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Text of Spring 2012 Wedding Newsletter
Newsletter from Mountain Meadows Lodge
Newsletter - Spring 2012
IN THIS ISSUE
This newsletter was sent to current brides, grooms, and event planners for upcoming
events and weddings at Mountain Meadows Lodge. Since you've expressed interest
in an event at Mountain meadows Lodge, we thought you'd like to see it!
News from MML
Our "wedding season" is due to get underway shortly - Jade and Mark, with family
and friends, will arrive in early May to kick things off - we're really looking
forward to hosting our first "big" event for the season.
After a strange winter with no snow, Spring has arrived and everything is greening
up. The daffodils are all in bloom and the trees just starting to open up. Every
evening the peepers in the lowland across the street make their racket and the ducks
and geese have taken to the lake. We think we've seen a couple of loons staking
out the territory too. They'll start to call soon - very exciting!
While we had a reasonably busy winter and a small event almost every Spring weekend
we've managed to squeeze in a few remodeling and maintenance projects around the
lodge. You'll find a few new floors, a few renovated bathrooms and some improvements
to the grounds - gardens and improvements to the out-door hot-tub area and decks.
Speaking of the grounds, there's a new set of wedding photos -
some reallys tunning images
from Jeff Woodward, a local Vermont photographer.
One lingering effect from Tropical Storm Irene is the lowered level of the lake
and the "new look" to waterfront area. There is now more beach exposed. There
are a couple of new small islands on the lake too. [One of the spillways was damaged
in the storm and the lake dropped a few feet.] We have some plans to redesign the
waterfront and build a new dock but we are waiting to hear the repair schedule from
the State so we know how to proceed. The spillway is scheduled to be repaired this
Alice is doing great. She had a good winter since it was so mild - she stayed nice
and fat and didn't really get too cranky. She's out roaming around regularly since
the weather is warming up. There's not much long grass to eat yet so she's taken
to rooting around in the mud. I'm hoping one of these days, and soon, she'll be
in a good enough mood to let me trim her toes. We've got too new pygmy goats -they
came from a neighboring inn when it changed hands a few months ago. They fit right
in just fine and are very friendly. That makes 5 goats, 3 sheep, Alex the pony
We are always available to help you customize your menu. If you need to do menu
planning, look over the catering page and
see what looks intriguing. You can also take a look at the sample menus,
too. You can give us a theme or some broad brush strokes and we'll be happy to design
a menu for you, but you're not limited to the items on the web pages. If you see
something on the food channel that you think might look good for your wedding,
all you have to do is let me know, and I'll find a recipe. Then, I will let you
know if it can be scaled and we'll take it from there.
If you're looking for a really great pasta option, here's a link
to some terrific gourmet ravioli from one of our favorite suppliers.
Here are a few tips that may help you in your event planning. Always remember, there
are people out there that want to help plan your big event, so delegate, delegate,
Time line: If you have a summer wedding, look at the typical schedule.
Although you do not have to keep to this schedule, it is just helpful for you to
see how a weekend can unfold. It may also stimulate your imagination on what might
be left undone on your "to do" list. Another idea is to flip through a couple of
the slide shows on the web page. Most of them are set up chronologically so that is another way
to see how the weekend might unfold.
The questionnaire: For weddings, we will send you an outline document about 6 weeks
before your event. Our goal is to capture all the details for your event from all
your emails, phone calls and meetings. You will have a chance to add some details,
make changes or corrections and get any holes filled in.
Number of guests: By about six weeks out, you will have an early number of guests
attending your event and numbers for meals. We would like another "near-final"
number two weeks out, then a final number a few days before - small changes even
right up to the day of the event will not be a big deal at our end.
Rooming list: If your event is in 2012 please send us your rooming list
and have your guests call to confirm. Do not worry if it is not set in stone -there
can always be adjustments made. We especially like to get their confirmation to
hold their room if they want to book for days before and after the wedding. [We
want to give your wedding or event guests preference, and it would be awkward if
a family books a summer weekday vacation in a room that a wedding guest was hoping
to be in early.] Remind them that they cannot book online - the lodging page will
show that Mountain Meadows is sold out since all the rooms are being held for your
Breakfasts for guests at the overflow lodges: If you have guests staying at the
other inns in the area you are welcome to invite them to Mountain Meadows Lodge
for breakfasts and lunches (if you're planning lunches). It is $10 per person.
We would like an approximate count for these "outside" breakfasts about two weeks
ahead or when you submit your questionnaire
Pampering your guests. Here are some ideas we have seen over the years to make
your guests feel welcome and give some personal touches to your weekend.
* Rent a golf cart
for guests who are mobility-impaired to get them to the ceremony site. For summer
and fall events, the rental company suggests reserving soon because they do sell
* Arrange for a shuttle service
so that guest don't have to drive back to a neighboring hotel after partying.
* Feel free to bring refreshments and snacks to set out in baskets for your guests.
You can bring bottled water, too. We do hate the plastic, though, so if you're
felling environmentally conscious, please look for a better solution.
* Building an "emergency kit" for your guests is nice. Fill it with travel size
toothpaste, mouthwash, toothbrushes, chap stick, bug spray, and the like. There's
a crazy list and more here
* Design a welcome letter that gives folks times and suggestions for activities.
Some ideas are here
* Bag up some corn, oats or apples for folks to feed the animals.
* Treat your guests to a dazzling fire performance during the weekend!
Friendly Reminder: Particularly if your event is an outdoor summer event, please
communicate to your guests that because of the nature of our liquor license and
Vermont Laws, alcohol cannot be brought in. [Some will get the idea that since it
is a country setting that "anything goes", but that's not the case since we are
an establishment with a liquor license and there are rules to follow...] THANKS!
Here are some ideas for promoting outdoor activities if your group is so inclined:
* Hiking on the Appalachian Trail - Mountain Meadows Lodge is actually on the AT
If you walk down to the lake, go left to go "south", there is a nice walk along
the lake over to Gifford Woods State Park
It is flat so this is a great hike for older folks or little ones. On the way, there
are some nice cascades and pools to explore and rocks to climb around on. If you
go down to the lake, go right to go "north" - it's a more challenging hike but
the payoff is great. Thundering Falls
is about 1.5 miles away. While there is a bit of a re-route on the AT because of
Hurricane Irene, the way to the falls is well marked and the falls are easy to
find. After the falls there is an ascent up Quimby Mountain. If you're in good shape
and want an extended hike or challenging trail run in a little-traveled area, this
is a great spot - up to the top of Quimby then turn around and come back the same
way (no view up there since it's tree-covered)
Hiking around town. Here's a map
Disc golf. There's a super disc golf course right next door
Gondola ride. Rides to the top of Killington are available starting in June and
run through the fall.
Boating. Remind your guests that if they have a kayak or canoe to strap it to the
roof of the car to bring to your event. No motor boats are allowed.
Fishing. Kent pond
is a great site to fish. In Vermont, you do need a fishing license - it's easy to
get one online.
Swimming. We have a small outdoor pool and the lake is great for swimming.
More things to do. If you're planning activities for your guests, take a look here
The town's calendar of events is here
PLEASE JOIN US
We'd love for you to join us this summer for a benefit cook-out that we are hosting.
It's for a for a local child with a rare disease who's family needs assistance.
It's Sunday, June 3 starting at 2:00 PM.
Please look at details of the event and please consider coming!
Please feel free to call or email with any ideas, updates, or questions.
All the best,
Bill, Anne, Dave and the whole gang at
Mountain Meadows Lodge