The Bikes Are Back!

Happy spring Hotel Vermonters! To most in the Northeast, spring symbolizes new life and a rejuvenation of the landscape as browns and grays turn to greens, yellows, pinks, whites, and the earth becomes alive.  For us here at Hotel Vermont, the longer days and warmer weather means we are swapping out the snowshoes for bicycles.

New last year, we upgraded our bike fleet to custom Budnitz Bicycles. Keeping with Budnitz Bicycles’ mission of creating the lightest, fastest, most elegant city bicycles in the world, each bike was custom built for Hotel Vermont right at Budnitz Bicycles headquarters on Pine Street according to the company’s exacting standards for beauty, speed and comfort.

Serial entrepreneur Paul Budnitz dreamed up Budnitz Bicycles to satisfy his personal desire for a beautiful, high-end city bicycle that he could use in the Big Apple. Launched in 2011, the company hand builds each made-to-order bicycle with grease-free carbon belt drives, high-tech internally geared hubs. Frame color, components and accessories are all customized according to client desires and riding styles.

Hotel Vermont is one of just a handful of hotels to partner with Budnitz Bicycles. Handcrafted in Burlington, each of our six steel bicycles is decked out with the hotel’s logo, custom colors, and design and can only be found on property. Hotel Vermont’s fleet can we seen around town in accents of orange, blue and green.

Recently renovated and repaved, we recommend a pedal the Burlington Bike Path, which runs eight miles from Oakledge Park to the Winooski River and through major parks and facilities along the waterfront of Lake Champlain. Another favorite is to zip over to the Saturday morning Burlington Farmer’s Market. Test your stamina on the way to South End Arts District or quench your thirst with our Pine Street Bike & Brew Tour. Head to Church Street Marketplace. Or order a picnic lunch to go from Juniper and enjoy it along the shores of the lake or in the quad of University of Vermont’s campus. With so many options, Burlington is truly a bikers dream!

 

Meet Meme

 

Meet Juniper Bar & Restaurant Sous Chef Meme Daniell. The back of the house staff often do not find themselves in the spotlight but since the beginning, Meme has been an essential member of our food and beverage program. We are so proud to have her as part of the Hotel Vermont team!

If you are interested about joining the Juniper team or learning more about our food and beverage program please email juniper@hotelvt.com.

Hotel Vermont’s Guide to Gifting Vermont

Vermont boasts the highest rate of artisans per capita, and with a a true do-it-yourself ethos, Vermonters are innovators. Outside of the traditional crafts scene however, is a burgeoning tech and entrepreneur sector. Burlington is attracting business and start-ups for it’s high quality of life, forward-thinking economy, and capable workforce. With this tech boom, Vermont’s maker and creative scene is only increasing. In that spirit, we have curated a list of a few of our favorite Vermont creators, makers, bakers, distillers and more for our top picks for giving the best of Vermont this holiday season.
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1) Hotel Vermont getaway (of course) complete with dinner at Hen of the Wood and breakfast at Juniper
Enjoy a weekend escape at Hotel Vermont complete with dinner at James Beard nominated Hen of the Wood and breakfast at local favorite, Juniper.
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2) Jeremy Ayers pottery
Funky but minimalist, Jeremy’s pottery is a gift of functional art. His mugs  make a great gift paired with a bag of Burlington’s Brio Coffee for the caffeine lover.
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3) Tees and sweatshirts from New Duds
With clothing and bags designed and hand-printed in Burlington by a husband and wife team, New Duds provides the perfect wearable gift. Bonus their t-shirts are incredibly soft!
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4) Silo Vodka and accoutrements
Located in Windsor, Vermont, Silo Distillery produces a number of spirits but their smooth flagship vodka is sure to please all palates. They also have a line of bar accoutrements that spice up your gift, or if you are feeling creative, create your own mixers to gift.
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Robes are a nice gift but really you can’t go wrong with any of Vermont Flannel’s products. So soft and so warm, their robes, shirts, blankets and more are perfect to cozy up with on a winter’s night.
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6) AO Glass vases
Rich and Tove at AO Glass, hand-blow their beautiful glass products at their studio in Burlington. They produce beautiful small and large pieces from soap dishes (as can be seen at Hotel Vermont) to custom vases and lighting pieces.
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7) Lunaroma gift sets
Choose  your own gift set at Luaroma. All natural and organic, Lunaroma’s bath and beauty products are amazing for all types of hair and skin. You can choose your own set of lotions and skin care, hair care, essential oils and more.
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8) Brot Bakery class
Heike Meyer is a German expat living and baking in Vermont. Heike established her bakery, Brot Bakery, a few years ago and has recently added baking and cooking classes to her offerings. Covering everything from sourdoughs to stews, you will learn new skills to try out in your own kitchen!
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At the risk of looking biased toward ceramics, you have to check out Farmhouse Pottery in Woodstock, Vermont. The team at Farmhouse Pottery make the most amazing clean and simply designed pieces that fit in anyone’s home.
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Beautifully designed with clean lines and a rustic flair, Red House produces a slew of giftable products. Their waxed canvas bags are to die for and their aprons, pillows are other home goods are crafted with such care and detail anyone would be excited to receive one of their products.
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For the beer lover in your life, nothing is better than a Vermont beer kit. Grab a few beer can glasses and their favorite types of brews from the Craft Beer Cellar in Waterbury. Don’t worry if they can’t make it to the store – you can place orders with them!
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12) Rackk & Ruin jewelry
Made in Burlington, Rackk & Ruin’s pieces feature mixed metals and a vintage flair. Unique rings, earrings, necklaces and bracelets add a special touch to giving to the special ladies in your life.
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New Ceiling Sculpture in the Lobby!

