Peter and Susan MacLaren

The Mad River Valley’s Peter MacLaren of West Hill House B&B is selected as the 2019 Vermont Chamber of Commerce Borden E. Avery Innkeeper of the Year.

This award celebrates MacLaren’s leadership and contribution within the Mad River Valley lodging community and throughout Vermont’s hospitality industry, as well as innkeepers Peter and Susan MacLaren’s commitment to offer a superior guest experience for the Vermont visitor. This award is designed specifically for individuals who continue to demonstrate excellence in the operation and management of a Vermont bed and breakfast, inn, hotel or resort, and a commitment to the growth of the local community. Being named Trip Advisor’s No. 1 B&B in the Mad River Valley, and in the top 10 for all of Vermont, is an accomplishment and indicator of the customer service the inn provides to its guests. MacLaren’s is chair of the Mad River Valley Chamber board and an active participant with several other membership organizations to help grow Vermont and to lobby for pro-tourism legislation throughout the state.

MacLaren will be awarded this honor at the Vermont Tourism Summit on April 4 at the Doubletree in South Burlington. There will be an awards ceremony, reception and dinner, all beginning at 5 p.m.



Alchemist Foundation seeks survey responses on life after high school

What are young Vermonters doing after high school? How satisfied are they with their lives and career opportunities? The Alchemist Foundation has just launched a survey at designed to find out.

The foundation seeks to learn what high school students who attended Harwood Union High School, Lamoille Union High School, Peoples Academy, Stowe High School and local tech centers have been doing since they left school. The survey is targeted at members of high school class years 2012 to 2018, specifically from the local schools the foundation focuses on in its work.

The 10-minute survey was developed to help inform the Alchemist Foundation’s future programming to help young Vermonters identify and gain access to the best educational and economic opportunities. Community members are encouraged to share the survey link ( with young adults in the target group, whether or not they are currently living in Vermont. Respondents will have the opportunity to win a gift card for completing the survey – three survey respondents will be selected at random to win a $100 Visa gift card. Responses will be accepted through mid-April.