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Friday, December 31, 2010

Jane Austen Birthday Celebration at an Okemo Lodging

Inn Victoria, a Chester Vermont Bed and Breakfast,  sponsored a very special weekend of celebration for all lovers of Jane Austen, the Regency era, High Tea, and etiquette.  The weekend of December 17 - 19 held a very special time for guests of Inn Victoria and the Hugging Bear B&B across the street.  That's right!....The Inn Victoria filled every room to capacity, thus partnered with the Hugging Bear Inn to accept more guests who wished to take part in the fun.  This agenda was packed with fun.

  • Pride & Prejudice on the Big Screen in the parlor  (8' X 10')
  • Two formal afternoon teas   "High Tea"
  • Three book reviews....one by author; Doris Nieves.   Misconceptions:  Pride and Prejudice: A Conclusion 
  • Two breakfasts, each with five courses....yes, FIVE!
  • English Christmas dinner served Saturday evening
  • Actress / performer Kandie Carle, a performance of "From Corset to Gloves"
Although the Inn Victoria accommodations were filled for the weekend, several local residents of the Okemo Valley attended the High Tea and performance by Kandie Carle..  "It is our hope," says Penny Cote, owner of Inn Victoria , "by offering the special High Tea and performance by Kandie Carle, the event will be more accessible to people in the communities surrounding Chester.  Yes, we want to attract business to Chester, however we also want to encourage local communities to be involved in these special events".

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




Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Romantic Vermont Vacation Getaway

Christmas giving is wonderful, but giving for the love of it is becoming a tradition at this Okemo Lodging.  Inn Victoria, a Romantic Vermont Bed and Breakfast received three gifts from guests in the last month!

A few months ago we hosted a wonderful couple celebrating their 60th wedding annaversary. Bert and Betty loved their stay here so much, their son Brian and daughter in law Maria, decided to stay with us several weeks later.....just to check it out and be sure .."is this for real"?  They came to Inn Victoria with a beautiful tea cup for our collection.  A very nice couple with lots of love to give.

It is amazing the nice people that stay with us.

This week a gracious family from South Africa joined us for five nights and loved their stay so much they decided to stay another three nights.  The Jacobs family gave of themselves to us in a very precious way, through prayer, piano playing, enjoying some of the local US traditions, and each day came back to Inn Victoria with some candy, cheese or other delicious item they came across that day. 

Danielle Cote, our daughter in law is visiting us with our son, Sgt. Seth Cote of the Iron Horse Division of the US Army from Fort Hood Texas.  Danielle is an accomplished artist and decided to give of herself in a very special way....take a look at these wonderful liquor glasses!...No, they are not for sale!

I'd say we are loved....and blessed!

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








Saturday, December 25, 2010

Victorian Inn Southern Vermont with High Tea

Penny and I, celebrated Christmas with a number of guests from Inn Victoria who decided Christmas would be peaceful and relaxing at this beautiful Victorian in Southern Vermont.  Sure enough it has been a splendid, relaxing day for all.  We enjoyed wine, meals, conversation ...lots of reading, and the greatest blessing of all, the entire Cote family under one roof again.

Many of our guests hear about our family but rarely get to meet them, so we decided to post some photos of the gang.  Seth and his wife Dannielle are here from Fort Hood TX, Sarah and her husband are here from Manchester CT (with 4 month old Anna), and Rachel finished her first semester at Norwich U with a 4.0.  yea...Daddy is just a little proud of the gang, for sure!  The greatest gift a mom and dad could ask for at Christmas is the entire family under the same roof....Praise God, we've been blessed.

Enjoy the photos.

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





Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Pinske Art Studio in Chester Vermont, Okemo Valley

Traveling North to ski Okemo Mountain? 
Visiting friends in the Chester Vermont area? 
Staying at Vermont's Best rated "Romantic Vermont Bed and Breakfast"?
Looking for a quiet Romantic Getaway at an Okemo Valley Lodging?

