Friday, May 22, 2009

Alpine Room Re-Design

Since the Alpine expansion and food court "face-lift" were both huge successes at the resort this past year, we decided to give the Alpine Room a little re-design, too. The resort decided that the Alpine Room should look more like a ski lodge, similar to Boulder Ridge Lodge, and connect more with the style and feel that has been captured inside the new Alpine Market (food court). The re-design calls for more warmth and "warming up" the room is exactly what's been happening during this transformation.

Walls have been painted with a rustic and warm orange color to match the beautiful treated wood that is being placed on the walls to give the room that "lodgey" feel. New carpet will be installed and wooden beams will soon be stretched across the ceiling.

The project is coming along nicely with new pieces of wood being hung every day. By mid-June, brides & grooms, banquets, class reunions, and conferences will be enjoying the newly re-designed Alpine Room. We are excited to see how our summer and fall events take to the new Alpine Room, but even more excited to see how guests react to it in the winter. Sipping hot cocoa, sitting by the fire and looking out to the slopes from our new Alpine Room will certainly give the feel of a real ski lodge.

Check the blog next month to see pictures of the finished project!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

So many festivals and events to choose from!

Nestled in Carroll Valley, PA, our resort is near the scenic Catoctin Mountains and is just a short drive from historic Gettysburg. The exciting and active surrounding area offers a nice compliment to our private and relaxing mountain setting. From Washington, D.C. to Harrisburg, PA, Liberty Mountain is at the center of this region's booming spring, summer and fall events calendar. With such a long list of events and festivals scheduled so close to home, which will you choose to attend?

The 23rd Annual Foundry Day Arts & Crafts Festival in Boiling Springs, PA will be held on Saturday, June 6th from 9am to 6pm. The festival features a long list of fine artists, great food and entertainment. There's FREE admission, FREE parking and FREE shuttle service which is practically unheard of in the world of festivals and craft shows. Boiling Springs is located about 45 minutes north of Liberty Mountain. Learn more about the festival here.

The Gettysburg Festival is one of the area's largest and most popular summer events. From June 18-29, the Gettysburg Festival will feature events in the culinary arts, visual arts, dance, theater, and music. Over 800 artists will participate in 100 spectacular events, many being free to the public! Click here for a full list of events and to buy tickets. With Gettysburg only being a short drive from Liberty Mountain, consider taking a break in between shows and events by spending a night or two in our hotel.

What could be better than spending the 4th of July watching Civil War Battle Reenactments at one of the most popular Civil War battle sites? The Annual Gettysburg Civil War Battle Reenactment will take place from July 3-5, celebrating the 146th anniversary of the battle. With five exciting battles, a Living History Village, fire demonstrations, food & beverages, and more, Gettysburg will be full of activity and adventure this upcoming 4th of July holiday. Click here for more information and to order advance tickets online.

Looking further into the calendar, we next mention the 45th Annual Apple Harvest Festival in Ardentsville, PA. The weekends of October 3rd and 4th, and 10th and 11th will offer hundreds of arts & crafts vendors, demonstrations, food, entertainment, and contests. The festival is located at the heart of Pennsylvania's Apple Country and is only 20 miles northwest of Liberty Mountain. Check out a list of vendors and read about the festival's history here.

Only two more festivals to mention, promise!

There's only one word to describe the Catoctin Colorfest: HUGE! With over 350 arts & crafts vendors, the Colorfest is one of the area's largest festivals. For one weekend, October 10th and 11th, the town of Thurmont, MD is practically shut down to accommodate all the festival's activities and visitors. Fortunately, this wonderful festival is located just 15 minutes south of Liberty Mountain. Come spend an entire weekend with us and enjoy all of what Colorfest has to offer! The Catoctin Colorfest website is currently undergoing a "facelift", but keep checking it!

And last but not least, the Liberty Mountain Fall Fest. This event serves as both a fall festival and customer appreciation picnic. On Sunday, October 18th from 12 Noon to 4pm, Liberty Mountain invites friends, families and Season Passholders to visit the resort and get ready for the winter season! A special meal on the Alpine Patio will be prepared and Season Passes can be purchased and picked up. Kids and families can enjoy the pumpkin patch, scarecrow building and chairlift rides. Check out our website closer to fall to find out more!

As you can see, the area is certainly booming when it comes to events and festivals in the spring, summer and fall months. Both our Event Calendar and list of Regional Activities can keep you up-to-date on what's happening both at the resort and in the surrounding area. How awesome would it be to spend a night or two in the Liberty Hotel all while being at the center of this season's wonderful events opportunities!?! Call our resort today to book your stay - 717-642-8282! We hope to see you soon.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

It's a beautiful day on the mountain!

What a beautiful day it is at Liberty Mountain! The sun is shining, the skies are blue and temps are up around 70 degrees. Summer is so close, we can almost taste it!

