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Author: Peggy Farabaugh

Peggy Farabaugh

She is a CEO who brakes for salamanders, has bottle-fed rescued squirrels and spent her vacation building furniture for a rural school in Costa Rica. She believes in the future and in the people who will build it. A former distance-learning professor at Tulane University with a master’s in environmental health & safety, she turned an interest in forest conservation and endangered species into a growing, local business. She delivers rainforest statistics at breakneck speed, but knows how to slow down and appreciate the beauty of a newly finished piece of heirloom furniture.

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Easter Dinner in Vermont: Farm to Plate

April 18th, 2014 by Peggy Farabaugh

Easter dinner in Vermont | Farm to Plate | Locavore

Many families will be preparing Easter dinner in Vermont with fresh local vegetables, meats, breads, cheeses and other delicious foods obtained from their local farmers.   The Farm to Plate and Locavore movements are flourishing in Vermont where there are 99 farmers markets and 164 CSAs (like the Wild Carrot Farm) available to provide locally grown food.

Buying Local Food

What’s on your menu for Easter dinner?  Have you ever thought about where that food comes from?  Vermont, being an agricultural state filled with innovative farmers, has become the leader in the locavore and “farm to plate” movements.  The idea is to source your food close to home.  For me personally the main advantage of buying locally is knowing that my food was sustainably grown without the use of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers that harm the environment.  But there are lots of other advantages to the eating local food such as:

  • Local food is fresher.  It’s picked when ripe (not when convenient for cross-country trucking) so it tastes better and it’s more nutritious
  • Local food supports local farmers.  Here in Vermont we’re struggling to make sure our landscape stays rural and pastoral so supporting farms and farm families is critical
  • Local food supports the local economy and helps create jobs and sustainable communities

Farmer’s Markets, CSAs and The Wild Carrot Farm

Wild Carrot Farm | Farm to Plate | Local Food

Jesse Kayan and his draft horses plow the fields at the Wild Carrot Farm in Brattleboro, Vermont.  Wild Carrot farms on just 40 acres but they offer 180 types of vegetables and flowers, and beef, pork, chicken, turkey, lamb, and milk to the local community.  Now is the time to buy your share of the  2014 harvest!

In Vermont, most grocery stores have a decent selection of local foods but the real action is at our farmer’s markets and our CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture).  Last week Annette asked Ken and me to split a share of locally grown food from the Wild Carrot Farm, a local CSA in Brattleboro, VT.   After meeting with Jesse Kayan who operates the farm we were hooked and decided to give it a try.  For about $500 we get a generous share of freshly picked vegetables each week throughout the entire harvest season- plus a variety of PYO (pick your own) flowers and veggies.  If you’d like to learn more about buying a share, give Jesse a call.  CSAs have a limited number of shares they can sell each year, depending on the size of their farms.  Like other CSAs in our area, the Wild Carrot Farm will be sold out soon.

How About Having Easter Dinner in Vermont– at a Country Inn?

Easter Dinner at the Windham Hill Inn | Local Foors | Farm to Plate

Dinner at the Windham Hill Inn is a celebration of local foods and farmers!

If you don’t have time to gather local foods together in time for Easter- treat yourself and your family to dinner out.  People come from all over New England to enjoy Easter dinner at our many farm to plate restaurants.  This photo is from the restaurant at the Windham Hill Inn in Townshend, VT– one of the prettiest rural inns in the Green Mountains.  Check out the Vermont Fresh Network to find the place that’s perfect for your family.

Bon appetit, Happy Easter, Happy Passover, Happy Spring!

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.

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Custom Bookcases Make Spring Cleaning a Snap

April 16th, 2014 by Peggy Farabaugh

Open Ladder Bookcases | Real Solid Wood | Custom Made in America

What kind of bookcase would make your Spring cleaning easier?  If you’ve got nothing to hide maybe an open shelf workstation or ladder bookcase is perfect for you (if only I could be so neat and tidy).

Get excited about Spring cleaning!  It’s time to tear open the shutters and throw up the sash (as Clement Clarke Moore would say).  Somehow inhaling all that fresh Spring air must get people thinking about re-organizing their living rooms because we always have a high demand for custom bookcases during this season.

