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Everybody’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day

by Linda Warner

March 17th, St Patrick’s Day — there’s going to be a party and you’re going to want to be there.  From parades to Irish music to Irish food and drink, celebrate the day with us in Vermont.

IrishFestivalBegin with the 21st annual Burlington Irish Heritage Festival, a week-long program of Irish music, dance, children’s activities and information sessions at various Burlington venues. One fascinating session is entitled “Genealogy Workshop: Finding Your Irish Roots” by Ed McGuire of the Vermont Genealogy Library.  McGuire will discuss techniques for searching your history both here and in Ireland.  The Burlington Irish Heritage Festival begins Friday, March 11 and continues all week until March 18.

If that’s not enough Irish for you, what about a parade or two?  Bennington, in southern Vermont, has a parade scheduled for Sunday, March 20, at 1:00 PM with festivities before and after at JC’s Tavern (Bennington).  St. Albans, in northern Vermont, is also having a parade on Thursday, March 17 at 6:00 PM with family-friendly activities and entertainment following at the St. Albans Historical Museum.

DorsetFor even more Irish flavor, stay at The Dorset Inn, Dorset, Vermont, and enjoy the annual celebration with a buffet of traditional favorites and live Irish music.  March 17 from 5-9 PM.

Want to combine a little spring skiing with your St. Patrick’s Day celebration?  Check out the party Okemo Mountain Resort has planned in Ludlow, Vermont.  Paper shamrocks will be hidden along ski trails for the kids to find.  They can be redeemed for a prize bag at the base lodge.  For adults, the Guinness-sponsored party in the Sitting Bull Bar & Restaurant will feature musical guests Gypsy Reel from 3-6 PM.  The party continues at The Killarney with more Celtic music and Guinness on draft.

MtSnowStPMt. Snow, in West Dover, Vermont, and Bud Light are rocking St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, from morning to night.  There will be” eggs and kegs” in the morning, the annual Pot O’ Gold scavenger hunt (the prize is a 16/17 Season Pass), lift ticket deals, and more.  You’re invited to party on Cuzzin’s Deck, ski in costume, and enjoy live Irish music outdoors.

TavernOf course every day is St. Patrick’s Day at an Irish pub.  Check out the Tavern at The Red Fox Inn. Located in Bondville, Vermont, the Inn is centrally located to three ski areas in southern Vermont – Stratton, Bromley, and Magic Mountain.  (Note, you can ski at Stratton on March 17 and pay only the very special St. Patrick’s price of $17 per lift ticket!) Wednesday is half price fish & chips with half price Guinness drafts and live Irish music from 7-10 PM.

McGrathsIf skiing at Killington, you might want to try McGrath’s Irish Pub at the Inn at Long Trail in Killington, Vermont.   In addition to Guinness, McGrath’s offers a large selection of Irish whiskies. With 3 dart boards and traditional pub food, you’ll think you’re in Ireland.

Or head to Manchester, Vermont and Mulligans.  With bountiful food portions, amazing desserts, and over 50 imported and domestic brews, a good time is assured for all.

VTPubBuilding on the tradition of the Irish pub, Gregg Noonan and Steve Polewacyk opened The Vermont Pub & Brewery in 1988 in Burlington, Vermont.  The Pub is Vermont’s oldest craft brewery and one of the most popular.  For St. Patrick’s Day, pair their “Burley Irish Ale” with a selection from the pub menu.  Or perhaps try “Handsome Micks Irish Stout” in honor of the day.

However you decide to celebrate,  can help you find lodging that is perfect for you.  From luxury hotels to quaint B&Bs, we’ve got you covered.

For more information:
Burlington Irish Heritage Festival
Bennington Parade
St. Albans Parade
The Dorset Inn
Okemo Mountain Resort
Mt. Snow
The Red Fox Inn/The Tavern
Stratton Mountain Resort
Inn at Long Trail/McGrath’s Irish Pub
The Vermont Pub & Brewery


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