Friday, February 24, 2012

A Vermont Weekend

Snow on Okemo Mountain
Last weekend we visited Vermont.  It was Presidents' Day weekend, typically a peak weekend for visitors to Vermont's ski country, but this has not been a good year for snow in Vermont.

The only snow to speak of was the snow on the mountains.  Even though the ski slopes have been making snow, ensuring skiing and snowboarding activities continued, we chose to spend our time exploring the area.

Our home base was Ludlow, Vermont, home of Okemo Mountain Ski Resort.

Ludlow on a Map

To explore we headed North.  I wanted to make a stop at the King Arthur Flour facility in Norwich, Vermont.  King Arthur Flour is undergoing a major expansion to their facilities, so if you visit before summer 2012 you may find them in some disarray.

King Arthur Flour Store
The retail store has plenty of hard to find kitchen items and many unique baking ingredients recommended by the fine King Arthur bakers on their Baking Banter blog.

King Arthur Products for Sale

I snagged some cinnamon chips and cinnamon Flav-R bites that I have been wanting to try for months and months.  They are destined for some scones in the very near future.  You won't go hungry while you are there.  There is a cafe in one section of the store so while there you can relax with a coffee and a cookie from their bakery.

Is there a teenager in your family?  Down the street a few miles, in the town of Hanover, New Hampshire, you'll find the campus of Dartmouth, one of the eight Ivy League colleges.  College towns are always fun for a visit.

Cupcake Snow Sculpture at Dartmouth

On the way to Norwich, you'll want to admire the scenery.  Take time to stop and admire the Quechee Gorge, a 165 foot deep, one-mile long gorge.

Quechee Gorge

If the weather allows, make sure you leave time to walk the trail along the gorge.  It was too icy for us on this trip, but we want to go back during warmer weather. This section of Vermont is also home to some talented artisans.  Those of you who admire fine glassware will want to stop in to visit the Simon Pearce store in Quechee.

Simon Pearce in Quechee, Vermont
The handcrafted glassware and home accents you'll find here are a feast for the eyes but be warned. The prices reflect the quality and craftsmanship.  Even the seconds will put a huge dent in your wallet.

Simon Pearce Glassware

There is a lovely restaurant on the premises that overlooks the adjacent river and falls.  You may recall that Vermont was hit hard by tropical storm Irene last year.  The flooding from the storm was devastating to Vermont.  While there has been much progress in restoring the roadways throughout Vermont, you will be able to see signs of the damage wherever you look.  The picture below shows the banks of the river littered with debris from the flood outside the Simon Pearce store.

Vermont's Flood Debris
Another, not to be missed, stop is the Shackleton Thomas gallery at The Mill in Bridgewater, Vermont.

The Shackleton Thomas Gallery
Here you'll be able to watch the woodworking and pottery craftspeople at work creating fine, handmade furniture, pottery, and home accessories.

The Shackleton Thomas Woodshop
It was here that I fell in love with Miranda Thomas' pottery, particularly the black carved designs.  I want some of the mugs.  I dream about them.

Miranda Thomas' Black Carved Pottery
These mugs are on my wish list...



  1. Beautiful. I feel good just looking at the pictures.

    1. Vermont is a really nice place to visit. It's perfect for a weekend get away.


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