Big Huge Bookcases with Glass Doors

Real Solid Wood Bookcases | Big Huge Large Sizes | Cherry, Walnut Hardwood

The large Modern Shaker 2-Glass Door Bookcase (left), shown in walnut is hand made in Vermont of real solid hardwood.  Not big enough?  Up-size to our 3 piece Modern Shaker Wall Unit for the ultimate in high end storage and display furniture (our bookcases are available in cherry, walnut and maple wood and they’re on sale for up to 20% off!).

Livin large? Then you need a huge bookcase to safely store your books, media, artwork and other valuables.  The cases shown above are made in America (right here in Vermont) of real solid wood and finished with a hand-rubbed oil and wax.   You can customize them online with your choice of hardwood and edge profile (straight edge for a mission furniture style or rounded as shown above).  Or visit us at Stonehurst, our beautiful southern Vermont showroom for help with customization.

Shaker, Mission, Craftsman and Contemporary Bookcases

Tall Shaker Bookcases | Real Solid Hardwood | American Made

For me… when it comes to Spring cleaning I’ll take the shaker bookcase on the far right — with lots of shelves and a wooden door to hide the clutter & keep the dust out.  How about you?  Hop over to our Facebook page and tell us what kind of storage furniture you need to make Spring cleaning a snap.

Shaker bookcases typically have a tapered leg. Mission style: straight legs.  Craftsman and arts and crafts style legs vary in edge profile.  Modern contemporary styles often have a straight kick-board between the legs.  The tops of these bookcases have standard edge profiles consistent with the leg styles but tops can also be customized online, by phone or in the showroom.

 

Short, Tall, Glass Doors, Wooden Doors, No Doors…

What do you need to store in your new bookcase?  Books, movies, CDs?  Fragile collectibles?  Artwork?  Junk that you can’t bear to get rid of?  Some of each?  Depending on your needs you might want glass or wooden doors, or maybe doors on just the bottom half of the bookcase.  Customize to your heart’s content!  Our bookcases are all made to order (from natural hardwoods: cherry, walnut, maple or oak) and you can modify them to meet the needs and decor of your home.

  • Contemporary, Shaker, Mission, Craftsman, Mid Century Modern and transitional styles
  • Short, medium and tall sizes
  • Cherry, walnut, maple and oak hardwoods
  • Open ladder style or with sides and backs
  • Glass doors, no doors, wood doors, half-size doors
  • Standard dimensions or custom dimension

Over the years we’ve become the go-to-guys for real solid hardwood bookcases of all sorts.  You name it – we’ve got it.  And it’s all on sale for up to 20% off!  So what kind of bookcase would make your Spring cleaning a snap?

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.

 

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Is An Oil Finish Best For Your Wood Furniture?

April 9th, 2014 by Peggy Farabaugh

An Oil Finish on Our American Shaker Wood Furniture

Our American Shaker furniture has a hand-rubbed linseed oil finish.  How does that differ from a lacquer or poly finish?

When customers walk into our fine furniture showroom at Stonehurst they often comment about how much they enjoy being greeted by the natural fragrance of wood.  That doesn’t happen in all furniture stores because wood furniture is usually sealed with a protective coating like lacquer or poly which keeps the fragrance inside.  But an oil finish is porous, setting wood’s organic aroma free to permeate your space.  And it smells wonderful!  But there are certainly pros and cons to an oil finish so we try to make sure customers fully understand the differences before they make a purchase.

What We Love About an Oil Finish

Wood furniture with an oil finish develops a deep, rich color that cannot be obtained with other finishes that don’t penetrate the grain of the wood.  Only oil brings out the depth of color and beauty of the grain that natural hardwoods are famous for. Over time, an oil finish will develop a rich, lustrous patina that’s beautiful to look at and super-smooth to touch.  And a joy to smell!  Another advantage is: if your oil finish gets scratched it can easily be sanded and re-oiled (you can do this yourself with a little 0000 steel wool – see our Furniture Care instructions).

An Oil Finish Requires More Care

than furniture with a poly or lacquer finish, but many people feel the resulting appearance is worth the effort.  How often do you have to re-oil?  Many furniture makers suggest this thumb rule:  oil once a day for the first week, once a week for the first month, once a month for the first year and once a year thereafter.  Quite honestly, most customers are just too busy for that, especially if they have a house full of furniture to oil!  Some don’t touch their furniture for years, while others choose to oil it religiously. Obviously, the more you oil the stronger and more beautiful the finish, but we know many people who only oil their furniture when the wood starts to look dry and that seems to be just fine.

