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a Blog for Weddings, Events & News from our Vermont Bed & Breakfast Inn


Tips to hosting a family reunion

As the snow melts, we set our sights on our busy summer events.  While we host between 20-22 weddings every summer, we're also a popular spot for family reunions.  In fact, we're honored that some families have made us (the Echo Lake Inn) PART of t...read more


Spring's arrival means winter's departure

It has been quite a winter here at the Echo Lake Inn. Full of snow with guests participating in the wonders of winter in the Green Mountains. Just this past weekend, the Inn hosted travelers of all types. A young couple confirmed their relationship w...read more


How sweet it is!

It’s that time of the year when the nights drop below freezing and the days warm close to 40 degrees. That means something big to me…..maple sugar season has begun. That magical time of year when Vermont’s prize maple trees produce gallons of s...read more


March Madness - Okemo Style

As the ski season winds down and the skiers begin to depart, now is the time Vermonters come out and play.   Every year Okemo hosts a spring concert series and it's then that I see friends I haven’t seen all winter.  With the days getting lon...read more


Wedding Dessert Ideas

As we battle the frigid temperatures, it's hard to imagine that our wedding season will be here in just two months. As the owner and innkeeper of a historic property, one wedding trend I LOVE is the incorporation of all things vintage.  Last yea...read more


Celebrating Presidents Day

“Country life does not always have breadth, but it has depth.  It is neither artificial nor superficial, but is kept close to the realties.” ~ Calvin Coolidge Autobiography 1929 As President’s Day approaches, I like to re-read some of m...read more


Groundhog Day - Vermont Style

On Sunday, Punxsutawney Phil predicted 6 more weeks of winter. We have our own little way of predicting how much longer winter will last. When the icicles start to melt, we know that spring is on the way! Stay warm, everyone, Laurence ...read more


Some of our local food partners

As many of you know, we are a proud member of the “Vermont Fresh Network” and I’ve written about it HERE but with the annual member meeting coming up on Monday, we would like to thank all of our partners that bring some of the best ingredients ...read more


Using chalkboard paint in your wedding decorations

Our former wedding coordinator is an interior designer and she frequently says that interior design and wedding design dovetail beautifully.  After seeing how chalkboard paint has made an appearance in wedding decor, I think I have to agree. Cha...read more


Hot Buttered Rum - Echo Lake Inn Style

Snow is slowly cascading from the sky and it's the perfect evening for one of Neal's cocktails.  This cocktail is Neal's interperation of the classic Hot Buttered Rum. 1.5 ounces spiced rum 3/4 ounce Willis Woods Cinnamon Cider Syrup 1/2 or...read more


Seasonal Menu - Winter 2014

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Echo Lake Inn Christmas Menus

We simply love the long history and tradition that's involved in Christmas at the Echo Lake Inn.  Families come to celebrate their holiday at the Inn for generations and some families include Christmas Dinner at the Inn as one of their holiday tra...read more


Christmas in Vermont

Christmas time in Vermont is always a wonderful thing.  Everyone’s lights are slowly being strung up and new holiday decorations are appearing daily.  The magic Christmas elves have been hard at work at the Inn also.  Unfortunately, they haven...read more


Vermont Winter Wedding

We host most of our weddings during the summer months but occasionally we host a late fall or winter wedding. The Inn has a casual country charm which lends itself to hosting a cozy, intimate gathering of loved ones. During winter weddings, gu...read more


Thanksgiving Tablescape Ideas

In many ways Thanksgiving is the most important meal of the year.  Since most families have a traditional menu, perhaps you can express your creativity in your tablescape? Add an element to your table that's unique, interesting, elegant or pe...read more


Pinterest

We enjoy getting inspiration from Pinterest and the Inn is frequently tagged in photos uploaded from guests.  We thought we'd share a few of our favorites. Our red rocking chairs have become our unofficial trademark.  Uploaded by Beverly Robert...read more


Ski Town Soups

This is such a wonderful time of year in Vermont. The dog days of summer are behind us and we're sipping hot cider instead of lemonade. The foliage is stunning, the sky is bright blue and the evenings are crisp. This is also the time of year for w...read more


Lauren's Cider Cocktail

We're excited to share a delicious fall cocktail that was featured at a recent wedding.  Harvest time makes you think of everything this cocktail features: crisp apples, warm cinnamon with bright citus notes. This recipe was the first Echo Lake...read more


Rhodesian Slash & Grill

“In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue”.  Today, around the country, many people are celebrating Columbus Day. I know there is a lot of debate about whether this is good or bad, but like it or not, it changed the world. Now, many years later, ...read more


