warmth and respite, with cookies and tea to boot! Road and bridge damage through much of the State is extensive, but repairs are well under way. Access to Newfane and The Four Columns is best from the south. We recommend I- 91 from all points north and south to Brattleboro, and then connect to Vt Rte 30N with only one minor bridge detour about two miles south of us. Many of you are planning to visit over the next two months and we look forward to seeing you soon!
The Four Columns Inn is host to Vermont weddings in all seasons. This summer is off to a great start with three happy couples, friends and families enjoying the grounds and gardens while celebrating beside our stream.
These are a few images from this past weekend
Guests were seated adjacent the gardens with table decor appropriate to the summer season
Tents and Lighting at the ready...
And came to life at night-fall
To celebrate into the evening
We see many engagements, weddings and romantic interludes here, but this was one of the best. Our prospective groom constructed a gazebo in the gardens by the stream, and we set it up for dinner service by candlelight…and not just candles on the table, but a host of suspended candles in cones, casting a warm glow over the table. The unsuspecting girlfriend was taken for a hike where the couple came upon this lovely setting with waiter at the ready for a romantic dinner and proposal. This much preparation also requires much confidence, which was rewarded with a ‘yes’!
When the Chef’s away we like to play in the kitchen. Chicken Pot Pie anyone?
On crisp sunny winter days we dispense with our duties as quickly as possible to enjoy an outdoor activity. When we can take Toby, our Golden Retriever,all the better. It makes him a happy dog. This week we grabbed our snowshoes and headedto the Long Trail for a hike up Bromley Mountain. The trail-head can be found just south of Route 30 on Route 11 as you head toward Manchester. On the right you can see a parking area where Equinox Snow Tours orchestrates snowmobile rides through the mountains. Park there and walk along the snowmobile trail toward Bromley. The trail-head is on the left. (You can tell this is a foot path). White marks on the trees designate the path, but generally you can tell where the trail leads.It is about 1 1/2 miles to the summit.
You know you are almost to the summit when you cross a ski trail at the top of Bromley mountain. We made friends with a few skiers who were surprised to see us, but couldn’t resist meeting our fuzzy partner. With the short winter day moving into late afternoon we headed back down the mountain into the rich light of a fading sun.
Holiday Preparations are almost complete...
A beautiful snow…
decided to stay
Ornaments in the Tree
And conversations by the living room fire…
Create a season of warmth and good cheer
In the Kitchen…
Prepares his stock
For Christmas and New Years Dinners
No escape for Mr. Lobster
While Dinner guests enjoy…
A quiet table in the corner
beneath a local artist’s creation
Or next to the fire’s warm glow
New Package for Winter Weddings and Elopements!
Small weddings and elopements are in high demand, and we are happy to accommodate with our new all inclusive package. Just this morning a happy bride and groom departed with families and friends after two days of celebrating in our welcoming New England setting.
Ceremonies in our cozy living room or Tavern are followed by dinner next to a warm fire. You may plan a special menu prepared by our Chef Extraordinaire! Custom cake, flowers and more are all included to give your special day a lifetime of warm memories.
To see the details just visit our website from this link, or give us a call.
Thanksgiving Menus and Specials are in place
Foliage was spectacular this year and it’s hard to believe we’re already down to the last hues of golds yellows and reds. Our Winter Holiday plans are well under way, leading with Thanksgiving. The five course turkey-day menu features Free Range Vermont Turkey along with other exceptional entree choices for the ‘not so turkey inclined’. Desserts this year are also not to be missed. You can view all the savory details from this link: ( Yum !) Reservations are now being taken for seatings from 1-5pm. Reserve your table now from this link: ( Count me in!)
If you want to take full advantage of that weekend and escape to one of our cozy rooms for a few days, we have some pretty good deals that the smarties who signed up for our Monday Morning Specials have already been using. We are offering 50% off your third night for stays from Nov 25 thru 28 if you join us for Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday. The weekend package also includes complimentary turkey night sandwiches and desserts. This special will be posted on our website in the next few days, so make your reservation now before the remaining rooms disappear! You can see the rooms, prices and make a reservation from this link . Just specify Thanksgiving Special when you make your reservation.