Another consideration with an oil finish is that it’s not as protective as poly or lacquer sealants.   We recommend that you keep a bottle of oil and  a 0000 steel wool pad (or equivalent synthetic sanding pad) handy so you can rub out water rings from drink glasses or smooth out the end grain of a wooden table top if it becomes rough due to variations in temperature and humidity.  Here’s a downloadable pdf on caring for wood furniture with an oil finish that Liz created for you.

Comparison of Different Wood Furniture Finishes

Have a look at our Furniture Finishes and Furniture Care pages for additional information, tips and advice on how to choose the best finish for your wood furniture.  Send us your questions on Facebook, give us a call or, better yet stop by Stonehurst to see, touch and smell the beauty of a hand-rubbed oil finish.

 

 

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BEEC’s Salamander Soiree

April 5th, 2014 by Peggy Farabaugh

 

Come join us at the Salamander Soiree tonight, April 5th from 6-8:30pm at the River Garden on Main Street in Brattleboro VT.  A number of animal lovers from Vermont Woods Studios will be attending the annual party sponsored by our friends at the Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center BEEC.  We’ll be helping to recruit and train crossing guards for this year’s annual amphibian migration. Why not join us?

Tom Tyning, author of the Stokes Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles will be speaking about his research projects on vernal pools, rare salamanders, endangered snakes, and spade foot toads.  Tom is always lively, informative, and funny.  Other festivities include: hors d’oeuvres, live music and the famous Salamander Crossing Guard Fashion Show.  Bring your iphone or ipad and you can install BEEC’s new Salamander Crossing app.  Best of all, it’s free!

For a little background on why a fine furniture company would be so dedicated to protecting frogs, toads and salamanders, here’s a look back at previous amphibian-related posts:

See you tonight!  Dress code?  Black and yellow, of course.

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.

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Our Green Mission: Walking the Talk

April 3rd, 2014 by Peggy Farabaugh

Stonehurst: A Sustainable Furniture Store with a Green Mission

Our sustainable furniture showroom at Stonehurst sits on a 100 acre wooded parcel in Vernon, Vermont.  This is the view out our back windows– also a place for weekly meetings (weather permitting) and a backdrop for forest conservation projects.

Ken and I founded Vermont Woods Studios fine furniture store almost nine years ago.  As a woodworker, Ken’s interest was in earning a living by promoting the tradition of high quality Vermont made wood furniture.  For me, the project was about forest conservation and my desire to help protect forest habitat and wildlife for future generations*.   Over the years it’s been a challenge managing this yin-yang pair of objectives but I think we’ve been able to maintain a pretty good balance.

Stonehurst Opens Up New Opportunities for Forest Conservation

This year we have a chance to bring a whole new dimension to our forest conservation mission through our newly acquired property at Stonehurst.  The farmhouse we purchased and renovated into a Vermont made furniture gallery sits on 100 wooded acres in the foothills of the Green Mountain National Forest.  In the past our environmental mission was largely fulfilled by donating to like-minded non-profits**, but now we can also also partner with them by providing forest habitat for various conservation projects.

Join Us!

Below are a few conservation activities we’re supporting for 2014:

  • Woodlands for Wildlife – Vermont Coverts educates landowners in sound forest management practices and the principles of stewardship for the enhancement of wildlife.  Ken and I are attending their 3-day seminar on forest and wildlife management this spring to learn how to improve wildlife habitat and provide better conditions for native deer, turkeys, moose, bear, birds, bob cats, chipmunks, squirrels and other species that may be living at Stonehurst.
  • MonarchWatch - When Kendall and Riley were in elementary school we used to capture monarch caterpillars, watch their metamorphosis and tag the butterflies before waving them off on their epic migration to Mexico every fall.  But for the past several years I haven’t seen even a single monarch.  So this year we’ll support Chip Taylor at MonarchWatch by planting butterfly gardens (including milkweed) and encouraging others to do the same.
  • Vermont Center for Eco Studies- VCE is a group of Vermont’s foremost conservation scientists who inspire citizen volunteers across Vermont and around the world.  We’ve been supporting them for years and are excited about being able to use Stonehurst as a place to gather data for their many programs including:
    • Vernal pool mapping
    • VT reptile and amphibian atlas
    • VT breeding bird survey
  • Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center – BEEC’s annual Salamander Soiree is this Saturday April 5th from 6-8:30pm in Brattleboro at the River Garden on Main Street.  We’ll be there to help recruit crossing guards for this year’s annual amphibian migration.

