While exhibitors are preparing for another memorable competition at the Vermont Summer Festival, its area lodging partners are preparing to welcome them with all the comfort, charm and convenience that the area has to offer. The Vermont Summer Festival brings thousands of equestrians and their families to the six-week circuit, which runs from June 30 through August 9, 2015, at Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset, VT.
Lodging opportunities for the Vermont Summer Festival range from the perfect weekend stay to a home away from home for the entire summer circuit. Accommodations include quaint country establishments like the family-owned Marbledge Motel or Four Winds Country Motel, to full-service resorts like The Inns at Equinox, all showcasing the best of Southern Vermont.
“The support that we receive from the area lodges and inns cannot be underestimated,” said Ruth Lacey, Vermont Summer Festival Marketing Director. “The innkeepers welcome our competitors to the area, and ensure that they are comfortable while showing in Vermont. Many of the area inns have developed their pet policies with Vermont Summer Festival horse show guests in mind. And, because most of the motels and inns are privately owned, the experience is much more personal than can be found in more urban areas.”
A summer-favorite among equestrians, Vermont locals also eagerly await the show season with excitement. Chiefly, the owners of local accommodation sites prepare their properties with equine-types in mind. Partners, including The INN at Willow Pond, The Aerie Inn of Vermont, Olympia Lodge, Lodge at Bromley, and The Dorset Inn all offer pet-friendly options for the ever-important horse show dog.
Many lodging partners, including The Aerie Inn of Vermont, have added RV hook-ups with electricity, allowing exhibitors to bring their home with them when they hit the road.
“We can accommodate more RVs than ever this year and anticipate that the spaces will go quickly,” said Rick Travers, who owns The Aerie Inn of Vermont. He is also excited to unveil several upgrades at the property. “We have three rooms that are totally remodeled - bathrooms, carpets, windows, mattresses, etc. - and next year we plan for three more rooms to be upgraded.”
For over 20 years, the Vermont Summer Festival has attracted exhibitors and their families to the Manchester region in southern Vermont. Thanks to the 2015 lodging partners, accommodations are a breeze, leaving more time for horse showing and exploring the wide variety of area amenities including restaurants, outdoor activities, and shopping.
The official Vermont Summer Festival lodging partners for 2015 are:
The Aerie Inn of Vermont (802) 362-1208
Arcady at Sunderland Lodge (802) 362-1176
Barnstead Inn (800) 331-1619
Barrows House (802) 867-4455
Bromley View Inn (802) 297-1459
The Dorset Inn (802) 867-5500
Four Winds Country Motel (802) 362-1105
The Inns at Equinox (877) 854-7625
The INN at Willow Pond (800) 533-3533
Lodge at Bromley (802) 824-6941
Manchester View (800) 548-4141
Marbledge Motel (802) 362-1418
Olympia Lodge (802) 362-1700
Palmer House (802) 362-3600
Wilburton Inn & Vacation Homes (802) 362-2500
Highlighting the action at the 2015 Vermont Summer Festival, the first five Saturdays will feature a $30,000 Grand Prix. The $50,000 Vermont Summer Celebration Grand Prix will close the season during the sixth and final week of competition on Saturday, August 8. The weekly $10,000 Open Welcome Stake, presented by Manchester Designer Outlets, will be held each Thursday.
The Vermont Summer Festival is New England’s largest hunter/jumper competition offering more than $750,000 in prize money, making it the richest sporting event based on purse in the state of Vermont. Please e-mail or visit the website for more information about the Vermont Summer Festival.