Caitlin Burch working glass with a torch (Lampwork).
Putney Artist Caitlin Burch working glass with a torch (Lampwork).

Southern Vermont is sometimes overlooked. It’s hard to “compete” against the north, with all of the amazing food and fun that you can find in Burlington, Montpelier, Woodstock and all of the other great Northern Vermont towns. While I don’t think that it’s fair to call it competition, I do believe that you will find that Vermont experience you are looking for, right here in the south! Southern Vermont has many great events that are worth a trip, especially for those who love Vermont craftsmanship and artisan work.

One might not expect a rural Vermont town to have a vibrant arts community– but it is places like Putney that lead the way for a flourishing arts scene in Southern Vermont. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday (November 29th-Decmeber 1st) you have the opportunity to meet some of Vermont’s most prominent artists at the 35th annual Putney Craft Tour!

 

detail of hand-dyed fabric hanging by Carlene Raper
Detail of hand-dyed fabric hanging by Carlene Raper

 

The Putney craft tour is the artisan lovers dream– with a plethora of different mediums to learn about and explore; from woodwork, to quilting, to glass work, pottery, painting, handmade jewelery, and more!

This is a wonderful Vermont travel destination, where you have the opportunity to enjoy the simple pleasures of driving through the back roads of Southeastern Vermont at your own pace. Spend an hour, spend a whole day, or spend the whole weekend learning about & enjoying the unique works of art at each studio. This experience of exploration is a reason to travel in itself. You may not find a friendlier and more welcoming community of artists anywhere else!

Putney is only a short drive away from us here at Stonehurst, and we’d love to invite you to visit us and see some of the eclectic artisan furniture pieces & original artwork, that we have in our showroom!

To learn more about the Putney Craft Tour, visit their website or connect with them 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.

Stonehurst Fine Furniture Gallery | Brattleboro Reformer Article

We’re grateful to Mike Faher (journalist), Kayla Rice (photographer) and the editors of the local paper, The Brattleboro Reformer for today’s article on our Stonehurst gallery, Vermont’s newest fine furniture showroom.  Mike and Kayla visited us at Stonehurst yesterday and followed up on a couple previous articles Mike had written about Vermont Woods Studios.

Today’s article focuses on the fact that besides being a fine furniture showroom and art gallery, Stonehurst is a mini Vermont welcome center, providing tourist information about the Brattleboro area and the rest of the state of Vermont.  Check out Mike’s article on Reformer.com and stop by our open house and ribbon cutting ceremony tomorrow.  We’ll make it worth the trip!

 

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.

the fan house

 

My Review of The Fan House

Normally, the beginning of the work week for any nine-to-five worker goes the same way: coffee, exhaustion and melancholy over the end of the weekend. This week was different. I felt quite rejuvenated and ready for the week ahead. Why, you ask? During the Vermont Fine Furniture and Woodworking Festival this past weekend in Woodstock, Vermont (blog post to follow soon) I was able to stay at the lovely Fan House, a bed and breakfast in Barnard, Vermont.

Now, I should say that with being an FFA member, I am well-versed in hotel stays. I actually enjoy staying in hotels and take pleasure in having a little break away from my own bed. But this was my first time staying at a B&B, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect. Do I have to check in? (you don’t.) Should I bring my own towels? (You don’t.) What I received was much better than anything I could have hoped for.  Beautifully decorated rooms, luxurious linens, countless amenities and locally-sourced, delicious meals in the morning make the Fan House the perfect getaway for a weekend in the Green Mountains. Or should I say colorful mountains because with fall foliage just beginning, the hills surrounding Barnard were alive with shades of red, orange and yellow.

Sara Widness, steward of the Fan House, was welcoming and kind, a great example of Vermont hospitality that I’ve come to love. I grew up in the city, so being welcomed into a strangers home for the weekend and having them make my bed and serve me meals was a very new experience. Sara was a pleasure to talk with in the morning during breakfast and had great knowledge about the “must-see” places in the area. The Fan House felt like being at home. It was comfortable and peaceful, which was exactly what I needed this weekend.

