Stress Management & Mindfulness Retreat in Vermont

For those of you who have no stress in your lives, read no further. For those of you who have periods of stress or have stress on a daily basis, we have the answer. On the weekend of April 29th – May 1st, we will be hosting a Stress Management and Mindfulness Retreat here at our peaceful Vermont bed and breakfast.

We will be able to identify our stressors and learn coping mechanisms to help us deal with life’s challenges. When guests visit the Inn, I always ask, “What brings you here?” 100% of the time, guests respond, “We just needed a getaway.” I always wonder, “away from what?” Kids? Parents? Job? Technology?  Finances? All of us need “downtime.” The purpose of this retreat is to enhance life skills we already have to help us feel better, reduce stress and enjoy our lives a little more. Where better to do this than the beautiful Green Mountains of Vermont in springtime.Mindfulness Retreat in Weston, Vermont

The weekend is being hosted by Timothy St. Onge. He and his wife Patricia are engaged in the private practice of psychotherapy and meditation studies with adults, individuals and couples, and older adolescents. To learn more about Tim, your retreat leader, take a look at his impressive journey: Tim St Onge Bio

Stress Management/ Mindfulness Weekend Schedule:

Friday April 29th: Arrival

  • Meet and Greet
    • Tim and Pat will be here to greet you and let you know what to look forward to over the weekend
  • Simple Supper at The Inn at WestonLeader for Stress Management Event in Weston, Vermont

Saturday April 30th

  • 8-10 am: Breakfast at the Inn
  • 10:30-12 pm: Session 1 at The Church on the Hill
    • You will be introduced to the basics of mindfulness:
    • Each simple practice will deepen your appreciation of experiences that bring you happiness.
    • Comforting guidance for more full and open living.
    • Practical ways to have a healthy and more satisfying life.
    • Enrich your everyday experiences—moment to moment.
  • 12-3:30 pm: Lunch on your Own: We suggest the following local spots
  • 3:30-5 pm: Session 2 at The Church on the Hill
    • Practices that will help you reclaim your life.
    • Learn the many areas of life in which mindfulness can benefit your well being.
    • Learn present moment awareness to cope with changes and challenges of every day life.
    • Optional time for a visit to the Weston priory for evening Vespers at 5:30
  • 5:30-8 pm: Dinner at the Inn 

Sunday May 1st

  • 8-10 am: Breakfast at the Inn
  • 10:30-12pm: Session 3 – Church on the Hill
    • Recognize everyday happenings with fresh eyes.
    • Calm feelings of fear, uncertainty, and lack of control.
    • Discover your capacity to thrive with adversity.

Call (802) 824-6789 to Book Today!

The Weston Priory – A Peaceful Retreat For All

Why do people come to Vermont? It is a question we ask of all our guests. “So, what brings you here?”. Most of the time the answer is, “we just wanted to get away”. I always leave it at that, but I wonder-“away from what?” Kids? Work? Parents? Stress? Life in general? As I discuss their visit here and “things to do”, I always recommend the Weston Priory. It is a calming, peaceful place where the Benedictine brothers live a life of prayer and service. (westonpriory.org) There are prayer services several times each day where the brothers chanting fills your heart and soul. You need not be Christian to appreciate the peacefulness of this place. And it is only 5 miles away!!

Vermont RetreatI think The Inn at Weston itself is a stress reducer. Comfy beds, Jacuzzi for two, fireplaces, fine wine, wonderful food-what more could you want? Well, sometimes not only do our bodies need nourishment and comfort but our souls do, as well.
We all need moments of peace and quiet. We live in a very turbulent time-too much going on to process it all. In Winter-all the physically challenging activities-cross country, skiing, snow shoeing, ice skating and ,of course, downhill skiing, and in Summer-long walks in the woods, hiking along the Appalachian Trail, walking around Lowell Lake, swimming in one of Vermont’s many watering holes, taking a bike ride on one of Vermont’s beautiful roads, picnics by the waterfall or just driving around Vermont’s picturesque countryside-these are all wonderful physical stress reducers but sometimes we need more.

