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November 9, 2017

Come home for the holidays!

The leaves are gone, and there’s frost on our pumpkins now so it can only mean that the holiday’s are close at hand.  Here at the Casablanca Motel we are anxiously awaiting the start of “Manchester Merriment” – 6 weeks of delightful fun beginning on Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving) and culminating with the New Year’s Celebrations here in the beautiful Shires of Vermont.

The festivities begin Saturday November 25th with the Tree Lighting ceremony on the town green. Santa will arrive courtesy of the Manchester Fire Department (he has to let his reindeer rest till the big night ) and will be ready to hear the wishes of all the children as the big day approaches.

Candlelight for Canines-Tuesday November 28th at Ye Old Tavern-celebrates our four legged friends and is a fundraising event for the Manchester Dog Park.  Ye Old Tavern on Main Street will host a candlelight dinner, 5pm-9pm with signature drinks and their full menu AND 100% of the proceeds will benefit the MDP Foundation- a 501(c)3 that is a group of volunteers who manage the Dog Park with NO TAX PAYER funds. They rely solely on donations and if you’ve been to the park-you’ll see the new agility course, water (thanks to the Town of Manchester), a new shelter for inclement weather and as always, 3 separate fenced in areas for dogs to romp and play.

Next up  check out the lead tractor driver (Casablanca’s own- Linda “Richard Petty Driver” ) at the annual Tractor Parade on Saturday Dec. 2nd .  Be sure to scope out a spot by the round-about , warm up with some hot cocoa from Spiral Press and cheer on the colorful and creatively designed tractors as they vie for your applause.

On December 2nd and December 9th, be sure to get a ticket for the annual Holiday Inn Tours where designated inns dress in their holiday finest and welcome guests and visitors to tour their grounds and sample some home made holiday goodies.

The Lion’s Club Elf Express rolls into town on December 16th & 17th.  All aboard!  The magic of Christmas comes alive on the Green Mountain train as you carol and sip hot cocoa while enjoying the elves and friends put on a holiday show.

These are just some of the holiday magic that happens here in the Northshire!  Events at the Northshire Bookstore, concerts, Holiday happenings at Hildene-the Lincoln Family Home, craft fairs and so much more. The Southshire events such as Festival of Trees at the Bennington Museum are among the many delights just minutes south of us.

Our Gingerbread cabins are toasty warm and waiting for your family to come and RELAX..REFRESH..EXPLORE.  You might even spot some snow folks enjoying our grounds as well.

Call to book now (we guarantee you’ll get our very best rate!) and every child 12 and under staying with us during Manchester Merriment will receive a Mary Meyer stuffed toy to begin their holiday cheer. (while supplies last).  Don’t forget-your four legged friends are welcome in select cabins!  Please be sure to let us know at time of booking  if your fur baby(s) are joining you.

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February 24, 2017

Here Ye, Here Ye, Here Ye–Candlelight for Canine Dinner! Help support Manchester Dog Park!

 

Here Ye, Here Ye, Here Ye….. Candlelight for Canine Dinner at Ye Old Tavern-Tuesday November 28, 5pm-9pm

The Casablanca Motel is excited to announce a brand new event happening this November right here in the The Shires of Vermont!

Ye Olde Tavern in Manchester Center will be going to the dogs on Nov 28, 2017 when Michael and his staff will host the first ever-“Candlelight for Canines” candlelight dinner to benefit the Manchester Dog Park .
Dinner from the full menu will be offered from 5pm-9pm with all food and beverages profits earmarked to support and enhance the Manchester Dog Park.
Signature drinks and MDP t-shirts will be available.  

The Manchester Dog Park Foundation , a 501(c)3 ,is a volunteer run Foundation which is privately supported without tax payer money or town funds. Located at the Dana Thompson Rec Park ,340 Recreational Park Road, Manchester Center, VT; the Manchester Dog Park provides a safe and welcoming environment for dogs to romp and play and their owners to socialize. There are three separate fenced in areas-one for smaller dogs, a large open space and our brand new Agility course.  11 years strong and we are getting better each year. We now have potable water, benches and thanks to Eagle Scout candidate Jonathan Saunders a new agility course and storage/bench area.

We rely on generous donations to keep this wonderful Manchester asset available for residents and guests to our lovely town. Did you know the Casablanca Motel was part of the initial foundation of the park and continues to be involved today as we work to improve this Manchester asset.  We are proud to see how far we’ve come and where we are going in the future.

A huge THANK YOU to Michael and staff at Ye Old Tavern for creating this event to help support the Manchester Dog Park.

CALL 362-0611 to make a reservation and enjoy a great evening while supporting Southern Vermont’s only off leash, fenced in dog park.

