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!

 

Female Founders Event Series

We are now half way through our six-part Female Founders Speaker Series with the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies. Featuring female entrepreneurs from around the state, the series aims to share what it takes to start a company from the ground up. Every month, from January to June, two speakers representing a featured industry share the story of their business, how to get started, lessons learned, where they hope to go in the future, and more. Each event benefits a non-profit organization doing charitable work in a related field. RETN will be filming all events and posting the videos online. In an effort to help achieve RETN’s goal of public access and education, the videos will be available for all.

The first three events (held once a month on the third Monday), featured entrepreneurs from the fields of wellness, manufacturing and design, and food and beverage.

January’s Wellness Working featured Sarah DeGray of REV Indoor Cycling + Fitness, and Jovial King of Urban Moonshine. February’s events highlighted women in manufacturing and design with Corinne Prevot, founder of Skida, and Sascha Mayer and Christine Dodson, co-founders of Mamava. March’s topic was food & beverage with founders Jen Kimmich from The Alchemist and Allison Hooper from Vermont Creamery. All the founders have provided incredibly valuable insight in how to take a craft or idea and build it into a business. You can watch the past three events online courtesy of RETN here.

The upcoming events for April, May and June will explore topics on technology and communications, energy, and arts and culture respectively. Stay tuned to hotelvt.com and our Facebook page for details on each event.

The Vermont Winter Experience Getaway GIVEAWAY!

The snow gods have been much more generous to us in Vermont this winter than in recent years, and while we have had a few warm days, there is still some winter left here and we are living it to the fullest.

We put our heads together with a few of our friends around town to cook up the ultimate Vermont Winter Experience Getaway. In partnership with the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, we are excited to offer a two-night complimentary stay here at Hotel Vermont, dinner for two at Hen of the Wood – Burlington, and lift tickets to Stowe Mountain Resort!

The giveaway closes March 6th, so enter as soon as you can! ENTER HERE.

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.

Brunch Everyday!

We are excited to announce that Juniper is now open for brunch every day from 7 am – 2 pm. If you are breakfast or lunch purist, never fear we have expanded the breakfast menu and added a few lunch options so there is something for everyone. On weekends you can create your own brunch cocktail at our bloody Mary and mimosa bar. Reservations for brunch are available for parties of six or more.

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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