Deck the Halls
Like a Wise Man from the East, perhaps the first thing you’ll notice is the glowing star. Ours is high upon the barn, and a wreath with golden globes is perched below the cupola. A vintage Flexible Flyer sled is a sentinel by the inn’s main door. We’ve decked the halls for the holidays and beyond to the winter season.
Inside, our inspired innkeeper, Carol, created sophisticated décor with the feel of woodlands, using birdhouses, feathers, acorns, and pinecones. Carol loves the holiday season… year-round, when she sees an ornament that fits the bill, she’s sure to make it ours. Trish at the Pittsfield Garden Center provides our trees and puts together our splendid, natural wreaths (most brides also choose Trish’s flowers for the weddings we host).
Three evergreens anchor our inside display, one in each of the dining rooms, and one in the tavern. The tree in the larger dining room reflects the woodlands with sweet ornamental mice, a squirrel, chickens, cats, and adornments representing the acorns, pinecones, and the pieces of nature with which creatures make their homes. Miniature wreaths suspended from green satin ribbons in the dining room windows are framed by the snow beyond. Throwback snowshoes set out on an adventure on the wall; lovingly historic in their wooden frames, rawhide lacing, and toe cords, they bear little resemblance to the contemporary model snowshoes we provide for guests!
The small dining room tree is crystalline, with glass garlands and icicles that reflect the Vermont landscape. The tavern tree is all about the warmth and tang of après-ski cocktails, with mini sweaters, yarn, carved hearts, petite skis, and wooden cranberries. In the tavern you’ll also find our tabletop “Charlie Brown tree” – because everybody needs a little Charlie Brown – hand-strung with popcorn and cranberries.
Should you be very lucky, you may catch a glimpse of active woodland creatures out the back window, where another Flexible Flyer is settled against our huge apple tree. One of the oldest apple trees in the region, it is an abundant and important source of winter food for an extended deer family (including a set of twins), as well as one plump and placid porcupine, who, clutching apples in his tiny hands, munches away without any regard to his human audience.
The three trees will come down after New Year’s Eve while the balance of the decorations will linger for an additional month until Valentine’s Day is knocking on the door. Make dinner reservations now; Christmas Eve and Christmas Day feature holiday-themed menus, and we offer a New Year’s Eve banquet. Our famous jazz band with Glendon Ingalls will play all three nights and we are also open for dinner all seven days of Christmas week. We hope you may join us to celebrate over the next several weeks.
December 16, 2016 | Share: