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Friday, August 27, 2010

An American Girl Visits a Romantic Vermont Bed and Breakfast

Jordan and her doll visited Inn Victoria, a Chester Vermont Bed and Breakfast, a few days ago and sparked an inspirational idea for a very special Vermont Vacation Package.   "Why not host an American Doll package weekend for mothers, daughters and dolls"?...what a fantastic idea!  And so, with Jordan's ideas, we've designed one that we think will be a real joy for young ladies.  

The question is; when should we host it?  Please send me an e-mail or blog note and let me know your thoughts.  Here is the package:........(what do you think?)

The Inn Victoria,  American Doll High Tea Package offers three structured events (High Tea, Breakfast and an historical Inn Tour), hosted by inn owners, Penny & Dan Cote.  Each event is designed for your young lady's educational benefit, and will focus on:
  • Etiquette
  • Formal Dress
  • Victorian Era History with an aim to encourage and inspire the love of reading.
1.  The event is limited to 8 adults, 8 young ladies and 8 dolls of any variety
2.  Formal dress is required at High Tea
3.  Each bedroom has a DVD and flat screen TV for viewing a movie if desired during personal  
4.  Cost is "all inclusive"  based upon the room choice:  Princess Victoria $350, Princess Alice      
     $325, Prince Alfred $325, Prince Albert $299, Princess Helena $299, Princess Beatrice $225, 
     Prince Leopold $225, Princess Louise $199

     1 PM  Check-in
     3 PM  Formal High Tea on China presented by an American Lady
     4 PM  An English Gentleman visits
     5 PM - 8 AM  Personal time for shopping games, movies, reading, etc..

      8 AM  Formal breakfast on China and crystal
     10 AM Inn tour with a fun history lesson about etiquette, the Victorian Era, and a Lady's dress for
          the period.

April 22 - 23...or...June 10 - 11

Penny & Dan Cote, Owners of Inn Victoria, a Chester Vermont Bed and Breakfast

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Bicycle Rentals in Chester Vermont?

Inn Victoria is a romantic Chester Vermont Bed and Breakfast, now with bicycle rentals!  What do I say to a guest who wants to rent a bicycle, but there are none available in Chester VT?   ...Simple, I say; lets start a bicycle rental company.  Our guests have had to travel 13 miles to rent bicycles but now they have access to great hybrid Schwinn bikes right here at Inn Victoria.

The bikes are a hybrid mountain and road bike, allowing the rider with the best available comfort and still have a tough, 21 gear, bike for traveling the local trails or just getting from village to village.  The seats are wide and padded.  The seat suspension combined with front fork suspension, make the ride very smooth.  Everything on the bike is adjustable for a comfortable ride.  We even provide helmets at no additional cost.  Soon I plan to have bike trails posted on the Inn Victoria interactive map section of the website. 

Costs range from $7 per hour, $25 for four hours, or $35 for over four hours.  All bikes to be returned by sunset.  We make the rental process quick and simple.  No frills or extra charges.

Brian Kendall (son of Nancy Phillips owner of the JNB Country Shoppe in Chester VT), is the young man who put them together for us.  Brian is great with his hands and knows bikes very well....Thanks Brian for putting them together or us!

Dan Cote, Inn Owner at Inn Victoria, a Chester Vermont Bed and Breakfast

Saturday, August 21, 2010

A Visitor From the Last Century Visits a Vermont Bed and Breakfast Near Okemo

A photo of an English Gentleman dressed in his formal wear and top hat, was placed in this week's Vermont Journal.  Dan Cote, together with is wife Penny own Inn Victoria, a Chester Vermont Bed and Breakfast, and routinely hold High Tea in their beautiful Victorian Mansion / Bed and Breakfast.  Several days ago The Publisher of the Vermont Journal, Bob Miller was driving by while Dan was out greeting people on the street;  Bob did a quick U turn and came back to snap a shot of Dan and his "last century attire".  And today the photo and quick summary write up was in the paper!

"Chester residents are being treated to a visitor from the last century as he stands beside the Inn Victoria's High Tea sign.  The Inn features a High Tea every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 3 to 4:30 p.m.  The High Tea is served both hot and cold with savories, sweets, and fruit.  If you wish to attend the High Tea, a two-hour reservation is required."


Dan & Penny, Inn Victoria, a Chester Vermont Bed and Breakfast

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Music is in the Air Near Okemo, Vermont

This weekend the guests at Inn Victoria, a Chester Vermont Bed and Breakfast, were blessed with the sounds of the piano from Katie & Brian.  The parlor music was absolutely beautiful and enchanting as each played some pieces for us.  Katie and Brian were guests visiting for the night and made themselves right at home playing the piano for the rest of us!