Flowers

When most people look at flowers they see beauty, when I look at flowers I see history. A very close friend and neighbor of my family has always been an avid and excellent gardner.  Throughout my childhood, baskets of tomatoes would just show up ...read more


Fall Wedding

We love weddings any time of the year but there is something about fall weddings that seem magical. The dappled light, sunny days and cool nights, and of course, the colors! Gourds are such a fun way to decorate for a fall wedding.  Natalie (...read more


A day in the life of an Innkeeper

Drip, drip, drip! Upon check-out a guest informed me that the sink in her room drained slowly and she could hear a 'drip, drip, drip' from the toilet.  After an entire night of 'drip, drip, drip', she joked that she was getting sea sick. I ...read more


Apple Cider Syrup

Well…..summer is almost over. Yesterday I woke up to 35 degrees and that crisp fall like air. This time of the year brings many different memories and expectation. What comes to your mind as summer slowly relinquishes its grip on calendar? I think ...read more


Blackberry Mojito

Our resident mixologist, Neal, has concocted another winner - a Blackberry Mojito.  This cocktail requires some muddling and his carpel tunnel is a testament to the drink's popularity. Blackberry Mojito  1 small handful of freshly picked loca...read more


There's still time for summer R & R

August is almost over and I'm wondering....who fast forwarded summer?  The good news is late August is an amazing time here in Vermont and there is no shortage of area activities - especially Labor Day weekend.  There's a Beer & Wne Tasting ...read more


Vermont in the late summer

I know it's only mid-August but these bright, sunny days have my thoughts wandering towards foliage.  In fact, some trees have begun their transition and a few red and yellow leaves can be seen littering the property.  Late summer is such an...read more


Wedding Thoughts

We are in the midst of the wedding season and the Inn is buzzing with activity.  So, I thought I'd share a simple quote that touches at the heart of what a wedding is REALLY about. I dreamed of a wedding of elaborate elegance, A church fill...read more


Cool Summer Soup

We’ve had an unusually humid summer but the good news is between the pool and the lake, we keep cool.  Even BETTER news is Chef Kevin created a delicious minted watermelon soup.  It pairs perfectly with a light salad and freshly baked bread. ...read more


Summer 2013 Menu

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Thyme to grow your own herbs

The days of using all those dried herbs you see in the grocery aisle are over. With the abundance of fresh herbs already packaged for you in the produce department or even better, your own herb garden, there’s no reason to reach for the dry herb ja...read more


Our Restaurant is OPEN for the season!

Our restaurant is open for the season!  Just in time for Father's Day!  If Dad would prefer to have a BBQ on his 'special day' consider a gift certificate.  A gift that fits EVERYONE and is NEVER returned :) All the best, Laurence Ph...read more


Sundowner

The sun is shining (once again) and since Neal is busy concocting a recipe for our upcoming newsletter, I thought I'd share one that was in our newsletter last year.   It's a wonderful festive recipe to help you celebrate a summer occasion and p...read more


Spring blues...or whites?

May was a month of extremes here in Vermont.  Here's a photo to illustrate the point. But the good news is that everything is blooming and the property is already in the midst of the wedding season. Neal is eagerly mixing up new cocktails s...read more


Take a peek

Care to take a peek at some fun wedding photos? Click on the photo below:                                  ...read more


Room 31...again

Winter of 2004. Room 31 again! It was early evening on a busy winter weekend at the inn. There were people everywhere; the bar was full, the seats by the roaring fireplace in the living room were all occupied and the restaurant was fully booked. W...read more


Wedding Poem

I dreamed of a wedding of elaborate elegance, A church filled with family and friends. I asked him what kind of a wedding he wished for, He said one that would make me his wife. ~Author Unknown All the best, Laurence read more


Thanksgiving Menu

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Consistency

One word…..consistency What does it mean to me? What does it mean to you? Dictionary.com defines it as “uniformity among the parts of a complex thing”. I believe our guests expect consistency and that is why we have so many repeat din...read more


A lovely note

We received this lovely e-mail earlier today and I thought I'd share it with you.  First, a bit of background.  This couple had booked their wedding at another Inn.  The Inn they selected while beautiful, did not have our extensive experience nor ...read more


Celebrating 23 years!

23 Years! Yes, I’ve been the chef at Echo Lake Inn for 23 years. For those of you starting to do the math….I started when I was 16 (that way I would still be 39). Actually, I just turned 50 and have been at the inn for almost half my life. I had ...read more


Snow Day!

