“Give your glass some class!” Add color to your gathering. Cozy up your stemmed glassware with its own identity. Each handmade set of origami inspired Glass Slippers comes with 6 different coasters to help you keep track of your glass and provide protection for your table. Perfect for entertaining and as a hostess gift. Fits most stemware up to 3″ diameter base. Reusable. 100% cotton, hand wash cold, if needed. 20% off through 12/31/22
11/17/22 First day of skiing on Johnnycake Flats field; followed by opening day @ Sugarbush (Nov. 19) Yay for snow!!!
No, that’s not snow amongst the green, it’s actually Reindeer Lichen, found while hiking our hill behind Johnnycake Flats last week when the temps were in the high 60’s. Lichens are unique, in that they are actually 2 organisms coexisting together; a fungi and and either an algae or cyanobacteria. The fungus makes up the majority of the organism while providing a way for the algae to attach to a substrate, such as a rock, log, tree or manmade object (ie. gravestones etc.). The fungus also offers protection to the algae from extreme weather conditions like freezing and drought. So that means that they can live pretty much anywhere! The algae/cyanobacteria in turn provides the fungus with the food (carbohydrates) it needs through photosynthesis. Lichens, themselves, are good for us, removing CO2 and other pollutants from the air and for animals as a food source, as well as a nesting material, particularly for the Ruby Throated Hummingbird. There are around 14,000 different species worldwide with about 580 found in Vermont. So the next time you’re out and about in the woods, go looking for lichens. Look up, look down, lichens are all around! (USDA Forest Service)
Challenge yourself to a ride over 6 Gaps, 130 mi/12,500 ft climb featuring Rochester, Brandon, Middlebury, Lincoln, Appalachian & the Roxbury Gap. Start & finish with a good nights sleep at Johnnycake Flats. Bikes can be stored safely and securely.
This is a true story about Hummer, a teeny, tiny hummingbird that I came upon one morning while gardening. Throughout my garden, there are buckets scattered around to catch rainwater. It was in one of these buckets that something very small, not quite sure at the time what it was, perhaps a large insect, had drowned…so I thought. After reaching in and lifting out the creature, it uttered a distress call, kinda of a screech and moved its drenched wings. Turned out it was a baby Ruby Throated Hummingbird! I didn’t think it had a chance to survive so I placed it gently down under the protection of a large leaf. Later, several hours later, as dusk was approaching, I decided to check on the bird, not expecting it to be alive, but it definitely was! Being very damp already and expecting the temperature to drop down into the low 50’s, I decided to bring the bird inside and put on a towel. Waking up the next morning, I again expected it to have expired, however it wasn’t on the towel and my husband hadn’t moved it…so where did Hummer go? I searched around and found Hummer on the floor near Toby’s our bed. Somehow it had made its way from the counter to the floor. (And Toby is a good dog.) I figured by this time, Hummer must be a survivor and was probably very hungry, so a solution of sugar water was made. I proceeded to feed the bird with an eyedropper which it took to readily. Hummer was definitely hungry as its proboscis kept reaching into the dropper over and over. Fascinating to watch! Finally Hummer stopped feeding. After drying out overnight and having been fed, she actually started to look like a baby hummingbird, complete with those beautiful iridescent, green feathers. Generally a believer in letting nature take its course, (ok, maybe with a little bit of help) Hummer was put back into a protected spot in the garden, buckets turned over and left surrounded with plenty of nectar filled flowers to feed on.
Shortly thereafter, Hummer disappeared. She could very well be one of the many colorful, flitting and hovering birds that I see everyday amongst my flowers. At least that’s how I would want the story to end. Only God knows for sure. And by the way, thank you God for sharing this special gift with me at Johnnycake Flats!
Come celebrate Independence Day in a big way on July 3, 2022, 10-3pm!!! Events include a parade, rummage sale, baked goods, Chicken BBQ, local talent exhibits, tours of the new Roxbury Fish Hatchery and new town park, library raffle and book sale, children’s activities and live entertainment.
Actias luna, a beautiful, variety of a giant silk moth. Adults have light green wings with a white body and a wingspan of 3-4.5 inches with long trailing tails. Adults emerge in the spring, solely to lay eggs. They cannot eat do to the lack of a mouth or digestive parts. Caterpillars feed on the leaves of walnut, hickory, beech, birch, persimmon and sweet gum trees. Cocoon’s are spun in the fall and lined with silk. Lunas are only found in North America. (Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Insects & Spiders, 1980). Specimen found in Johnnycake Flats field, 6/22/2022, by D. Carroll.
