The Quechee Club's Vermont Activities Blog

The Quechee Club Welcomes Executive Chef, J. Russell Bradshaw, C.E.C, C.C.E

Posted by Alicia Baker on Wed, Feb 22, 2017 @ 10:00 AM


 


 Above, Chef James Russell Bradshaw, C.E.C, C.C.E

Chef Bradshaw is a talented Chef and leader, as well as a positive and personable individual. We are especially taken with  his professionalism, his creativity, and his staff development and mentoring track record.

Chef Bradshaw has solid experience in multiple-venue clubs, hotels and resorts. He is also a very talented culinarian and leader. He served as Executive Chef at Sun Mountain Lodge and Spa (AAA Four-Diamond) for over seven years and was the Executive Chef at Laurel Oaks Estates G&CC and Longboat Key Club & Resort (AAA Four-Diamond). His most recent position as Executive Chef was at Boars Head Inn & Resort (including a AAA Four-Diamond restaurant - the Old Mill Room).

He graduated from The Culinary Institute of America earning an Associate's degree. He is also Certified Executive Chef (CEC) and Certified Culinary Educator (CCE) by the American Culinary Federation (ACF). 

Chef Bradshaw also runs an American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF) apprenticeship program. Apprenticeship is a combination of on-the-job training and related classroom instruction where students can earn ACF certification. The program will now be offered to Quechee employees. 

Chef Bradshaw has been married 29 years and he and his wife, Caroline, have twin 27-year-old sons; one currently in medical school and the other pursuing a degree in engineering, having just left the Marine Corps. Russ and Caroline enjoy hiking, camping, gardening and spending time with their dogs when they can't be with family.

With regard to his decision to join the team at The Quechee Club, Chef Bradshaw said, "I look forward to starting at the Club and getting to know the members and the culinary team. I am eager to create diverse and interesting menus for the outlets, as well as memorable banquets, special functions and member events; while preserving the wonderful sense of place that The Quechee Club is by continuing old and creating new Quechee traditions. I am also excited about using all of the wonderful products that New England has to offer such as cheeses, produce, and seafood.

Chef Bradshaw's focus at The Quechee Club will be to ensure consistency and quality in our culinary operations and blend our traditional club favorites with exploring and incorporating the latest culinary techniques and trends.

We are truly grateful for the ongoing support and input we receive from our members and guests. We are committed to continuing to make The Quechee Club the finest club in the area and believe that bringing Russ onboard as our Executive Chef is the next step toward that goal. Please join us in welcoming Chef Bradshaw to The Quechee Club family.


 

 

Tags: Club News, Quechee Club, Restaurants, Quechee, Press Releases

Lomi Lomi  – A New Massage Experience

Posted by Alicia Baker on Fri, Jan 13, 2017 @ 12:38 PM

Experience a therapeutic session where you feel comforted, honored and nurtured. With its long flowing graceful strokes, the receiver is guided on a meditative interactive healing journey. Lomi Lomi is the Hawaiian art form and traditional practice of healing that brings in the elements of nature to create balance, self-healing and relaxation.




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This experience is offered by our Wellness Coordinator Ginny Stone RN, BSN, BS, LMT & Reiki Master.  Ginny spent four weeks in Kauai studying Heartworks Traditional Lomi, Kahi Loa and Temple Style Lomi massage and is now a Lomi Master Practitioner. 


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For more information or to book a Lomi Lomi massage for yourself or a loved one, please contact the Helath Club at (802) 295-9356 or by email to ginny.stone@quecheeclub.com. Namaste!


 

Tags: Massage, Health Club, Health & Fitness

Vermont Spirit, Cider & Craft Beer Day at Ski Quechee

Posted by Alicia Baker on Wed, Jan 11, 2017 @ 11:15 AM


Ski Quechee, in partnership with Vermont Spirit, Cider & Craft Beer purveyors, will join forces on Saturday, February 18th from 12pm to 4pm to celebrate Vermont’s crafted libations. Attendees are invited to sample products from all over the state and purchase some of their favorites to take home.  


The event will include raffles, contests & prizes. Try your luck or just kick-back and tickle your palate on the Base Lodge Deck near the roaring fire. Locally sourced snacks will be provided by Vermont Farmstead Cheese Co.  