Manchester Dog Park

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October 24, 2016

Schools Out-It’s Winter Vacation- Take your sweetie (and family) and head to the slopes of Southern Vermont!

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“Winter Vacation , Valentine’s Day and the President’s Holiday are here….time to head to the Mountains of Southern Vermont!

Our wish for a snowy winter is coming true as it’s been snowing every day over the past few weeks and Bromley and Stratton Mountain(s) are running on all trails.

Here at the Casablanca Motel we psyched for the school vacation and long holiday weekend..ARE YOU READY?

Our office is brewing a variety of Green Mountain coffee along with some holiday treats before you check into one of our comfy and toasty warm cabins.

Planning a special celebration? Birthday party? Anniversary? We offer in-room platters to suit your needs.  With a 48 hour notice we’ll surprise your special someone with a unique Vermont platter.

Our gift cabinet offers Vermont Maple Syrup, Maple candies and Vermont Teddy bears and Moose… even the big ‘kids’ love a Vermont made treat!

While staying with us, did you know that you can XC ski or snowshoe from your cabin door?  Take a sleigh ride  at Taylor Farm, Merck Forest and Mountain View Ranch or rent a pair of skates at Riley Rink Hunter Park…If you’re really adventurous, Land Rover Driving School will take you on an unforgettable mountain drive , or you can try your skill at  ‘mushing’ with a Dog Sledding team or for a real treat why not relax and use the spa and pool at the Equinox Resort Hotel. ($)

Stratton and Bromley Mountain’s are within 20 minutes of our cabins and offer skiing, snowboarding, tubing, skating , and snowmobiling along with indoor activities as well.

Have we whetted your winter appetite yet????  Because our local farm to table, chef owned restaurants can’t wait to showcase their winter specials. Visit the new Fortunata Sausage & Cheese and New Morning Natural Foods & Juice Bar-or the Vermont Only shop-  they have something for everyone!

Oh and don’t forget -PETS ARE WELCOME IN SELECT CABINS—traveling with you pet? No problem   Give us a call -PLEASE NOTE_  Pet friendly rooms are ONLY available through direct call—we do not offer them on our extranet sites such as Trip Advisor or Booking.com.

BOOK EARLY and come be part of Vermont’s 4 Season Destination Town-Manchester-and of course be sure to stay at the “Best Retro Escape in Vermont”  our very own Casablanca Motel!

There’s always something happening here in Manchester and for more information  check out visitmanchestervt.com or give us a call at 802-362-2145. We’ll be happy to keep you posted on fun events

 

 

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October 2, 2016

Welcome to Apple Season!

apple pieIt’s that time of the year again when the days are hot and sunny and the nights are cool and crisp. Fair season is winding down, the kids are back to school and the fall harvest has begun in earnest.

If you are looking for yet another reason to visit Vermont this fall , the Vermont Apple Orchards are ripe with an abundant crop this year. Did you know that when you visit a participating local orchard you can purchase and pick apples for donation to the Vermont Food Bank?  The State of Vermont has also placed a “wooden apple” that is hanging on a tree in participating orchards and finding that apple you can redeem it for an I Pad or other Apple electronic accessories!

There’s nothing like heading to the orchard, picking a fresh apple off the tree and enjoying the juicy crispness of Vermont’s own bounty.  Here in Southern Vermont you need not go far to taste homemade apple cider donuts, fresh hot apple pie and apple crisp and enjoy a day out in the Vermont hills.  We suggest the checking out the following:  The Apple Barn & Bake Shop, Mad Tom Orchard, Propagation Piece Orchard, Terry’s Apple Orchard and of course Dutton’s Farm Stand.

Can you guess which is the most popular apple in the state???  Do you know there are over 100 varieties of apples in our Vermont Orchards?

Stay with us, and we will treat you to an apple to begin your stay-and a guide to where to find the best apples in the State….apple variety

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August 29, 2016

It’s Back to School time!

The sun is setting earlier, the nights are getting a bit cooler and the apples are in season…this can only mean that School is about to begin!  It’s been a fabulous summer here at the Casablanca Motel with our guests bbq’ing,having some sing-a-longs around the campfire and rollicking games of volleyball, badminton,  and horseshoes just to name a few. Our inaugural Paint-and-Sip class was a blast and 20 guests took home a memorable painting of one of our cabins. Several family reunions this year took over the grounds along with our VT Summer Horse Festival regulars and some nifty 50’s cars during the Manchester Antique Car Show added to our charm and appeal as the ‘Best Retro Escape in Vermont’ as we were awarded by Yankee Magazine.

