Cooking With Chefs

The Inn on Park Street

Come into our large country kitchen and cook!  The innkeeper leads classes in baking, dishes for entertaining, soups, seasonal menus, preserving, cake decorating, and more.  Guest chefs have been arranged for bread baking, candy making and chocolate molding, Indian cookery, and much more.

Cooking With Chefs classes can be arranged weekdays or weekends for groups as small as 4.  Combine a 2-day getaway with a cooking class and spend time with friends.

The program includes*:

  • Arrival day check-in after 3PM
  • Light supper and dessert the first evening
  • Two nights lodging in double occupancy or single occupancy rooms
  • Full served country breakfast each morning
  • Cooking With Chefs class of your choosing,  3-4 hours depending on theme
  • All materials and instruction including a complete recipe book
  • Served, sit-down, 4-course dinner the second evening (all alcohol is BYO)
  • Time to explore and enjoy Brandon’s shops and galleries

Your participation can be as hands-on as you want, or you can simply sip a little wine and watch.

Cost:  $285/person, double occupancy; $325, single occupancy

*Some guest chef classes may vary somewhat


Quilt Retreat Packages

Strong House Inn

No Frills Quilt/Craft Retreat for less than 8 Participants


If you and your girlfriend want to get-away for your very own quilt or craft retreat, the Strong House Inn has made a special package just for you.

Retreat includes: 2 nights lodging, 2 breakfasts, activity room set-up and usage.  No additional meals can be added to this package. $230 ppdo/$305so.


Retreat Package for 8 to 20 Participants


This modestly priced weekend package is designed to bring your group to the Strong House Inn and experience an extraordinary weekend of quilting or crafting.

Retreat includes: 2 nights lodging, 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, afternoon tea and  activity room set-up and usage. Dinner can be added for $40.00 including tax. $250 ppdo/$325so


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Call Strong House Inn at 802-877-3337 and experience “Quilting in Vermont”.


Creative Writing Workshop

Strong House Inn

Strong House Inn is proud to present a

 Creative Writing Workshop with award-winning writer Elayne Clift

October 18 – 20, 2013


“What would happen if just one woman told the truth about her life?”   That simple question, posed by poet Muriel Rukeyser, became iconic in the 1970s, when women writers of the “Second Wave” first began telling their stories openly and honestly.  Rukeyser’s answer to her own question was “The world would split apart.”

Beginning with an evening talk about the history and meaning of women’s diaries, journals and memoirs, we will explore the enforced silence of “good girls and fine ladies” that kept women marginalized and invisible for centuries — until a few brave souls among them put pen to paper, which they have done (often surreptitiously) throughout history.  Their courage and musings inspired others, including such 20th century writers as Virginia Woolf, May Sarton, Alice Walker, Gloria Steinem, Sharon Olds, Sylvia Plath and a host of others.

What will these women inspire in us as we break our own silence in order to tell some truths about our lives (without going down any dark rabbit holes)?  Short readings and writing prompts will get the juices flowing and an advance reading list will be provided for those who want to explore this topic more deeply.  Come prepared to be surprised by what you remember, reflect upon, write, laugh about, and share.

Elayne Clift, M.A. a Vermont Humanities Council Scholar, is an award-winning writer and journalist and an adjunct lecturer in Literature and Gender Studies. Her work has been widely anthologized and appears in numerous publications internationally. A regular columnist for the Keene (NH) Sentinel and the Brattleboro (Vt.) Commons, and a reviewer for the New York Journal of Books, she has written for Women’s Media Service, Vermont Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor and many other publications. Her latest book and first novel, Hester’s Daughters, a contemporary, feminist retelling of The Scarlet Letter, was published in 2012.  For more information, please visit 

All inclusive Retreat Package Includes: 2 nights lodging, 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 afternoon tea, 2 light dinners and teacher fee for $325 per person based on double occupancy or $400 single occupancy.

Register today to save your space 802-877-3337

Vermont Culinary Weekend Inclusive Package for Two

Lilac In Country Inn Bed and Breakfast

Cafe Provence, Brandon, Vermont

A weekend culinary retreat in a charming Vermont village with hands on instruction from The Vermont Chef of the Year and lodging in one of Vermont’s finest country inns.


Brandon, Vermont is a quaint village in the authentic Currier & Ives tradition, that has been tastefully updated to suit the needs of today’s visitor.  It is known for its hospitality, friendly natives, gifted artists, and a fun atmosphere. Chef Robert, Chef of the Year in Vermont, has been the Executive Chef at The Four Seasons Hotel in Boston, The New England Culinary Institute and Café Provence restaurant which he opened in 2004. The Lilac Inn is leading luxury romantic Vermont Country Inn Bed and Breakfast known for romantic getaway packages and special celebrations – in any season.

The Culinary weekend includes per person:

2 nights at the Lilac Inn

Reception with Champagne at Café Provence

2 Dinners at Café Provence

Lunch at Gourmet Provence (Café Provence’s bakery)

Visit to Blue Ledge Goat Cheese Farm

3 hour class/workshop at Café Provence

Brunch with demo at Café Provence

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The Vermont Culinary Weekend is available for the following dates in 2014:

January 24 & 25, February 21 & 22,March 21 & 22 & April 25 & 26

The Lilac Inn is pet friendly.   The Lilac Inn, Brandon Vermont, is pet friendly


Culinary Weekend for Two Including All Meals and Two Night’s Lodging: $1495 inclusive.