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Spring & Summer Events in Vermont

Vermont is an incredible place to vacation. It’s a small state full of charm and gorgeous scenery, but it is also full of life and has a packed calendar of events each season! During your next stay at our romantic Vermont bed and breakfast, you might be able to catch one of these unique and fun events in the area. Whether art, agriculture, or flowers are your thing, we’re sure you’ll find something on this list to get excited about. Check out the events below and book your room for the dates you want. Hurry before we fill up! This is a popular time of year to vacation in New England.


Open Studio | May 26-27, 2018

Are you interested in unique, one-of-a-kind creations by local artists and craftsmen? You’re in luck! The 26th Vermont Open Studio is shaping up to be the best yet! There will be 220 artists with work displayed at 179 different sites to explore! From glass, metal, and fiber, to impressive and movings paintings, everyone is sure to find something to love and appreciate. View and download the complete PDF guide to this unforgettable weekend event.


Strolling of the Heifers | June 1-3, 2018

This Brattleboro agricultural event supports family farms and promotes healthy, local food. The fun kicks off on Friday night with a Gallery Walk and Street Festival, complete with food, music, dancing, and everything else that makes up a good old fashioned block party. On Saturday, the heifers will be leading the parade that will make its way down Main Street. Following the parade, a variety of interesting activities will ensue, including cooking with locals, Goat Olympics, amusement rides, human foosball, and more. Be sure to visit the Brattleboro Area Farmers Market too. Wake up Sunday and head to the famous farmers breakfast at the Marina Restaurant. Round the weekend out with a guided farm tour at one of the five nearby farms.

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Queeche Hot Air Balloon Festival | June 15-17, 2018

Nothing is more picturesque and quintessentially New England than big, colorful hot air balloons floating across the bright blue skies of the Upper Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire. The Queeche Hot Air Balloon Festival is a popular annual event for locals and tourists alike. With over 20 hot air balloons, festival rides, music, great food, and entertainment for all ages, everyone in your family is sure to have a blast. (Psst… if you’ve been searching for a fun activity to take dad to for Father’s Day weekend, this is the one!) Check out the full schedule of events to plan your own weekend itinerary.

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Our Town at the Weston Playhouse | June 21-July 7, 2018

The Main Stage at the charming Weston Playhouse will be full of life this summer. The funny, fresh, and award-winning classic, Our Town by Thornton Wilder will come to life before your eyes. Known for delighting audiences with stories of ordinary people who lead extraordinary lives, everyone can find something to relate to. The show is about two hours and thirty minutes long and tickets are $25-$60. Choose a date and purchase your tickets.

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Dorset Horse Show | July 3-August 12, 2018

Did you know that Vermont’s official state animal is the Morgan horse? Vermont is the perfect place to explore the beauty and incredible capabilities of these majestic creatures. Do just that at the Dorset Horse Show this summer. The chances are good that your summer getaway will happen to fall during these six weeks of equestrian competition. Peruse the full schedule of events to plan your trip here.


In the Garden Exhibition | Now-August 26, 2018

The Green Mountain state is full of natural beauty. The Shelburne Museum has a new exhibit dedicated to the brilliance of plants, flowers, and insects as they relate to artists who have used them to inspire their work over the last 50 years. Come see how art truly imitates life and maybe be inspired yourself.

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The Perfect Place to Stay | Luxurious Accommodations Near it All

After a day full of fun out on the town or enjoying the great outdoors, having a comfortable room to come back to rounds out the perfect summer retreat experience. With eight deluxe guest rooms to choose from, we’re confident you’ll find your home away from home at our inn and sleep soundly every night.

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Top 5 Things to Do in the Spring in Vermont

Voted Yankee Magazine’s Best Small Resort in New England, Crisanver House is the perfect home away from home to explore the Top 5 Things to Do in the Spring in Vermont.

Relaxing Spa Treatments

Indulge in the ultimate relaxation at our luxurious Vermont spa, where we offer our guests a variety of bodywork options, such as massage, deeply therapeutic myofascial release and reflexology sessions. Our massage therapists can help alleviate aches or pains from travel or daily wear and tear. For a limited time, couples massages are only $200!

Shake Off the Winter Blues

Get out in the fresh air and surround yourself with the beauty and tranquility of nature when you explore miles of walking and hiking trails in the Green Mountains of Vermont. Many hikers stay at Crisanver House and drive to various gorgeous nearby day hikes. Check out what we consider a collection of the best of the best in day hike options for our neck of the woods. We can also provide maps and details with you by phone or when you arrive to help you plan the perfect hike.

