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.

Vermont Winter Event in Waterbury

This Vermont winter event is the perfect opportunity to get outside to do something you love, or to try something new. There is a small fee to participate in the event, $10 (or $8 if you’re a member), but the Green Mountain Club’s 17th Annual Snowshoe Festival and Winter Party is to benefit their education programs.

The event consists of guided snowshoe hikes and nature walks around the 40 acres surrounding the Green Mountain Club’s headquarters in Waterbury, Vermont. The tours are tailored towards a variety of skill levels, so if you’re a beginner, don’t be afraid to join in on the fun! This is a great time to learn how to snowshoe and enjoy wintertime. The event will also have tours for intermediate and advanced snowshoers. These hikes will take place from 8:30am-3:00pm.

If staying at the Green Mountain Club’s headquarters is up your alley, here is the list of on-campus workshops:

  • A Bird On Glove demonstration by VINS (with funding from Kettering Family Foundation)
  • Dog Sledding with Anam Cara Siberians
  • Winter Cooking and Camping with South Burlington’s Eastern Mountain Sports
  • Kids’ activities through the Winooski Valley Park District
  • Massages by Jeffery Williams, Certified Massage Therapist
  • North Branch Nature Center’s Animal Tracking
  • How to Dress in Layers and Having Fun with Kids with Outdoor Gear Exchange
  • Face-painting with Joy from vermontfaceandbody.com
  • Snowflake making, snacks, and more!
Later in the day (3:00pm-5:00pm) the winter party will begin! The winter party consists of snacks, hot cocoa, a raffle and silent auction! With the raffle you could win a Concept2 Skierg Nordic Trainer or a Model D Indoor Rower. For more information and to purchase a raffle ticket, visit the Green Mountain Club’s website. Dave Day and Friends will be playing live Irish music during the winter party.
Join the Green Mountain Club on Facebook or visit their website for the full details on this exciting Vermont winter 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.

By Heather Barrett

 

Craftweekend

Vermont is
full of artists and artisans, and this weekend is a perfect opportunity to discover
their products and visit their studios. 
There are two events, one in Manchester,
and the other in Brattleboro, for
you to explore this weekend.

 

Craftproducers Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival
September 28-30, 10am-5pm

Manchester is
starting their foliage season with an outdoor event celebrating the local art
community. Over 180 artisans will have their craftwork on display and for
purchase. Art work ranges from photography to paintings to clothing to maple
distilled vodka. In addition to the beautiful array of art on display, the
festival offers food and drink. There will be a food area serving a variety of
localvore items, and a Vermont Beer, Cheese and Sausage tent. Spend the day
meeting artists, purchasing gifts for the upcoming holidays, and eating
delicious food. For more information about this event, visit the
Craftproducers' website.

 

Brattleboro-West Arts' 4th Annual Open Studio Tour
September 29-30, 10am-5pm

The town of Brattleboro
is Vermont Woods Studios' neighbor, located in the southeast corner of Vermont.
Brattleboro is known for it's
thriving arts community, and this weekend you will have the opportunity to meet
some of the artists. Artists are opening up their studios this weekend to the
public. There will be 13 different locations with 16 artists showing off their
crafts. The tour is mapped out on a brochure that you can print from their
website
, pick up at any of the studio locations, or get from the Brattleboro
Chamber of Commerce
. At the studio locations you will see where artists make
violins, blow glass, paint, and create many more items in different mediums. In
addition, to conclude the first night of the weekend event, the Chelsea Royal
Diner
will be hosting a special dinner on Saturday. The dinner will feature a
selection of locally produced foods. 
This is another opportunity to meet artists and learn about their crafts.
The Brattleboro-West Open Studio Tour has been recognized by the Boston
Globe
.  For more information about the
event, please visit the Brattleboro-West Arts website.

Heather Barrett is a Marketing Assistant at Vermont Woods Studios, an online furniture gallery which showcases Vermont's finest wood furniture. Follow our blog to learn about Vermont fine furniture, Vermont happenings, our mission, and our team.

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.

By Heather Barrett

Tn_stowe baloon fest18426th Anniversary Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival

When:  July 6-8

Where: Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa in Stowe, Vermont

Description:  Discover Vermont in an entirely new way by soaring through the sky in a hot air balloon with Vermont's highest peak, Mount Mansfield, and the Green Mountains in the background.  Now is the time to reserve your hot air balloon ride for the Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival. If you would like to watch more than 25 colorful hot air balloons from the ground, there are a number of other activities to explore.  There will be live entertainment, food concessions, a beer garden, craft vendors, and a "Kids Korner."  This event has been named a Top 10 Summer Event by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce.  The event will open at 4 p.m. on Friday, July 6, and kick off with a twilight balloon launch at 6:30 p.m.

 

20th Anniversary Vermont Brewers Festival Brew

When: July 20-21

Where: Waterfront Park in Burlington, Vermont

Description:  Do you think of Vermont when you think about craft beer? Well, Shermans Travel does, because they named Burlington, Vermont the 4th top city for beer lovers in the world!  In the United States, Vermont has more breweries per capita than any other state according the Brewers Association. So, for you beer lovers, Vermont has an event for you!  Over 40 craft beer brewers will celebrate the 20th Anniversary Vermont Brewers Festival on the shores of Lake Champlain.

 

Killington Wine Festival Logo 201211th Annual Killington Wine Festival

When: July 20-22

Where:  Killington, Vermont

Description:  Wine enthusiasts, save the date for the Killington Wine Festival this July.  Spend a relaxing weekend in Killington, Vermont, while participating in a variety of wine focused events.  The signature event, the Grand Tasting, will happen on Saturday starting at 12-noon, where you can choose from over 450 wines from 40 wineries.

 

 

 

 

4th Annual Vermont Cheesemakers Festival Logo

When:  July 22

Where:  Shelburne Farms in Shelburne, Vermont

Description:  Here's another event for your taste buds!  It's the 4th Annual Vermont Cheesemakers Festival.  Want to know a fun fact about Vermont? Vermont is the premium artisanal cheese state with the highest number of cheesemakers per capita: over 40 of them!  At this Vermont event there will be over 200 cheeses to sample and purchase from over 40 cheese makers.  There will be an additional 20 artisan food producers, and 20 wineries and breweries.  Is your mouth watering yet?  The event will also feature a number of educational seminars, a cooking show, and a cheesemaking demonstration.  Shelburne Farms is an ideal setting for the event where additional activities include walking trails, wagon rides and a farmyard for children. A big part of Vermont Woods Studios reason for existence and our main mission is forest conservation. So we would like to point out that Shelburne Farms manages about 400 acres of woodlands filled with all types of beneficial trees. Their sustainable forest provides heating fuel for their buildings, lumber for wood products and habitat for wildlife. We applaud their "green forestry" practices and environmental stewardship!

 

5099721751_8650734abbShelburne Museum Art and Craft Festival

When: July 27-29

Where: Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont

Description:  After a 6 year hiatus, the Art and Craft Festival has returned to the Shelburne Museum.  This event will have over 150 artists and artisans with a variety of media.  This family-friendly event will also include kids' activities, craft demonstrations, live entertainment, and food.  This is a great opportunity to experience Vermont culture, buy local products, and enjoy delicious food.

 

Heather Barrett is a Marketing Assistant at Vermont Woods Studios, an online furniture gallery which showcases Vermont's finest wood furniture. Follow our blog to learn about Vermont fine furniture, Vermont happenings, our mission, and our team.

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.