Vermont InnSo, it seems to me, that Vermont, The Weston Priory, and The Inn at Weston all provide a wonderful opportunity to get some “down time” for body, mind and soul.

Weston Antiques Show :: A New England Experience

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How does history, art, and community sound to you? Experience all these values on your next trip to our Ludlow bed and breakfast in the beautiful Weston, Vermont area. Described as “One of the best small shows in New England” by The New York Times, the Weston Antique Show is a classic Vermont attraction you should add to your list of activities for your next trip up north.

Weston Antiques Show is one of the oldest shows in the country and is known as one of the best small shows overall. The show has attracted over 85,000 attendees and has raised over $1,000,000 for historic preservation and features an unique array of dealers with various pieces. Be a part of making history and check out what all the excitement is about!

Featured dealers at this show come with a wide range of eclectic antiques of American, English, country, and formal pieces of furniture, accessories, and fine art. The choices are so immense, you won’t have any trouble finding a treasure to take home. One of the most interesting and unique things about this particular antiques show is its location. Dealers will be set up in a Greek revival building with character and charm. Theater walls, paintings in the lobby, and historic furniture and accessories create an environment conducive to appreciating history and enjoying authentic antiques.

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Every year, over 2,000 people travel from all over the country to experience the Weston Antiques Show and to search for the perfect pieces for their homes, one-of-a-kind gifts, or special knick-knacks just for fun. The Weston Antique Show is a group effort and is made possible by strong community support. Small businesses in the area contribute greatly to the show so you will enjoy the efforts of a small town community members who are passionate about coming together to put on this well loved event. A large portion of proceeds from the show get put back into the community and are used to maintain unique aspects of the village of Weston.

Pottery and hooked rugs from South Massachusetts, scientific instruments from Florida, and rare and used books from Maine are just a few examples of antiques that have been featured at past year’s events.

One of the best parts about the Weston Antique Show? It takes place during the peak foliage season in beautiful Vermont. That means you can plan on taking a drive through Weston and surrounding villages to see the red and golden trees during your trip to the show. Add some historic and artistic flair to your next northern fall trip!

Top 5 Winter Activities in Vermont

There’s no better place for a romantic winter vacation than Vermont. From the powdery white snow, to the cozy rustic atmosphere, you’ll never want to leave the winter wonderland of the north. While staying at our Vermont bed and breakfast, you’ll find yourself ready to engage in some fun winter activities to make your vacation as memorable as possible. Here are our top 5 recommendations:

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1. Ice-skating: Skating is the perfect recipe for romance and winter fun. There are a couple of great choices for skating near our Ludlow bed and breakfast. Riley Rink at Hunter Park in Manchester is a great and close option. Also be sure to check out Grafton Ponds Outdoor Center for some picturesque outdoor skating. Enjoy the fresh winter air and glide across the ice together.

2. Downhill or Cross-Country Skiing: Whether you’re up for a leisurely ski trip at your own pace or are looking to fly down the slopes, Vermont has options for you. For cross-country skiing (or even snowshoeing!) try Okemo, Stratton, Magic, and Bromley mountains. Any of these would make for a memorable afternoon for two in the powdery Vermont snow. If downhill is more your speed, you can’t get any better than Wildwings, Viking Nordic Center, Grafton Ponds, or Catamount Trail. If your vacation is long enough, you can plan to visit them all and discover your new personal favorite!

3. Visit the Vermont Country Store: Take in the rustic Vermont charm this winter at the Vermont Country Store. Pick up a local good and some souvenirs to bring home and remember your perfect winter vacation by. Visit the Kissing Bridge and become part of a romantic Vermont tradition. (The Kissing Bridge is also the perfect place to get engaged!)

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4. Discover the Weston Village Shop & Local Galleries: This is a great activity all winter but be sure to put it on your list for vacations over the holidays as well! It’s the perfect place to shop for quaint country items and it’s also within walking distance to beautiful local galleries. Get a hot cup of coffee or hot chocolate and enjoy an afternoon of walking around downtown.