Come visit the oldest state fish hatchery (1891) with the newest technology. No thanks to tropical storm Irene, our fish hatchery was devastated, leaving thousands of trout floundering on land. Seven years and $6 million later, a beautiful facility exists combining the best of the old with the new. While a magnificent sculpture of a Brook Trout ( by local sculptor, Sean H. Williams) welcomes visitors to the hatchery, one old tradition remains. Everyone can experience the excitement of feeding the fish! Roxbury Fish Hatchery
Early spring known as Vermont’s 5th season called “Mudseason” has arrived, providing many opportunities for ‘mudding’ AND maple sugaring. So come up for a visit, tour a maple sugar house in operation and best of all, try a Maple Cremee! Note: our inn is minimally affected by mud; no 4 wheel drive needed! Mudseason Things to Do
Snowshoe through the snowy woods with an innkeeper as your guide and discover what activities go on during the winter months. Learn how animals and trees cope with winter conditions, cold, wind, finding food and more. Snowshoes provided or bring your own, limited availability, call/email to arrange with your stay at Johnnycake Flats. $25/pp
The wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo), a native to North America, prefers several different habitats for breeding, feeding and protection. A home range for a particular flock can be 400-4000 acres of forest, field and agricultural land. Turkeys have a varied diet consisting of insects, plants, nuts, fruit and berries during the warmer months, with seeds, mosses and buds added to their winter foraging. They are social birds, usually traveling in flocks up to 30+. Surprisingly, turkeys can run 25mph and fly 35mph to avoid danger! Breeding takes place in the spring, with Toms (males) heard gobbling and seen strutting their feathers to attract hens (females). Gestation is 28 days, with most hatching (10-15) at the end of May, early June.
Vermont’s wild turkeys were basically extinct by the mid 1850’s, caused by loss of habitat and unrestricted hunting. However, beginning with the reintroduction of turkeys in the late 60’s, the population is now estimated to be 45-50,000! Trivia: All domesticated birds that appear on our Thanksgiving tables are descended from the original wild turkey. (ref: VT Fish and Wildlife Department)
Shop local and take 15% off all handmade gifts including aprons, wine coasters, Rag Dolls, …….. all created here at Johnnycake Flats, Roxbury, VT. Free curbside pickup available. Gift certificates excluded. Use coupon code BUYVT15; expires on 12/31/21. https://www.johnnycakeflats.com/shop/
Most people first notice the King Fisher swooping over streams and rivers with its rattling call. A beautiful bird, sporting a shaggy crest, blue-gray coloring above, white below and a very pointed bill. In addition, the female has a rufous band. When feeding, the King Fisher plunges headfirst into the water to spear small fish. Crustaceans, mollusks, amphibians, reptiles are also part of its diet. Nesting requires both sexes to dig a horizontal (3′-6′) long chamber in the side of a very steep bank. Five to eight eggs are laid, incubated by male and female, with hatchlings emerging 22-24 days later. Migration to southwestern US, Mexico and further occurs, although some can still be found in northern areas with open water. (References: Audubon.org and Bird Watchers Digest.com)
Come experience the beauty of the leaves! Welcoming all fully vaccinated guests and leafpeepers!!! Please refer to April 16, 2021 post (under News and Notes) for additional Covid-19 requirements)
Enjoy the color, it only lasts a short time! Every autumn we anticipate the changing of leaves from green to beautiful fall colors. The mixture of red, purple, orange and yellow is the result of chemical processes that take place in the tree as the season progresses. During the summer, the leaves have served as food factories for most of the tree’s growth. Chlorophyll, an extraordinary chemical, found in green leaves, absorbs energy from the sun and transforms CO2 and water to carbohydrates such as sugar and starch. Along with the green pigment are yellow to orange pigments, xanthophyll and carotene, respectively. Most of the year these colors are masked by the vast amounts of chlorophyll. But in the fall, changes in day length and temperature trigger the leaves to stop producing food, thus giving rise to other colors. At the same time additional chemical changes may occur which form anthocyanin pigments, showing up as red and purple leaves.
Temperature, light and water, all influence the duration of fall color. Low temperatures above freezing will favor anthocyanin formation, producing bright reds in maples. However, early frost will weaken the intensity of the reds. Rainy or overcast days tend to increase the intensity of fall colors. (ref C.E.Palm,Jr.)
Johnnycake Flats is once again welcoming new guests and old friends who are eligible and fully vaccinated. The flowers are blooming, the berry bushes are producing and the summer weather is awaiting your arrival. Come for a relaxed getaway and go home with a rejuvenated spirit!
