The Quechee Club's Vermont Activities Blog

Done-in-a-Day: Quechee is a Hub for All Things Vermont Winter

Posted by Alicia Baker on Tue, Mar 07, 2017 @ 03:11 PM

Quechee Lakes is a mecca for all things winter in Vermont. With more than 5,200 snow covered acres, families of all ages take it outdoors to enjoy snowshoeing, fat biking, ice skating and sledding. The 15km of well-groomed Nordic trails, 13 Alpine trails, terrain park and Quadzilla lift at Ski Quechee delight members and guests throughout the winter months.  A true wonderland for all ages, The Quechee Club’s amenities and signature events are just part of what makes it such a spectacular winter get-away.

Vermont is packed full of great travel destinations and with Quechee’s central location and easy access to Interstates 89 and 91, it’s the perfect home base for those wanting to road trip and see the sights. We’ve compiled a list of the top 5 Done-in-A-Day – Vermont Winter Destinations, all within driving distance from Quechee Lakes. These hot spots are ideal for both thrill seeking and relaxed sightseeing. Spend the day exploring the very best Vermont has to offer and you’ll still be home in time for dinner at Quechee’s very own Murphy’s Tavern.

1.) Hit the Slopes – Little State, Big Ski Mountains

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Less than 45 minutes from the village of Quechee Lakes are several of Vermont’s largest ski & ride resorts.  There’s more to experience than meets the eye when touring the states sky-high winter destinations. Visit Killington and take a ride on the Beast Mountain Coaster, a 4,800 ft. long alpine mountain coaster that twists and turns through snow covered tracks. Enjoy a scenic gondola ride while you kick back and relax during a mile and a quarter commute in an 8-person cabin to the top of Killington’s 4,241 ft. peak. For those who prefer low altitude excitement, a trip to Okemo Mountain Resort in Ludlow, VT is a great place to take in a snowcat drawn sleigh ride or guided snowmobile tour. Visit for a full list of Vermont ski areas.


2.) Bask in the Brew Ha-Ha - Vermont Brewery Tours

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There is no place quite like Vermont to appreciate the abundance of fine craft brews. Vermont brewers are making magic here in the mountains and you can check out a ton of cool breweries only a short drive from Quechee. For those looking to let their designated driver off the hook, the Quechee Club offers off-campus brewery tours led by our professional recreation staff. Visit Harpoon Brewery, only 20 minutes from Quechee Lakes, walk the Path of Life Garden with winding footpaths and tunnels, and shop the artisan stores on site.  In under 30 minutes you can enjoy a cold one at Longtrail Brewery in their riverside pub & restaurant inspired by the Hofbräu House in Munich, Germany. For those looking for that hard to find microbrew, visit the VT Brewers Association for a list of Vermont breweries.  


3.) Say CheeseVermont Dairy Tours

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You know that old saying “When in Rome”? Well, when you’re in Vermont, cheese is the name of the game. Visit the Vermont Cheese Map to plan your route. Vermont has over 50 cheesemakers producing more than 150 artisan varieties.  Many of these farms have tours and retail stores you can visit. Pop into Cabot Creamery in Montpelier, VT, a cooperative founded by 94 pioneering dairy farm families in 1919.  Grafton Village Cheese was founded in 1892 by a group of farmers in the green mountains of southern Vermont who wanted to maximize their surplus of milk by working together to produce cheese. They hauled their extra milk to the co-op for cheese making, where the milk could be stored longer in the days before refrigeration. These and other neat stories await you.


4.) A Sweet Escape – Vermont Maple Syrup Tours


Pure Vermont Maple Syrup is among the state’s sweetest assets. Learn how the sap from freshly tapped sugar maple trees is crafted into the sweet treat the state is well-known for.  A visit to Vermont just wouldn’t be complete without learning a little bit about the labor-intensive love it takes to produce this liquid gem. Many Vermont sugarhouses offer tours all year long, like Sugarbush Farm, only 5 minutes from Quechee’s village community. Spend the day fireside, boiling down a pot of sap or hop on a tour bus with the Vermont Maple Association and visit a variety of maple producing farms, wineries and orchards.


5.) Cultivate an Earthy Experience - Vermont Farm Tours


What makes Vermont so very special is its abundant farmland. The state’s best farm tours, like the one at Shelburne Farms where they take you beyond the fields of fruits and vegetables by offering wine tours of their vineyard and cheese making classes where participants can take home their own artisan mozzarella. There is no better place to learn about gardening, sustainability and the nuances of farm to table philosophy than right here at the root of the movement (pun intended). Visit Vermont Farm Tours and Vacations to learn more about available Done-in-a-Day tours. Winter is the perfect time to enjoy a sleigh ride or experience your first llama trek through the woodland trails of the Green Mountain State. 