5. Relax Around our Ludlow Bed & Breakfast: You don’t even have to leave the comfort of the inn to enjoy a cozy Vermont winter. Relax and sit in a comfortable chair with a great book (get one from our extensive library!) and a glass of wine or a cup of coffee or tea. Sit by the fire and enjoy the cozy atmosphere of a Vermont winter.

Visit the Vermont Country Store

For the ultimate charming Vermont experience, visit the historic Vermont Country Store on your next trip to our Ludlow bed and breakfast. Located just .3 miles from the inn, you could spend a sunny afternoon on vacation walking to the store to peruse and look for unique treasures and to soak in the history.

The Vermont Country store is a family-run business, currently managed by Lyman Orton and his three sons, Eliot, Gardner, and Cabot. The store dates back to earlier generations though. It’s been part of the Orton family since 1946. Current proprietors hold up old-fashioned family values and customers get that feel the second they walk in the door. Store owners work to be an active part of the Weston community, and you will become a part of the tradition on your first visit. You don’t have to be a local to feel like one in Weston’s beloved establishment.

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The Vermont Country Store offers a wide range of quality goods, perfect for getting a taste of the local Vermont flavor or picking up gifts and souvenirs to remember your special trip by. Your family and friends are also sure to appreciate a gift from you that you picked up on your northern adventure. The Vermont Country Store offers a wide range of quality products including special Made in the USA products, classic toys and games, sleepwear, Vermont maple syrup, chocolates, classic candies, home goods, and so much more. The store also features a special section of items that come from brands of the past. You will become nostalgic for your childhood and will remember the “good old days” with these unique items. Lifebuoy soap, Charles Pretzels, and Minnetonka driving moccasins are just a few examples.

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Visiting The Vermont Country Store in beautiful Weston is not just about shopping, it’s also about participating in romantic and historic traditions! Sneak a kiss with your loved one on Rockingham Store’s Kissing Bridge, a romantic tradition that dates back to horse and buggy days. The Vermont Country Store even offers a dedicated section of gifts where you can choose a special something for your special someone and make it a day to remember. Many couples have also found The Kissing Bridge to be the perfect place to get engaged. Will you be next?

No matter what you find at the store or how long you spend there, you will leave with a piece of Weston’s history with you. The next time you stay with us, make sure to set aside an afternoon to visit this local favorite.

Experience Vermont at the Weston Village Store

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Located right next door to our cozy Ludlow bed and breakfast, Weston Valley Store is full of quaint Vermont charm and local products that you have to check out! If authentic country flavor is something you’re looking for, you’ll enjoy a visit to this local favorite. Since 1981, The Weston Village Store has been delighting customers who stop by. The store prides itself in keeping up with the changing times while staying true to it’s small town values and simple Vermont goodness.

Weston Valley Store is located in one of the prettiest villages in the whole state of Vermont. It sits in a valley by the West River and surrounded by the lush Green Mountains. The unique way that the village of Weston has been able to stay true to its historic roots is something you will have to experience to truly understand. The entire village is on the National Register of Historic Places and the Weston Valley Store is the perfect place to see that for yourself!

Pick out a Nostalgic Sign to take home with you. There’s a selection for every taste. From Wizard of Oz and Spiderman to Captain America, you’ll be delighted by all the choices.

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Weston Valley Store also has a delicious selection of local Vermont food, made from the freshest ingredients. Cheese, Fudge & Syrup are a few favorites for customers. Try the Maple Fudge for an indulgent treat or sample the rich taste of Neighborly Garlic Cheddar Cheese, the perfect thing to take home and share with friends and family at your next party.

If something to wear is more what you’re looking for, Weston Valley Store offers an entire selection of t-shirts and sweat pants from you to choose from. Pick out one that suits your style and take it home to represent your favorite vacation spot!

Weston Valley Store has no shortage of fun and unique souvenirs for you to check out when you visit. Do you have a family member, house sitter, or pet sitter back at home whom you’d like to bring back something special for? Choose a rustic looking Vermont mug, hot plate, or even a fun snow globe featuring a moose or covered bridge.