Vendors include:

Whistle Pig Rye, Hall Home Place, Citizen Cider, Stonecutter Spirits, Red Barn Brewing, Groennfell, Mad River Distillers, Silo Distillery, 14th Star Brewing, Tre Tap, Cold Brew, Vagabond Vintner, Saxton's Distillery, Barr Hill Gin, Vermont Farmstead Cheese Co, Norwich Inn’s Murdock Ale & more!

Admission: $5.00 per person. Must be 21 years of age to enter. Valid I.D. Required.


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If you would like more information about VT Spirit, Cider & Craft Beer Day, please contact Alicia Baker at 802-299-2102 or email at alicia.baker@quecheeclub.com.



 

Tags: Vermont, Food, Skiing, Craft Beer, SKi Quechee

Ski Quechee to Host Vermont Specialty Food Days

Posted by Alicia Baker on Mon, Nov 14, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

The Quechee Club has joined forces with Ski Vermont to host the 2017 Vermont Specialty Food Days on Saturday, January 14th from 10:30am to 2:30pm. Enjoy  a morning on the Quechee ski slopes before making your way to the Base Lodge for a sampling  of Vermont fare, spirits & ciders! Participating specialty food producers include companies like Cabot Cheese, Vermont Maple Syrup, Northeast Kingdom Mustard and Cold Hollow Cider. Beginning in January and continuing throughout March, Ski Vermont will be touring state-wide resorts with local food producers like Cabot Cheese, Green Mountain Coffee and Vermont Distillery.    The best part is the sampling and spirits tasting is complimentary!

The Quechee Club is preparing to have all 13 Alpine trials and the Terrain Park covered with fresh powder. In the afternoon, you can do some ice skating or grab a friend for some cross country skiing on our Nordic trails. At four o’clock, head on over to Après Ski and enjoy a cocktail while listening to Still Hill perform live.




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Skiers and riders can participate in a contest this year during Ski Vermont’s Specialty Food Day tour. Samplers will be encouraged to take photos of their food and beverage experiences and tag them #SnackSkiVT on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Ski Vermont will draw four winners over the course of the tour.  Winners will receive swag bags that include lift tickets and products from Burton, anon., Rossignol, Skida, Long Trail, Vermont Spirits and other specialty food vendors.

For more information about Ski Quechee please visit www.quecheeclub.com or call (802) 295-9356.

 


 

Tags: Vermont, Upper Valley Activities, Club Events, Skiing, Quechee Club, Quechee

THE GREEN MOUNTAIN OPEN (GMO) PLATFORM TENNIS TOURNAMENT RETURNS TO THE UPPER VALLEY FOR THE 14TH TIME

Posted by Alicia Baker on Mon, Nov 07, 2016 @ 11:35 AM


What began as a joint effort between The Norwich Racquet Club and the Woodstock Sports Center to provide an APTA sponsored Men’s platform tennis event has morphed into a three-day event including Women’s doubles on Friday, Men’s doubles on Saturday and Mixed doubles on Sunday.  Hurricane Irene disrupted not only much of Vermont but also the consecutive running of this popular tournament.  The Woodstock paddle courts were gone after 2011.  A year later the Quechee Club installed two new paddle courts and partnered with the Norwich Racquet Club to co-host the GMO.  The tournament continues to attract talented players from all over New England, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.  Players enjoy reconnecting with old combatants and meeting new teams.  Both clubs provide a welcoming attitude with breakfast goodies, lunches, prizes, favors, and good will.  This year there were 8 Women’s teams, 16 Men’s teams, and 12 Mixed doubles teams who enjoyed a late fall weekend in the beautiful Upper Valley.



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QUECHEE CLUB AMENITIES:

Quechee’s facilities include two championship golf courses, Lakeland and Highland. Geoffrey Cornish, a world famous golf course architect, started with a valley full of ample trees, Springfed ponds, pastures, rocky ledges and dramatic ravines - then sculpted 36 challenging holes of championship golf. Old pros or young duffers, the golfers who have played it rave about it. Both 18's, from the first tee to the thirty-sixth green are truly unbelievable.

The Quechee Club’s Ski Hill is enjoyed by its members, guests and the public. A network of groomed cross country trails is located on the golf courses, as well as in a deep, forested area of the complex, offering a rustic escape.

The Tennis Center features outdoor courts, including eight Har Tru and two all-weather courts, and a professional staff offering an outstanding program of lessons and clinics for adults, juniors and children. Platform Tennis enthusiasts enjoy our all-season courts during daylight and nighttime hours.

