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85 Vermont Sugar Houses in 2 Days: Is it possible?

March 20th, 2014 by Kelsey Eaton

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.|

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5 Most Romantic Vermont Towns

February 11th, 2014 by Kelsey Eaton

Looking for Romantic Vermont Towns for your special Valentines Day weekend? Enjoy this post highlighting some of Vermont’s best towns for visiting couples.

Stowe Vermont Photography

‘Stowe Vermont Community Church’, by Teresa Merelman. Retrieved from Flickr. 

Stowe. Stowe is a magnificent place to visit during all 4 seasons. This quaint Northern town has a reputation for some of the best skiing in Vermont, making it an ideal place for a wintery weekend retreat with your loved one.  It’s also a hub for fun summer adventuring, with popular attractions including luxury resorts, lodges, and spas… sure to make a great midsummer date. Lodging options can range from quaint and cozy, to extravagant and fabulous– and the same can be said for the cuisine. No matter your taste, you will find something to fall in love with in Stowe. 

Champlain by Marty Desilets

‘Champlain’ by Marty Desilets, retrieved from Pinterest.

Burlington. Burlington is a truly romantic place for lovers who enjoy both the buzz of city life and the calm of Vermont’s north country. In the summer you can enjoy the beauty of the Lake Champlain as you  dine at one of Burlington’s popular waterfront restaurants, or take a ferry ride or cruise. Music, shopping, theater, and art are also some of Burlington’s staples for couples looking for a fun filled Vermont escape.

'Woodstock' by Ryan Phelan, retrieved from Pinterest

‘Woodstock’ by Ryan Phelan, retrieved from Pinterest

Woodstock. Just a quick drive through Woodstock will give you a warm, romantic feeling– even in the dead of Winter. The main street of town  is illuminated by Christmas lights, and people can always be found roaming around their eclectic gift and decor shops. Easy to access all year round, the lush summer greenery of Woodstock is unmatched. During the autumn months, Woodstock boasts some of Vermont’s most beautiful foliage.  Senator Jacob Collamer (1791-1865) confessed, “The good people of Woodstock have less incentive than others to yearn for heaven.”

Simon Pearce Restaurant

Simon Pearce Restaurant in Quechee, Vermont. Retrieved from SimonPearce.com

Quechee. The most obviously fascinating part of Quechee is the Gorge. While the gorge is visible if you drive by or stop along Rt 4, the beauty of it is best appreciated by following the trail down to the bottom. The Quechee gorge is a 3,000 foot long, 163 foot deep chasam sculped into the landscape 13,000 years ago. A truly breathtaking stop for any couple with a love for nature’s grandeur. After visiting this majestic site, you can pay a visit to one of Vermont’s most luxurious restaurants and shopping destinations– Simon Pearce.

White House Inn, Wilmington, Vermont Travel

White House Inn, Wilmington. Vermont Travel. Retrieved from Pinterest.

Wilmington. This Southern Vermont town is as quaint and compact as it gets, boasting a population of approximately 2,225 people (in 2000). Known for its severely snowy winters and hot summers, Wilmington is a lovely rural getaway for any couple looking for a sunny Vermont weekend or winter ski getaway. The Wilmington area is home to Mount Snow, one of Vermont’s best family-focused ski resorts, with famous riders including American Olympian Kelly Clark. Home to several traditional lodges, restaurants and shops– Wilmington makes a great stop along any romantic Vermont driving tour.

While these 5 towns are some of Vermont’s most romantic destinations, the entire state is filled with charming places to eat, shop, and enjoy nature. Many people believe that as soon as you cross over the border into Vermont, you can tell that you are some place truly special. Do you believe it? Nonetheless, if you’re looking for a truly magical Valentines escape, Vermont is a wonderful place to explore.

| 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, a 200 year old farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains. |

*See a photo that belongs to you and want it removed? Please email kelsey.eaton@vermontwoodsstudios.com and we’ll gladly take it down*

 

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Vermont Celebrates Martin Luther King Day

January 20th, 2014 by Peggy Farabaugh

Vermont Celebrates Martin Luther King Day with African American Heritage Trail

Celebrate Martin Luther King Day with a tour of Vermont’s African American Heritage TrailLearn more and generate a google map with directions to the historical places that interest you.

Vermonters are celebrating Martin Luther King day in many ways and in many towns and villages across the Green Mountain state.  Here are a few of the many events you might be interested in.