One of the best things about Weston is the gorgeous Vermont scenery that’s present year-round. Remember it forever with one of Weston Valley Store’s beautiful puzzles. It’s much more fun than just a photograph!

 

Join Us for an Unforgettable Vermont Craft Beer Tasting Weekend

Vermont Craft Beer Weekend

We love winter here at The Inn at Weston, and if you are a craft beer connoisseur, you may love it even more during the Vermont Craft Beer Tasting and Beer Pairing Dinner Weekend! Vermont is renowned for its craft breweries, so this upcoming January 8th and 9th, 2016 is one to mark on the calendar.

We invite you to come to our lovely town of Weston, VT for an event that is sure to excite even the most scrutinizing beer connoisseur. A great way to break up the monotony of the post-holiday winter blues!

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This is a perfect opportunity for a special weekend getaway in Vermont! Whether you wish to dine with us on Friday evening, or try one of the area’s other excellent local restaurants, we can help you make reservations. Then on Saturday, make plans to go explore our charming village. But not on an empty belly! We’ll give you a complimentary country breakfast for two, which should fill you up for a good spell, at least until late afternoon.

In the late afternoon, join us between 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. for a tasting tour of some of Vermont’s finest craft brews. While sipping some truly delicious and creative beers, you’ll also have a chance to meet the genius brew masters behind the brands. They will be happy to showcase their craft beer creations for you, and you can opt to stock up on some of your favorites, if you wish.

Here are just some of the Vermont craft beers you can expect to taste:

  • Von Trapp Bohemian Pilsner (Stowe, VT)
  • Stone Corral Palomino Pale Ale (Richmond, VT)
  • Northshire Battenkill Ale (Bennington, VT)
  • 14th Star Maple Breakfast Stout (St. Albans, VT)

Then save room for dinner! After the craft brew tasting, the deliciousness continues at 7:00 p.m. with a Gala Dinner. And just as the name suggests, this Gala features a gallery of magnificent dishes prepared using some of our favorite beers by award-winning Chef Craig Cornell. Sunday morning, we hope you won’t be too spoiled to enjoy another amazing country breakfast before checkout.

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We have prepared an all-inclusive weekend package for two so you can enjoy it all! The price per couple is just $579 at the Coleman House, $679 at the Main Inn, and $779 at the Carriage House. All of these rates include the room of your choice for both Friday and Saturday night, two full country breakfasts on Saturday and Sunday morning, unlimited Vermont Craft Beer Tasting, and dinner for two at the Vermont Craft Beer Dinner Gala.

We look forward to welcoming all beer lovers and hope you will join us! To Book Call (802) 824-6789 Today!

Christmas In Weston : December 4th-5th

You are invited to Christmas In Weston! Find your holiday spirit while enjoying a full day celebration in the Village of Weston on Saturday, featuring horse drawn wagon rides, food tastings, and the lighting of the Village Christmas Tree at dusk.

We will also be hosting these special events at the Inn:

Vermont Christmas eventsConcert with Ken & Julie Olssonof The Dynamic Two-O
Friday, December 4
On Friday, December 4th at 5:30 PM, Ken Olsson and his wife, Julie, will perform their magic as The Dynamic Two-O with Christmas music, Broadway tunes, and some opera! With a strong local following, this pair is not to be missed.

Ken and Julie have a musical collaboration spanning back more than 25 years. They grew up in Connecticut, attending the same school system and church. Their collaboration began at Ithaca College, where they both attended, though they went separate ways after graduating to pursue separate careers. Reuniting after 14 years, they married in 2007 and moved to Vermont to spread the joy of music through their performances!

Tickets cost $60 per person and includes dinner and music. Make your reservation by calling (802) 824-6789

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1-3 PM on Saturday, December 5

On Saturday, December 5th from 1-3 PM we will be hosting a Vermont Beer & Cheese Tasting event at the Inn during Christmas In Weston. Enjoy regional craft brews and fine cheeses beside the fire in our cozy pub.

