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Visit Vermont this Fall to see Mother Nature’s most dramatic color show. Peak foliage is estimated to be around Columbus Day this year. Photo via the Official State of Vermont Tourism Site.

This is the time of year when our Green
Mountain State
begins to transform into a world full of red, orange, and yellow hues. The
brilliant colors of autumn attract leaf peepers from across the world, and it’s
easy to see why. Vermont is the
best place to see fall foliage in New England, and
arguably the United States.
With nearly 80% of our state being forested, the opportunities to see the
dramatic hues are limitless.
Additionally, Vermont has
the highest number of maple trees in New England, which
produce the ultimate red leaves during the fall season.

This year the Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing
will be producing a Foliage Report that will be issued weekly. Starting
September 18, the Foliage Report will provide a map of the finest driving
routes, an audio update and trail recommendations. In addition to visiting the website, leaf peepers can stay up-to-date on Vermont’s foliage progression by calling 1-800-VERMONT.

When is peak fall foliage in Vermont?
The trees outside our offices at Vermont Woods Studios have already begun to change, but looking at the foliage Forecaster, it appears that Columbus Day weekend will be the best time to see the
dramatic colors cover Vermont.
This is a perfect opportunity to spend a weekend in Vermont
to breathe in the cool, crisp air of autumn, enjoy the outdoors, and listen to
leaves crunch below your feet.

Heather Barrett is a Marketing Assistant at Vermont Woods Studios, an online furniture gallery which showcases Vermont’s finest wood furniture. Follow our blog to learn about Vermont fine furniture, Vermont happenings, our mission, and our team.

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.

By Heather Barrett

 

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A 100-Mile Mountainscape view, known as the Hogback Mountain Scenic Overlook. The Vermont Wildlife Festival is located right next to this stunning view. Image via VisitVermont.com

We love wildlife here at Vermont Woods Studios.  Forest conservation
is, afterall, a large part of our mission.  So, if you're anything like us, we have an
exciting event for you to attend this weekend. Saturday, September 15, is the third annual
Vermont Wildlife Festival. This day-long event, put together by the Southern
Vermont Natural History Museum
, is designed to "showcase the many ways
that we enjoy the outdoors in Vermont."
The day (10am-4pm) is packed full of events by over twenty different organizations. During the Vermont Wildlife Festival you will see live animals (including
raptors and a wolf), have the opportunity to go on a guided hike, a scavenger
hunt, interactive demonstrations, wilderness survival information, and much more. Not quite sold yet? What
if I told you that this event is FREE?

Still not 100% sold? Have I mentioned that this event will
be taking place right near the Hogback Mountain Scenic Overlook? It is a
panoramic 100-mile breath-taking view. It is a must-see, and a perfect photo opportunity,
for both Vermonters and tourists alike.

For more information about this event, I encourage you to
visit the Vermont Wildlife Festival website. You will find directions and a
full list of the events.

 

Heather Barrett is a Marketing Assistant at Vermont Woods Studios, an online furniture gallery which showcases Vermont's finest wood furniture. Follow our blog to learn about Vermont fine furniture, Vermont happenings, our mission, and our team.

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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Photo of the Champlain Valley Fair taken in 2011 by Stephen Mease. The Champlain Valley Fair is just one of many events happening in Vermont over Labor Day weekend.

Labor Day is one of our beloved long weekends, and has
almost become synonymous with fairs in American culture.  Vermont
has a few great fairs and festivals scattered through out the state to help you
celebrate this weekend.

 

Northern Vermont:
The Champlain Valley Fair, located in Essex Junction (about
15 minutes outside of Burlington)
began on Saturday, August 25th, and will continue through Monday, September
3rd.  This fair is packed with concerts,
rides, animals, and of course, fair food!

Central Vermont:
The Vermont State Fair is located in Rutland,
Vermont.
The 167 year old family tradition will run from Friday, August 31st to
Sunday, September 9th.  There will be
demolition derbies, concerts, tractor pulls, a carnival, food vendors (ever
tried fried dough with maple syrup?), and much, much more!

Southern Vermont:
The 17th Annual Southern Vermont Garlic and Herb Festival is
located in Bennington, Vermont.
This outdoor festival will be open on
Saturday, September 1st, and Sunday September 2nd, from 10am-5pm.  Join
fellow garlic lovers in visiting over 100 different vendors, joining workshops,
and listening to live music.  Kids will
be happy to tag along when they learn about the hay maze, face painting,
inflatable fun jumps, and the bean bag toss!

Another Southern Vermont event
happening Labor Day weekend (September 1st and 2nd) is the 18th annual Mount
Snow Brewers Festival
.  Mount
Snow is located in West
Dover.  With 35 breweries,
there will be over 80 beers and ciders for sample and sale.  In addition to the beverages, there will be a
large music tent and food vendors. Scenic chairlift rides will be available,
allowing people the unique experience of seeing the Mount
Snow view during the summertime.

This Labor Day weekend, there is an event for everybody in Vermont.  What are your weekend plans? Tell us on our
Facebook page.

Heather Barrett is a Marketing Assistant at Vermont Woods Studios, an online furniture gallery which showcases Vermont’s finest wood furniture. Follow our blog to learn about Vermont fine furniture, Vermont happenings, our mission, and our team.

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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Lark's Fine Women's Clothing and Accessories, located at High Street in Brattleboro, VT. It's inside the Blue Moose Cafe and it's beautiful!

I stopped into the Blue Moose Cafe on High Street in Brattleboro the other day to grab a panini and use their free WiFi.  On my way in I realized they have a new boutique in the store.

 

 

It's Lark's Fine Women's Accessories and it's beautiful!  Like many places in Brattleboro, Lark's is small and intimate with a warm, inviting personality.  The owner, Lark Eustace was tending shop and we chatted for awhile about her unique selection of clothing and accessories.

 

Before you head off to the mall for Back to School shopping, stop by and see Lark! Her store is elegant, but surprisingly affordable. 

 

Some of the lines Lark is carrying include:  Pine Cone Hill (bathrobes and pajamas), Charlie Leather (cross body bags, custom designed in many colors), Hemptress (eco-conscious hemp handbags that won the 2010 Independent Handbag Designer Awards), Brattleboro resident Kori Leary (velvet scarves), local artisan Donna Wilson (hand knit hats made with wool and finished with added mohair from her Vermont farm’s sheep and lambs) and Brattleboro resident Allen McCarty (Dichroic jewelry).  You won't believe the variety of little luxuries that are tucked into this trendy boutique.

 

 

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Lark has a great selection of beautiful scarves, custom hand bags, custom jewelry and more.  Check it out, then have lunch at the Blue Moose Cafe.

 

Lark's an Interior Designer and Fashion Merchandiser trained in Phoenix, AZ, but she grew up in Vermont.  Maybe that's why her sophisticated, high end boutique has managed to fit perfectly into Brattleboro's funky scene. 

 

 

 

 

Peggy Farabaugh owns Vermont Woods Studios Fine Furniture.  She travels around the Green Mountain State collaborating with other small business owners  and feeling very lucky to live and work in a place where creativity is flourishing.

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.