If you’re in our neighborhood and share similar interests, please stop by Stonehurst, give us a call or connect with us on Facebook.  Let us know what you’re working on and how we can help.  As the southern most corner of Vermont, Vernon can play a significant role in our state’s conservation efforts.  Let’s make it happen!

* We are losing the worlds forests at a rate of > 1 acre/second.  A major factor in deforestation is widespread illegal logging for timber that’s used to make cheap furniture sold by IKEA, Home Depot and other big-box stores.  Our goal at Vermont Woods Studios is to help raise awareness about where your furniture comes from and persuade people to buy sustainable furniture made from legally harvested wood.

** The non-profits we’ve supported include the World Wildlife Fund WWF, The Nature Conservancy TNC, Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center BEEC, Vermont Center for Ecostudies VCE and others working to conserve forests and wildlife.

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.

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Earth Hour 2014: Be a Part Of It!

March 26th, 2014 by Peggy Farabaugh

Earth Hour 2014 | WWF

This Saturday March 29th from 8:30-9:30pm is Earth Hour, the largest environmental movement in history. Be a part of it by turning your lights off to symbolize your support for Mother Nature.

What is Earth Hour?

Earth Hour is the largest environmental movement in history and it’s sponsored annually by the World Wide Fund WWF.  It’s purpose is to bring people from around the world together for 1 hour in solidarity and support of Mother Nature.  The event has grown to include over 7000 cities and towns worldwide that participate by turning their lights off from 8:30-9:30pm (local time) as a symbol of their commitment to the planet.

Why Do We Care?

I started Vermont Woods Studios in 2005 as my personal attempt to be part of the solution to environmental care, especially in the area of forest and wildlife conservation.  Since then I’ve been fortunate enough to find a small cadre of brilliant professionals, willing to work long hours in an effort to get this sustainable furniture company up and running.  Today I can say we’re making great strides and much of that is attributed to our commitment to a mission that we believe in.  Earth hour symbolizes that mission.

How Can You Participate?

It’s easy and fun to be a part of Earth Hour this Saturday, March 29th at 8:30pm.   Check out WWF’s Earth Hour website for things to do while the lights are out.  Candlelight dinners, star-gazing, nighttime bike rides, moonlit picnics and more.

Curious about what others in your city are doing for Earth Hour?  Here’s a map showing various celebrations across America and a list of cities, buildings and businesses that are participating.  Around New England you’ll find dozens of activities including dramatic displays in New York City’s Times Square and the Empire State Building and dimming of the lights in locations all around Boston.  If you add your name to the movement this Saturday, share photos with us at Vermont Woods Studios (Twitter and Facebook #earthhour).  Together we can make a difference!

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.

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Celebrate Spring: It’s Boston Design Week

March 19th, 2014 by Peggy Farabaugh

Boston Design Week

For all our interior design friends in around New England, here is a new event you won’t want to miss.  It’s the first annual Boston Design Week, a 10-day citywide design festival starting tomorrow and running March 20-30, 2014.  Boston design organizations, schools, businesses, sponsors and individual designers have over 80 design events, exhibitions, speakers, receptions, behind-the-scene tours, and other activities to spring you into a creative mood.   Better yet, most activities are free of charge and open to the public.

Festivities are designed to “encourage the public to explore architecture, environmental and landscape design, urban design, interior design, fashion, graphic design, photography, product and industrial design, studio design, furniture design, decorative arts, sculpture, textiles, jewelry and more.”