Murphy Farm, a scenic addition to The Association, overlooking Lake Pinneo, is the location for QLLA’s highly acclaimed Mini Crew and Q-Crew Kids’ Camps that take place during the summer. During the winter season, the farmhouse transforms into Murphy’s Tavern, a bistro and bar atmosphere hosting some of the area’s most talented musicians, wonderful comfort food, wine, beer and spirits in front of a roaring fire.

The Base Lodge is the home of Ken Kramberg’s Ski School, Henderson’s Ski Rental Systems, Recreation Center and Food Court. Casual dining includes breakfast and lunch during golf and ski seasons. From freshly brewed aromatic coffee and a muffins from our pastry shop, to chili and soups, seasonal salads, burgers, sandwiches and grab and go items.

During the summer months, Lake Pinneo, a 50-acre retreat, offers a beach and bathhouse. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, visitors enjoy our picnic area, playground, volley ball nets, horseshoe pits, boat rentals, paddle boards, canoes and more!



 

Tags: Club News, Tournaments, Vermont, Club Events, Club Amenities, Racquet Sports, Quechee

Go BIG on a little budget at the Quechee BIG Little Christmas Party December 9, 2016.

Posted by Alicia Baker on Thu, Sep 15, 2016 @ 10:48 AM

Who says your company is too small to throw a BIG Christmas party?

The Quechee Club is hosting an all NEW event on Friday, December 9, 2016. The BIG Little Christmas Party is the perfect way for small companies to GO BIG on a little budget!

Show your appreciation for staff, colleagues and affiliates during the most joyous time of year, by reserving a space for them at the BIG Little Christmas Party. This lively holiday party features a House DJ, dancing, roaring fire, signature bar, and a seasonal feast.

Cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres will begin at 6pm sharp, followed by a dinner buffet offering New England Style Haddock, Chicken Marsala and a Chef Carved Roast Sirloin Station with seasonal accompaniments. A dessert station with freshly prepared cakes, pies and holiday cookies will finish off the meal before guests make their way to the dance floor.




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Space is limited and early reservations are encouraged. A special wine selection is available for pre-order. The cost is $39pp plus tax and gratuity. Bring a few special people or reserve several tables. Reservations are offered on a first-come,  first serve basis.

Contact Deborah Colt, Quechee Club Event Coordinator, for more information or call (802) 299-2190 or by email at deborah.colt@quecheeclub.com.

 



 

Tags: Upper Valley Activities, Food, Club Events, Holiday Events, Restaurants, Quechee

Stay n’ Play at the Quechee Club

Posted by Alicia Baker on Wed, Sep 14, 2016 @ 01:11 PM

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Quechee is just as picturesque as you might imagine any small Vermont town to be. There are covered bridges, several quaint inns, a few locally owned stores and restaurants, and no big box stores.

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Making up a significant portion of the area is the Quechee Lakes Landowner’s Association (QLLA). Individuals who own a home within this 5,200-acre planned community automatically become members of the Quechee Club. Homeowners are provided with the use of year-round recreational facilities such as the aquatics complex, a health and fitness center, tennis courts, two golf courses, a skiing hill and more. Through several programs, renters and guests can gain access to the Quechee Club as well.

 




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Stay

Currently, there is no hotel on property at the Quechee Club. Guests wishing to stay in the area can either rent a home or condo within the QLLA, or stay at one of the area inns. The Quechee Club partners with more than a dozen area inns that offer Stay and Play Packages. These affiliated inns offer rates that include access to Quechee Club and discounted rates on many of the club’s amenities.

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This summer my family stayed at one of these partner properties, the Quechee Inn ant Marshland Farm. Decorated with period antiques, this charming 25 room inn was once the original home of Colonel Joseph Marsh, Vermont’s first lieutenant governor. Stay and Play packages vary from inn to inn, so be sure to check what is included in your rate. Included in our stay was a full breakfast, plus two rounds of golf at the Quechee Club. We were also able to upgrade our package to include full Club access, meaning we had use of the health & fitness center, indoor & outdoor aquatics, racquet sports, as well as to the Lake.