For more information about Quechee Lakes seasonal vacation rentals or membership opportunities, please visit or contact the Quechee Club by email at or by calling (802) 295-9356.



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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.



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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



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 We encourage you to please visit our website at for information about 2016/17 Club tournament events.


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The Quechee Club Welcomes More Than 120 players to the New England Open June 8-9, 2016

Posted by Alicia Baker on Fri, Jun 03, 2016 @ 09:28 AM


The Quechee Club again hosts the two-day, 36 hole stroke-play New England Open Championship starting Wednesday June 8th. This will be the 12th time the New England PGA has conducted its most important tournament at Quechee, and the second consecutive year. The field consists of both professionals and amateurs. For information about the players and how they qualified visit  

Lakeland – The New England Open’s Course of Choice

The championship will be played on the Club’s renowned Lakeland course, an alternate from last year’s event on Highland. Tee times will begin promptly at 7:30am, with two consecutive days of 18-hole play. Rated among the top ten courses in Vermont by Golf Digest, Lakeland is well-known for its links-style design that incorporates trees, bunkers, and water features. A long stretch of the Ottauquechee River runs adjacent to the course, making ball placement and skillful course management key to a successful round.

This year’s tournament participants are unchallenged, with 2015 New England Open winner, James Driscoll, unavailable to defend his title. James left the Quechee Club with a win last year after making five birdies on the back nine of the Highland course. With his 10-under par 134 (68-66), Driscoll, who started the day trailing leaders Ryan Zylstra and Rich Berberian, defeated Zylstra by four strokes and Berberian by five strokes.





New England Open Purse Stands at $50,000 in Cash Prizes

The 2016 New England Open purse is currently set at $50,000.00. The purse will be based on the number of entries and any additional sponsorship obtained prior to the tournament. For more information about the New England Open hosted by the NEPGA please visit

New England Open Spectators Welcome to View from the Gallery

Quechee Club members, guests and golf enthusiasts are invited to the Quechee Club, as event spectators, to view the tournament live from the gallery.  Contact The Club’s Director of Golf, Steve Rogers at (802) 299-2107 for more information. Photo opportunities will be available over the course of the two-day tournament as well as at the awards ceremony following play on day two.

About The Quechee Club

The Quechee Club, Vermont’s Premier, four-season club community is located in the village of Quechee Lakes. Founded in 1979, this 6,000-acre village is home to some 1,400 member families - all of whom own a house, condo or lot.  Among the Club’s many recreational amenities, they are well known for their 36 holes of Geoffrey Cornish designed championship golf courses, consistently top-rated for their ample trees, spring-fed ponds, pastures, rocky ledges and dramatic ravines.

In addition to golf, the community is home to 11 Tennis courts, two Platform tennis courts, a squash court, Ski Quechee with 13 alpine trails and more than 10 miles of Nordic ski as well as, paragon dining, 50-acre Lake Pinneo, year round recreation programming, health & fitness center, and massage services.

To learn more about the Quechee Club please visit


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The Quechee Club’s New Aquatics Complex Nears Completion

Posted by Alicia Baker on Wed, May 11, 2016 @ 09:36 AM

Grand opening slated for Memorial Day weekend

The Quechee Club is ushering in a new experience for its members, visitors and area guests with the completion of a newly constructed Aquatic Complex and fitness club expansion.  This extensive renovation project is expected to be completed by Memorial Day weekend.

The complex includes new indoor and outdoor pools, an expansive deck surrounding the exterior pool, a larger indoor pool area with an aerobics room, in addition to implementing a new retention pond. A shade structure built along the pool provides an area for rest and relaxation along with zero entry for easy access, a children’s’ play area and snack bar.

"Quechee Lakes is recognized as a premier New England four-season destination and transforming the aquatics facility further reflects our club offerings. We are excited to enhance the experience for our members, visitors and local guests,” said Tim Lewis, QLLA General Manager

The indoor complex, approximately 10,000 square feet, is twice the size of its initial pool offering and includes four lap lanes and an open concept design with natural post and beam architecture, to complement the refined yet understated aesthetics of the Clubhouse.

The Quechee Club, which operates under the Quechee Lakes & Landowners Association, includes approximately 1,400 members of all ages. The Aquatic Complex reflects the wants and needs of their membership, which includes families with small children, as well as a retired contingent looking for low impact, fitness and recreation.

"Through the expansive upgrades we believe it's going to be a great addition for the community, the existing members, and we hope to attract more families to the area," Lewis said.