  • The Making of A Peacemaker is sponsored by the Brattleboro Area Interfaith Clergy Association takes place tonight at the Centre Congregational Church on Main Street. A spagetti dinner at 6 will be followed by a celebration 7-8 pm with local choruses.
  • In Burlington the University of Vermont UVM is hosting an MLK birthday party, a civil rights film series, a speech by Julian Bond a special tribute to Nelson Mandela and many other events centered around the issues near and dear to Martin Luther King.
  • Yesterday Burlingtonians were treated to a speech by Sharon Robinson, the daughter of baseball great Jackie Robinson at the Unitarian Church.  Sharon shared memories of her father at a tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela.  She said while much has been written about her father’s career with the Brooklyn Dodgers, he should be remembered for his ongoing fight for equal rights both in the baseball world and the world outside.

Did you know that Vermonters penned the first constitution in America prohibiting slavery?  The year was 1777, just one year after the American Revolution, and the place was a roadside tavern in Windsor. Preserved for visitors today, it is the Old Constitution House State Historic Site.  While a large part of Vermont’s role in our culture is widely known, it is the Green Mountain State’s place in African American history that is not as familiar to many.

Catherine Brooks of Vermont Tourism,  Curtiss Reed of the Vermont Partnership for Fairness and Diversity and Jane Beck, former director of the Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury are trying to change that with the African American Heritage Trail.  The Heritage Trail comprises 11 sites including nine museums with exhibits featuring video, audio, and guided, or self-guided tours. It celebrates the accomplishments of Vermont’s early African-American residents and historic places that chronicle eras, people, and events significant to the journey of all African-Americans.  Learn more at VermontVacation.com

The Vermont Furniture 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, a 200 year old farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

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Vermont Included in Worlds 10 Best Cheese Destinations

January 16th, 2014 by Kelsey Eaton

Vermont Cheese Destination

Alongside such romantic places as France, Spain, and Italy– humble Vermont stands strong as one of the top 10 destinations for cheese lovers! Like with most parts of our creative heritage, Vermont prides itself on the high quality product (in this case, Cheddars, Fetas, Gorgonzolas and more!) that cannot be found anywhere else in the United States.

Seriously, we love our cheese. So much that we have a map highlighting  45 different Vermont cheesemakers who “produce over 150 varieties of award winning artisan and farmstead cheese.”

Vermont Cheese

Starting your VT Cheese Weekend Vacation? Stop by Grafton Cheese (#14) after your visit to Stonehurst! Mention this blog & get a free cutting board (for your VT cheese!) just for visiting.

This map from VTCheese.com illustrates the 45 Vermont Cheese Council members and their locations. Click on the map for more detail, and links to individual members!

Do you have any other cheese destinations that you think should have been included in this list? Let us know in the comments section!

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Attention Foodies: Brattleboro Featured in Real Food Travel

December 9th, 2013 by Kelsey Eaton

Brattleboro Real Food Travel

I’m not sure how I didn’t catch this article sooner, but I’m glad I eventually did! This past August, the town of Brattleboro (our lively nextdoor neighbor) was featured in Real Food Travel as a great New England destination for foodies! Author AnneMarie wrote a lovely write-up about the town, noting that:

“Brattleboro, Vermont is a fascinating place. Set between the Connecticut and West Rivers at the foot of Mount Wantastiquet, Brattleboro’s beautiful scenery is the backdrop for a lively downtown full of funky shops, restaurants, and galleries. Brattleboro is known for its art scene, and it was named one of the top five best small art towns in the country. Vermont is the number one state on the Locavore Index, and Brattleboro offers lots of options for travelers looking for real food, from bakeries to restaurants to an amazing farmers’ market. Just 2 hours from the Boston area, Brattleboro is a great day trip or weekend getaway.”

Having explored the downtown area many times myself, I would have to agree that Brattleboro has a huge selection of amazing places to shop and go out to eat! From quirky sandwich shops to coffee, great pizza, and fine dining; “The One and Only Brattleboro” is truly a one of a kind place to visit (or live) for anyone who favors real local food and fresh New England Flavor.

We’d love for you to come and get to know our community and visit some of the awesome restaurant selections highlighted in the Real Food Travel blog, and while you’re here, why not take your lunch to go and visit our one of a kind fine furniture showroom!

Either way, we hope you find Brattleboro as unique and interesting as we do. See you soon! :)

 

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Seeing is BeLeafing: Vermont Foliage Report

October 2nd, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh

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!

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5 Southern Vermont Towns You’ve Got to Visit

September 10th, 2013 by Kelsey Eaton

There is so much to love about Southern Vermont. Especially the way that the towns are surrounded by mountains and rich expanses of trees, making them even more beautiful  in that brief autumn period where the leaves are multicolored and bright. These 5 southern Vermont towns are each unique, and vary in size and culture. But all of them are rich in artistry, with diverse communities of independent artists, performance arts, and theater.

These 5 communities thrive with quaint downtown areas, promising lots of food and plenty of shopping! Antique stores, one of a kind book stores, eccentric decor shops, galleries, and much more are what make these towns so special and true to Vermont.

