What’s New for 2019?
Thanks to the detailed Questionnaires left by our guests at the end of their stays last summer, we had an exciting list of to-dos to make The Tyler Place even better before guests return. Here’s our annual A – Z list of projects, resort updates, and new purchases for 2019! We’re looking forward to welcoming both returning and new families to our summer oasis in Vermont.
A is for Accommodation Updates – Over the winter all 72 accommodations get Maintenance and Housekeeping’s scrutiny and upkeep: repairs, touchups, and fresh paint. Plus some have refinished porches, new doors and windows, and remodeled bathrooms.
B is for Brawny Boats – Our Malibu Tow Boat, known to every child, teen, and family member who has ridden our Sombrero or Paparazzi tubes, has been completely refurbished, as has our patrol boat the Boston Whaler.
C is for Clubhouse – Parents of the 4-5 year-old Senior Moppets and 1st & 2nd grade Juniors will notice the bigger changes: newly painted gym and window treatments to add coolness and reduce noise. Kids will zero in on this year’s new supply of toys and games, but will need to hunt for the ancient treasure chest the pirates have hidden near the Clubhouse.
D is for Dining Room – As you enter the Main Dining Room you’ll find all new carpeting and tablecloths, plus a new layout for breakfast and lunch that allows the chefs to showcase more local and seasonal options on the buffet.
E is for Exercise Equipment – Virtually every exercise machine at the Fitness Center has been tuned up and reconditioned like new.
F is for Furnishings – Only a bird’s eye view could capture the annual cumulative effect of the numerous new furnishings as they’re spread throughout guest accommodations and public and recreational buildings. These include new: wicker lounge chairs, pool lounging furniture, beds, curtains, custom-made bookcases, mirrors, and more.
G is for Gardening – Growing a Shakespeare garden, container gardening, and food landscaping are among Claudia’s 2019 adult gardening activities, along with new landscaping projects near the Inn.
H is for Hobie – Two new Hobie Wave Catamarans now bring the Waterfront’s Hobie fleet to 10 boats. Happy sailing!
I is for the Infants, Toddlers, and Jr. Moppets – At the Playhouse the former porch has been enclosed to enlarge the overall space and to provide more quiet areas. The renovation includes an array of new age-appropriate toys, books, and games.
J is for Jenga – Giant Jenga blocks will keep kids excited about building big towers and carefully deconstructing them one piece at a time. Choose blocks carefully or be sure to yell “Timber!” when it topples to the ground.
K is Keva Planks – Last year we bought 1,200 Keva building planks for the Seniors; this year we bought another 1,200 Keva Planks for the Pre-Teens as they were constantly taking them away from the Seniors!
L is for Lounge & Bar – New sofas and chairs in the Adult Lounge & Bar make a big difference not just for the aesthetics but for a more relaxing and comfy adult cocktail hour.
M is for Menus and Meals – New menus focus on providing local, seasonal, sustainable, and fresh meals as much as possible. We are keeping old favorites and showcasing new meal and recipe ideas based on guest input and comments left on last year’s Questionnaires. More “summer” menu selections, more salad bar variety, more “make your own” options, more food from the outdoor oven, and more choices.
N is New Generations – More children, and grandchildren, of former guests with kids of their own are coming this year. Plus our own Tyler/Hill family is keeping up with 6 kids under the age of five — Jameson, Tucker, Emma, Nora, Ollie and Mollie. That is seven generations of Tylers since Ted and Pixley’s great-grandmother’s Highgate tenting days.
O is for Open Studio – Twice a week Hannah holds afternoon Family Open Studio at the Arts & Crafts Building and this year she is adding even more creative opportunities and supplies and this year’s edition of “family hand portraits.”
P is for Photography – We replaced the photo purchasing computers near the Front Desk with iPads for easier, and speedier, use.
Q is for Quebec – Many guests never set foot (or car) off the Tyler Place property because there’s so much to do…but for those who want to explore, Montreal in Quebec is an amazingly vibrant city and now much more accessible for day trips thanks to a new throughway and express-bus that hits the fast lane to mid-Montreal’s metro and Bixi bikes, world class restaurants, and art scene. The Front Desk can set up afternoon sitters.
R is for Roofs-to-Floors – The Clubhouse, Carriage House, and Gift Shop all got mega-square-feet of new roofing. From ceiling fans to floors, various accommodations and public spaces underwent flooring updates this winter, such as new carpeting, wood floors, and bathroom tile.
S is for Skylights – Shiny new Indoor skylights providing even more natural sunlight really enhance the pool not just for swimming but for lounging as well.
T is for Thank You – Thank you to all our guests and staff who give The Tyler Place such a unique spirit and community. Here’s to a new year of memories!
U is for Unplugged…but Plug Accessible – Unplugged family vacations is one of cherished features of The Tyler Place. But rural as we are, “plugged in” is a real need for adults, and we purchased 75 compact smartphone and tablet charging stations for each guest accommodation.
V is for Vermont – Even more Vermont farmers, craftspeople, contractors, bakers, confectioners, and talented entertainers are featured throughout The Tyler Place — from nearby farms to statewide hard cider & liquor crafters, from yoga instructors to art teachers, from master cabinet makers to jazz musicians, locals give guests a real authentic connection to our community.
W is for Waterfall – The new Children’s Waterfall near the Children’s Organic Garden is a natural splash & water play area for children and parents to get their feet wet, rinse their hands, and build tiny rafts to send gnomes from one side to the other.
X is for eXtras – This year’s array of items and projects that we purchased, replaced or created make an A-Z list of their own: Art supplies & Air hockey strikers; Bubble machine & Balance Boards; Cubbies & Copier; Ducklings & Deck umbrellas; Eaglets & Energy efficient freezers; Farmhouse tables & Friendship bracelets; Golf carts & Goats; HydroZookas & Herbs; Immersion blender & Infant sensory toys; Jitter rings & Juice glasses; Knife sharpeners & Kite making; Life jackets & Linens; Munsch night & Microbrews; Nets & Nasturtiums; Oars & Ovens; Pingpong Table & Paddles; Quilts & Quince tree; Recipes & Rocka’boats; Software & Softballs; Towels & Tennis balls; Upholstery & Utensils; Vegetable seeds & Vinyl play floor; Waterproof speaker and Wagons; eXcetera to the x degree; Yoga mats & Yardzee Game; Zinnias & Zzzzz for parents of young children!
Y is for Yogibo – New Yogibo bean bag furniture for the Playhouse is fun and comfy, providing a calming nesting place for little kids during reading time.
Z is for Zero Gravity – Zero Gravity’s Conehead joins 9 additional Vermont crafted beers and ales on tap…and 15 Vermont bottled beers, a dozen Vermont liquors and three hard ciders, plus new wines-of-the-world selections.