Dispatches from the Creation Wars

A Weekend Getaway?

Okay, I need some feedback from my readers. A good friend of mine is in the process of buying an incredible bed and breakfast place in Vermont and I’m thinking about the possibility of scheduling a weekend there as a meet and greet for my readers. I need to gauge interest in that to see if it’s even a possibility. If we had a dozen people, single or couples, who would be interested in doing it then it would be feasible. The cost would likely be in the range of $500-600 for a weekend, plus your cost of getting there. That would include meals and accommodations. We would do group discussions and there are year-round activities. So I have two questions:

1. Who might be interested in doing this?

2. What time of year would you prefer?

This place is right by Mt. Snow in Vermont, so there’s great skiing in the winter. Autumn in Vermont is stunningly beautiful. Spring time is maple syrup season and summertime is…well, summertime. So if this is something you would seriously consider participating in, either leave a comment or email me.

Comments

  1. #1 FishyFred
    June 26, 2007

    Spring time is maple syrup season

    It’s also mosquito season up there. When all the snow melts, the roads turn to mud and it’s nearly impossible to get anywhere, and outdoor activities would be riddled with the little bastards. Winter, summer, and autumn would be the best.

    But I probably wouldn’t make the trip unless I couldn’t find anyone else to go skiing.

  2. #2 Pieter B
    June 26, 2007

    Autumn is quite tempting to me, with the caveat that I have a couple or three weekends already committed this year. It’s been forty(mumble) years since I was last at Mt. Snow. What’s involved in getting there from the nearest major airport?

  3. #3 Clarissa
    June 26, 2007

    I really don’t want to drop five hundred meeting with you for a weekend, Ed.

    You ARE kidding, right?

  4. #4 Brandon
    June 26, 2007

    I would love to, Ed, but I can’t afford 500 dollars. For one weekend, I’d be willing to spend, maybe 200 at the most.

  5. #5 CPT_Doom
    June 26, 2007

    Although autumn is beautiful, it is also prime tourist season – the roads will be chock-full of crazy leaf-peepers. I’d suggest summertime – a beautiful time in the Berkshires.

  6. #6 Ed Brayton
    June 26, 2007

    Clarissa wrote:

    I really don’t want to drop five hundred meeting with you for a weekend, Ed.

    You ARE kidding, right?

    No, $500 for a weekend at a beautiful bed and breakfast, great food and the chance to get to meet other members of what has become a thriving community of interesting people. Don’t wanna come? Good. Frankly you sound like a bitch anyway.

  7. #7 Vic Vanity
    June 26, 2007

    “No, $500 for a weekend at a beautiful bed and breakfast, great food and the chance to get to meet other members of what has become a thriving community of interesting people. Don’t wanna come? Good. Frankly you sound like a bitch anyway.

    Posted by: Ed Brayton | June 26, 2007 04:22 PM

    This is why i keep coming back lol

  8. #8 Royale
    June 26, 2007

    I’d be highly interested for winter during a GOOD ski season.

    I say GOOD ski season because this past was an el nino winter and just miserable skiing.

  9. #9 Inoculated Mind
    June 26, 2007

    Or you could do a Brayton Barbecue Bash or something…

  10. #10 Ed Brayton
    June 26, 2007

    Inoculated Mind wrote:

    Or you could do a Brayton Barbecue Bash or something…

    If the timing was good for it, I would probably incorporate that in to the weekend, do one big BBQ meal.

  11. #11 David Durant
    June 26, 2007

    >> Frankly you sound like a bitch anyway.
    > This is why i keep coming back lol

    And that’s why even though I’m a fan of Ed’s I find it hard to recomend this site to some people.

    Anyway – I’d be up for it if I didn’t also have to factor in the air fair from the UK. I hope the people that do go have a good time.

  12. #12 Pieter B
    June 26, 2007

    If the timing was good for it, I would probably incorporate that in to the weekend, do one big BBQ meal.

    I’ll pack my essential knives; I insist on being sous-chef.

    Re: economics, a weekend at a typical B&B in Vermont during leaf season runs $165-200 a night at minimum, and you can easily spend twice that.

  13. #13 Leni
    June 26, 2007

    It sounds really nice, and I do have the money (or could at least scrape it together), but alas. I’m kind of embarrassed about my Bart Simpson-like posting here and would prefer to remain anonymous :)

    What a wonderful opportunity for your friends though. It sounds like a real live dream job and this get together sounds like a great way to kick off the business for them.

    And yet, I keep having this terrible, persistant thought that Larry Fafarman is going to show up in the middle of the night, drunk, dissheveled, and still angry about getting banned.

    Yikes. It’ll be like the Blair Witch Project except in this case the “witch” will have neither the good graces to avoid detection, nor the cunning to do much more than hurl lame insults and fistfuls of dead leaves from the yard.

    Maybe you should post something to throw him off the trail anyway, just to be safe.

  14. #14 Jokermage
    June 26, 2007

    I’m in Southern NH, so the distance isn’t too far. It would depend more on the date of the meet and greet.

  15. #15 Jokermage
    June 26, 2007

    Whoops. Scratch that. $500 is too steep for my budget. Sorry.

  16. #16 Robert
    June 26, 2007

    I would definately do it, but I would need to convince my girlfriend. She might go for it, hard to tell.

  17. #17 Inoculated Mind
    June 26, 2007

    I dropped a little too much money lately on moving, new furniture after moving, and new audio toys for my show to put on the furniture… but if you did something in Michigan, right nearby my new Wisconsin locale… :)

  18. #18 Bill Poser
    June 27, 2007

    I grew up in Vermont and can tell you that Vermont has no season called “Spring”. The traditional seasons are: Summer, Autumn, Winter, and Mud Season. The saying that goes with this is: If Summer falls on a Sunday, we’ll have a picnic.

  19. #19 Donalbain
    June 27, 2007

    Seriously?
    £250-£300 for a Bed and Breakfast for a weekend? That has my mind all a-boggly!

  20. #20 slpage
    June 27, 2007

    As I live in VT, I would be up for a drive to chat with some of you. As for the whole mud season thing, I think it depends more on where you are and what type of roads you are driving on.

  21. #21 twincats
    June 27, 2007

    I’m with Leni; can’t afford it for one, and would be intellectually outclassed for another.

    I think if I could afford it, I’d go anyway, though. The chance to meet some of these people who have made me laugh loudly and think deeply would be too much to resist!

  22. #22 Gretchen
    June 27, 2007

    Sounds like it’d be a blast, but a tad expensive to fly in from Denmark….

  23. #23 doctorgoo
    June 27, 2007

    Already being in New England, it’s certainly in the realm of possibility for me to go. It all depends on the time frame more than anything else.

    Any chance other pharma pholks will be there so that I might write it up as a business expense? ;-)

  24. #24 Royale
    June 27, 2007

    doctorgoo – I’m a pharmaceutical attorney in NYC. I’d consider going.