All of these towns are less than an hour away from us at Stonehurst, and we’d encourage you to visit them to see all of the wonderful things they have to offer!

 

1. Brattleboro

Brattleboro, VT Photography

A Rainbow over Brattleboro, Vermont. Photo by Professor Bop via Flickr

 

2.  Bellows Falls

Bob Taylor Photography

‘Bellows Falls Street Scene’ Photo by Bob Taylor, via Flickr.

3.  Wilmington

Wilmington Vermont Photography

Wilmington, Vermont. Photo by Kimberly Vardeman via Flickr

4. Bennington

Bennington, Vermont

Bennington Battle Monument, Photo by Jim Guerard via Flickr

 

5. Chester

Chester, Vermont

Chester, Vermont. Photo by Lee Bennett via Flickr

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Southern Vermont Travel Idea: Meet an American Bald Eagle!

June 2nd, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh

Southern Vermont natural History Museum at Hogback Mountain

Check out the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum at Hogback Mountain today.  You can meet it’s newest resident (an American Bald Eagle) as well as many other wildlife specimens.  While you’re there, enjoy the spectacular 100 mile view of Southern Vermont and Western Massachusetts.

Looking for something exciting to do in Southern Vermont today?  How about heading to the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum on Hogback Mountain to meet their newest resident, an American Bald Eagle?

Thanks to the efforts of the conservationists at the Marlboro Elementary School, the Vermont Community Foundation, the Deerfield Valley Rotary Club, the Marlboro Alliance and museum director Ed Metcalf, an eagle who is injured and unable to return to the wild now has a plush new home.  She just arrived from the Ironside Bird Rescue facility in Wyoming where she was cared for after receiving a permanent wing injury rendering her unable to fly.

This Beautiful American Bald Eagle Needs a Name

Some recent photos showcased on the Southern Vermont Natural History Facebook page.  Head on over there and submit an idea for their new Girl’s name!

 

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Rudyard Kipling’s Naulakha House

March 30th, 2013 by Kelsey Eaton

Rudyard Kipling Naulakha House

You can rent Rudyard Kipling’s Naulakha House in Dummerston, Vermont! Sit in the study where he wrote some of his best work like “The Jungle Book,” and enjoy rural Vermont.

Having grown up in Brattleboro, I vividly remember a field trip to Rudyard Kipling’s Naulakha House. Even at the ripe age of 7 I knew that visiting this historical landmark was pretty special. The Naulakha House is where Rudyard Kipling, Nobel Prize winning author, wrote The Jungle Book, Captain’s Courageous, The Seven Seas, and The Day’s Work.

The Naulakha House was acquired by the Landmark Trust USA in 1992 after it had been unoccupied since 1942. The Landmark Trust USA restored the home to be as it was when Kipling occupied the property. However, some modern conveniences, such as electricity, have been added to the home, which is now available as a Vermont vacation rental. When the house is not being rented by tourists or writers looking for some inspiration, it is open for school programs. More than 6,000 performances of the Just So Stories have been given to school programs.

On April 4 there will be a rare open house for the public at the Naulakha House to raise money for the school programs. The event will include a full property tour, coffee, and desert. Tickets for this event are by reservation only, and are available by calling 802-254-6868.

If you are interested in staying in the Naulaka House, which is nestled into the woods of Dummerston, Vermont, you can book your stay online. Perhaps when you visit us at Stonehurst this summer you’ll opt out of staying at a bed and breakfast, instead renting Rudyard Kipling’s home. To learn more about this National Historic Landmark visit the Landmark Trust USA’s website.

 

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Vermont Tourism, Your Best Guide for Exploring the Green Mountain State

March 28th, 2013 by Dennis Shanoff

Vermont Tourism Guide

Vermont Tourism, Travel well informed with guide in hand

Planning a trip to Vermont? We at Vermont Woods Studios like to promote all the great things about Vermont and help our showroom visitors get the most out of their visit to Vermont. So, we’ll tell you what we tell them: get a copy of Vermont: An Explorer’s Guide. This aptly named guidebook is the definitive Vermont travel resource for anyone interested in exploring Vermont. First published 30 years ago and recently refreshed, this 13th edition will take you through the entire state and highlight the best of what Vermont has to offer. It is the work of veteran travel writer, Christina Tree, and coauthor, Rachel Carter who had the enviable task of traveling all over the state to experience first hand all the best in Vermont lodging, dining, recreation, and sightseeing. What else will you find in the guide? Over 100 inspiring photographs, detailed maps, popular event and festival listings, plus essential travel information. To quote Yankee Magazine, “Our #1 travel tip: get this guide.”

You can order the book or learn more about this comprehensive guide book and it’s authors by visiting their website. In Vermont’s buy local spirit, I decided to purchase my copy of this book from a Brattleboro, Vermont independent bookseller, Everyone’s Books.

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