But we're now in the final countdown– just 3 more days until we close on the purchase of Stonehurst, an historic circa 1800 farmhouse and former ski area located just up the road in Vernon, Vermont.
Stonehurst will be our new showroom, office space and nature center. It's a traditional Vermont style farmhouse that sits on 109 acres of forest and meadow, overlooking the Connecticut River. Not your typical furniture store!
We're excited that we'll finally be able to show customers a wide selection of all the custom and made to order furniture our Vermont craftspeople have to offer. Even more exciting for me personally is the idea of conserving the property and providing eco-conscious customers a chance to see and experience the land where their furniture comes from.
Check in after we settle on Stonehurst this Thursday for more details on our plans to make it a destination shopping experience.
Thanks in part to a number of Vermont Woods Studios readers who sent emails and letters, a Vermont state legislative committee unanimously rejected a proposal to open up state-owned lands to ATVs. Currently, all state lands in Vermont — nearly 350,000 acres — are closed to the destructive vehicles, a fact that was somehow overlooked by the Agency of Natural Resources that decided to approve an ATV expansion. It was not overlooked by the public, which commented 4-to-1 to keep the ban in place. Nearly 2,000 comments were sent in on the plan.
Unfortunately, Vermont Governor Jim Douglas says his administration will overrule the committee's decision and give ATVs access to state parks, forests and wetlands regardless of the public's wishes.
So we still have more feedback to give. Whether you live in Vermont or not, please contact Governor Jim Douglas and respectfully ask him to keep ATV's out of state forests. It takes only 60 seconds to send a message to the Governor. Thanks!