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Harborween 2015 Pumpkins, Pies and Parties!

There are always great things to do at Basin Harbor, and this time of year it’s all about Harborween 2015. If you’re looking for fun ways to learn on Columbus Day weekend, you can enjoy one of the featured events of Harborween: the Fall Culinary series. Sarah Carey, who is the Food Editorial Director for Martha Stewart Living and co-host of the weekly cooking series “Everyday Food” on PBS, will be making some amazingly delicious concoctions for everyone to try. The series with Sarah are open to the public! Just call our concierge to book your spot.

During the Saturday class, you’ll learn how to make a perfect pie crust along with apple rosemary galette. To make apple rosemary galette you need the right apples, and you can get them at a local Vermont orchard. When you come back, it’s time to learn how to make the pie filling that will make your creation memorable. Making your galette is only the first step. That evening, you get to eat it for dessert. The class is only $40 per person.

What goes better with a great dessert than an amazing drink? On Sunday, you can learn to make apple raisin chutney for just $15. The homemade chutney is excellent, and that evening you’ll enjoy a mixology class where you can learn from Stonecutter Spirits, a small-batch gin and whiskey distillery located right here in Vermont. Day guests and resort guests can both attend the class and enjoy the fruits of their gentle labor.

It’s not just about the food and drink, though. Here are just some of the exciting events planned for the weekend.

On Friday, October 9th, staff and guests will be carving pumpkins from 4-6 pm right on the lawn. You can get in on the fun and create a happy memory and a scary masterpiece for your Halloween celebration. Then head over to the campfire from 6-7 and have some yummy S’mores. A double-feature of scary movies is on Friday night, too, from 7-10 pm in the Club Room.

On Saturday, October 10th, the festivities start at 9:30 am, with Sarah Carey’s Fall Series’ first session, on pie crust making. At 10 am, the kids’ fall festival kicks off, and there is a 10:30 am foliage cruise so you can see the beautiful fall colors on the lake. At 11:00 am it’s time for the orchard field trip, so you can pick the perfect apples for your apple rosemary galette. If you’re not involved in the cooking, you can take a kayaking trip at 11:00 am, instead, and get a little exercise on the peaceful Lake Champlain.

If you weren’t able to carve pumpkins Friday night – or you just want to do it again – you can gather on the Lodge lawn at 2:00 pm and make a great new creation from a wonderful local pumpkin. At 2:30, the third session of Sarah’s cooking class takes place, where you can learn the amazing tricks and secrets to a perfect pie filling. At 4:30 there’s a Trick or Treat Trail to explore. It’s open to everyone, for $5 per family or a food shelf donation. You can hear ghost stories in the Club Room at 8:30, and then head to the Harborween Party, featuring DJ Charlie, at 10:00 pm.

On Sunday, October 11th, the kid’s fall festival starts at 10:00 am, with a foliage cruise at 10:30 am and a hayride at 11:00 am. You can check out the Adirondack Hike at 1:30 pm, and get involved with another of Sarah Carey’s great cooking classes at 4:00 pm. The mixology class starts at 8:00 pm, and so does the outdoor movie – complete with a campfire and popcorn. Monday, October 12th is your last chance for the amazing fall foliage cruise, at 10:30 am, to wrap up the Harborween festivities.

Come on out and enjoy everything that Basin Harbor and the Harborween festival have to offer. We can’t wait to see you there!

We still have overnight lodging available with rates starting at $272/night! Call now to book: 1-800-622-4000