Here are just a few design events you might like to check out:

  • Boston Architectural College presents This Old House, “About the Process: The Production and Design Process of the TV Series, This Old House,” March 25 @ 6:00 pm at “The Beehive” in the BAC Hall, 951 Boylston St. Boston, MA 02116
  • Restoration Resources presents “Designing & Decorating with Salvage” by Joanne Palmisano March 29 @ 11:00 am & again at 1:00 pm at 1946 Washington St. Boston, MA 02118
  • Beth Bourque Design Studio presents “Insight into Furniture Design” March 26 @ 6:00 pm Masterpiece Woodworks Inc, 65 Bodwell St. Avon, MA 02322

Not able to get to Boston this Spring?  Well, how ’bout making a visit to our new fine furniture and home decor showroom at Stonehurst in Vernon, VT?  We’re collecting Vermont’s finest home decor brands (Simon Pearce glass ware, Hubbardton Forge lighting, Laura Zindel ceramics, Anichini linens…) to offer you at this beautiful 17th century farmhouse showroom.  You’ll have easy access to the best of Vermont’s furniture and interior design items all under one roof.  Shop our new to the trade program for interior designers, decorators and specifiers today.

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Sustainable Eco Friendly Furniture

March 15th, 2014 by Peggy Farabaugh

Sustainable Eco Friendly Furniture from Vermont

With yet another snowstorm on it’s way to Vermont, my mind is longing for Spring. How about you? Perhaps a few images of green grass and the birds and the bees (courtesy of Polyvore) will hurry things along?

In Vermont the seasons are still tied to production of wood furniture.  Winter provides the best opportunity for careful logging because frozen ground is less susceptible to damage.  And Spring begins a new cycle for forest stewardship planning– a process that ensures availability of wood for future generations.  At Vermont Woods Studios that process is led by Lynn Levine (our professional forester) who helps manage the 100 acre woodland that Stonehurst sits upon.  A woodland we’re using to help people understand where their furniture comes from:  trees that are sustainably harvested.

What is Sustainable, Eco Friendly Furniture?

Polywood all weather Adirondack chairs | Recycled plastic milk jugs

These eco friendly Polywood all weather Adirondack chairs are made of recycled plastic milk jugs.  Other marks of sustainability include green certifications, local responsibly harvested wood and use of non-toxic materials.

I just googled “sustainable eco friendly furniture” and came up with everything from IKEA (who was recently suspended from the Forest Stewardship Council FSC for illegally clear cutting 600 year old trees in Russia) to Pottery Barn (well known for  greenwashing campaigns like their eco chic collection). At Vermont Woods Studios  we’ve written a lot about sustainable furniture and how it’s defined.   Because we sell mainly wooden furniture we focus on responsible sourcing, green certification of wood, advantages of local and American made furniture, and the importance of recycled  and handmade furniture.  For examples of a wider variety of eco friendly furniture, check out the latest green furniture articles on Inhabitat.

Why Buy Sustainable Furniture?

“Every dollar you spend or don’t spend is a vote you cast for the world you want.” – L.N. Smith

A couple other reasons that come to mind include:

  • better health for your family (no exposure to the flammables, lead and toxic coatings that are often present in furniture)
  • less investment in furniture over the long run (sustainable furniture is built to last a lifetime so no replacements are necessary) and
  • support for local communities that produce sustainable furniture

Have some reasons of your own?  Let us know on Facebook or in the comments section below.

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Message In A Bottle: Clean up the Ocean!

March 12th, 2014 by Peggy Farabaugh

Treeson Spring Water

Treeson Eco Friendly Spring Water | Change the World

You can help Treeson get their fledgling spring water company off the ground by supporting their campaign at Kickstarter.com.

I don’t usually promote other companies or products unless they’re based in Vermont and related to our environmental mission at Vermont Woods Studios.  But although Treeson is operated in Costa Rica, the company caught my eye because their founding principles are so similar to ours.

Cleaning Up Ocean Plastic Pollution

Owner Carlton Solle took his family on a trip to Costa Rica 5 years ago.  Like me, he was alarmed at the plastic pollution littering that country’s beautiful waters and coastlines.  And like me, he  learned that less than 20 percent of the 50 billion plastic water bottles sold in the United States are actually recycled (the remaining 40 billion end up in landfills, waterways and oceans, or in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch).

Our response to plastic pollution at Vermont Woods Studios was to partner with Polywood in promoting and selling outdoor patio furniture made from recycled plastic bottles.  Carlton’s response was to create Treeson spring water which is packaged in an eco-friendly, biodegradable, collapsible water bottle that comes with a pre-paid USPS postage sticker.  The empty bottle goes in the Mail box instead of the trash.

