During 2018 Winter Olympics, The Bachelor franchise is heating up with its own brand of competition. The Bachelor Winter Games premieres on Tuesday, Feb. 13, featuring alums of past seasons and international versions of the franchise staying in an exclusive resort. But, you can stay at The Bachelor Winter Games house even without a pricey membership at the Wilmington, Vermont resort, which is called The Hermitage Club at Haystack Mountain.
Lodging at the resort is open to the public, but skiing and the clubhouse do require membership, according to The Hermitage Club's official website. The resort has six inns and slopeside rentals available for guests and the cost ranges from $165 per night to $950 per night. According to The Boston Globe, The Bachelor Winter Games contestants stayed in the Stag's Leap slopeside property, which costs about $3,000 a night. No matter where you stay, you'll need to become a member if you want to ski on the slopes.
The Hermitage Club's memberships range from the Limited Exclusive Membership (available for one or two weeks, starting at $10,000) to the Family Legacy Membership (which as a fee of $85,000 and annual dues of $9,500). The memberships include golf and ski passes, access to the clubhouse, and accommodations at one of the resort's inns. The Hermitage Club's brochure stated that its membership requirement promises to keep "lifts and slopes uncrowded, safe, family-friendly and primed to enthrall the most passionate skiers."
The Deerfield Valley News reported that The Bachelor Winter Games wanted to film at The Hermitage Club, because the resort had everything executive producer Nicole Woods said the series needed. She told the newspaper:
"It was an easy decision once we connected and scouted with them. They have so many things we needed under one roof: the beautiful big clubhouse, a private ski mountain, their amazing ski and events team, date locks, private homes for our cast to live, and more."
According to The Boston Globe, Winter Games filmed at the luxurious members-only resort during November and December 2017. The Deerfield Valley News reported that the series also filmed an arrival parade in Manchester and shot some scenes in the restaurant Cast & Kiln Kitchen in Wilmington, Riley Rink in Manchester, Wilmington’s Memorial Hall, and West Dover Inn. Vermont Production Council co-founder Philip Gilpin Jr. claimed to the Valley News that the parade scenes, which are featured in The Bachelor Winter Games trailer, are allegedly already attracting other productions to film in the region.
Wilmington economic development specialist Gretchen Havreluk told The Deerfield Valley News that she hoped the Vermont area's presence in Bachelor Winter Games might inspire people to visit the location. "The theme of the show is starting your life together,” Havreluk told the newspaper. “So these people who are watching who are in the age group we want, they may watch and say ‘Oh, they’re in Wilmington or Dover — we should go there. That’s not that far away for us. Let’s go experience that.’”
While in Wilmington and the surrounding areas, Bachelor Winter Games contestants competed in winter-themed competitions (you know, like the 2018 Winter Olympics) and engaged in the usual romantic drama among Bachelor Nation alums (you know, like Bachelor in Paradise). But this time, former Bachelor contestants from international versions of the franchise will mingle with the American cast. This could create new, international relationships, and perhaps new fan favorites — which perhaps could lead to an international contestant becoming the next Bachelor or Bachelorette. We can dream, right?
Either way, Bachelor Winter Games is sure to mix things up in the Bachelor franchise — and contestants will get to do so in a very luxurious locale.