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VT Mini Vacation Destination: Annual Vermont Chili Festival!

March 7th, 2014 by Kelsey Eaton

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!


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Vermont Fine Art Galleries: Middlebury’s Edgewater Is One Of The Best

October 13th, 2012 by Peggy Farabaugh


Vermont Fine Art Galleries: Edgewater Middlebury is one of the best

Edgewater Art Gallery in Middlebury Vermont.  Home to “distinctive, collectible works by established and emerging artists from Vermont and beyond”.  

We’re right at the height of leaf-peeping season in Vermont.  If you’re planning a trip you might want to check out Vermont’s Foliage report or our friend Rachel Carter’s article,  “Best Fall Drives in Vermont” to gather travel tips about the fine art of leaf-peeping.

This year leaf peepers have had some rain but don’t let that dampen your spirits.  Escape the weather by ducking into Vermont’s many fine art galleries!  Last weekend I visited one of the best, The Edgewater Gallery in the heart of downtown Middlebury, VT.  Edgewater is elegant both inside and out.  The setting overlooks lovely Middlebury Falls on Otter Creek.  If you haven’t strolled along the river’s banks and wound your way in and out of Middlebury’s charming downtown area, you’re missing out!  I promise, it’s worth the trip.

Inside Edgewater Gallery you’ll enjoy the creative works of some of Vermont and New England’s most talented artists and artisans.  You’ll find something for everyone: many diverse paintings, sketchings, ceramics, pottery, glass works, jewelery, fabric, wooden furniture and more.  The prices range from affordable to expensive.  But even the priciest pieces are far less than you would find in Manhattan– and of no smaller stature either!

You can find the inside scoop on Edgewater’s collections on the current shows section of their website or on their Facebook.  And speaking of Facebook, let us know about your favorite Vermont Fine Art Galleries on our Vermont Fine Furniture Facebook.  Thanks and happy travels.