REGION – Traveling to 12 inns in the Okemo Valley area to sample and savor each inn’s culinary offering, anyone would expect to enjoy the taste experience. Completely unexpected however were the warm welcomes, the behind-the-scenes peek into rooms, the interesting historical tidbits, and the inspiring and festively charming holiday decorations.
The Inndulgence Tour is a self-guided tour of a dozen participating inns in the Okemo Valley area over the course of two days, from noon to 5 p.m. Participants are issued a pass holder brochure that they have marked at each participating inn. Once participants have traveled to all the inns, they are entered into a drawing for a stay at the inn of their choice. Many of the inns also were holding drawings of their own for gift certificates, swag, and other goodies.
Brainchild of Julie-Lynn Wood, innkeeper of the Golden Stage Inn in Proctorsville, her goal was to introduce the surrounding inns in the Okemo Valley to “locals and tourists alike.” With innkeepers often tied to their properties a good deal of the year, Julie saw this as an opportunity to meet people who would otherwise not explore the local inns and see what they have to offer.
This year marks the third anniversary of the Inndulgence Tour with this year’s pass holder numbers just shy of last year’s numbers but still hovering around 125.
Savory morsel highlights this year included sweet potato biscuit – a Thomas Jefferson recipe – and pulled pork at The Weathersfield Inn, stellar Beef Wellington and crab cakes at The Castle Hill Resort, delicious clam chowder and hearty Andouille sausage soup at the Echo Lake Inn, silky butternut squash soup at Seesaw’s Lodge, yummy artichoke and spinach dip on crostini at The Weston Inn, creamy goat cheese appetizers and hummus sampler at the Pettigrew Inn.
Sweet tooth fans were inspired by the stellar chocolate cake and endless cookie jar treats at The Golden Stage Inn, the eggnog and blueberry streudel cheesecakes at The Blue Gentian Lodge, warm and fragrant homemade donuts at The Grafton Inn, crunchy and delicious maples scones from the Colonial Inn and Motel, Stone Hearth Inn’s candy cane chocolate cake and small cinnamon rolls and selected pastries at the Hartness House.
The Hartness House, The Castle Hill Resort and The Grafton Inn all took extra care to show off the architecture and history of their inns and were decked in gorgeous and stately decorations. Other highlights include the phenomenal Christmas decorations, including handmade paper ornaments, as well as the extensive Santa and nutcracker collections at the Blue Gentian Lodge. Seesaw Lodge’s recent renovation was gorgeous and included stunning views. Golden Stage Inn, Echo Lake Inn, and Colonial Inn all had very cozy, casual, and welcoming sitting areas by a roaring fire. The Inn at Weathersfield had several cozy seating areas and a stunning wine-cellar private dining room perfect for a small holiday party.
The Inndulgence Tour is always scheduled on the first weekend of December and is worth writing the date in your calendar for next year.