KILLINGTON, VT - Rosie the Raccoon and her babies lived at the Snowed Inn last fall but this year, the innkeepers at the hotel-style inn are crafting ideas for their hay sculpture as part of the town’s Hay Festival Sept. 1 – Oct. 10, 2011. For the fourth year in a row, owner Manfred Karlhuber and Assistant Innkeeper Jim Gasco will create a giant animal structure, made creatively from hay. This year “Eloise the Elephant” will make her debut. Snowed Inn is offering special a “Hay and Stay” Package available through Columbus Day from $110 per room per night.
“Rosie has been a part of our family for awhile now, but it is time for a creative change this year,” said Jeanne Karlhuber, innkeeper and owner of the Snowed Inn. “So many of the sculptures are simply amazing, like last year’s 25-foot teddy bear and a 2,000-pound pink pig. The local businesses go all out on the sculptures, and it’s fun to drive around, enjoy the foliage and see what has been created. It feels good to come together as a community to celebrate the fall season in a fun way and offer our visitors a unique foliage experience.”
The “Hay and Stay” is a five-week celebration of autumn in Vermont and showcases a collection of 40 giant hay animals on display at businesses throughout town. There is also a variety of daily family-friendly activities and weekly events. Such events include an educational scavenger hunt through the winding roads and across the mountains of Killington to find the giant hay sculptures. Besides searching for animal hay sculptures, there will also be a handcrafted hay maze.
The winding roads of Killington will also be preparing for other events this fall like a weekend-long motorcycle rally and a 5K & 15K Run/Walk for charity on September 18 taking runners through the very heart of foliage season in the Green Mountains. And new this year, there will be a first annual Farm to Table Festival, featuring two days of seasonal beer, cask and cider tastings, food pairing, and an outdoor fresh food market September 16-17, 2011. You will be able to sample amazing Vermont cheese, meats, produce and more, with a VIP cask pairing reception Friday evening. Cooking demonstrations like cheesemaking and homebrewing will also be offered as well as lessons on the art of gastronomy and fine foods, food sculpture competitions, and much more.
The Hay and Stay Package is available through Oct. 10, 2011.
For reservations and more information, visit www.snowedinn.com or call 800.311.5406.