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.


By Dennis Shanoff

Where did Spring go? It seems like suddenly it is summer! So have you planned your summer family vacation yet? Or are you still looking for vacation ideas?

Well if you haven’t planned your summer vacation you just might want to consider a Vermont Vacation. We might be a tad biased but we think Vermont is one of the best vacation spots. And if you like fresh air, rolling green hills, arts & crafts and artisan foods Vermont is absolutely one of the best places to vacation!

Where to stay? The choice is yours. Vermont accommodations range from quiet campgrounds and cozy cabins to luxury inns and classy resorts. You can make one area your base camp while you work the region or hop scotch the state on a theme vacation such as following a cheese, wine, or micro brewed beer trail.

What to do? Here are a few of our favorite Vermont vacation ideas and popular destinations:

It’s hard to beat the quaintness of Woodstock, a postcard picture perfect New England Village. Be sure to visit the Gillingham & Sons General Store. You will be amazed at the diversity of products they carry! Nearby Queeche Gorge offers great scenic opportunities, antiquing, and fine dining. You might consider lunch or dinner at the Simon Pearce restaurant where you will have the added treat of dining on a balcony overlooking a dramatic waterfall. Prefer your activities to be a little more strenuous? Try hiking or mountain biking in the Killington area.

Or visit our big city of Burlington where we don’t quite have skyscrapers but you might find a building more then a few stories tall. Burlington is not only a great pedestrian town, but very dog friendly. Take a Lake Champlain tour (Americas 6th largest lake) or wander about Church Street where outside dining and unique shops abound.

Need more ideas? When it comes to finding Vermont vacation attractions the official Vermont tourism website has a great search feature to help you discover fun and interesting things to do. And if your route brings you in the southeastern area of Vermont and you have an interest in seeing some of Vermont’s best wood furniture please stop by and visit our showroom in Vernon.

So this year take a Vermont family vacation! Oh, and bring an empty suitcase… you are going to find a lot of goodies you’ll want to bring back!

Photo courtesy of Vermont State Parks.



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.

NestboxFor years I've been trying to either cajole or coerce some of the creative people at Vermont Woods Studios to guest blog for me.  Our team members' lives are infinitely more exciting than mine so naturally I am ecstatic to finally report that I've recruited a guest blogger, Dennis Shanoff.  Woohoo!


Dennis is an ace online marketing genie and an avid outdoorsman and naturalist.  I'm excited to welcome him to this forum and I look forward to reading his posts.  Here is the first:


"My weekends discovery has reminded us at Vermont Woods Studios to thank our customers who have “feathered their nests” with our cozy Vermont Made furniture.

You might be interested to know that other families are beneficiaries of the Vermont Furniture you chose for your home! It’s just that these families happened to be feathered! You see the small lumber cutoffs from some of our craftsman I turn into nesting boxes for birds, specifically the Eastern Bluebird and the equally beautiful and graceful Tree Swallow. These guys eat pesky bugs and they eat up lots of bugs when their young arrive!

I maintain about a dozen boxes in my yard and some of my neighbors that have the right terrain have placed our nest boxes in their yards. I monitor these boxes every few days to see how things are going. As usual this year I have full occupancy. Mostly Tree Swallows but I have observed 3 boxes taken by Bluebirds. This past Saturday I found eggs in all the boxes and in one box a Momma Bluebird was sitting tight.

 So Sunday morning when Momma bluebird flew out to get some breakfast I checked into the nest box and discovered tiny hatchlings that couldn’t have been more then a day old! Perfect timing! This is the soonest I have seen them after hatching. About the size of a Nickel!






Baby bluebirds


The Tree Swallows should be hatching very soon too. While the Swallows will hatch, fledge, and hang out a bit, they will eventually move on. The bluebirds on the other hand will repeat this process 2 or 3 more times this summer. And the young from the first Bluebird hatch will stay around to help Mom & Dad take care of the next batch! And so it goes on my land year after year. It’s such a great feeling knowing each year you helped nature put 60 or more beneficial birds on the planet and in the skies!

So we thank you and a big thank you from our appreciative feathered friends! They just love these nest boxes! And we hope you are loving your newly furnished nest too!"

Contributed by guest blogger Dennis Shanoff

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.