Vermont Welcome Center

Stop into New Englands Best Welcome Center on your Next Trip

If you are like most Vermont visitors coming up from points south via Interstate 91, you will probably be stopping at Vermonts first rest area, especially if you skipped the Wallingford Connecticut  I-91 rest stop 100 plus miles earlier. For those of you not familiar with our state’s most popular highway pitstop it is more than just a rest stop. This beautiful welcome center not only has sparkling clean facilities, loads of free tourist information it also has wide ranging displays throughout featuring Vermont-made products.

Vermont Welcome Center

Through out the year the center revolves the works of various Vermont artisans, craftspeople, and product manufacturers. Recently some of our sales team has gotten to know the welcome center staff in Guilford and arranged to have some of our fine hardwood furniture and Vermont made home decor items displayed there. If you would like to see more and you have the time, our Stonehurst showroom is in the neighboring town of Vernon.

Vermont Welcome Center

Make the Guilford, Vermont welcome center and rest area part of your Vermont travel plans.

The center is conveniently located on interstate I-91 northbound just five minutes from the Massachusetts border and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. See their rave reviews on yelp & you will understand why this welcome center is a favorite of travelers entering the Green Mountain State!

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.

This weekend marks the official 2014 Spring Open Studio Weekend in Vermont! This is a very special weekend where artists around the state open their studios to the public. Southern Vermont is home to some incredibly talented artists, so if you’re planning your Memorial Day trip to Vermont– this is a destination that cannot be missed. I’d suggest watching the video above to see just how unique this open studio weekend is, as further explained by the Vermont Crafts Council in this heartfelt statement:

“Most Vermont craftspeople work in studios located in or close to their residences. These are places of production and inspiration located in downtowns as well as at the ends of dirt roads. Wherever their locations, they are exciting places to visit because they reflect the dynamic yet organized process that is used to produce the finished work of art.

The studio itself is enormously informative because you can see at a glance how the artist works. You see the swatches that have not been chosen for the quilt or the work that is experimental or not serious enough for the gallery. Buying or ordering work during an Open Studio sale is a unique experience because you have the opportunity to speak to the artist directly.”

While you’re on your studio tour of Southern Vermont, we’d love to invite you to visit us as well. Our showroom is home to a handful of one of a kind artisan furniture designs from world class craftsmen from around Vermont. Their furniture designs are true works of art, and are never replicated. Our friendly staff will be here all weekend to welcome guests & answer any questions about these unique artisan pieces.

If you’d like more information about Spring Open Studio Weekend, visit the Vermont Crafts Council website.

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.

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.

maple syrup
Did you know that maple sugaring is sustainable? Tapping doesn’t hurt the tree in any way — studies have shown that the trees that are tapped year after year live just as long, and just grow ever-so-slightly most slowly than their un-harvested counterparts.

This weekend is Vermont’s Maple Syrup open house weekend! This is exciting for two reasons: 1) Maple syrup is delicious and 2) this officially marks the first weekend of Spring! Open House Weekend is your opportunity to get a first-hand look at how Vermont’s sugar makers are able to take the sap from maple trees and craft something as delicious as pure Vermont maple syrup! 85 sugar houses around Vermont will be open for touring!

The weather is up in the air, but we’re hoping for another weekend of sunshine! So make it a trip, take a visit to Vermont– and visit us at Stonehurst while you’re here!

Visit VermontMaple.Org for an interactive map with all of the different maple syrup locations in Vermont & for more information on this great weekend event!

 

|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.|

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 Chili Festival
The crowd gathers at last years VT Chili Festival! Photo via: Farrell Distributing Company.

If there’s one thing that gets people coming from all over the Northeast to Vermont, it’s food. Well, food & beer… and furniture, because we’re fantastic at all creating the best of all three. But this blog isn’t about furniture, it’s about chili, and an entire festival dedicated to this wondrous, tasty concoction.

This weekend marks the 6th annual Vermont Chili Festival! Named one of the top 10 Winter events for the past 4 years by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. It’s a great VT mini vacation destination because Middlebury is beautiful in and of itself, and the festival has lots to do for the whole family.

There will be activities for the kids, AWARD WINNING CHILI (I repeat, some of this chili is so good it has won awards), live music, face painters, performers, and a beverage tent for the grownups! This whole event will take place on the streets of historic downtown Middlebury. Restaraunts and caterers from around the state have been fine-tuning their chili recepies all year to show it off at this festival, so it’s one not to be missed.

Chili contest starts on Saturday, March 8th, 2014 beginning at 1:00pm! Tickets are $5 for adults and children under 8 are free!

An estimated five-thousand people attended last year’s festival, with even more expected to turn out this year – I wouldn’t miss this one!

Purchase your tickets at their EventBrite page.

PS. To help keep this event as eco-friendly as possible, bring your own spoon to avoid having to use the plastic ones that will end up in a landfill!

 

| 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. |

 

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.