This is the time of year we love best. The first couple of frosts have left the air crisp and clear (not to mention bug free:)). The cold nights are the signal to the trees to get their leaves in order and the color is starting to show. We had a wet summer which typically means that the leaves will be particularly nice. Now we are putting the gardens to bed and mulching the new perennials. (More Peonies & Iris this year). The somewhat excessive amount of rain means that the Trout fishing has stayed good and the season stays open until October 31st. There are record Brown Trout to be caught in the connector between the two resevoirs and plenty of native brookies in the smaller streams. This is the best time of year for hiking and if you drive over towards Manchester the Lyebrook Falls hike is really nice with all the water coming over. Most days are still warm enough for folks to try the swimming holes on the West River and at Harriman reservoir as well as getting out on the water with canoes & kayaks. Another great way to see the leaves is on Horseback.
We have greatly enjoyed those of our guests who came under the Living Social Package. That package has prompted us to offer Dinner to all our guests on Saturday nights. Our food can best be described as eclectic Asian home cooking. I can pretty well guarantee that you will not find it anywhere else this side of Asia:-) Chef Lee remains the food maven and as usual we continue to source everything that we can locally. We served grass feed fillet at a wedding last summer along with locally and organically grown chicken. There is a difference in taste and texture. All our wedding salads come from Lilac Ridge farms and are picked the day of the wedding. If you saw Food Inc. you caught Amanda from Lilac Ridge Farms on the big screen, she was the lady talking about Walmart. We had a Gelato Cart at two weddings last summer, locally made and really good. All our veggies and tomatoes are locally grown, the eggs get laid next door (you can hear the rooster). The maple syrup comes from our neighbor's trees and if you come late February/early March you can see it being made (harvested?). The Brattleboro Farmers Market is open until October and packed with good things.
We always enjoy seeing the tents go up in front of the Inn and watching months of planning come to fruition when we have a wedding here. Moonlight in Vermont really works wonders and the views of the mountains during Summer evenings inspire guests as well as the wedding parties. It is very unusual to be able to watch the moon rise in the east then turn around and watch the sunset in the west, but it happens all the time on Cooper Hill.I
Flamingo Yoga will be here again next month and hopefully it will be warm enough to do yoga on the lawn (Hot Yoga maybe?). Our year begins and ends with the beautiful foliage of Autumn and the snow starts the cycle again.
Wildlife update: The Spring Turkey Season is over and somehow the birds know it:-). Our neighbor's eight year old son went hunting with his Dad for the first time last spring and bagged a 19 pound gobbler! (you can only take male birds, well its more complicated, you can olly take birds with a beard, but nevermind). The neat part was he had his Dad drive by so he could show us. We have some of the feathers in the dinning room:-). Then he had to go home and get cleaned up for his piano recital! The birds are hanging out in our field across the road and you should keep an eye out for them when you are coming up Cooper Hill Road as they are not as quick to get out of the way as they might be and hitting a 20 pound bird is no fun:-( The bears are awake and may visit the lower part of our back yard where a youngster or two like to sample the blueberries. There are several bear families in the Green Mountain National Forrest, just up the road. We heard the coyotes singing this week. Moose are still about though early spring is the best time of year to see one. We do have a pronghorn buck who has been snacking on our apples the past few days. Deer in Vermont are more cautious than those in the suburbs and every spring I have a talk with them about the tradeoff between eating my vegetables and becoming venison. Usually works:-). Be careful on the roads, especially at night as the shoulders are narrower than what you are used to. Don't trust your GPS too much as it doesn't show moose or deer in the road.
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