Embrace Romance

Looking for a Vermont romantic getaway this Spring? Spoil the one you love with one of our indulgent romance packages:

  • IT’S AMORE PACKAGE: Make it VERY special for your love with our favorite Italian everything, including Prosecco for two chilled in your room when you arrive, an Italian cheese plate featuring delicious formaggio served with fresh Semolina, a romantic candlelit four course classic Italian dinner with enchanting Italian arias playing in the background, and gelato or dessert and espresso or cappuccino. Also enjoy a bottle of our favorite Italian house wine and the Innkeepers gift of a glass of our homemade organic Limoncello to soothe your digestion (and perhaps convince you that you are actually dining in Italy). And of course, wake up to the best fresh made served breakfast in town.
  • ULTIMATE ROMANCE PACKAGE: For when you and the one you love want to feel completely pampered. Upon arrival in your room, enjoy one dozen red roses beautifully arranged in your room, a bottle of Dom Perignon, chilled in a sterling bucket with crystal champagne flutes, chocolate truffles at bedtime, a couples massage for two in our spa room and a four course dinner for two in the romantic conservatory with your choice of prime filet mignon or wild salmon with a bottle of our popular house wine.

Spend a Day in Town

If you’re interested in spending an afternoon enjoying some of the best of our area, we recommend visiting Northshire Bookstore in Manchester. This charming shop is a special place filled with carefully curated sections of books and little treasures. Expand your horizons and refresh your mind with a fun new read or two! After perusing the shop, head off to Hildene, the historic home of Robert Todd Lincoln for some Nordic skiing and to enjoy some rich local history. After a day like this in town, you are sure to feel a little more connected to our neck of the woods.

Savor Fresh & Delicious Food

Enjoy a delicious breakfast each morning in our stunning conservatory, with views over our property and the mountains beyond. Meals are made from the bounty of our garden or fresh, locally sourced Vermont ingredients. Savor freshly brewed rich organic coffee, fragrant teas, and baked afternoon tea treats. We also offer a 500 bottle wine cellar and a selection of local Vermont craft and European beers to compliment the fare.

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Top 10 Winter Things to Do in Vermont

Vermont is the ultimate snow lover’s destination. The weather is gorgeous, the skiing is terrific, and our Vermont bed and breakfast is oh so cozy. There is no shortage of fun things to do, so pour yourself a piping hot cup of cocoa and peruse our top 10 list.

Go Skiing

Did you know that Vermont boasts the longest snow season in the East? If skiing is your thing, Vermont is your place! Start planning your ski trip now. Killington and Okemo are both incredible nearby skiing areas and some of our top recommendations for places to fly down the mountain. (Look forward to having our cozy inn to come back to after a long day on the slopes!)

Snowshoe Around Our Expansive Property

If skiing is a bit fast for you or you’re interested in a more leisurely snow activity, showshoeing is the perfect option. It’s a great little workout and the perfect way to take in the beautiful nature scenes of winter that our property boasts. Walking and hiking is also a lot of fun, but snowshoeing has a special uniqueness you can only experience in the powdery white Vermont snow.

Go Antique Shopping

Searching for unique treasures is always a great joy and lucky for us (and you!) we are located near some of the best and most charming antique shops. If your winter stay takes place before the holidays, you are sure to find some lovely gifts for friends and family. Make an afternoon of it! View Our Favorite Antique Shops Nearby

Get Cozy By the Fire

Our quaint inn is warm and cozy like your favorite hot winter beverage. Look forward to spending time in our roomy living room with an antique brick fireplace that is always roaring during the winter months. Cuddle up on the couch with your love and enjoy a glass of wine or play a game of chess as the fire crackles calmly in the background.

Escape Into a Good Book

Did you know we have our own little library at our bed and breakfast? We do, and we welcome it to all our guests to enjoy anytime. Winter is a particularly nice time to curl up with a great page-turner and get lost between the pages.

Savor Hot Breakfasts Each Morning

Your winter getaway wouldn’t be complete without a hot breakfast each and every morning of your stay. After a peaceful night of sleep, awake to a piping hot cup of coffee and an exceptional three course country breakfast. Enjoy in our sunlit conservatory from 8:00-9:30am. Learn More About Breakfast at Our Inn

Dine In

Our lovely little restaurant on property is the perfect place to enjoy a romantic evening with your love. Savor delectable dishes in a beautiful atmosphere. Our ever-changing menu will be unique and fitting for the colder winter months. Candlelight and fine china help create the perfect atmosphere for an enjoyable dining experience. Look forward to starters, entrees, salads, desserts, and more. Learn More About Our Okemo Area Bed and Breakfast Restaurant

Treat Yourself to a Relaxing Spa Treatment

Indulge in a pampering spa treatment at our Green Mountain spa! Soft music and calm lighting combine with your chosen treatment to provide the most relaxing experience possible. Choose from relaxing massages, reflexology sessions, and more. View Our Spa Offerings

Sleep Peacefully in Your Favorite Guest Room

Although it might be simple, getting a restful night’s sleep is a little luxury you deserve! Take advantage of being away from your busy life and let yourself relax in one of our comfortable guest rooms. Every accommodation comes with a dreamy bed, private bath, and full amenities. (This winter enjoy 50% off your second night with promo code SNOWROMP!)

