About Dennis Shanoff

Dennis Shanoff
Dennis moved from Connecticut to south western New Hampshire 12 years ago to be closer to the outdoor recreational opportunities northern New England offers. His hobbies include regional travel, motorcycling, hiking, camping & woodworking. Dennis' main inspiration for writing is to share the great things he discovers about northern New England while out exploring the small cities & countryside.
Copeland Surround Bedroom
Copeland Surround Bedroom Collection

New and exclusive, Copeland’s Surround Bedroom

Surround yourself in comfort and beauty with Copeland Furniture’s new Surround Bedroom collection.  Start with the upholstered headboard bed as the rooms centerpiece and surround it with your choice of 7 storage options. Nightstands, dressers and chests all display softened corners throughout and are available with glass or matching wood tops. So you can use your favorite sleep system, the Surround bed can be configured for a mattress and box spring or mattress only. Upholstered Surround headboards are available in a range of microsuedes and fabrics or Ultrasuede® as well as COM (customer’s own material). The Surround Bedroom is crafted in solid ash hardwood in four finishes with a variety of knob and pull options. The finish is GREENGUARD Certified for low chemical emissions.

So how does one learn more about the new Surround Bedroom? Vermont Woods Studios , a web based retailer of Vermont Made furniture is the exclusive retailer during this introductory period. VWS has represented Copeland for many years and offers the complete line of Copeland Furniture which can be shipped free to almost any address in the lower 48 states. Our online gallery can be conveniently viewed 24/7 and during regular business hours one of our friendly customer care team members is available to answer your questions or help you find what you need.

 

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This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

Vermont Tourism Guide

Vermont Tourism, Travel well informed with guide in hand

Planning a trip to Vermont? We at Vermont Woods Studios like to promote all the great things about Vermont and help our showroom visitors get the most out of their visit to Vermont. So, we’ll tell you what we tell them: get a copy of Vermont: An Explorer’s Guide. This aptly named guidebook is the definitive Vermont travel resource for anyone interested in exploring Vermont. First published 30 years ago and recently refreshed, this 13th edition will take you through the entire state and highlight the best of what Vermont has to offer. It is the work of veteran travel writer, Christina Tree, and coauthor, Rachel Carter who had the enviable task of traveling all over the state to experience first hand all the best in Vermont lodging, dining, recreation, and sightseeing. What else will you find in the guide? Over 100 inspiring photographs, detailed maps, popular event and festival listings, plus essential travel information. To quote Yankee Magazine, “Our #1 travel tip: get this guide.”

You can order the book or learn more about this comprehensive guide book and it’s authors by visiting their website. In Vermont’s buy local spirit, I decided to purchase my copy of this book from a Brattleboro, Vermont independent bookseller, Everyone’s Books.

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Stonehurst Fine Furniture Showroom Nearing Remodel Completion
All hands on deck putting the finishing touches on our soon to be new home:  Stonehurst, Vermont Furniture Showroom

Vermont’s Newest Fine Furniture Showroom Coming Soon.

It’s hard to believe that we are approaching the one year mark in bringing Stonehurst to it’s new life. The journey began last June when during our search for a unique and special place for our new HQ we found Stonehurst. (I am pretty certain it was love at first sight for Peggy) That was a summer of contracts and inspections plus a boat load of paperwork. But by fall we had keys in hand and so we began our search for the “just right” construction team. One that could transform our dream and visions into reality. Winter soon arrived and so did all the heavy equipment, tools, material and construction talent and work began. With Vermont winters being what they are the construction team was certainly counting the days till spring but they made great headway during a classic Vermont winter. We have now seen Stonehurst through 4 seasons, taken her apart and put her back together (well almost!) We know her so well now and our team is very anxious to make this our new home.

According to the construction timeline plan we should be ready to occupy Stonehurst on May 17th. The site is certainly active right now as the various and carefully coordinated tradesman do their thing to ensure we get in by that day. Carpenters, electricians, plumbers, painters, landscapers and a few other trades all working together and putting the finishing touches on it.  Very busy indeed up there.

Then we have our work cut out for us in seamlessly moving our whole operation, fortunately and thankfully just a few miles down the road. Very fitting that Vermont Woods Studios remains in Vernon, it’s birth town. You will no doubt hear when we make the move and we will let everyone know when the new showroom is open for business. It shouldn’t be long. We hope you get the chance to visit and we hope you find Stonehurst to be a special and unique place too. We hope to see you there!

You can follow this blog, check our Facebook page, or give us a call to stay up to date on our “open to the public” date.

 

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Installation of Bluebird Nest Boxes
Vermont Woods Studios Green Team installing the Bluebird nesting boxes.

Bluebird Nesting Boxes Installed, Who Will Move in First?

Back in March I wrote a blog post about our Bluebird nesting box project. Since our new Stonehurst property had the right environment (open grassy fields) for nesting Bluebirds and we had some extra lumber the Green Team went into action. It was a tough winter so it took a bit this year for the snow to finally melt away so we could complete the final phase of our project. Plus that’s about the time Bluebirds return to these parts. But what we really needed was some thawed ground. These nest boxes need to go out in the open field which necessitated driving metal mounting posts a few feet deep into the ground. Bluebirds forage on open grassy ground and we were able to get 4 boxes in. (Bluebirds prefer some space between their nests)

For those of you who may not have heard, Stonehurst is going to be the home of our new Vermont made furniture showroom. Carpenters, plumbers, electricians and painters have been very busy since January remodeling this old farmhouse. According to the latest project schedule we should be able to begin the move in sometime mid May. Everyone here sure is eager to move into our new home! But I suspect the Bluebirds should discover these recently installed nest boxes any day now and will probably be moved and settled in before we do!

In the meantime, I will go up to Stonehurst every few days to check the nest boxes and  look for signs of move in. (Bluebirds use grass for a nesting material) While I am up there I will check on our construction team to see when our new nest will be ready. Stay tuned for future blogs to see what our nest box project yields.

 

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Best Outdoor Furniture

Best Outdoor Furniture

When it comes to the best outdoor furniture, what would your criteria be? After many conversations with our customers we have found five things that is on everyone’s wishlist.

1. Zero Maintenance

2. Sturdiness and Durability

3. Stylish

4. Eco-friendly

5. American Made

 

POLYWOOD Outdoor Furniture

We have only been able to find one manufacturer that fits our customer’s 5 point criteria, and that is POLYWOOD.

1. Zero Maintenance

POLYWOOD is constructed with recycled plastic lumber, which is designed to resist fading; won’t splinter, crack, or rot; and never requires refinishing.

2. Sturdiness and Durability

POLYWOOD is as thick and heavy as conventional wood lumber, assuring that it will hold up for heavy use or won’t blow all over your yard.

3. Stylish

With 20 collections and 13 colors to choose from, there’s a piece of POLYWOOD outdoor furniture for all tastes.

4. Eco-friendly

90% of POLYWOOD’s lumber is made from post-consumer recycled plastic. Typically, containers such as water bottles, milk jugs, ect. The average POLYWOOD adirondack chair requires 500 milk jugs to manufacture.

5. American Made

POLYWOOD is 100% made in America for over 20 years and is the premiere plastic outdoor furniture maker in the industry. In recent years, there have been a lot of companies trying to produce a similar product, but POLYWOOD innovated this process, and no one can beat the original.

We offer the full POLYWOOD product line, and you can check it out on our website. As an authorized POLYWOOD dealer, we try to keep it competitively priced, tax-free, and offer free shipping. If you have any questions about our POLYWOOD outdoor furniture, feel free to contact us.

 

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