Manchester Merriment is just around the corner, and the weather is cooperating with our first snow accumulation. Join us in Manchester from November 30 through January 1 for ongoing activities to support 7 community food cupboards. A highlight of these festivities is the Holiday Inn Tours, held on Saturdays, December 7 and 14 from noon until 4pm. Fourteen area inns are participating this year, including Ormsby Hill. Each inn will be decorated for Christmas in their unique style. Tickets are available for purchase ($15 per person or $25 for two people)here, or at businesses in town. See visitmanchestervt.com for more details.
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April is a quiet time for inn keepers in Southern Vermont. The ski slopes closed, and mud season/stick season has not yet given way to spring greenery. Yoshio and I took advantage of this lull, and went to San Francisco for our first bonding visit with Owen, our grandson.
It was heartbreaking to leave Owen, Lisa, and Jesse, but our return to Ormsby Hill couldn’t have been better. Green grass, clear blue skies, and temperatures in the seventies lifted our spirits. The forecast still calls for night temperatures in the thirties, but screens are in place, plants are popping up, and our patio is open for mountain viewing. Hope you’ll join us in our celebration of the season.
The Crucible Presented by The Dorset Players the weekends of March 8-10 and 15-17. Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2pm at The Dorset Playhouse. Tickets are $20 and are available at The Dorset Playhouse box office at 802-867-5777.
Marchdi Gras Festivities at Stratton Mountain Saturday, March 9 from 3pm – 10pm. Celebrate March in Mardi Gras fashion! Enjoy live music, street performers, delicious food and give aways in Stratton Village at the base of the mountain.
Bird Walk at Hildene Sponsored by The Vermont Bird Place & Sky Watch, local birders meet to conduct a survey of birds on the Hildene grounds. Meet at the Hildene Welcome Center at 8am on Saturday, March 16th; free to all birders.
The Saturday Series at Burr and Burton Academy World renowned performing artists presented in high definition broadcasts. Saturdays at 7pm in the academy’s Riley Center for the Arts, cost is $18 per adult.
March 16 – JEWELS, a George Balanchine ballet presented by the Mariinsky Ballet Company from St. Petersburg, Russia.
March 30 – PEOPLE, a comic play by Britain’s celebrated playwright, Alan Bennett, from the National Theater of London.
Off the Shelf Series sponsored by the Northshire Bookstore Author Jodi Picoult presents The Storyteller in this author in conversation series at The Maple Street School. Thursday, March 21 at 6:30pm.
Sugar on Snow The Vermont Country Store presents this time honored tradition of indulging in sweet maple syrup drizzled over snow! The store is also offering Maple Syrup sampling. Join the VCS on Saturdays and Sundays in March from 12pm – 3pm (through March 24th).
Vermont Maple Sugar Open House Weekend This annual event is statewide and being held on Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24. Visit sugar houses as they boil maple sap. Learn how goods such as maple syrup and maple candy are produced. Watch the boiling process and sample different grades of syrup.
We have just had our first major snow storm in Manchester, VT. The Inn at Ormsby Hill has been transformed into a winter paradise. The view from my kitchen desk is truly remarkable. That being said, I can already envision a different scene out this window: green leaves on the crab apple, a soft breeze blowing through the screen, multi-hued green on the Taconic mountains…in other words – SPRING! The days are already getting minutely longer; the darkest days are behind us. I am celebrating the new year with beautiful cymbidium orchids purchased at Equinox Valley Nursery, the place I sneak off to when I need to feed my soul.
So, when you visit us here, you can enjoy the actual climate outside, or you can join me inside for a hint of warmer days to come.
We are very fortunate to report no damage at Ormsby Hill from Sandy moving through southern Vermont.
After losing power for eight hours in a September thunderstorm, we ordered a stationary generator. It will power our well pump, hot water heaters, furnace, and lights at the inn. You can be assured a comfortable stay regardless of the weather outside. This mind-easing machine should be operational by the end of the week.