But now the ‘dog days’ of summer have arrived, the Fair season is in full swing and the teachers and students are back to class.  This is a perfect time to head to Manchester and the Mountains to pick up some great deals at the Designer Outlet stores ..to bone up on your history lessons regarding Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys and Abraham Lincoln at the Lincoln Family Home or discover a new trail in the Green Mountain National Forest.

Apples are in season at Mad Tom’s Orchard, roadside stands and our Farmer’s Market have pumpkins and winter crops arriving daily and of course the leaves are starting to turn…… it won’t be long till Fall Foliage season.

Vermont Antique Weekend , The Garlic Festival and the Southern Vermont Arts and Craft Festival are coming soon to our area—

BOOK NOW for the very best rates….With only 10 cabins our property books us fast.  Booking can be done directly or via our Booking.com webpage.  Remember if bringing the family pet, you must call us to reserve a pet friendly cabin.

In the meantime-THINK Apple Crisp, THINK cooler nights and warmer days!

 

Come RELAX< REJUVENATE<UNWIND  at the Casablanca Motel—we’re looking forward to having you experience Vermont as it should be!

 

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May 24, 2016

Welcome Back to Vermont-Summer Horse Festival

It’s hard to believe that we are almost into August and the stores are already running ‘back to school’ sales!  Where did Summer go? The Vermont Summer Horse Festival is in the final weeks of competition and the stakes are higher than ever.  If you’ve ever wanted to watch some future Olympic Equestrian Riders and Horses, now is the time.  Every Tuesday through Sunday at the Frost Field in Dorset (just 7 minutes up the road from us) you can see some of the finest Hunter and Jumper competition on the Eastern seaboard.

Here at the Casablanca Motel we are thrilled to have our new volleyball net up for some heated competitions. We’ve been able to sit on our lawn chairs and enjoy the music from the Concert Season at Riley Rink as it wafts over the trees to our property. Our fire pit has been serving up s’mores and plenty of conversations and laughter while enjoying the starlit nights…did you know we even can see the milky way from our property?   Our screened and lit gazebo is stocked with board and card games and will keep any pesky mosquitos at bay while you play.

While the nesting birds have all taken flight, the gardens are coming into bloom-Our yellow squash are abundant as are our Heirloom beans, swiss chard, chives, potatoes and garlics and wait till you walk through our Concord grape trellis—some Casablanca Grape Jelly is about to be up and available come fall time!
Our Ca-BashFamily 2016 reunion was fabulous! . Family and friends enjoyed Paint n Sip Class while barbecuing and playing games throughout the weekend. Thanks to Kate Franklin for her patience with our group as they took home a wonderful remembrance of our cabin property.

Be sure to mark your calendars for upcoming events: Norman’s Attic , Summer Sidewalk Sales, Dorset Theatre and Weston Playhouse, Southern VT Arts & Craft Show, Garlic Festival and much much more.

We are pleased to offer discounted tickets this year to the Dorset Playhouse as well as Hildene-the Lincoln Family Home.  Why not emerge yourself in history and stroll where Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys roamed.  You might even get extra credit points next semester at school!

Summer is short in New England-so BOOK NOW as the 10 cabins do fill up fast.  And as always, if you are bringing your family pet, they are most welcome in select cabins-but you have to call us to let us know they’re coming!

RELAX, UNWIND. ENJOY- you’ll find it all here at the affordable, clean and cozy Casablanca Motel.Destination Travel for Families and Groups

 

 

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April 27, 2016

Springtime in Vermont

the-shires-cabin-bedsIt’s springtime in Vermont and here at the Casablanca Motel, we’re shaking off the winter blues and getting the cabins spruced up for the upcoming season. We’ve just finished painting the porches and touching up the cabins as well as replacing our tub surrounds in 3 of our cabins (more throughout the upcoming year) and we can’t be happier with how fresh and new our bathrooms look!
We’re now watching the migrating birds through Vermont and have our fair share of families-a nesting pair of yellow throated sparrows along with phoebe’s and some flycatchers. Be sure to be on the lookout as you come onto the property-mom and dad are busy tending nests and we expect the little ones by mid May to delight our guests as they take to the air for the first time.
Speaking of changes in the air, we have changed one of our cabins! That’s right; we are honoring our Shires of Vermont heritage by renaming our Abenaki cabin -the Shires. What a great way to celebrate this unique Vermont designation. Do you know the history of the shires?

Vermont´s southwest corner´s geographic designation may be Bennington County but in recent years our residents and visitors have branded this beautiful region nestled between the Taconic and Green Mountains as The Shires of Vermont. It has the unusual distinction of having two shire towns, historically referred to as county seats. Anchored by Bennington, the South Shire, and Manchester, the North Shire, it is a collective of 15 quintessential Vermont towns and villages connected by a scenic ribbon of highway known as Historic Route 7A. Surrounded by mountains and enriched by the waters of the famous Batten Kill that runs through the valley, The Shires has historically been a popular four season destination for those seeking the authentic Vermont experience.

