Relax in our spacious back yard with heated pool and tennis court.Golfers can enjoy playing at the Manchester Country Club with our club membership. You can either play nine or go for the whole 18. Afterwards, enjoy a cocktail or grab a bite to eat in the clubhouse.
Ski at four downhill Alpine ski resorts or five cross-country Nordic ski areas - all within 30 minutes of the Olympia. For non-skiers, sleigh rides, ice skating, snowshoeing and snowmobiling are equally enjoyable alternatives.
After a day outdoors, enjoy relaxing by the roaring fire in our lobby. ...or head into town - the diversity of dining and shopping in Manchester is available year round!
"Seeds, Shovels, Buckets & Boots”
a farm, field and food event in Southern Vermont
"Seeds, Shovels, Buckets and Boots” … will begin with a mix and mingle gathering (yes, there will be food!) and interactive session keynoted by nationally recognized Master Gardener , TV personality and author Charlie Nardozzi to be held at The Barrows House in Dorset on Friday, May 17th. Saturday morning, May 18th begins with a Continental Breakfast at Hildene and a tour of the gardens with Hildene’s Garden Horticulturist, Andrea Luchini and then moves to JK Adams in Dorset. Exhibits and demonstrations will be open from 10:00AM – 4:00PM. Demonstrations throughout the day will include talks by noted author and garden expertEllen Ecker Odgen, Alan Benoit on Beneficials in the Garden, orchid and rose experts, composting in the home garden and much more. Master Gardeners ~Landscape Designers ~ Lawn Experts ~ Organic food producers ~Seed producers ~ Garden Sculptures ~ Water Feature Experts ~ Honey Products ~ Vermont Maple Syrup ~ Organic Jewelry ~ Greenhouses ~ Bird houses ~ Garden Sculptures ~ Stonewall Building ~ Wooden Garden Signs and much more!
Friday Night Dinner with Charlie Nardozzi $35/person
Saturday Hildene Garden Tour and Show Ticket $20/person
Show Only Ticket $15/person
Best Deal! $50 for all events!
Friday, May 17 at The Barrows House, Dorset
Charlie Nardozzi presents Vegetables from an Italian Garden Italians love music, wine, love and food — especially vegetables. Charlie remembers growing up as an Italian-American in Connecticut and helping his grandma harvest dandelion greens, tomatoes and potatoes. Based on the cookbook by the same name, he’ll explore some common and uncommon vegetables for Italian cooking offering organic growing tips and surprising recipes to try at home. Buffet dinner to complement Charlie’s presentation. Dessert and coffee station and Q & A with Charlie. Cash bar. $35 per person.
Saturday, May 18th, 8:30AM ~ Continental Breakfast and Hildene Garden Tour
Saturday morning’s program begins with a Continental Breakfast at Hildene and a tour of the gardens with Hildene’s Garden Horticulturist, Andrea Luchini.
Saturday, May 18 ~ Spring into these Lectures and Demonstrations at Show venue J.K. Adams
Garden Cafe provided by Mio Bistro (not included with ticket price)
10:30?AM ~ Ellen Ecker Ogden The Art of Growing Food
A well-designed kitchen garden goes beyond simply growing food: it is a way of life that can improve health and build natural connections with the landscape to promote well-being. Learn strategies to elevate an ordinary garden to extraordinary and take home ideas for planting the garden with an artist’s eye. Suggestions for best tasting vegetable, as well as techniques to make the kitchen garden more efficient and productive are included.
Designed for all levels: those just starting out and experienced gardeners will learn how to design a vegetable garden that fits their yard or how to renovate an existing edible garden to make it easier to maintain and more inviting.
11:30 Eric Berger ~ Composting
Composting and using organic fertilizers. Eric is both a Master Gardener and Composter, last spring he also completed the UVM SOUL Tree steward class. Eric and his wife Elizabeth have owned The Arlington Inn for 11 years and he has created an acre or so of country gardens, mainly perennial but he also creates about 3 dozen containers to put around the property each season.
12:30 Alan Benoit ~ "Good Bug, Bad Bug”
Join Alan Benoit, local ecologist, architect and owner of Sustainable Design, as he reveals his fascinating discoveries within the local insect world. Through close observation, patience, and careful investigation he has uncovered a world filled with villains, allies, armies and heroes and has captured them with extraordinary photographs. Alan will take you on a journey through his gardens and introduce you to the multitude of cast members he has encountered there. Filled with amusing stories and enlightening slides, you won’t want to miss this presentation!
2:30 ~ Bob Aldrich ~ How to Grow Orchids in the Home Environment
The talk begins with some biologic/evolutionary background so that orchids can be placed in a context of the broad history of life on Earth. Bob will then discuss the cultivation of orchids, which requires some knowledge of orchid biology using real orchids to demonstrate relevant anatomy and physiology. Orchid species best suited to growing in a home environment will be covered. There will be a practical demonstration on how to re-pot an orchid, an essential skill to maintain healthy orchids in a home environment. I distribute a "hand-out” which includes, among other things, a list of local nurseries and websites where orchids can be purchased.
Meet Vermont Author Tracey Medeiros 2-4PM.
Tracey will be signing her just released book "The Vermont Farm Table Cookbook” and 2008's "Dishing Up Vermont”. She will be offering samplings taken from recipes in her cookbooks.
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Golfing in Vermont? Let us book a tee time for you. The Olympia are members of the Manchester Country Club which is in walking distance of the lodge. Come enjoy a round of golf at one of Vermonts most beautiful golf courses. The club house also offers a great lunch. Play, Eat, Enjoy...
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