Replanting the Rainforest

For every bottle of spring water sold, Treeson plants a tree. They are working closely with our friend Kevin Peterson at the Eco Preservation Society to replant the rainforest in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica (this is the area we visited a few years ago and did volunteer work building furniture at a local school).  So far over 38,000 trees have been planted.

Incidentally, Kevin is one of the people who influenced us at Vermont Woods Studios to plant a tree for every furniture sale.

Life Cycle of a Treeson Bottle:  Cradle to Grave

Treeson water bottles are made from plant-based materials and filled with filtered spring water sourced close to each retail territory.  Empty bottles are easily flattened and returned for free (by peeling off the label to reveal a return label) via the United States Postal Service.  The used bottles are then recycled to produce clean energy (with a machine that converts the plant-based material into biogas) that is used to produce new bottles.

Support Treeson’s Kickstarter Campaign

You can help Treeson get their fledgling company off the ground by supporting their campaign at Kickstarter.com.   There you’ll find information and frequently asked questions about their mission, business plans and processes.

We wish them well.  Can companies like Treeson and Vermont Woods Studios really change the world?  Let us know your thoughts on Facebook.

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.

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Memories of Pine Top, Southern Vermont’s Lost Ski Area

March 10th, 2014 by Peggy Farabaugh

For all you Pine Top alumni out there, here is a fun email I received from Sally Byrnes Magin who shares her memories of skiing here in the 1950s:

Pine Top Ski Area | Memories from Sally

Memories of Pine Top from Sally Byrnes Magin:  I love the pictures of the ladies sitting on the front porch and the one of Laddie, Elsie and Romey’s dog.

Dear Peggy,

By chance, when googling “Pine Top” for sentimental reasons, I came across the Vermont Woods Studios and Stonehurst website.  After spending many winter vacations as a child at Pine Top, I was so excited to see that you are keeping the memories alive!  My family and our friends, from northern NJ, spent almost every President’s Week in February (from about 1950 until 1958) at Pine Top, learning to ski and having a wonderful time together. In fact, one of the trails that led from the top of the “Tobey” rope tow was named “Stoddard Run” after our friends the Stoddard family.

Eventually, as our skiing skills improved, we branched out to other Vermont ski areas. It was a magical time spent with Elsie and Romey (Racine), Laddie their dog, the kitchen staff, and the local ski instructors at Pine Top.  Our group took over the entire house for a week, and expanded into the “new annex” when it was built.

Some memories that I have of Pine Top are: skiing down the Pelley and Tobey slopes, struggling with those rope tows, the Tiny Tot hill, eating “sugar on snow” in the old warming hut, being excited when the “new” warning hut was built, visiting the farm and cows up the road, the bell that signaled breakfast and dinner, playing board games in front of the fireplace at night, going into Brattleboro to see ski jumping competitions, and how cold the rooms upstairs were in the mornings before the heat came up through the grates. Also, walking back from the warming hut on a cold Vermont night with every star in the sky visible.

Memories of Pine Top | Now Stonehurst Fine Furniture Gallery

The kids always ate first, and I guess we were celebrating someone’s birthday at dinner.   I must have been sitting at the other end of the dining room table (so am not in the picture).

I hope to visit Stonehurst some time in the future and perhaps walk around the property to revisit old memories.             …..Sally Byrnes Magin Township of Washington, NJ

Sally Byrnes Magin | Memories of Skiing at Pine Top

Here’s a picture of me in early 1950′s ski gear, lace up boots, and cable bindings. Those were the days!  By the way, one of those ski instructor’s last name may have been “Herbert”…he taught us all how to ski, and I am still going strong at age 70! … Sally Byrnes Magin

Well, thank you so much Sally for generously sharing your wonderful memories of skiing at Pine Top.  We hope you’ll come up to visit us soon. I think you’ll enjoy the property and all the improvements we’ve made while transforming it into Stonehurst (a showcase for Vermont’s fine furniture and home decor).

Does anyone else out there have Pine Top memories to share?  Send them along!  We’ve got an online compilation of Pine Top stories and yours should be part of it.

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.

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