About The Quechee Club

The Quechee Club, Vermont’s Premier, four-season club community is located in the village of Quechee Lakes. Founded in 1969, this 6,000-acre village is home to some 1,400 member families - all of whom own a house, condo or lot.  Among the Club’s many recreational amenities, they are well known for their 36 holes of Geoffrey Cornish designed championship golf courses, consistently top-rated for their ample trees, spring-fed ponds, pastures, rocky ledges and dramatic ravines.

In addition to golf, the community is home to 11 Tennis courts, two Platform tennis courts, a squash court, Ski Quechee with 13 alpine trails and more than 10 miles of Nordic ski as well as, paragon dining, 50-acre Lake Pinneo, year round recreation programming, health & fitness center, and massage services.


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The Quechee Club Announces TJ Anthoine, Head Golf Professional

Posted by Alicia Baker on Tue, Mar 01, 2016 @ 10:10 AM

  •  The Quechee Club is pleased to announce the hiring of TJ Anthoine, PGA, as our new Head Golf Professional and the appointment of Steve Rogers, PGA, to Director of Golf. We look forward to introducing you to TJ as the 2016 season begins.

TJ Anthoine, PGA, Head Golf Professional. TJ is a 2004 graduate of Methodist University where he received his BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Professional Golf Management. He has been a PGA "Class A" member since 2005.

TJ most recently was the 1st Assistant Golf Professional at Brae Burn Country Club in Newton, MA. In addition to his Golf Professional duties at Brae Burn, TJ was the Wayland High School Varsity Golf Coach from 2011 through last season. TJ led the team to a State Championship in 2014 and was recognized by the Boston Globe as the "High School Golf Coach of the Year".

His previous work experiences includes being the 1st Assistant Golf Professional at The Weston Golf Club in Weston, MA, from 2008 to 2011, and he has spent time at The Orchid Island Club in Vero Beach, FL and The Island Country Club in Marco Island, FL. TJ is also a Certified U.S. Kids Instructor. He comes highly recommended by his previous employers.

He looks forward to helping us grow our golf program and supporting our new initiatives.

He served on the PGA of America's Presidents Council from 2006 through 2010 and is Past President of the New England PGA Assistants Association where he has served on its Board since 2011.

TJ and his wife Erin are native New Englanders, have a 2 ½ year old son, Tommy, and are looking forward to joining The Quechee Club community and are making plans for their move north.

 We'd also like to take this opportunity to introduce two other new additions to our golf staff.

Stephanie Carson - Assistant Golf Professional - Stephanie is a recent graduate of Trine University, Angola, IN, with a BS in Business Administration - Golf Management. She has worked at the Grand Hotel and Golf Resort on Mackinac Island, MI and was a golf intern at Zollner Golf Course in Angola, IN, where she coached a Junior League consisting of 40 kids and assisted in running a women's golf league with 30 players.

Stephanie was also Assistant Coach of the Junior Varsity golf team at Trine University.

Holly Abbot - Golf Shop Assistant - Holly comes to us from Colorado where she most recently served as Brand Activation Manager for Anheuser-Busch. Prior to her position at AB, she spent three years with Ravens at Three Peaks Golf Club in Silverton, CO. She will be working with golf shop service and merchandising at Quechee.


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Posted by Alicia Baker on Mon, Sep 28, 2015 @ 06:54 PM

Quechee Collegiate Challenge


As many of you know, The Quechee Club hosted the 2nd Annual Quechee Collegiate Challenge this past weekend. The invitations went out to both D-1 and D-2 coaches, early in the spring of 2015 and the response was overwhelming.

Twenty four schools made their way to the Upper Valley for this annual event and all expressed their amazement with our course conditions and the professional ethic behind the organization of such a huge undertaking.

Eleven D-2 schools took to the black tees on Highland. The format consisted of each school sending along their top five players. Both D-1 and D-2 schools played 36-holes of stroke play, with the top four aggregate for each day. Round one for D-2 schools was played on Friday and round two on Saturday morning. D-1 took to the links Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning.


The University of Rhode Island, Kingston R.I. posted a team total of 582, a great score on Highland with a team target of par being 576. This is a fantastic score for a school that has never played the Quechee courses but for one practice round.

The Dartmouth College "A" team (also known as "Big Green") posted a blistering team score of 578 to win the 2015 Quechee Collegiate. Congratulations to our friends across the river!


Rounds for the D-2 schools came in above average for the group as a whole, with Southern New Hampshire University of Manchester N.H. posting a score of 618, which earned them 2nd place. 1st place belongs to Lemoyne College of Syracuse N.Y. with a team score of 616.

Individual Medalist for the D-2 Division reigned from Bentley College of Waltham Massachusetts. Malcolm Oliver posted a 74 on day one and followed that up with a 71 for a two day total of 145. All of the D-1 and D-2 coaches and players passed on their sincere gratitude to the Quechee community for hosting what they described as "the highlight of the 2015 golf season".