As you can imagine this would be a very pleasant surprise for any Bed & Breakfast in the Okemo Valley to enjoy.  Our 100 year old piano sounded so nice in comparison to our background music from the stereo. Thank you Katie and Brian for picking Inn Victoria, Chester Vt.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Inn Victoria Uses Okemo Valley Foods

Inn Victoria is using foods grown and raised in the Okemo Valley for Breakfast and High Tea!  Our Chester Vermont Bed and Breakfast is supporting local farmers and businesses by purchasing locally.  Have you tasted the difference between a fresh egg and one that is two weeks old?  Not only can we see the difference, but our guests can taste the difference!

Thanks to local farm markets like WAAWWE (We Are All What We Eat), owned by Lisa Kaiman, we are able to access a variety of local fresh Vermont foods from the Okemo Valley on a consistent basis.  By the way, If you've not stopped into Lisa's market yet, take the time to give it a try.  A member of the Okemo Valley Chamber of Commerce, Lisa is committed to promoting only the finest foods, and raising the best meats and dairy.  In fact Lisa was awarded for her dairy's milk earlier this year as she won big awards for world championship cheese.  Check out her website...or better yet, stop in!  Inn Victoria, an award winning, Chester VT Bed and Breakfast should be purchasing foods from winners like WAAWWE...don't you think?

Dan and Penny Cote
Owners and InnKeepers
Inn Victoria, a Chester Vermont Bed and Breakfast

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Steiff Weekend Special at a Chester Vermont Bed and Breakfast

The Hugging Bear Bed and Breakfast Inn is hosting a Steiff weekend special on September 10 and 11.  Wow, look at this package!...I may go myself!

The Shopping Spree Package includes:
  • Two nights stay for two people 
  • $100 shopping spree certificate in the Hugging Bear Shoppe
  • $50 certificate for dinner at a local restaurant
The Hugging Bear Shoppe and Inn is located across the street from Inn Victoria, a Chester Vermont Bed and Breakfast. 
Georgette and her family are wonderful people who can make you right at home immediately upon walking in the door.   They know their bears!

Dan & Penny Cote
Owners and Inn Keepers
Inn Victoria, a Chester Vermont Bed and Breakfast

    Monday, August 9, 2010

    Bed, Breakfast and Dinner near Okemo Vermont

    What do Inn Keepers do during their off times?...they visit other Chester Vermont Bed & Breakfast.  Today we visited Rowels Tavern for Ribs and Mexican Fajitas.....a nice dinner package we may offer in the future??! What do you think?  Should we? The food was absolutely outstanding!

    Rowells Inn & Tavern is an old stagecoach stop and underground railroad safe house located just outside of Chester Vermont in the small village of Andover.  The 1820 building remains very much the same as it was originally built.  The owners, Michael  Brengolini & Susan McNulty are adamant about keeping as much original as possible.  The walk through this beautiful old Greek Revival will take you back beyond your parents birth date.

    The food?....oh yes!  Fantastic!  Michael is a great cook, and the old setting just makes the time at the Inn a truly memorable experience.  We hope to return with friends soon.  Look for this Restaurant in one of our featured packages, sometime in the next few weeks.  It may be time for our Chester Vermont Bed and Breakfast, Inn Victoria to create dinner packages for those who love to explore FOOD!

    Dan & Penny Cote
    Owners and Inn Keepers, Inn Victoria
    Chester Vermont Bed and Breakfast

    Monday, August 2, 2010

    Chester Vermont's Summer Music Series

    Ahhhhh...what a fun evening!  This past Thursday evening we were dazzled by the Starline Rhythm Boys on the lawn of Chester's Historical Society.  The sound was fantastic, and the crowd was quite pleased!!  Take a look at some of these pics and plan for next week!............by the way, show up early, this week there were 200+ people there.

    Lynne & Bill Reed of Misty Valley Books
    This little one lives next door to Inn Victoria Chester, Vermont.  Cute

    The Next Big Event!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Date: 08/05/2010
    Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    On the lawn in front of the Academy Bldg, Rt 11, Main Street, Chester, VT 05143
    Description: Gerry Grimo and the East Bay Jazz Ensemble will mellow out your evening so bring a blanket, some cheese & crackers to go with your favorite beverage and be ready to find your groove.