Our design firm, Truex Cullins Interiors, recently installed a new wooden sculpture in our lobby. Cut using digital technology, the decorative ceiling is a 3D topographical map of the Adirondacks, an homage to the view of the mountains across the lake.

Read more about the design and process on Truex’s blog here or stop in and take in the view for yourself! Photo by Jim Westphalen.

Instagram Scavenger Hunt

Live the Hotel Vermont life during your stay with our #hotelvtlife Instagram Scavenger Hunt. Post pictures of the destinations, yourself or your travel companions at the destinations below using the hashtag #hotelvtlife and  @hotelvermont and win prizes along the way!

See contest restrictions below.

 Rules of the Hunt:

–       Complete 3 photos and receive a delicious Vermont treat (limit to one per room).

–       Complete 5 items and win a $10 gift card to Hotel Vermont that you can use on your current stay or at Juniper AND be entered into seasonal Instagram “best-of” contest to win a free night at Hotel Vermont. Full disclosure, the winners will be chosen by the staff so make your pictures count!

–       Read complete restrictions below. You must be a guest of the hotel to win.

 Picture requirements are five of the following:

–       A Vermont famous craft beer

–       Some type of Vermont dairy product

–       An Adirondack or Lake Champlain beauty shot

–       A favorite Hotel Vermont detail

–       Best thing you ate

–       Champ

–       Little Italy

–       The original Hotel Vermont

–       Street mural or local art

–       Lone Rock Point

When you are finished, please stop by the Front Desk to redeem your prizes! Happy hunting!

Read the full restrictions on our website here.

New Summer Package: Meet the Cows!

We are very excited to introduce one of our new Summer packages: Meet the Cows Tour package! Led by our friends at Bonafide Tours, this guided farm experience features a grass fed organic dairy farm with a Guernsey cow herd located on a picturesque hillside farm near Johnson Vermont.

Open to all ages, this is an up close and personal tour that includes walking among the cows during milking, bottle feeding and/or petting calves when available.

After visiting with the cows, stop at an elegant tea room featuring hand-made sweet and savory treats made with local ingredients and located within a carefully handcrafted post and beam barn.

Optionally (and open to customization for families) the tour also includes wine tasting at the award winning Boyden Valley Winery, allowing you to take in the incredible views of the stunning Mount Mansfield region, riverside landscapes, and a quaint covered bridge along the tour route.

This is a two-night minimum stay package. For Wednesday-Friday or Thursday-Saturday stays. Tours are led Thursday or Friday and include breakfast at Juniper each morning and the four-hour tour that departs at 1pm and returns at 6pm. More information and booking available here.

Work With Us!

We are hiring! Join the Hotel Vermont team for some great full- and part-time and seasonal positions.

Positions include working at the Front Desk and with our Reservations Team, serving or cooking at Juniper, working in our banquet spaces, and leading activities in and outside of the hotel. More information can be found at workathotelvermont.com or by emailing our HR team at work@hotelvt.com.

Read more about us online here!