Archives for the month of: February, 2011

The Tennis Channel’s popular series ‘Destination Tennis’ will feature Vermont Tennis Vacations at The Essex Resort & Spa this weekend.

The half-hour show, which features host Mayleen Ramey, “will meet people involved in the local tennis scene, explore the city and all it has to offer, as well as present firsthand information that will stir the passion in tennis players of all ages and levels.”

The Tennis Channel selected The Essex Resort & Spa for the show last year and filmed the segment over several days last August.

For a slideshow of photos from Mayleen’s visit, click here.

‘Destination Tennis: Vermont’ airs on The Tennis Channel Sunday, February 27th, at 7:30 p.m.

The Tennis Channel is channel 400 on Dish Network, and channel 217 on Direct TV. Check your local cable listings for times and dates in your area.

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Planning on spending this weekend on the slopes? Maybe you’ll take to the neighborhood hill with your kiddos for a little sledding? Or maybe, just maybe, you’ll have a nice quiet weekend to yourself with a great book.

Whatever your weekend plans, is there really anything better than just taking a little time to enjoy a nice, warm beverage while the snow swirls outside?

Mulled cider has been a winter tradition for centuries, but here in Vermont, we always like to add our own spin on things. So, here’s our special recipe, which, of course, features pure local maple syrup.

Not only does it make the already wonderful aroma of mulled cider that much better, but it also adds a nice layer of sweetness to what I consider the ultimate comfort drink.

Enjoy!

Mulled Cider
2 quarts apple cider
1 cup pure Vermont maple syrup
1 stick cinnamon
A few whole cloves
one-fourth teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
Lemon and orange slices, cut in half, for garnish

Combine cider, syrup, cinnamon and cloves and heat thoroughly, but do not boil. Remove cloves and serve hot, garnished with a half lemon and half orange slice.

Written by Shawn Calley, executive chef at the Essex Resort & Spa.