Aquatic Center

In the summer of 2016, the Quechee Club unveiled their new Aquatics Center with indoor and outdoor pools. The outdoor pool has 6 lanes for swimming. Families with younger children will appreciate the zero-entry access in the shallow-end. Ther is a large children’s play area with a water feature as well. Parents can hang out in the pool or on the spacious deck. There is ample room where you will find lounge chairs under the shade structure or one of the umbrellas. With scenic views of the golf course and the valley, you’ll likely want to spend all day here.


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Adjacent to the outdoor pool there is a 10,000 square foot indoor complex. Here guests will find the health and fitness center, squash and raquet ball courts and a four-lane indoor pool. We loved the open concept space. It has post and beam architecture with large windows that look out onto the valley. This is a perfect place to be if the weather is not cooperating.

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Another option for families is to spend the day at Lake PinneoThis lifeguarded beach offers a roped off swimming area with a dock. If you want to get out on the water you can use their rowboats, canoes, and kayaks. We took out the paddleboards for few hours. On land, you will find a playground and a sand volleyball court. Guests should know there is no food or beverages available for purchase at the lake. You will need to bring your own. And unlike the pool, towels are not provided here so be sure to bring those too.

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Golf Courses

The Quechee club has two championship golf courses, both of which are in immaculate shape. The Highland course is hilly and has panoramic views of the valley. It has been voted one the top ten courses in the state of Vermont by Golf Digest. My husband played the links-style Lakeland Course. It has a lot of long holes that run along the Ottauquechee River. He thoroughly enjoyed this diverse course that he described as “challenging but not too hard.”  The fairways are wide and don’t provide a ton of shade so pack a hat and some sunscreen.

 

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Restaurants

The clubhouse offers guests a variety of dining options. For fine dining try Davidson’s which serves dinner on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. They also have a special Italian night every Wednesday. Grab a seat on Dewey’s Deck to enjoy a casual pub style lunch with spectacular views of the Lakeland golf course. Or if you don’t feel like leaving the pool, there is always the Snack Shack that has sandwiches, salads, and ice cream.

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There is a ton to do in Quechee. We recommend getting out to explore the area. Try hiking the gorge, visiting the Vermont Institute of Natural Sciences (VINS) and seeing how glass is blown at the Simon Pearce Gallery. If you are only in the area for a few days, we’d suggest a Segway Tour. It is a great way to see a lot in a short amount of time.

 



 

Tags: Vermont, Vacation, Stay and Play, Property Rental, Club Amenities, Restaurants, Quechee

The Extraordinary Stone Walls of Quechee

Posted by Alicia Baker on Fri, Sep 09, 2016 @ 04:10 PM

It's human nature to be so busy we overlook the blessings and beauty around us. New York City residents rarely remember to appreciate the magnificent structures that make up their world class skyline. Long-time Augusta National Golf Club members forget to see the beauty of the course when their putts roll and roll far beyond the hole, on greens too fast for mere mortals. Yet travelers to the Masters and New York City are enraptured by the beauty and magnitude of these sights. And the same was true for me when I first saw the majestic stone walls of the Quechee Country Club golf courses, I was awestruck by the walls. Walls that the regular members didn't seem to notice any more.

Stone has always represented strength and lasting power, its the most permanent of all building materials. The view of a properly built and well maintained stone walls can lift the human spirit. The walls make us feel better about ourselves just to see them.

Churches, banks and the forever walls of Quechee were all built with rich, local stone to create a lasting monument. To leave a piece of the craftsman, however small, on this landscape. We all want to leave something special behind--a hole in one, an eagle, an important shot struck at a pivotal time. We all want people to remember us. Each rock was handled by a person like us, at some point... a person who wanted to be remembered. Who was that person? How did they come to learn their craft and work in Quechee? Those walls hold as many magical tales as the 36 holes. 



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On my last visit, the sun was setting behind the mountains on a late afternoon. I walked to my favorite tee box on the Lakeland course, the elevated 12th. It's a short par four, with mountains, a peaceful lake and a panoramic view of holes past and future. But the real beauty is directly behind you. A beautifully designed stone wall, with a well maintained flower garden, plants still draping and offering their last color of the year. There are sitting areas built into the lower wall, which retain the warmth of the sun, the heat from the day. When the temperature starts to fall, the heat still radiates from the stone, it's perfect for a tired golfers back.

