From Forest To Fine Furniture
The weather isn’t looking so great for leaf peeping in Vermont this weekend. So if you’re traveling around the Green Mountain State and looking for indoor activities, try heading to Woodstock, VT for the Ninth Annual Vermont Fine Furniture and Woodworking Festival.
This year’s theme is “From Forest to Furniture: Take Home a Piece of Vermont”. It dovetails with our plans at Vermont Woods Studios for a showroom at Stonehurst in that the focus is to raise awareness about where your furniture comes from.
Much like the organic food movement, the organic furniture movement is catching on. Customers are realizing both the economic and health benefits to buying locally crafted furniture, handmade from real, solid, sustainably harvested wood.
Come visit with some of the regions (and world’s) most respected fine furniture makers in Woodstock this weekend. You’ll be able to see and feel their furniture creations and also learn about the well-managed forests where their wood is harvested. Free tours are available of the nearby Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park. Here customers can experience the forest and learn about each of the many links in the chain from forest to trees to furniture.
Shown above: Brent Karner of ClearLake Furniture in Ludlow VT won first place for production furniture in the 2011 Vermont Fine Furniture Festival. Who is going to win this year?
Many thanks to Susan Shanoff who baked us chocolate cupcakes to celebrate our milestone of 1000 likes on Facebook today. They were delicious, Susan!
And we are grateful to you too: our customers, friends, relatives, craftspeople, vendors and neighbors. It's exciting to see our Vermont furniture community grow through social media as we learn how to connect with the people who share our passions.
If you haven't already found us on Facebook, jump over and have a look! Heather B and Kendall are working hard to make our page beautiful and fill it with all kinds of information and photos you might find valuable. It's not just about furniture, although we do occasionally showcase new products and discount coupons there. But Heather and Kendall are also talking about all things Vermont: travel events, summer festivals, local wines and cheeses, farmers markets and more. Come and join the conversation!
So in the summer we relocate our Vermont Woods Studios Furniture "conference room" from the storage area/kitchen to the picnic table.
As you might imagine, we do a lot more "conferring" in the summer.
By way of introduction we are: (front row from left) Loryn, Heather B, Heather G and (back row from left) Douglas, Kendall, me (Peggy), Dennis and Manjula. If you're traveling through Vermont this summer, stop by and see us!
Manjula rolled out our Fall Bedroom Furniture Sale Friday, just in time for Autumn leaf peepers to enjoy. While you're travelling through the highways and by-ways of Vermont this Fall, save a little time to stop by our small showroom in Vernon, VT. Rebecca and Shannon would love to meet you and show you the best of our bedroom collections of beds, dressers, chests, armoires, mirrors, and night stands.
If you purchase 2 or more bedroom furniture items, you'll save 15%, plus get free shipping and white glove delivery to anywhere in the continental USA. Prefer to shop at home? Our online store is secure and easy to use. You'll probably have lots of questions before purchasing your high end, Vermont made furniture online, so don't hesitate to contact us by phone between 9am-5pm, Monday – Saturday or by email anytime. We'll look forward to helping you select the luxury bedroom furniture set you've always wanted.
By Dennis Shanoff
Where did Spring go? It seems like suddenly it is summer! So have you planned your summer family vacation yet? Or are you still looking for vacation ideas?
Well if you haven’t planned your summer vacation you just might want to consider a Vermont Vacation. We might be a tad biased but we think Vermont is one of the best vacation spots. And if you like fresh air, rolling green hills, arts & crafts and artisan foods Vermont is absolutely one of the best places to vacation!
Where to stay? The choice is yours. Vermont accommodations range from quiet campgrounds and cozy cabins to luxury inns and classy resorts. You can make one area your base camp while you work the region or hop scotch the state on a theme vacation such as following a cheese, wine, or micro brewed beer trail.
What to do? Here are a few of our favorite Vermont vacation ideas and popular destinations:
It’s hard to beat the quaintness of Woodstock, a postcard picture perfect New England Village. Be sure to visit the Gillingham & Sons General Store. You will be amazed at the diversity of products they carry! Nearby Queeche Gorge offers great scenic opportunities, antiquing, and fine dining. You might consider lunch or dinner at the Simon Pearce restaurant where you will have the added treat of dining on a balcony overlooking a dramatic waterfall. Prefer your activities to be a little more strenuous? Try hiking or mountain biking in the Killington area.
Or visit our big city of Burlington where we don’t quite have skyscrapers but you might find a building more then a few stories tall. Burlington is not only a great pedestrian town, but very dog friendly. Take a Lake Champlain tour (Americas 6th largest lake) or wander about Church Street where outside dining and unique shops abound.
Need more ideas? When it comes to finding Vermont vacation attractions the official Vermont tourism website has a great search feature to help you discover fun and interesting things to do. And if your route brings you in the southeastern area of Vermont and you have an interest in seeing some of Vermont’s best wood furniture please stop by and visit our showroom in Vernon.
So this year take a Vermont family vacation! Oh, and bring an empty suitcase… you are going to find a lot of goodies you’ll want to bring back!
Photo courtesy of Vermont State Parks.