Great Lakes of Vermont

You would think after living here for fifteen years that we would have discovered all the wonderful outdoor activities there are in Vermont but we haven't.  This year we have discovered many beautiful nearby lakes.  I always imagined that the lakes in the area would be small and pretty uninteresting but boy was I wrong.

As I spend much of my day on my feet, I was looking for a sport that took me off my feet and kept me outside.  Kayaking seemed like a good choice.  A great workout with great views and a host of cool gear to buy.  What more could you ask for?  In the month or so that we have had our kayaks, we have been out numerous times and continue to get more recommendations for lakes we need to visit.  So much to see.

Next time you visit Vermont, please do continue to bike and hike but try also to discover Vermont's Great Lakes.  I've always wondered where all those cars with kayaks and canoes on top were going. Now, I know.

December 12th - Advent Special

DECEMBER 12th - Join us at the Inn at West View Farm - Thursday, December 12th through Monday, December 16th, for a chance to win this beautiful holiday chip and dip server from Flower Brook Pottery. One entry with the purchase of an entree. Call for reservations 802-867-5715. Looking for a great gift, stop in the studio at Flower Brook Pottery in Dorset or shop on their website

Chip and Dip Server from Flower Brook Pottery, Dorset, Vermont

Chip and Dip Server from Flower Brook Pottery, Dorset, Vermont

December 3rd - Advent Post

After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, there is Giving Tuesday! Please take a moment today to think of others and make a donation to your favorite charity. Donations can be $$ or time, get involved! For every like we get, we will donate $1 to the Community Food Cupboard, up to $100. Please like and share this post. "Get out the Give"

3 angels in Dorset, Vermont

3 angels in Dorset, Vermont

beijing (peking) duck

been smoking meats quite a bit at the Inn.  pretty new to making duck in this fashion but the results are quite nice.  i'm slowly improving my skills with each successive duck. this is pretty close to real beijing duck.

inflating the duck before bathing it in a soy, maltose, vinegar mixture. 

hanging in my modified propane smoker for a couple of hours. 

ducks coming out of the smoker.

ducks coming out of the smoker.

the finished product. 

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A new favorite is being added to our house pour list.   Sherman and Hooker's (Bedrock Wines) Shebang.  

Made mostly from Monte Rosso Semillon, the balance is comprised of Pagani Ranch Muscadelle and fruit from a field blend at Compagni Portis that includes Gewurztraminer, Riesling, Trousseau Gris, Green Hungarian and, well, whatever else is planted there.

Arriving at the Inn, this Friday.!