So come visit the Casablanca Motel and relax and unwind…We look forward to having you experience life as it should be and all for an affordable price!IMG_3127

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October 17, 2015

Vermont’s Liquid Gold Season

Pure Vermont Maple-Naturally Good for you…so much so we even named one of our cabins after it!

Vermont’s Liquid Gold Season

sugar maple cabin at casablanca motel

 

 The Magic is REAL!  It all begins here in the springtime from crystal clear natural sugar maple tree sap..so don’t be fooled by the fake stuff-Vermont’s Liquid Gold is the very best there is.  Be sure to be part of the magic during  Vermont Sugar Maple Producers Open House  Maple Weekend: March 25ht-March 26, 2017

And where else but right here in Manchester and the Mountains you can find several certified Vermont Maple Sugarmakers who are excited about the 2017 season.  Take a ride to Dutton’s Farm Stand where you can watch the sugaring process, taste some ‘sugar on snow’ and sample the famous Maple Syrup donuts warm and fragrant right from the oven. Bob’s Maple is another great place to purchase the fancy glass jars as well as traditional syrup jugs along with maple sugar and maple candies. 

Here at the Casablanca Motel, we even named one of our 10 cozy cabins after Vermont’s Gold “Sugar Maple ” !  This cabin with Queen size bed features a maple sap bucket wastebasket, Maple bedding and  a photo history of Maple sugar tapping along with some neat facts.  As always  all of our comfy, cozy cabins with  new Rinnai heaters are ready for you to relax and unwind after a fun day of  exploring our area.

It’s springtime in Vermont-BREATHE the fresh air on our 3 acres of grounds that beckon you to a quieter, simpler way to stay. Our friendly staff is ready to assist you with planning your vacation from taking in the sights, to making reservations for you to  enjoy  a farm to table, chef owned restaurant experience.  Bringing your four legged family member with you?- No worries-we offer pet friendly accommodations-no size limit or restrictions-in select cabins.   PLEASE CALL FOR PET FRIENDLY as we do NOT offer PF on our extranet booking sites.    Winter is on it’s way out, the spring flowers are budding, the golf courses are about ready to open so why not come visit Manchester and the Mountains and enjoy this beautiful time of the year…you won’t be disappointed 

 

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July 22, 2015

The “Hills are alive” in Southern Vermont !

Welcome to a season of MUSIC, ARTS, and THEATER here in the Shires of Vermont ! Just listen to what Hills Alive has to say:

“For generations, the hills and vistas of Southern Vermont have inspired artists, and patrons of the arts, to create and curate outstanding cultural opportunities. In this special place, Hills Alive celebrates four seasons of live music, world-class theater, fine art and masterworks. From Bennington to Manchester to Dorset, to the jewel that is Weston Village, memorable moments are here for the making.

Our storybook villages showcase premier arts venues – contemporary and fine art galleries, theaters, performance halls – with a rich accompaniment of award-winning lodging, dining, and recreational opportunities. Hang your hat at a boutique hotel or a cozy bed and breakfast. Sample the farm to table food and drink that sets our region apart from the rest. Soak it up, and savor it.

While warm hospitality, incredible cuisine and stunning landscapes make Southern Vermont a popular destination, our special events, exhibits and performances make it an unforgettable experience. Hills Alive is So Vermont. A concert beneath the stars, a gallery tour, an off-broadway show… A wine tasting and a symphony, a picnic among the sculpture gardens… These opportunities and more are waiting for you. And you are invited! ”

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Be sure to check out one or all of these great venues: Dorset Theater, Weston Playhouse, Marble House Project , Green Mountain Academy, Manchester Music Festival, Northshire Performing Arts, Oldcastle Theater, Southern Vermont Arts

Be sure to ask us about our   “INNKEEPER SPECIALS” to any of these events!  Come stay with us and enjoy the Arts in our area!

 

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July 1, 2015

Welcome Back Vermont Summer Horse Show Festival !

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The Casablanca Motel is pleased to welcome back the Vermont Summer Horse Festival 2015. Beginning on July 1st and ending August 9th, the 6 weeks of hunter-jumping competitions is sure to bring the crowds out to the Beebe Farm in East Dorset, VT. The VTSHF is celebrating its 22nd year as Vermont’s premier hunter/jumper competition with a purse of $750,000 in prize money making it the largest purse for a sporting event in Vermont. The show is open daily to the public with the main events held on the weekends. Why not ‘hoof’ it over and see what makes this one of Manchester and the Mountains and Vermont’s Premier Top Ten Events! We’ll see you there!

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