A young bicycler about eight years old came wheeling by with her Dad, pigtails hanging below her pink helmet with a big welcoming smile. I told her I was a visitor and was wondering what the word Quechee meant? I guess I was expecting a 3rd or 4th grader's answer about Abanaki Indians and a sparkling river. Instead, she asked if I knew where the bridge that goes over the Quechee Gorge was? I told her I did and I mentioned the long drop down to the bottom. I said, "It must be 200 feet?"

"Well," she continued. "You know that feeling you get in your knees and your belly when you look over the railing on that bridge? I think they call that feeling ...Quechee."

I thanked her and smiled at her Dad, and that smile lasted all the way home.

Stone walls always need repairs in spring and some folks may see no reason for the walls to be kept at all--there are no dairy cows on the hills to be contained anymore. There is a doomed nature in the annual repair and it does make us question our persistence in this activity that never seems to improve. . Does it perhaps remind us of something closer to home--like our golf games?

The use of natural stone is unique at Quechee and talks to us as visiting golfers. The walls say, ...we care, and we will always be here to welcome you when you return.  The walls do speak volumes about the members and the staff of the Quechee Club.  The walls are quintessential Quechee, they represent the perfect example of Vermont golf. Although they were built to hold cows, could it be the craftsmen knew that one day the walls would help keep errant golf balls from roaming farther afield? In both cases, the walls work well to enhance our sense of connection--to the past, to each other and to the rich Vermont landscape. I love the walls of Quechee.

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Tags: Vermont, Club Amenities, Quechee Club, Golf, Quechee

Dartmouth College to Defend Their Title at the 3rd Annual Quechee Collegiate Challenge

Posted by Alicia Baker on Thu, Aug 25, 2016 @ 01:10 PM


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The Quechee Club welcomes 33 teams from 29 of the leading Northeast Universities to the 3rd Annual Quechee Collegiate Challenge, co-hosted by Dartmouth College and Southern NH University. This year’s tournament expands to include new and returning D1 and D2 Men’s teams, as well as five, first year D2 Ladies teams. Each school will be send their top five players who will compete in a 36-hole, stroke play format with the top four aggregate for each day.


Men’s D2 teams will kick-off this three-part tournament with two days of play on Monday, September 19 and Tuesday, September 20, 2016. A total of 14, D2 schools will compete on the Quechee Club’s Lakeland and Highland courses this year, up from 11 participating schools in 2015. Returning D2 schools include Southern NH University, Bentley University, The College of St. Rose, Assumption College, St. Anselm College, St. Michael's College, Post University, American International College and Franklin Pearce University.   This year’s event welcomes five, first time D2 Men’s teams, St. Thomas Aquinas College, Adelphi University, Nyack College, Wilmington University and Dominican College.

The D1 Men’s teams will compete in the second event of the three-part challenge on Saturday, September 24 and Sunday, September 25, 2016.  Back to defend their championship title is tournament co-host, Dartmouth College. The Dartmouth College D1 Men’s team was the overall winner of the 2015 Collegiate Challenge when they posted a team score of 578 after competing against rival, Harvard University, who took home the title in 2014 with an overall low score of 574.

Dartmouth College will compete alongside 13 opposing D1 schools to include Brown University, Cornell University, Columbia University, Colgate University, Fordham University, Harvard University, Holy Cross University, Penn State University, Temple University, University of Hartford, University of Rhode Island, as well as D1 first timers Central Connecticut State University and Siena University.

A new addition to this year’s Collegiate Challenge is five, D2 Ladies teams who will play the third and final tournament date on Saturday, October 22 and Sunday, October 23, 2016. Southern NH University’s Head Men’s and Women’s Golf Coach, Matthew Arvanitis coordinated the induction of the ladies teams to the 2016 tournament, to include LIU Post, Assumption College, College of St. Rose, Southern NH University and Post University.


For more information about the Quechee Collegiate Challenge or to learn more about The Quechee Club please contact Steve Rogers, Director of Golf, by phone at (802) 299-2107 or by email at Steve.Rogers@quecheeclub.com. We encourage you to please visit our website at http://www.quecheeclub.com for information about 2016/17 Club tournament events.



 

Tags: Golf, Press Releases

Golf Travel Weekly Spotlights The Quechee Club as Nostalgic Golf Destination

Posted by Alicia Baker on Sun, Aug 14, 2016 @ 09:00 AM



 


For more information about the Quechee Club please visit www.quecheeclub.com or call (802) 295-9356.


 

Tags: Stay and Play, Real Estate, Property Rental, Quechee Club, Golf, Quechee