What's Happening at the Strong House Inn?

What a busy day today! Mary is cooking lunch for a meeting in the Saratoga Conference Room, Hugh is starting to clean up the gardens and Duke is taking a break from all the excitement. It is exciting to see that the crocuses are coming up too.

Look at what students learned at the Quilting In Vermont Embellishment Retreat taught by Jane Masenas. Students learned how to do Folded Yo-yos, Velvet Embossing, and Stump Work. Janes’s classes run a little differently than other Quilting Retreats. Jane will teach you any embellishment technique that you are interested in learning and will also do demonstrations throughout the day to interested participants. Jane gives students the one-on-one attention that students need to complete their personal projects. Everyone enjoyed the laid-back atmosphere.

Some folks say I have a bunny problem at our inn. I’ve never tried to count them all. My favorite bunnies are displayed all year-long. Now that Easter is around the corner, more bunnies have come out to play. You can try to count them all the next-time you visit, but it will be a challenge.

Feathered Star Quilting Retreat for 2015

Great News Quilting In Vermont fans!! Jackie Kunkel will be having a Feathered Star Retreat March 27, 28, 29, 2015 so save the date! Jackie has been quilting for 18 years and in business for 12, designing for 2 years and teaching since 1996. It will be an honor to have her back at the Strong House Inn.

Striking colors are everywhere! Which color combination is your favorite? Jackie Kunkel had so much fun teaching “Bali Runner” at Quilting In Vermont held at the Strong House Inn this past weekend. Read what Jackie had to say about our Quilting Retreat http://cvquiltworks.com/blogs/blog/12937981-a-fun-weekend-in-vermont

Jackie Kunkel does “Show & Tell” of her work during her “Bali Runner” Quilting Retreat this past weekend at QUILTING IN VERMONT. Jackie’s enthusiasm and knowledge keeps quilters coming back to her retreats again and again.

QUILTING IN VERMONT at the STRONG HOUSE INN offers the ultimate setting for quilters to reunite their creative passion and be spoiled in the process.

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In 1992 your hosts Mary and Hugh Bargiel purchased the Strong House Inn after two years of searching for the perfect Inn. The rest is history, but how did they take the leap into the unknown?  After 5 years of being one of the top real estate agents at Prudential Florida Reality in Miami, Florida, Mary was looking for something different. Not knowing what to do or where to begin, Hugh told her to create a list of all the things she loved to do. The list consisted of decorating, entertaining, cooking, and hosting to name a few. Hugh looked at the list and concluded that she would be perfect as an innkeeper. The idea sounded fantastic to Mary and so they began their journey on finding the perfect inn.

This “Idea” that sounded so wonderful to Mary and Hugh was not shared by all friends and family. “Too Risky” and “Your Crazy” were common reactions by many. Good thing they didn’t listen to the pessimistic feedback. In fact, the negative feedback only fueled them to try even harder at succeeding.  And now 22 years later they are still proving to everyone, that following their dreams was the best and most rewarding decision they could have made. 

Take a Tour of the Vermont Room

What do our guests say?

"The Vermont Room is so welcoming. I love it. The warmth and hospitality that all of you shower on your guests could melt all the snow this winter season. Great people - great place." Beverly, CT


What makes the Vermont Room unique?

  • Spectacular views of the Adirondack Mountains
  • French doors to a private balcony and staircase that leads to the courtyard and gazebo
  • High beam ceilings
  • Pet-Friendly Room

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Entertain Like An Innkeeper - Pancakes from Scratch

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Strong House Inn Pancakes

You will need:

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • Vegetable oil for griddle


1. Mix flour, sugar, and salt in a bowl.

2. Beat the egg in a separate bowl then whisk the egg and milk into the dry ingredients. Don’t fuss trying to making the batter completely smooth.

3. Now add the baking powder and stir-in to combine but don’t over blend the pancake batter.

4. Let the batter sit for about 15 minutes at room temperature so that the baking powder can rise. You will see small bubbles forming on top of the batter which means that the baking powder is active. This will help make the pancakes light and fluffy. Be sure not to stir the bubbles out of the batter.

5. Preheat griddle to medium-high

6. Pour enough oil onto the griddle to have a generous coat

7. Ladle the batter by using a 1/3 measuring cup. When bubbles begin to appear on top of the batter, flip and finish cooking. Be sure not to overcook. Pancakes should have crispy edges and spongy centers. Poke the center of the pancake with a knife to let air escape if they seem over inflated. If you do not have crispy edges, the temperature should be hotter.

This recipe makes 6 pancakes and serves 2 people.

Does anyone even notice me? We don’t typically point her out to our guests, but there is a little fairy living within the holes of the floors and within the cracks of the walls of our dining room. See who else you may find hiding in the main house that was built in 1834. The next time you visit the Strong House Inn, take time to notice all the little details that are here and there throughout the inn.