Bed and Breakfast Playlist

Posted by admin on July 22, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you somehow found yourself at this blog, chances are you have visited a historical inn or green hotel before.  From our experience, there is nothing better in the Green Mountain state, than to wake up, see the beautiful orange sunrise come up over the mountains, and get ready with a hearty breakfast and carefully chosen playlist.  Setting some of your favorite songs to your morning routine can help you get the right start to your day.

It is no wonder that music can be used for therapeutic relief and learning it has a similar mental benefit to trying to learn a new language.  Many studies show that there is a positive correlation between one’s mood and focus, and his or her enjoyment of music on a regular basis.  Now, we can not say that one thing directly causes another, but it is clear that there is a connection.  There is no shortage nowadays of folks who find the right playlist to start the workday, but what about the playlists for our more relaxed mornings on our days off from the job?

If you get the chance to experience a morning in Vermont, may we suggest some acoustic guitar music?  Normally, a recording on a nylon-string guitar for solo songs would be the best, but in this case we believe that steel strings would actually be better.  Especially when the performer uses the tapping technique with an electric-acoustic or hollow body, the crispness of the notes creates a beautiful harmony with our exquisite mountain ranges.


Honey Dippers and their Name

Posted by admin on July 21, 2016 in Uncategorized |

What better way to kick off your extended holiday weekend, than with a party or reunion with your family and friends somewhere out of town.  Or better yet, at a cottage or beach house.  Who would want to bring the crazy form of fun into their own home?  A small dwelling while not as comfortable, is usually the way to go when it comes to less area to clean up and giving your loved ones a place to crash so they do not drink and drive.

But when a large family or party group ends up using a single restroom with a small septic tanks, the results can be disastrous.  Old homes are especially prone to getting into poopy situations because of outdated components in the plumbing.  For instance, if the place you are vacationing to has older pipes, they are probably smaller.  For you, this means no flushing feminine products down the toilet, and watching what you eat.  The thinner diameter of water flow means that clogs and overfilling can happen more easily than usual.

So, if things do go wrong there is a solution.  If you know that your problem is an overfilled septic tank, then you can call the honey dippers.  The name for these technicians is quite deceiving, as no honey or food products are ever involved.  These professionals instead come to your home or business with a powerful hose, ready to empty your sewage and transport it to a location where it can be responsibly taken care of.

If you aren’t sure what your plumbing needs are, it is best then to phone a plumber first.  If you are going to be in Illinois anytime soon, maybe you are visiting the Chicago area and then moving your group to a calmer location for the rest of the weekend?  If you need help, you are better off safe than sorry by getting in touch with http://www.palatineplumber.org/


First Steps to Organizing a Reunion

Posted by admin on July 12, 2016 in Uncategorized |

We’ve already discussed some of the safety tips you can take to ensure children are safe during a family reunion.  But how do you go about getting everyone together in the first place?  And what activities or locations should you choose?  We hope to give you a few pointers for your next reunion.

The first step is choosing who to invite.  This part is entirely up to you– are you picking descendants of Grandpa Jim or your whole maternal side?  Consider the amount of people coming and how that will play into foods available.  Especially if there are more than twelve people, we would advise doing a potluck, buying snacks in bulk, or consulting a catering service.  If you want to go cheap and fresh, many casual restaurants such as fried chicken joints or Chinese-American restaurants offer party tray options for crowd pleasing on a budget.

Another factor to consider is how you will go about inviting everyone.  It was once normal to invite people by snail mail, and we still would suggest doing this as insurance; however, nowadays there are many online resources that can help you easily gather up the family.  Many social media websites such as Facebook have event creation capabilities, in which you could invite relatives to attend.  Google calendar is a great option as well, especially since setting up a google account is fairly easy for someone newer to email.

You now know how to get started on this season’s family reunion.  Stay tuned for more tips!


Sharing Laundry Space with Others

Posted by admin on July 11, 2016 in Uncategorized |

There seems to be a huge lifestyle trend shift amongst millennials.  Many of them would claim that their plan is to never get married, have a cat or dog, and rent an apartment forever.  But it is not too hard to see what had caused this change in what is considered normal living space.