This spring and summer, Liberty will be working on many projects around the resort. Lifts will be cleaned and inspected, the swimming pool will be repainted, the Alpine Room interior re-design will be completed, the Bakery will be receiving a "face-lift" - there's a whole list of things! Make sure you keep up with the blog as we post updates and new pictures on our progression over the next few months.

Not only has spring brought resort projects, but also some special friends. This family of geese was caught crossing the street and enjoying the pond at the resort this morning:

Don't worry, the geese are quite friendly so don't be surprised if you see them visiting the resort. Just make sure you yield to pedestrians when driving on Sanders Road and Country Club Trail at Liberty Mountain Resort. We hope to see you soon!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Special Deal at the Liberty Hotel!

Looking for something to do this weekend? Attend Gettysburg's 58th Annual Bluegrass Festival and present your tickets at the Liberty Hotel for $10 off the nightly rate!

The 58th Annual Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival will be held May 14-17 at Granite Hill Campground. So far, over nine different Bluegrass bands have been added to the list of artists which equals over 40 hours of Bluegrass music! Festival-goers are invited to complete their Bluegrass experience by staying at the Liberty Hotel - the closest hotel to the campground! Just bring your Bluegrass Festival ticket and receive the $10 off discount. Festival tickets can be purchased in advance online.

Not coming to the Bluegrass Festival? Visit our list of Regional Activities to find other exciting events in the area. Look for more Liberty Hotel deals available during the spring and summer months on our website.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Liberty's Unique Menu Selections

Liberty's Food & Beverage Staff was in full swing this past weekend. From a dinner rehearsal at the Tavern and a fraternity dance at Boulder Ridge Lodge on Friday, to a wedding at Boulder Ridge on Saturday, they kept the kitchens busy! Going in and out of the kitchens were some of Food & Beverage's most unique food items, chosen by the guests for their particular event. Because the staff was so excited about the food items, we joined them in the kitchens for a sneak peek at these unique menu selections...

From the Freedom Dinner Buffet Menu: Roast Pork Loin with Maple Bourbon Sauce, Buttered Corn with Red Peppers and Baked Sweet Potato with Brown Sugar.

From the Dessert Menu: Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake with Fresh Berries & Raspberry Coulis.

From the Casual Rehearsal Plated Dinner BBQ Menu: Bourbon Street Shrimp & Chicken Skewer served over Rice Pilaf with Fresh Steamed Broccoli Spears.

Also from the Casual Rehearsal Plated Dinner BBQ Menu: Appetizer Grilled Pita Bread with Hummus & Olive Tapanade.

Whether you are looking for something formal or casual for your next group event, Liberty Mountain Resort has a unique variety of both venues and menu selections to offer. You can find out more about what Liberty has to offer by starting at our "Groups & Weddings" webpage and navigating through the various banquet & wedding menus, venue options and gallery photos.

Thanks Food & Beverage Staff, for allowing us to visit your kitchens, and for providing our resort with such unique menu selections!

Friday, May 1, 2009

First Blog Post!

It's official! Liberty Mountain Resort has entered into the world of blogging. Liberty is a happenin' place with lots of exciting things going on throughout the course of the year. This blog gives us one more way of communicating that excitement with our past, present and future guests. So welcome aboard!

Since some of you may still be in snow mode, let's recap the 2008-2009 winter season:

With 98 days total of open business for skiing and snowboarding, it was a great season. Opening day was on December 6th, 2008 and closing day was on March 15th, 2009. Looking back, it was a long, yet exciting season. There was over 3.6 million dollars put back into improvements for this past winter season. Before the season began, the newly renovated and expanded Apline Market, Boarderline Snowboard Rental Shop, Liberty Snow Sports Retail Shop, and Locker Room areas were revealed. We also had new snow guns and other improvements made to the snowmaking system which allowed us to produce the most snow this mountain has ever seen! We also packed the calendar with events including the Annual Ryan Rail Jam, 80's Weekend and the ever-popular Springfest & Pond Skimming. Needless to say, the season was nothing shy of exciting.

Here are some of our favorite pictures from this past season:

Snowmaking and fresh corduroy!

The Annual Ryan Rail Jam competition - new Ryan Feature built by our Terrain Park Crew.

80's Weekend excitement!

The Springfest 2009 theme was "Liberty Mountain Hits the Big Screen." Guest Services brought Hollywood to life all dressed and decorated as Happy Feet. Penguins doing the macarena - only at Liberty!

Today is the first day of May, so you may want to let go of the snow mode. It's time for sunny days, green grass and blue skies! It's time to get as excited as those guys dressed in crazy 80's gear (above) for the warm seasons ahead.

Thanks for visiting our new blog and for reading our first post. Make sure you check back next week as Liberty continues to blog. Happy May!