Each room has it’s own antique feel with comfy quilts, artfully-aged furniture and subtle decor. The three upstairs bedrooms each have their own private bathrooms so I slept peacefully through the night without any interruptions. Each morning during our planned breakfasts, I met and conversed with people who were all travelling to Vermont for different purposes. One morning we sat and enjoyed Sara’s wonderful corn pancakes and oatmeal with yogurt and then ventured outside to enjoy the sun rising over the red hills. I also got to meet (and play with) Sara’s canine housemate, Happy Chappy, who served as a joyous greeter to The Fan House. But to all of those non-dog-lovers, Chappy stays in his own part of the house and only comes out if the rest of the guests are okay with his company.

In summary, The Fan House made a fan out of me. I don’t think I could ever look at a hotel room the same way again.

 

The Fan House

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.

Leaf Peeping | Fall Foliage in Vermont | Seeing is Beleafing!
Check out Vermont Vacation’s clever Seeing is BeLeafing website for the latest in foliage reports and recommended scenic routes throughout the Green Mountain state.

Planning to visit the Green Mountain State this weekend or anytime during this year’s foliage season?  Be sure to check out Vermont Vacation’s clever Seeing is BeLeafing website for the latest in Vermont foliage reports and recommended scenic routes.  Use this cool animated map to see when and where fall foliage is peaking in Vermont (for Stonehurst, which is located in the southeast corner of Vermont in Windham county, the map shows peak foliage will be October 10-24 this year.  You can see from Kelsey’s photos yesterday that it’s pretty gorgeous here now so just imagine the view when the forests really burst out in full fall regalia).

Need a room for the weekend?  It’s not too late.  Here’s a quick way to search for lodging availability either by town or region.  I just saw that 40 Putney Road has some room.  That’s one of our favorite Brattleboro inns, located just a few minutes from downtown (and 15 minutes from Stonehurst).

You’ll find lots of other Vermont vacation ideas for Fall including great deals on mid-week get-aways, apple festivals, corn mazes and more.  Happy leaf peeping!  Stop by and see us at our new Stonehurst fine furniture showroom and art gallery on your way through.  Bring a picnic lunch and a bottle of wine and enjoy the view!

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.

Apples in Wooden Bowl at Vermont Woods Studios Showroom
Ok…ok, so we love Pears too!

 

There’s been a lot of buzz from Vermonters about apples lately. Probably because A) they’re delicious B) they’re perfect for fall and C) they have a long history in the state of Vermont! Well, we love these sweet natural treats just as much as any other Vermonter–so, lets talk apples!

Did you know that…

  • The first Macs grew in Canada. The first McIntosh apple tree sprouted from one of several seedlings that were discovered in 1811 by John McIntosh on his farm in Ontario!
  • In 1868, Dr. T.A Hoskins brought the McIntosh to Newport, Vermont right from Ontario. A descendant of John McIntosh, William McIntosh, planted these apples in his West Berlin, Vermont orchard in 1870…and the first printed reference to a mac apple appeared in 1876. 
  • In 1920, the “big four” Vermont apple varieties were McIntosh, Fameuse, Northern Spy, and Wealthy.
  • In the 1980s, Vermont had an average of 79 growers on 3,500 bearing acres in total, and produced an average annual crop of 1.25 million bushels of apples. 
  • In England, to destroy an apple orchard was seen as almost sacrilegious, and it was said that if an orchard was destroyed to make way for another crop, the crop would never prosper.
  • An old Samhain charm was for all the district’s unmarried young people to tie an apple onto a piece of string and whirl it around before a fire. The one whose apple fell off first was said to be the first to marry
  • McIntosh, Vermont’s “bread & butter variety,” remains  within the top six apple varieties desired by consumers.
  • The 2007 census reported 264 farms growing apples on 3,241 acres of land in Vermont, and the 2011 survey found those same results!

     

    If you loved these apple facts as much as we do, take a minute to check out Vermont Apples, a website with tons of information and history about apples, including more facts, orchard listings, and apple news! And for brilliant, tasty apple recipes… take a look at The Apple Lover’s Cookbook, a 300+ page  book containing 100 magnificent apple recipes!

 And let us know what your favorite apple recipes are & your favorite places around New England to apple pick in the comments section or 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.