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!
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!
Vermont Fine Furniture and Woodworking Festival 2013
Happy Autumn VWS blog followers! Sunday was the first day of fall and we’re already starting to see the leaves changing and the humidity leaving. It looks like we are going to have a beautiful weekend here in Vermont, so you may be looking for some activities to get you out of the house and enjoying all of Vermont’s offerings. Why not try heading to Woodstock, VT for the Tenth Annual Vermont Fine Furniture and Woodworking Festival this September 28th and 29th.
There will be entertainment for all at the festival this year. Named a Summer/Fall 2013 Vermont Vacation Guide’s Picks for Kids by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, the festival offers live music, local food, Vermont furniture & wood products for sale, and demonstrations from the areas most talented woodworkers. The show began as a simple idea to showcase the world-class talent and skill in the woodworking industry right here in Vermont. Beginning as a simple woodworking competition in 1996, the Vermont Fine Furniture Festival has grown into a full-scale show, now celebrating its tenth year.
The main theme this year is “From Vermont’s Working Landscape to Your Home”. If you think about it, that’s exactly what we offer here at Vermont Woods Studios and what we showcase at Stonehurst. Beautiful, handcrafted furniture made from Vermont’s working landscape to brighten and liven up your home.
The festival also joins with the annual forest festival where you can make your own walking stick, take a horse drawn carriage ride through the forest, hike through the woods with a park ranger, tour the mansion and gardens and watch woodcraft demonstrations.
Douglas and I will be at the Vermont Fine Furniture and Woodworking Festival at booth 15, talking about our furniture and showcasing a few of our pieces. Stop in and say hello or come and learn about what Vermont Woods Studios can offer you!
Robin’s been crafting beautiful fine wooden furniture for over 25 years and it’s always fun to visit his workshop in pastoral Calais, Vermont. Besides seeing all of his works in progress we got to tour the Maple Corner campus and meet the furry sentinels that guard and patrol the grounds (see photo).
It was a very productive meeting and it didn’t hurt that it was in a setting of Robin and Annie’s herbal gardens and central Vermont’s rolling hills.
I see Robin’s furniture as a reflection of his own demeanor: elegant,
refined and genuine. He’s a master at combining authentic Shaker sensibilities with modern, contemporary design. Check out his furniture creations on our website:
Just a quick plug for our local Vermont Farmers Markets today…
Like sweet corn and tomatoes, sunflower season (in the words of Dorothy) “comes and goes so quickly around here”. So I thought we might inspire you to run out to your local farm stand or farmers market to grab some while you can. Annette and I visited the Brattleboro Farmers Market this weekend, where half a dozen vendors had beautiful local flowers for sale. Don’t they look nice in front of our new indigo door at Stonehurst?