In December we launched our new website and blog. We’ve had very positive feedback regarding the new site; however writing for the blog has been challenging. I have been waiting to get inspired. Wondering how do I do that?
Try meditating or listening to music? That would put me to sleep.
Perhaps talk with my beagle, Bailey, and ask him for ideas? Speaking of sleeping, he’s the champ in that department; he had nothing to contribute.
What if I check out other blogs, could I “borrow” some thoughts? That doesn’t seem like the proper thing to do.
Then this morning it came to me. As I gazed out my window here at The Mountain Top Inn & Resort, I was inspired by the beauty of the mountains, the serenity of the fallen snow, the laughter of kids on our sledding hill and the picturesque meadow alive with xc skiers, guests on snowshoes and the elegance of the horse drawn sleigh.
What more could I ask for to inspire thoughts for blogging?
Vermonters are fortunate to have four distinct seasons. Winter is certainly the season offering a wide range of outdoor activities. A visit to Vermont in winter will present a surprise each day. Try a new sport like snowshoeing or get back on those alpine skis that have been collecting dust in the basement. (Killington and Pico are a short drive from us.) Rent a pair of ice skates and glide smoothly (or not) over the ice rink. Bring your dog along, as many Vermont inns like ours are pet friendly, and on or off-leash try some back country xc skiing or skijoring. Head to Okemo Mountain Resort for a ride on the Timber Ripper or to Stratton Mountain to go tubing. Take a snowmobile tour on one of the VAST trails and stop for lunch along the way.
Perhaps the outdoors is not your preference; in which case sipping a delicious wine accompanied by a Vermont made cheese could be your pastime of choice or reading your favorite book or “Nook” by the fire.
There are also fun and educational day trips to places like Simon Pearce Glassblowing, Ben & Jerry’s, Vermont Teddy Bear, Taftsville Country Store, American Museum of Fly Fishing, Chaffee Art Center, and the National Museumof the Morgan Horse, to name just a few.
Today I had the chance to see a 3 year old Bernese Mountain Dog named Sam, go sledding on our hill behind the Lodge. I chatted at length with a young couple visiting from Rhode Island who are so excited to be here to start planning their wedding. I watched one of my colleagues groom a trail for the horse drawn sleigh. I made some “fresh paw tracks” in the snow with Bailey; indeed he woke up long enough to take a short walk on “Bounder” (aka the Beach Road). Clearly the inspiration for the Mountain Top Blog comes from the heart of the Resort.
Topics will feature Travel in Vermont, Winter Fun, Horseback Riding, Wedding Tips, Wine & Dine, Pet Friendly Travel and an occasional post through the eyes of Bailey, the Resort’s “resident beagle”.
Posts may not be daily or even weekly; they will be when we have thoughts to share, entertain, and inform.
Tell us what you think as we hope to inspire you as well.