The D-1 players and coaches took to the tips of our Highland golf course with some terrific rounds posted, as four players managed to break 70 over the two day period. The D-1 coaches, many whom have played the Quechee courses in the New England Open, claimed that our putting greens were "the absolute best greens that they have played on this year". This put Quechee in some very fast company with the likes of Winged Foot of New York and Aronimink of the Philadelphia area, both club's played by D-1 in the 2015 campaign.

Medalist Honors:

First Place Medalist- The University of Rhode Island's, Billy Walthouse, who posted a 68 on day one and a 70 on day two for a total of 138. This was a phenomenal display of golf on a course known to offer one of the best challenges in the northeast.

Second Medalist- Dartmouth's John Lazor. John posted a 67 (low round of the event) on day one followed by a 73 on day two for a total of 140.

Lastly, Congratulations to The Quechee Club and its members, a finer weekend could not have been had. These fine young men have vowed to come back to Quechee in future years as this property excelled once again.

A sincere thank you to all of the volunteers for their time!

Your Professional Staff.

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The 2015 Quechee Collegiate Golf Challenge

Posted by Alicia Baker on Wed, Aug 05, 2015 @ 01:58 PM


The Quechee Collegiate Golf Challenge

Leading Northeast Universities will tee off at The 2nd Annual Quechee Collegiate Challenge, September 25 through the 27, 2015. Held on the Quechee Club’s Highland course, this year’s tournament has expanded to include both Division 1 and 2 Universities, for a 36 hole, stroke play tournament format. This inaugural event will once again be hosted by Dartmouth College alongside newly introduced Division II Coordinator, Southern NH University.

Division I teams will rival against last year’s overall Collegiate team winner, Harvard University. With an overall low score of 574, Harvard took home the title at the 2014 tournament, beating out University of Hartford by a slim, 8 stroke margin. Division I Collegiate Challenge participants include Brown University, Colgate University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Fordham University, Harvard University, College of the Holy Cross,  Princeton University, Temple University, University of Connecticut (UCONN), University of Hartford, Sacred Heart University, University of Pennsylvania (PENN) and the University of Rhode Island. 

Newly introduced Division II schools join us from Bentley College, Southern New Hampshire University, Saint Michael’s College, Saint Anslem’s College, Post University, The College of Saint Rose, Lemoine College, Assumption College, Franklin Pierce College, American International College and Dowling College.

The Quechee Club is honored to be the course of choice and looks forward to hosting professional coaches, student players, families and Alumni during this three day event. Closing ceremonies will follow day three of play on Dewey’s Deck in The Quechee Club’s Main Clubhouse. Awards and gifts will be presented to the top three medalists by Head PGA Golf Professional, Steve Rogers.

For more information on The Collegiate Challenge please contact The Quechee Club’s General Manager/COO, Tim Lewis at


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71 at 71 to Benefit Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock

Posted by Alicia Baker on Tue, Jun 23, 2015 @ 03:26 PM

Quechee Golfer Raises $11K for CHaD

Avid golfer Paul Luti celebrated the summer solstice Monday by raising nearly $11,200 forQuechee Club Golf for CHaD at Dartmouth Hitchcock
CHaD in a golf marathon that included completing five 18-hole trips around the Lakeland Golf Course in just over 10 hours. 

Luti, 71, plays golf almost every day in the summer, but the long-time Quechee member had never had played a week's worth of golf in one day.

"With my friend Freddie Martin as my caddie, it took us about two hours to play each round," said Luti, who noted that he wasn't sure if his 19-year-old golf cart was going to make it for the last 18 holes. 

Luti actually played 91 holes to secure all his pledges, which averaged about $1 a hole from his golfing buddies and other QLLA members who agreed to contribute to  the cause.

"I never ran a real marathon, but I think this is how it would feel afterwards," said Luti while sipping a beer with a broad smile on his sunburned face. "Beforehand I wasn't sure if I'd make 71 holes - my goal - let alone 91. What a day."

Luti, who has been a long-time supporter of QLLA Charities and CHaD, carded 40 pars and three birdies, playing from the forward tees to speed up play. The 16-handicapper wouldn't say how many double-bogeys he had, only noting that his average score for each round was 82. "Fred actually worked harder than I did, raking 25 traps and replacing 127 divots," said Luti, adding thanks to members Jim Hilton and Marty Whitney who took pictures, and Bruce Barrington who delivered fried chicken to Luti and Martin out on the course. 

"I had a great time," Luti said. "And I want to thank the golf staff and members who let me play through for being so supportive. I'm shooting for 108 holes next year."

Article submitted by Quechee member, Craig Allsop


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