Julia, Julia

On August 15, the world will be celebrating what would have been the 100th birthday of cooking icon, Julia Child. She was born in Pasadena, California in 1912, lived in France for a time with her husband and one true love, Paul Child and then moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, becoming a New Englander at heart. She actually hailed from a line of well-to-do New England stock.  Her maternal grandfather, Captain Byron Weston served in the American Civil War, ran the very successful Weston Paper and eventually became Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts.  It was no wonder Julia McWilliams Child would end up back in the Bay State.

One of Julia’s favorite places to visit on her late summer birthday was The Quechee Inn at Marshland Farm.  Fifteen years ago, the morning news show Good Morning America, taped a segment at the Inn in honor of Julia’s visit that year.  According to the Valley News article written in 1997, “About 40 guests, producers, technicians and members of the media watched the live broadcast, which featured Child eating her favorite breakfast–a three-minute egg, toast with orange marmalade, orange juice, and coffee–and enjoying a piece of birthday cake.”

The staff was a bit nervous cooking for her and the Innkeeper, at that time David Sadera, wanted everything to be perfect. She stayed in Room #2, what used to be the kitchen in the house.  Julia seemed very content, saying that breakfast was good and that the birthday cake was beautiful.

Julia Child, a visitor to The Quechee Inn on her birthday

On what would be her 100th birthday, The Quechee Inn at Marshland Farm remembers Julia Child fondly.  Bon Appetit!

The photo of Julia Child that ran in the Valley News when Good Morning America was filmed.


Quechee State Park

Visiting state and national parks throughout the U.S.A. has been a vacation staple for generations.  So many great parks can be found all over New England but especially in places like New Hampshire’s White Mountains, and of course, Vermont’s Green Mountain Range.

One such park is Quechee State Park, only minutes from The Quechee Inn at Marshland Farm.  The highlight of this park is the tremendous force of nature called Quechee Gorge.  The Park is on property once owned by the A.G. Dewey Company, a prosperous wool manufacturing factory during the 19th Century, headquartered in the Quechee area. You may be familiar with Dewey’s Mill Pond across the street from The Quechee Inn.

The water in and around the gorge powered his factory.  Mr. Dewey created different wool types at this facility as well as reworked wool, known as shoddy.  He employed over 500 people who lived in a mill village in the area.  An interesting fact about this mill is by the 1930s, it had become the oldest mill in the country.  Material from the mill was used to make uniforms for the Red Sox and the Yankees.  A.G. Dewey Company Mill closed in 1952.

Dewey Pond in Quechee, VT

Quechee State Park was formed right after the Dewey Plant closed.  The army began structuring a flood control area and included a campground and picnic areas. According to the Vermont State Parks website: The focal point of the park is Vermont’s deepest gorge, formed by glacial activity approximately 13,000 years ago. Visitors can look down at the Ottauquechee River, flowing 165 feet below viewing points along Route 4.

A view of the magnificent gorge, courtesy of Quechee State Park

The park is open seasonally from Memorial Day to mid-October and pets are welcome.  Visit the park’s website for more information. Call us at The Quechee Inn at Marshland Farm for a reservation–802-295-3133.  The Inn is within walking distance of the Gorge and it’s a natural wonder you don’t want to miss!

Have a Happy and Safe Fourth of July

If you are in the Quechee, Vermont area tomorrow, Independence Day, be sure to visit nearby Kilowatt Park in Hartford, VT for their fireworks display.  Celebrations and events begin at 6pm – with fireworks at dusk. Bring the whole family and spend a great evening! The event will feature live performances, music, food, drink, activities and games.

Everyone loves a good fireworks display!

Nearby is Woodstock, Vermont and their Fourth of July celebration.  Starting at the Woodstock Union High School at 5pm with games and activities.  Spectrum Teen Center is holding a cookout and picnic with live entertainment at 6pm.  The evening ends with the town’s fireworks display.

Fireworks against the backdrop of Vermont’s lush landscape must be seen. Please call The Quechee Inn at Marshland Farm to book your room for July 4 and check with the front desk to get directions to these events.  Call 802-295-3133.

We hope you enjoy your holiday and please drive safely.

Lighting up the sky with brilliant color!

Up, Up and Away

This time of year brings an annual event that is much-loved in the community but known all over the country…it’s the Quechee Hot Air Balloon Craft and Music Festival. There is something mystical, magical about hot air balloons.  The ability to use flame to drift high up into the sky and travel with purpose from one place to another.  And it’s a magical feeling to be the one drifting in the open air.

When you visit The Quechee Inn during the Hot Air Balloon Festival, you will see the balloons land right on the property!