  In the photo below, you can see someone in the gazebo shoveling snow.  Some things NEVER change... Merry Christmas! ...read more


Gift Certificates

Looking for a gift that's sure to please EVERYONE on your list?  Consider gift certificates from Echo Lake Inn.  Just give us a call and we'll take care of the rest - including addressing the enclosure card and mailing them.  Easy!   &nbs...read more


Seasonal Menu - Winter

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Greetings from Vermont!

We're busy preparing the Inn for our our holiday guests.  We have some lovely December specials, including an amazing $23.00 three-course meal on Friday evenings celebrating Chef Kevin's 23rd year at the Inn!  Check out our specials page HERE. ...read more


Let’s talk turkey!

Let’s talk turkey! Not all turkeys are the same.  Here at the Echo Lake Inn, we use only Vermont naturally grown fresh Stonewood Farm turkeys. Here are some reasons why (taken from their website): Our Turkey Friendly Barns are un-crowded a...read more


Room 31 again!

Room 31 again! In 1998, a few years after I moved to the inn, my new head housekeeper, Judy, came to the office one morning to clarify what seemed to be any error on the housekeeper’s report. Room 31 was listed as vacant but someone had slep...read more


Take a seat

The first step in creating place cards for your wedding (also called escort cards) is deciding if you want assigned seats or assigned tables.  Almost all of our couples assign tables (as opposed to assigned seats), it's much more relaxed and a lot...read more


Wedding Registry Tips

Although we host several weddings a year, we rarely work with couples relative to their wedding resistry.  But here's a tip: consider registering at independent retailers for your wedding registry.  Many small businesses offer this service and it's...read more


Pumpkins are just for pies and Jack-O-Lanterns…or are they?

Here’s a picture of one of my Jack-O-Lanterns from last year.  I also make quite a few pies for Thanksgiving, but why stop there? How about a nice warm pumpkin soup for a cold autumn night? One of the inn’s guests favorites is my Mapled Harv...read more


Zafir’s Ghost Sighting Winter 1991

Last week, at check out, one of our guests told me about the last time he and his wife had stayed at the inn. This is amazing: Zafir’s Ghost Sighting Winter 1991 3rd floor. Room 33 next to room 31. Chris woke up around 1:00 AM. The room was da...read more


We love autumn

Autumn brings magical changes to the Echo Lake Inn and fills the senses with romance and warmth.  The fiery colors of Fall have now surrounded the grounds of the Inn and these changes also signify changes within the Inn itself.   The cozy bar now ...read more


Wedding Welcome Bags

Paul and Meghan, our bride & groom this past weekend enjoyed amazing weather during their wedding weekend.  We’ve been lucky as we’ve had wonderful weather this summer so guests have been able to take full advantage of our pool and Echo La...read more


Chef Kevin's Corner

In my last blog, I promised you some information on how the Vermont Fresh Network works. Since we are a member, and have been for some time, I want you to know why I think it’s important to Echo Lake Inn. Here’s their mission statement: “ Ad...read more


Ghost Story

The Echo Lake Inn is a historic Inn and, as a result, many guests (young and old) often ask if there are any spirits in the Inn.   Rumors swirl and many a tall tale has been told regarding these mysterious and elusive beings. This, however,...read more


A sweet note

We frequently receive thank-you notes from guests.  Here's one we received last week: Have a great week! ~ Laurenceread more


Chef Kevin's Corner

The other day the kitchen phone rang and on the other end was a gentleman wanting to interview me for his new book, Best Chefs in America; The Ultimate Chef’s Guide to Chefs. I said sure and proceeded to answer more questions in one call than I can...read more


Cocktails, anyone?

Every summer for the past 15 years, the Moorzitz family has come to the Inn for their 3 generations family reunion. Their days are filled lounging at the poolside and taking in a different local attraction each day. In the evening the family g...read more


Echo Lake Inn Dance

We have this old sign framed and placed in our living room.  It's a 1906 flyer advertising a dance at a local hall here in Tyson. Dinner (for two) was $.5...read more


Small Events

Although we specialize in weddings, we host several small events each year: conferences, reunions, birthdays, holiday parties and more. We hosted a bridal showe...read more


Wedding details at Echo Lake Inn

Our wedding season is in full swing and I've been so tickled with all the details that our couples have implemented. A recent wedding had a unique 1940's Carnival theme.  There were glass coke bottles on ice for the bridal party, an extensive pen...read more


Innkeeping: is it as much fun as it looks? (Some of the time!)

Many people think that being an innkeeper is just like an episode of the Bob Newhart show, spending time at the front desk talking to the guests.  It is like that but eminently much more interesting, fun and, on some days, absolutely beautiful. T...read more