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.

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.

Furniture StoreWhen you think of picturesque Vermont winter landscapes, you might imagine snow draped covered bridges, busy small town streets adorned in Christmas lights and busy shoppers, or the quintessentially Vermont red barn. What you might not imagine, however, is a furniture store.  Yet at Stonehurst, we offer you exactly that–classic Vermont beauty much like what you’d see on a postcard, while you shop for locally crafted wood furniture.

 

Furniture StoreThe old shed in the backyard is a visitor favorite, and has been standing since the 1950s. Despite all that has changed about this property, the shed remains a nice slice of history from a much simpler time.

 

Furniture StoreMagnificent tall trees cover the property, showing you the direct relationship between the forest and your new wood furniture.

 

Furniture StoreBirdwatchers and animal lovers are in luck, as our property has frequent visitors from the forest. Cardinals, Bluejays, Owls, and more are common– as well as foxes, deer, woodchucks, and even a local barn-cat that we’ve grown to love! There’s always a surprise and we’re happy to share this wonderful connection with the natural world.

 

Furniture StoreIf you get here at the right time of the day, sunlight creates the most stunning scenes in places least expected. Plus, how magnificent are those pines?

 

Furniture StoreOur showroom itself is an 18th century farmhouse, rich in character and history. Take a step inside and you can really feel the warmth and charm of a traditional Vermont home. Our visitors love shopping for furniture in a place that feels less like a big box store and more like an authentic rural farmhouse.

 

Furniture StoreWe invite you to visit us and see for yourself why shopping at Stonehurst is a truly special experience. We are open 9-6 Monday through Saturday and 12-5 on Sunday. If none of those times work for you, we would gladly make other arrangements for your visit. Get more information about our showroom and plan your visit here, or send us an email at info@vermontwoodsstudios.com. We look forward to meeting you!

 

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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Take Part in the Vermont Cider Revival!

As if you needed more reasons to visit Vermont, we’ve found another great one for you. When you aren’t busy exploring farm to plate restaurants and forest to table furniture studios, we think you’d enjoy making some time for “from orchard to glass” hard cider celebrations! This weekend kicks off the first annual Vermont Cider Week, and we’re excited to see it flourish around the state! For an entire week, the state of Vermont will be in full Cider mode–with fun events at restaraunts, bars, and Cideries in a handful of great towns and cities.

Vermont has not failed to impress with it’s selection of craft beers, handcrafted furniture, or delicious local food and I expect Vermont’s cider to live up to that reputation of being the best!

Learn more about Vermont Cider Week here, or check them out on Twitter.

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 Institute of Natural Science VINS
Before your visit to VINS, check out their calendar of events so you can schedule a critter feeding or raptor show.

I’m not sure how summer slipped away so quickly, but there’s no getting around it… leaf peeping season is upon us!  Thousands of visitors will soon be motoring around the Green Mountain state enjoying the brilliant colors our maple trees are dressing up in.  If you’re one of those lucky leisure travelers be sure to add the Vermont Institute of Natural Sciences VINS in Quechee (near Woodstock) VT to your itinerary.

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In addition to live raptor shows, raptor habitats, nature trails and playgrounds, you’ll find many interesting exhibits like this one on helping nature stay in balance.

I started volunteering at VINS when Kendall and Riley were in the Vernon Elementary School, so over 15 years ago.  They had a wonderful program called ELF (Environmental Learning for the Future) where parents would come into their childrens’ classrooms and give hands-on training using various wildlife artifacts we managed to come up with.

Vermont Institute of Natural Science VINS. Wendy runs the beautiful and interesting gift shop at Vermont Institute of Natural Science VINS.
Wendy runs the beautiful and interesting gift shop at Vermont Institute of Natural Science VINS.

Today the VINS mission is mainly focused on bird conservation: “motivating individuals and communities to care for the environment through education, research, and avian wildlife rehabilitation.”  It’s a “nonprofit, member-supported, environmental education, research and avian rehabilitation organization headquartered at the VINS Nature Center in Quechee, Vermont. Open year-round, the 47-acre campus, adjacent to Quechee State Park, features 17 state-of-the-art raptor enclosures, 4 exhibit spaces, 2 classrooms, and ¾ miles of interpretive nature trails. VINS places a priority on making high-quality, compelling, and fun environmental education programs and learning opportunities accessible to more people and communities.”

Vermont Institute of Natural Science VINS. Helping nature stay  in balance. How big is an eagle's nest?
Ken and I visited VINS last weekend. For Ken it was a good excuse to get out on his Harley but he also found some cool trails to hike, including this one with a life-size replica of an eagle’s nest.

At Vermont Woods Studios we support VINS through their Adopt a Raptor, citizen science and other environmental programs.  If you’re interested in learning more about VINS, becoming a member or visiting their beautiful Nature Center in Quechee, VT check out their website today!

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.

Cheesiest Month in Vermont
Are you hungry yet? Photo via vtcheesefest.com.

A few hundred years ago, practically every Vermont farm had about a dozen cows and made their own milk, butter and cheese. This milk was brought to centrally located factories (cheese co-ops) that turned milk into butter and cheese as a way to extend the milk season and preserve the milk that would spoil otherwise. Chunks of ice were used as refrigeration in the early 1900s, until the introduction of the refrigerated truck after World War II. In the early 1950s, milk was collected by truck, bottled for distribution, and delivered throughout New England. Of all of the original cheesemakers, only a few originals remain: Crowley Cheese (1824), Grafton Cheese (1892), and Cabot Creamery (1893).

Fast forward to 2014, and Vermont has 45 cheesemaking members producing over 150 varieties of cheese. Not just regular ole’ cheese; but award winning, artisan cheese. One of the original cheese makers of Vermont, Cabot Creamery, has won awards in Best of Class for 2+ year Cheddar, Pepper Flavored Cheese, American Style Cheese, Hot Buffalo Wing Cheddar, and Cottage Cheese. And there’s more where that came from.

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So, you may be wondering just why July is the cheesiest month in Vermont? Well, there are two fantastic cheese events that just cannot be missed:

1) 2014 Vermont Cheesemakers Festival Tours 

“Vermont Farm Tours is offering an Artisan Cheese Tour and a Wine and Cheese Tour on Saturday, July 19! Tours are $95 per person and last the full day. Each tour visits three artisan producers and includes lunch, transportation, and tastings. 

This year’s Artisan Cheese Tour will visit three unique Vermont cheesemakers, featuring cow’s and goat’s milk cheeses in a range of styles. We will meet the cheesemakers and tour their pastures, cheese rooms, and a cheese cave. Enjoy tastings with the cheesemakers themselves, including styles unavailable in stores. The tour will be guided byChris Howell, Vermont Farm Tours founder.

The Artisan Cheese Tour ($95 per person) includes van transportation, a local picnic lunch, tastings, tour notes, and a canvas Vermont Farm Tours bag to fill with cheese…”  –Vermont Farm Tours

2. Vermont Cheesemakers Festival!

6th Annual Vermont Cheesemakers Festival Celebrates the Ages of Cheese
Meet the Cheesemakers, Savor the Art, Taste the Craft
Shelburne, Vt. March 6, 2014 – The Vermont Cheesemakers Festival makes it’s sixth annual appearance on the shores of Lake Champlain this summer to celebrate Vermont cheeses, locally produced artisan foods, local wines, craft beers and distilled spirits- and the people who make them. The 6th Annual Vermont Cheesemakers Festival will be held on Sunday, July 20, 2014 at the Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

 

There’s still time to pack up and get ready to spend a wonderful, cheesy July weekend in Vermont! See you there! For more information, visit vtcheesefest.com 

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.