This colorful tiger moth (Lycomorpha pholus) can be found on flowers, such as goldenrod, only during the day. Caterpillars feed on lichens ingesting nutrients as well as a defensive chemical produced by the fungal component of the lichen, which is distasteful to predators. Flying adults, which can be orange, yellow or red can be found June-Sept. (Montana State University)
These brownish eggs were found on the underside of our zuchinni plants. These belong to the insect, Anasa tristis, commonly known as Squash bugs. Within 10 days, these eggs would have matured into nymphs, feeding on the sap found in the leaves or stem, with their pierce-sucking mouthparts. If left undisturbed, these nymphs would have disrupted the nutrient and water flow of the host plant, evidenced by yellow and brown spots as well as possible wilting. These nymphs would have developed into adults within 4-6 weeks, overwintering under plant debris or rocks. (They did not!)
While these insects do not carry disease, they can be particularly harmful to young squash and cucumber plants, so limiting the damage is the best control. The use of floating row cover in the seedling stage is recommended, followed by regular inspection of the plants, crushing any eggs and dropping any nymphs and adults into a bucket of soapy water. Trapping adult squash bugs under a piece of wood, where they will group together at night, then into the soapy bucket, also helps. Lastly, it is important to clean up all plant debris at the end of each growing season to reduce overwintering sites. (University of Minnesota Extension)
Johnnycake Flats is once again welcoming new guests and old friends who are eligible and fully vaccinated. The flowers are blooming, the sourdough bubbling and the summer weather is awaiting your arrival. Come for a relaxed getaway and go home with a rejuvenated spirit!
There are about 86 species of scarab beetles found in eastern North America. Adult beetles are quite large 1/2-1 1/4 inch, emerging from the soil at the end of spring, usually in June, hence the name. The adult female buries 60-75 eggs in the soil over a 2 week period, hatching as larvae, feeding on plant roots and decayed matter. These larvae are the white grubs often seen just under the turf and are a favorite food for skunks, voles and birds such as crows. After 1-3 years as larvae, pupation occurs and the adult emerges and the cycle begins all over.
While not harmful to humans per se, adults are voracious leaf eaters and can cause damage to gardens, pastures and golf courses. The grubs, being root eaters can destroy lawns in conjunction with certain mammals which will dig up the turf looking for them.
Displaying delicate fernlike leaves and white flowers resembling yellow-waisted pantaloons, hanging upside-down on a clothesline, it is one of Vermont’s early spring flowers. It flowers (Apr-May) just as bumblebees emerge after a long winter looking for nectar. The bumblebee’s proboscis is long enough to tap into the nectar, whereas the honey bee, having a much shorter proboscis, must look elsewhere. Known also as Dicentra cucullaria in the botanical world, it is closely related to Bleeding Heart, a common garden plant and to Squirrel Corn (Dicentra canadensis) another woodland wild flower. All are considered toxic if ingested in large quantities and may cause minor skin irritation.
We’re excited to share that Johnnycake Flats Inn will be reopening for visitors starting May 1st! It’s been a long year and we can’t wait to welcome you back or meet you for the first time.
To ensure the safety of all of our guests and for our family, we have set the following guidelines for visitors. Please read and respect the following COVID policies if you plan to visit us at Johnnycake Flats Inn:
-Guests, who are eligible, are required to be fully vaccinated
-We ask that you provide proof of your vaccination record.
-Masks are required when enjoying the common areas inside the Inn except when sitting down to eat.
As your gracious hosts, we have set the following guidelines to ensure your comfort and safety during your stay with us:
-Once you have checked into your room for your stay, we will not enter (but we are available to provide fresh linens and amenities as needed)
-Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols are in place throughout the Inn
-Masks are worn by staff in common areas
-Breakfast may be staggered to limit shared time in the dining room
Come visit us at Johnnycake Flats Inn this season and refresh your spirit!
See you soon! Debra and Jim
An early sign of Spring to look for in our forests are tree circles. At this time of year, trees absorb sunlight (which excites electrons, creating heat) which is then radiated outward, melting snow. The darker the bark, the more radiant heat is created and the wider the circle becomes. Snow, being white, does just the opposite, it reflects sunlight. These melting circles are not just limited to trees, however. Inanimate objects, such as rocks, etc. also exhibit this phenomenon.
Snow rollers are a rare winter weather phenomenon that occur when the conditions are just right. They are cylindrical snow balls, usually hollow, formed with the help of strong winds (30mph) and temperatures in the 37-39 degree range. A layer of wet, loose snow, preferably with an ice layer underneath is pushed by the wind across fields or down slopes. Gravity certainly helps! Snow rollers can be small or quite large (car size). They are also known as Snow donuts.