After the home ownership market depreciated in value, lots of folks had to change their lifestyles.  Home ownership is just not as feasible of an affordable option for many Americans now when compared to renting property.  Whether you are renting a house or an apartment, keep in mind that there will almost always be neighbors; and that there will definitely be a land lord to answer to.  Learning how to share space with others can be difficult to acclimate to at first, but here are some tips to help with transitioning.

Keep in mind that this post does not give advice for roommates (but let us know if you would like some pointers on it.)  There are many things to learn if you are new to living in apartments, condos, townhouses, or close-in-proximity bungalows.

If your building has shared laundry, then make sure to remove your load promptly and always clean the lint filters.  Although your neighbors may not be courteous, keep in mind that the land lord may not call a repairman right away if a machine overheats and needs to be fixed.  Also make sure to not use detergents with strong-smelling chemicals, as these (when used in excess as they often are) will cause blockage in washing machines.



Growing Green Onions in your House

Posted by admin on July 10, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Personal at-home gardens and farmers markets are becoming the go-to option for millennials and their families as cooking is quickly becoming America’s next past time.  But not all of us are so lucky to have are own outdoor gardening space.  Urban gardens are not yet available to all areas, and even then, they are often completely booked up and require a rental fee.  But there are a number of vegetables that can be grown indoors.

Scallions are a great addition to any dish, especially when they are fresh.  They have a milder flavor in comparison to regular onions and have an extra added health benefit:  like garlic, this member of the allium family of vegetables has elements that have a correlation to reduced numbers of free radicals (that can cause damage to our cells.)

No seeds or big purchases required for this simple home grow.  To get yourself started on growing green onions, just purchase a bunch of them, wrap with a rubber band, and place in a glass of water.  While you wait for roots to double in size and new shoots to appear (in about ten days,) change the water everyday and buy soil (nothing special) and a smaller self-draining pot.

To care for your scallions, plant them and make sure waterings are even throughout the soil.  Keep the plant in a warm and sunny windowsill, and just wait until they grow to about 6 inches.  Then, you can harvest and enjoy this great kitchen staple.


Green Mountain State

Posted by admin on July 9, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Vermont is also known as the Green Mountain State.  Why?  Well, just take a look around– we are surrounded by hills, greenery, and our own Green Mountains.  And it is easy to see how the mountain range got its name; large areas are covered by lush forests.

Recently, fitness and healthy lifestyles have become more trendy, but how about taking a walk on the wild side?  A trip to Vermont could be right for you.  Forget running on a treadmill when you can explore the outdoors and do a variety of recreational activities that would most likely not be possible at home.

Fun things to do include (but are not limited to) activities such as hiking and visiting a variety of American historic monuments that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.  Studies show that we actually burn a similar amount of calories when power walking and jogging.  So why not change up your pace and put a challenging incline to the mix?  There are two well-known easily accessible hiking trails available in the Green Mountains:  the Long Trail and the Appalachian Trail.  When hiking, you can enjoy the bountiful nature around you for a relaxing afternoon.

If you are taking the family with you or are a fan of American history, then the Green Mountain area has so much for you to explore.  You could see Ford Ticonderoga, the Hildene, and the Bennington Battle Monument just to name a few.


What Makes a “Green” Hotel?

Posted by admin on July 8, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Hotels and Inns most likely bring two completely different images in your mind.  A hotel is probably a bit building in the cities and suburbs where people are bustling.  An inn is a tranquil place of just chilling out and enjoying the view of the countryside, am I right?  But the title of being a green hotel extends to certified eco-friendly lodging.

There are many when it comes to the benefits of being a green hotel.  For you it means better health and better hospitality because it isn’t just you but also the staff and management that are on the up-and-up. It is no surprise that having health issues can cause unpleasant moods, but being better for the environment also can mean being cleaner for all.  Because we consciously focus on wasting less and preventing pollution, you don’t have to worry about all the extra germs floating around on food and surfaces– like a non-green hotel.

In order to reach for the stars in the world of hospitality, as a Green Hotel in the Green Mountain State, we requested an audit of our facility and environmental practices shortly after it was purchased another time in 2005. Based on that audit, we invested over $75,000 in improvements to this historic structure to make numerous changes, which exceeded the Green Mountain State’s requirements for attaining the Green Hotel certification, which we have maintained continually since 2006.  We were the first to get certified in Vermont, and are proud to be leaders in responsible hospitality and paving the way for sustainable living for future generations.