Before we could comfortably move into our owner’s quarters at the inn, we needed something to move out. It was a collection of approximately 100 year old taxidermy specimens perched on the walls and ceiling beams of our living area. According to the previous owner, they were historic to the house, and thus belonged there. I just could not warm up to sharing our space with those guys. We had yet to begin researching relocation possibilities, when Rocky appeared at our door bearing glass tops for our new dining tables. Being acquainted with the property, he knew about the creatures and asked if they were still there. Yoshio told him we were trying to find them a new home, and Rocky offered to take them. On Saturday the move was completed. Thank you Rocky and family. Your respectful removal of the elk and birds assures us they will be in good hands. That very day, with the help of our daughter Kelly, we began setting up our new home.
Our guests at Ormsby Hill took the downpours in stride, one minute sitting outside on the patio eating cheese, fruit and cookies, the next, sipping tea in the living room. Other guests made themselves at home in the gathering room, testing out the lemon cooler cookies I’ve been trying to perfect. Even the old board games came out, and it really felt like home.
The reputation of this property speaks of its beauty and elegance. These last few rainy days have shown that it is also a comfortable, friendly, happy place, where guests can put their feet up and chill.
I’m not sure what kind of weather is coming this week, but we and guests alike can just go with the flow and not worry about it. It will all be fine.
About two months before we purchased the Inn at Ormsby Hill, the former owners suggested I plant something in two raised beds near the meadow. This is one of many instances of the collaborative effort between Ted, Chris, and us. It was a win/win situation – they would not have unsightly, empty garden space, and we would have garden bounty for the summer. I planted five varieties of cherry tomato and two varieties of slicing tomato. Yesterday the cherries began their prolific, productive dash. These will be put to immediate use in our small side salads served with our savory breakfasts; yummy, healthy, and unexpected.
Wednesday, July 11th was a day of firsts like no other: our first day as innkeepers at the historic Inn at Ormsby Hill; our first day living in the beautiful town of Manchester, Vermont; our first day as employers and business owners. It was, without doubt a daunting day. Imagine our surprise when, overriding our feelings of anxiety, we felt giddy with joy, awe, and gratefulness. We know are in the right place at the right time in our lives.
Our prior life as on again, off again expatriates in Tokyo Japan ended in September 2011 after 32 years, 2 kids, and 17 moves. On the surface, our past years make us questionably qualified to be innkeepers and caretakers of this beautiful bed and breakfast. Peeling back the layers of our life, we discovered that our experiences perfectly prepared us for our new roles. Here are some life lessons we think will help us make your stay at Ormsby Hill truly wonderful:
- Do not fear change because it is the springboard to growth and satisfaction.
- Curiosity and openness lead to learning.
- The most valuable lessons come from unexpected sources, like children, pets, or guests.
- Every person, plant, and animal deserves unconditional respect.
We look forward to meeting each one of you as your own journey intersects with ours at The Inn at Ormsby Hill.
The Inn at Ormsby Hill
Manchester Center, Vermont
If you are not staying at Ormsby Hill this weekend and want to treat your mom to breakfast in bed, what could be better than recipes from Ormsby Hill to make your mom feel special like the person she is.
Below are recipes for honey-baked bananas and baked pancakes. You will be the star of the day (in second place after your mom, of course!).
Honey-Baked Bananas with Pecan Crumble
4 firm ripe bananas, peeled
½ cup orange juice
¼ cup honey
2 tablespoons plus ¾ cup light-brown sugar
½ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup oatmeal
½ teaspoon nutmeg
½ cup chopped pecans
6 tablespoons cold, unsalted, butter, cut into 1” pieces
Slice bananas lengthwise and place cut side up in a buttered baking dish. In a small bowl mix well the orange juice, honey and 2 tablespoons light brown sugar with a wire whisk. Pour over the bananas. Combine the flour, oatmeal, remaining brown sugar, nutmeg and pecans. Add butter, and using a pastry blender, blend until combined. Spoon the crumble topping over the bananas.
Bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes and serve warm drizzled with a little heavy cream.
1 cup milk
1¼ cups flour
3 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
½ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Whisk the eggs with the milk until well blended. Add the flour, salt and sugar and whisk well. Add the melted butter (just before baking) and whisk until it disappears in the batter.
Spray pans with pam and pour batter into the pans.
Bake for 15-18 minutes until puffed and golden.
Serve immediately, with lemon zest, squirt of lemon juice, and sprinkled with conf sugar.
Maple syrup on the side.