We are excited to announce our new Gift Shop, offering One of a Kind adult/child aprons and quilted baby bibs. Handcrafted onsite by the innkeeper. Choose coupon code BUYVT10 for opening special of 10% discount thru 12/31/20.
Stay 2 nights or more midweek ( Tue/Wed/Thurs) and receive a lovely gift of locally produced Maple Syrup for you to enjoy at home! (Valid Sept-Oct)
10/21/20 We have officially entered Stick Season as I observe that most maples, birch, and ash have given up their hold on this year’s leaves. The stark silhouettes are now framed by what remains—the beech, which holds its leaves to the end and the firs and pines. It’s a transition time between the heat of this summer, the artistry of fall’s colors and the rush of the holidays to come. It’s a time to slow down, catch our breath and enjoy the quiet of Stick Season.
9/9/20 Another great find, Chicken of the Woods, a very desirable, beautiful and edible mushroom. I found this shelf fungus growing on a declining Ash tree. It was easily identified by its bright orange top and sulfurous yellow pores on the underside. ( I also confirmed my identification with a knowledgeable mushroom forager.) I collected 5 pounds to bring home to clean, cook and freeze some for winter soups. Delicious!
9/8/20 One blue Northern Leopard Frog (Rana pipiens) jumped and surprised me today, while working in my vegetable garden. The abnormal blue color is caused by the lack of the yellow pigment, a type of albinism. Remember, as children, we mixed blue and yellow together to make green? This blue frog, therefore is a rarity in nature, occurring in about 1:300,000.
Jan 25, 2021
Come and ski Mad River Glen at 1948 prices. Lift tickets are just $3.50 !!!
During these uncertain times we want to ensure that we do the very best for the health and safety of our guests and ourselves. We also want to be ready to offer you a great experience at Johnnycake Flats, as we hope to reopen in early summer 2021. All CDC and VT Dept. of Health regulations will be followed. Please call the inn for more information. Be well.
Commencement – May 1, 2021
CGCS Residency & Commencement – June 21-25, 2021
Homecoming – September 23-26, 2021
Parent & Family Weekend – September 30-October 3, 2021
Norwich University, Northfield
Yellow signs will once again dot the Vermont landscape leading locals and tourists to the studios of over 250 artists and craftspeople. Four local artisans in Roxbury! Click on the website for venues and maps.
June 25 & 26 2021
Unique combination of art, music and fire on a monumental scale celebrating Central Vermont’s colorful granite heritage set in Millstone Hill’s abandoned quarries & ruins. The centerpiece of the event is Firewalk, a 3 mile long procession lit by thousands of candles & luminaries with dozens of bonfires, all leading to a variety of fire lit art & live performance stages. Websterville,VT
June 23-26, 2021
New England’s oldest & largest quilting event. Classes, exhibits and vendors. Celebrating 45 years! Located in Essex, Vermont http://vqf.org
Sugarbush Brew Grass Festival is an artisan craft beer festival celebrating craft beers, tasty local food and jam in’ blue grass music. Held at Lincoln Peak, Sugarbush,VT, 2-6 pm
Come celebrate the 4th of July, complete with parades, BBQ, book sales, music, fireworks & more…American spirit at its best! Neighboring towns of Warren, Randolph, Montpelier, all have special events planned.
Come celebrate small town charm for a weekend long celebration with music, games, food, road, bath tub and duck race!
Festival of Celtic and French Canadian music and dancing
Celebrate Vermont’s Celtic and French Canadian heritage with traditional– and sometimes not so traditional–music and dance. Concerts, music and dance workshop sessions, children’s activities and open dancing unfold on 5 continuous stages. Food and drink provided by the area’s finest chefs and breweries.
Sept 16-19 2021
Best agricultural fair in New England. Enjoy seeing enormous pumpkins, eating maple cotton candy, experiencing the thrill of the pig race, oxen pulls and more… great music too! Don’t miss it! Click here for website.
Sept 29-30 2019
Festival with 70 vendors offering fleece and yarn, meat and cheese, handspinning and fiber craft workshops, sheep herding demonstrations music and food. Tunbridge http://vtsheepandwoolfest.com
Nov 16-17 & 23-24
While the hunters go hunting, the rest of us go to the annual Cabot Hosiery Mills sock sale(originator of the ‘Darn Tough’ brand), all at factory prices & below. 8:30 am-4:30pm, Sat/Sun