Runamok Maple & Hotel Vermont Partnership

For this holiday season, we are excited to announce that we have partnered with Runamok Maple to place complimentary 2oz bottles of syrup in all of our guest bedrooms.
Runamok Maple launched this summer and is a line of organic barrel-aged, infused and smoked maple syrups. Runamok produces all their syrup in Cambridge, Vermont. Designed to get people thinking about and using maple syrup differently, the syrups are equally as good for breakfast as they are as icings/glazes or in cocktails. You can try their different flavor syrups now through the end of the year during breakfast at Juniper or in some of our cocktails at the bar.
Runamok Maple has been picked by Oprah, Food and Wine, Cooking Light and Real Simple for their 2016 gift guides.
Online at: Facebook @runamokmaple and Instagram: runamokmaple and Twitter @runamokmaple.

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.

Tickets on Sale Now for the Wild Game Dinner!

Join us November 4th for our second annual Wild About Vermont Game Dinner, a one of a kind event benefiting healthy habitat and healthy local food and water. Experience the best truly local and organic cuisine from the wilds of Vermont’s woods and waters including moose, deer, trout, salmon, and more! Tickets are $75 with all proceeds going to benefit kids camps for Vermont Fish & Wildlife and Lake Champlain International.

Tickets can be purchased through flynntix.org. This event is anticipated to sell out!

Burlington Writers Workshop Mud Season Review

This Saturday, September 17th, the Burlington Writers Workshop will kick off their annual Mud Season Review in conjunction with the Burlington Book Festival. The event, running from 7-10pm, will feature readings by several writers, both well-known as well as emerging local talent, along with a writers-in-the-round event in which writers do a more collaborative/interactive reading. The event will be held in Juniper Hall & Common and includes writers such as Patridge Boswell, Julia Shipley, Chard deNiord and more!
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The Burlington Book Festival runs September 16 – 18 at the UVM Davis Center and literary venues around the city. For the full schedule, visit their website here.

Dog Days at Hotel Vermont

Thank you to everyone who participated in Dog Days here at Hotel Vermont!

The first annual Long Trail Canine Rescue was a success with over 100 attendees, we were able to raise over $7000 for the rescue! In case you missed the event, Eva Solberger from Seven Days’s Stuck in Vermont profiled Kim and John Frigault from Long Trail Rescue and their partnership with Hope 4 a Street Dog, a Costa Rican rescue that helps brings dogs back to the States to be adopted. The video can be viewed here.  Thank you to everyone who attended as well as everyone who donated such amazing items for the silent and live auctions! We hope to put on another fundraiser next summer. Also, thanks to our friends at Andy’s Dandys for supplying delicious doggy turndown treats and snacks for our canine friends.

We also hosted our first Yappy Hour with the Beer Concierge and his pup last night. Starting with a training session by the Humane Society, the event gathered together over 15 dogs and their humans to partake in craft brews, bacon-infused water and light snacks. We hope this is the first of many Yappy Hours to come!

Art Installation: Seb Sweatman

The second weekend in September marks Burlington’s 24th Annual Art Hop! Produced by the South End Arts Business Association, Art Hop is a two-day festival on Pine Street in the South End that celebrate’s our artists, makers and craftspeople. Studio owners open their doors to the public; many of the artists choose to show their own pieces, while others create a curated gallery of pieces by other local artists. Businesses as well get in the spirit with installations small and large, galleries or staff art shows. Art Hop-goers are encouraged to visit as many sites as possible over the two-day period. Throughout the weekend, different organizations hold arts-related events, from fashion shows to sidewalk painting. Visit the full site schedule here.

This year, in a celebration of Art Hop, we are excited to announce that we have partnered with Stowe-based artist, Seb Sweatman. Seb’s abstract paintings will be on display in the lobby starting in September and remaining throughout the fall.

Seb was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. At 10 his family moved to England, then Canada and finally to the US. Seb studied Fine Art at the University of Vermont (as a minor) and paints abstract and figurative paintings, in an expressionist (or self-described ‘messy’) manner.

Stay tuned for more information about the installation and we hope to see you for Art Hop!