Attend a Unique Local Event

Our town and its surrounding area is more than just another Vermont town – it’s special! We look forward to welcoming you to the place we call home and hope you might find the Shrewsbury area to be your home away from home. This winter, enjoy a fantastic laser light show in Ludlow with Okemo’s Let It Glow Laser Show and Fireworks on January 13. You will also not want to miss the Okemo Shakin’ Skate Night if ice skating with a live DJ sounds like fun to you! This rockin’ event will be January 14.

Want more information on great local events? Ask your innkeepers! They will be thrilled to fill you in.

Halloween Events in Vermont 2017


Halloween is almost here! At our Vermont bed and breakfast that means the weather is crisp, sunny, and beautiful, our charming inn is extra cozy, and there are some fun events happening this week! This year we are offering a new special – available for a limited time. You only have a few days to take advantage of it so book your last minute Halloween stay before the month is over and enjoy these fun (and spooky!) events!

Last Minute Halloween Special

Book 2 or more nights now through October 31, 2017 and get 25% off your stay!

Book with Promo Code HALLOWEEN

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The 58th Annual Rutland Halloween Parade

October 28, 2017 | 6:30pm

This annual favorite is this Saturday! Don’t miss it. Enjoy seeing all the cool costumes and more… there will even be prizes awarded to the person with the most creative costume and more.

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Hathaway Farms Moonlight Madness Corn Maze

October 28, 2017 | 9:00pm

Solve a spooky maze under the stars! Come out to Hathaway Farms and experience the fun and wonder of Moonlight Madness in Vermont.

“If you’ve never done it before, or even if you have, viewing the night sky…from on top of a bridge…in the middle of a cornfield…at night… in Vermont… is simply BREATHTAKING!”

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Pittsford Haunted House

October 27 & 28, 2017 | 6:00pm

This unique haunted house is in an old hospital… enter if you dare! Come experience the longest running haunted house in New England!

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Haunted Castle Tours

October 27, 28 & 29, 2017 | 7:00-10:00pm

The historic Wilson Castle is decked out and ready to scare you this year. Referred to as “the scariest in Vermont,” this haunted experience is one that might just give you nightmares. Beware! (Tickets are $15, not recommended for children)

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Spooky Stories by Flashlight

October 28, 2017 | 2:00pm

This free event is kid-friendly and features some not-too-scary stories at Phoenix Books Rutland. Wear your costume!

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Your Guide to Vermont Activities in the Fall

Welcome to our neck of the woods in Vermont! While you are staying with us at our Green Mountain bed and breakfast this fall, you can enjoy many fun (and relaxing) local activities. Don’t miss out on one of the most beautiful, cozy, and joyful times of the year. Check out our top recommendations.

Leaf Peeping

Drive around and enjoy the brilliant leaves that blanket the forests and hills in the fall. Take in stunning views of red, gold, and yellow leaves. Breathe in the crisp fall air and enjoy the change in the season. Enjoy scenic foliage drives both bucolic and glorious along Rt 100 (on the way to Long Trail Brewery), and along 22A heading North to the quaint town of Vergennes. Ask your innkeepers for more of their favorite spots to view the best foliage and scenic views.


There’s no better way to take in the best fall scenic views while getting a bit of exercise and fresh air than with a hike! There are many beautiful trails around our neck of the woods. We recommend Pine Hill Park for an easy hike, Deer Leap Trail for a moderate hike, and Pico Peak Trail for a difficult trail. View more of the best trails in the Vermont Green Mountains.

Plymouth Cheese Company

Visit Plymouth Cheese Company and experience authentic Vermont cheese up close. Enjoy free cheese samples and take a self-guided tour around the factory. Learn more.

Long Trail Brewery

This local microbrewery is a fun place to enjoy lunch on your Vermont vacation. It’s located off of Rt 4 and 100A. After a morning hike or drive, take a few minutes to relax with some fabulous food and a cold beer or two.

Winslow Farms

Picking out the perfect pumpkin is the quintessential fall activity that everyone should experience! If you’re up for a nice thirty minute drive, we recommend checking out this wonderful local farm. During the fall season, it’s the perfect place to peruse for the perfect fall pumpkin!

Apple Picking

Don’t let your Vermont fall getaway end without apple picking. Vermont apples are incredibly fresh and delicious in the fall! Apple Hill Orchard in West Rutland and Mendon Mountain Orchards in Mendon are a couple of our favorite places to pick your own.

Hot Cider by the Fire

At the end of a long day of fun and adventure, come back to our warm and cozy inn and spend some time luxuriating in our beautifully decorated living room. A fire will be roaring and you can enjoy some hot cider before bed. There’s no better way to end a fall day in Vermont.