In lieu of charging for this event, we suggest that each guest make a donation to the all-volunteer Weston Fire Department, this year’s beneficiary of the Christmas InWeston event.

Walk-Ins Welcome

Vermont Christmas eventsChristmas Dinner & Concert Sing-a-Long with Acoustic Guitarist David Stolz

5:30 PM on Saturday, December 5

In the evening on Saturday, December 5th at 5:30 PM, the Inn will also be hosting a special Christmas dinner that will include a concert by acoustic guitarist David Stolz. His concert will feature Christmas songs, caroling favorites, and a sing-a-long.

David Stolz is a traveler, adventurer, musician, dog lover and realistic optimist, who loves making music with others and performing solo. His musical stomping grounds span from Martha’s Vineyard across New England. He plays a blend of country-blues, ragtime, folk, traditional Americana and finger-style guitar. He enjoys singing out loud in the sunshine with his chocolate lab, Babu!

Tickets cost $60 per person and includes dinner and music. Make your reservation by calling (802) 824-6789

Hurry and book your room at our Vermont bed and breakfast today. We hope to see you and wish you a Merry Christmas from Ours to Yours!

 

A Little Note From Lexi – Our Official Greeter

Hello, my name is Lexi, a Golden Retriever, and the Inn dog at the Inn at Weston and official greeter in beautiful Weston, Vermont. I came to the Inn in 2009 when I was one and a half years old. Bob and Linda (my parents) rescued me from another family who did not like me very much. I am so happy to be here!

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My job description includes meeting and greeting our house guests. However, since we are now “pet friendly”, my duties include making other pets-mostly dogs like me, feel welcome and comfortable here. It is a big job and I take it very seriously.

I have noticed a few things about the dogs that come here. They are not as comfortable as they will be in a very short time. They rarely “settle in” like their parents. It takes a while to relax in an environment where nothing looks or smells the same. Most of the time a crate will help and of course familiar toys and bed. These things create a sense of place and helps to calm my new friends.

Also, being able to join “parents” at breakfast is also calming. We offer that during the summer months when breakfast is served on our flower filled deck and in the winter months, in the pub. Dogs are not allowed in the dining room, me included.

The other observation I have is that most of my new friends have been rescued-like me. That is why owners bring their dogs here-they don’t put them in a kennel. Nope, once you are rescued, you belong with your owners as much as possible. It helps to ease those bad memories. I get it. I still have trouble being alone. My Uncle Phil lives upstairs and he takes care of me when I can’t be with my parents.

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There are many places in Vermont to run and explore. I highly recommend Lowell Lake-only 5 miles from the Inn. When Bob and Linda take me there, I run and swim and fetch the “bally.” It’s lots of fun.

So, if you are seeking an idyllic spot to relax with your best friend, I would love to greet you and welcome you as a friend.

Lexi

Christmas in Weston Day : Vermont Holiday Festivals

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Weston, Vermont will be celebrating it’s annual village wide “Christmas in Weston Day” on December 7, 2014. There are holiday activities throughout the entire town including horse drawn sleigh rides, chestnuts roasting on an open fire, caroling, concerts at the church and Weston Playhouse, great shopping opportunities at the Vermont Country Store, the Weston Village Store, the Weston Christmas Shop, and the Village Green Gallery, and a tree lighting ceremony at dusk on the Village Green. Click here to get the details.

Christmas in Weston

After the tree lighting ceremony, make your way down to The Inn at Weston for one of our favorite events of the year, the annual Christmas Piano Concert Dinner. Featuring recorded artist Robert Congdon of Boston, the concert is replete with Christmas Carols as well as classical and broadway seasonal selections.

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Dinner is at 6 PM, and is followed by the Piano Concert at around 8 PM. During intermission, we will serve dessert, coffee or tea, as well as drinks, and then Bob will return to the piano. The evening concludes with a sing along which always gets the season off to a great start.

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Reservations are suggested (call 802-824-6789), and a few rooms are still available for those who wish to stay over. We hope to see you at our Vermont bed and breakfast on December 7th!