Make it a point to stop at Pinske's Art Gallery on Rt # 103 NW on your way through Chester Depot.  Berry Pinske challenged himself to carve 30 pine tree log bears in 30 days....and he did it! 

Barre Pinske has been featured on CNN headline news, in USA today and the Boston Globe.
Boston Herald Called Pinske's Barnstable gallery " The most interesting gallery on Cape Cod."
He has since moved the gallery to Chester Vermont, home to numerous artists.

Steven Tyler Of Aerosmith has over 30 pieces of Pinske's work.

The US Pentagon gave a carved Bear and Eagle to the Russians.

Prince was given a Pinske sculpture by the Minneapolis Motion Picture and Film Board. 

a-yah ....I'd say he is well worth the visit next time you are in Chester.

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



Sunday, December 19, 2010

Tripadvisor honors Inn Victoria with "2010 Award of Excellence"

In late November I posted a blog announcing:  " Inn Victoria, an Okemo Valley Lodging,  Earns a "2010 Award of Excellence" from TripAdvisor"!!   TripAdvisor has rated Inn Victoria, a Romantic Vermont  Bed and Breakfast, a full five point rating out of a total possible five!!!

I promised then that I would display a copy of the award on a blog; well, here it is!  More than anyone, Penny earned the award for Inn Victoria.  So here she is, proud as can be.  She had the award framed and now hangs on the wall with other previously prestigious awards the Inn Victoria has earned in the past.  In 2009 the Inn earned "Best Romantic Bed and Breakfast in Vermont" by Yankee Magazine.  In 2008 Inn Victoria earned Tripadvisors' recognition, "10 Best B&B's in the US".




Penny and Dan Cote
Owners of Inn Victoria, A Bed and Breakfast in Okemo, Vermont
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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Vermont Okemo Valley Snow / Ski Report From Inn Victoria, Chester and Okemo Lodging

Snow, Snow, Snow!  Remember the beautiful tune in Bing Cosby's "White Christmas"?  Vermont Snow is here for sure!  Okemo Mountain, located 20 minutes from Inn Victoria, a Chester Vermont Bed and Breakfast, now has 48 trails and 11 lifts open.  We have enjoyed several guests at Inn Victoria in the last two weeks who have skied the early trials and they tell me this is the best early season snow they've seen in years.  The nights have been cold and great for building a solid 24" base with man made snow.  Lots of natural snow is coming this week as well.

Skiers often want to enjoy a nice, double jacuzzi, or hot tub after a day of skiing.  That sort of luxury is not often found in surrounding lodges.  Inn Victoria does have Okemo Valley's finest Romantic Lodging, baths, jaccuzzis and hot tub available for guests in bathrooms larger than most B&B bed rooms.  We are so proud of our luxury baths that we decided to hire a professional model to show off our double jaccuzies and hot tub. 

Take a look!

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








Friday, December 3, 2010

Cyber Christmas Sale at an Okemo Lodging, Inn Victoria

Inn Victoria, an Okemo Valley Lodging, Romantic Bed and Breakfast in Chester, Vermont is hosting a spectacular Cyber Christmas Sale for gift certificates:  Take 10% off gift certificates purchased between
Dec. 1 & 24 !!!



And....No restrictions in 2011........!!! 

Yes....you read it correctly!  Give a gift of appreciation this Christmas.  Friends, family or special business associates will truly feel very special with an Inn Victoria Christmas gift certificate.  Between December 1 and 24, Inn Victoria of Chester, Vermont will make Christmas giving easy with a 10% discount off of 2011 gift certificates....with no restrictions.! That's right...NO RESTRICTIONS!  Use them anytime in 2011.

Aaahhhhhh.....there must be a catch?  Well, yes there is actually; You MUST Call or E-mail for arrangements. These Certificates are quickly available to you via phone call; we'll get them out to you the same day.  If your need is time sensitive, email us, and we'll make it work for you via e-mail.  EASY!

Dan and Penny Cote
Owners, Inn Victoria, a Chester Vermont Okemo Valley Romantic Lodging