According to the Festival website, it is [t]he longest continuously running Hot Air Balloon Festival in New England [and] has been chosen by Yankee Magazine as one of the top 20 events of summer. It features over 20 hot air balloons, with flights scheduled for 6:00 p.m. on Friday, June 15th; 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 16th and Sunday, June 17th (always weather and wind permitting). Balloon rides will be available to purchase on our website prior to, and during the event. Featuring continuous music and entertainment for all ages, and over 60 craft artisans and commercial vendors. Children’s activities include train rides, freeze dance, a bounce house and more.  And of course there will be festival food, a beer and wine garden, and more surprises!

Admission is as follows: One ticket is good for the entire weekend. Adults $12,  Children(6 – 12) $5, and Children 5 and under are FREE!!  All entertainment is included in the admission except the Kid’s Zone and the Rambling Railroad. On Sunday, Fathers accompanied by a child get half-price admission.

This is an amazing photo we found of a balloon cascading over Simon Pearce. Beautiful!

We don’t have rooms available at The Quechee Inn this year, but we hope you will come to see this exciting event if you are in the area.

Here is a little video of what it’s like to ride in a balloon.  And make your reservations now for 2013!

It was a Starry Starry Night

Again this year, the Quechee Inn at Marshland Farm was lucky enough to host the Lucy MacKenzie Humane Society’s largest benefit–Starry Starry Night–on May 31.  Lucy MacKenzie prides itself on “improving the lives of people and pets” and this fundraiser is a very big step in achieving that goal.  The Quechee Inn is excited to become part of that tradition.

The Humane Society was started in 1915 by Frank MacKenzie in honor of his wife Lucy. They have many educational programs including: how to care for pets, and training for dogs. The wonderful volunteers there nurse injured and sick animals back to health and prepare them for adoption by loving families.

It was a truly starry evening with this festive tables under the tent at The Quechee Inn.

If you are interested in adopting a pet from Lucy MacKenzie, please visit the adoption page on their website.  There is some information there you will need to read and then you can be the proud owner of a cat or a dog in desperate need of a home.

The fundraiser was a success and it was a beautiful evening to celebrate under the stars!  For more information on Lucy MacKenzie, call 802-484-(LUCY) 5829 or email them.

The banner for Starry Starry night displayed proudly on the Inn’s fence.

If you would like to hold your event or fundraiser at The Quechee Inn, please contact us at 802-295-3133.

Documentary Photography Workshop at The Quechee Inn

Come to Quechee, VT from July 15-19 and join Nancy Libson as she spends the days touring the beautiful countryside of VT.  The goal is to capture through photos the true essence of New England while enjoying the natural and picturesque surroundings.

You will see some amazing views during Nancy Libson’s photography workshop at The Quechee Inn

The Weeks Events:

When photography guests arrive at The Quechee Inn on Sunday July 15th they will meet the other members of the group and enjoy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails in the Common Room or the outdoor patio. They will enjoy four relaxing evenings at the Inn. Two of those evenings include a group three-course gourmet dinner prepared by Chef Ed Kroes and team. Each morning will start with a full breakfast before heading off site for photo sessions.

There will be time for walks through the beautiful Quechee, Vermont trails or to the Quechee Gorge.  There are antique shops throughout Quechee and Woodstock along with cafes for lunch or a light snack. There will be afternoon teatime refreshments and a daily recap with the group of the days activities.

Each guest will of course stay at the historic Quechee Inn at Marshland Farm that was built in 1793 for the First Lieutenant Governor of Vermont, Colonel Joseph March and his wife Dorothy.

Some beautiful natural scenery right around the Inn.

Nancy Libson, who will be the guide for the week is an experienced photography teacher and loves to share what she knows about documentary photography. She has been teaching workshops for over fifteen years and has offerings throughout the US. Her personal photography projects include exploring local communities with her camera. The combination of artistry with the camera’s gift for storytelling that has the greatest appeal. Past projects include Organic Farm, Migrant Farm Worker, Summertime in Iceland, Chinatown, and 21st Century Schools.

For more information on how to register, visit Nancy Libson’s website…www.nancylibson.com

We hope to see you here!

State of the Art at The Quechee Inn

Every month a new artist or artists is (are) featured at The Quechee Inn at Marshland Farm.  The Common Room and the Gallery are perfect to display artwork by the many talented local and regional artists in the Quechee, Vermont area.  We encourage you to see our May art show, featuring the artists of the Quechee Club. That runs through May 31.

The line up for the rest of the summer looks like this:

May 31-July 5 ~ Regan Malone

July 5-August 9 ~ Ludmila Gayvoronsky

August 9-September 13 ~ Klara Calitri

Amazing artists all of them…

Beautiful landscape by artist Ludmila Gayvoronsky, featured in the June art show at The Quechee Inn

This beautiful piece is by Klara Calitri, originally from Vienna, Austria. She came to the United States in 1939. Come see her work at The Quechee Inn in July.

For more information on these artists and other artists whose work will be showcased at The Quechee Inn, give us a call at 802-295-3133.