Post hike we offer an afternoon kayaking adventure or excursion to the most scenic Vermont villages in small group settings. Once a week we have an optionally cave trip for those interested and regularly visit local Vermont artisans stores besides our favorites:
|Quechee Gorge Village|
Words like romantic, magical and historic are often used to describe this quaint village that has been called "the prettiest small town in America." First settled in 1768, Woodstock retains the elegant charm and rugged character of American antiquity. With A covered bridge in the middle of town, and stately homes surrounding the village green, it is easy to see why Woodstock has been called the "quintessential New England village." Downtown is filled with art galleries and shops, including Gillinghams & Sons, the oldest general store in Vermont. Established in 1886, the shop carries the finest products from Vermont and around the world. It is where you can buy everything from snowshoes to banjos, with cheese and a chardonnay in between. Guests favorite after a long hike is a stop in at Woodstock Coffe and Tea. On the drive back we stop at the Bridgewater Mill and visit some local merchants Charles Shackleton Furniture & Miranda Thomas Pottery, Deirdre Donnelly Jewelry, and much more.
Weston & Ludlow
The small village of Weston is home to the Vermont Country Store, the Village Green and West River Galleries, Weston Village Christmas Shop, Whales in Vermont Gallery and the restored Weston Mill Museum. Ludlow is home to a number of craft shops, an antique barn and the Fletcher Farm Crafts School. The shop offers a variety of handcrafted items made by members of the Society of Vermont Craftsmen, Inc. featuring beautiful stained glass, sterling silver, PMC and polymer clay jewelry. Shop for lovely Shaker oval boxes, primitive dolls, decorative dining accessories, marbleized silk scarves and paper products, patchwork quilts, pillows, doll clothes, primitive stenciled decorator items, theorem, bath and body products, and much more.
In the picturesque Green Mountains of Southern Vermont, is the historic town of Manchester, nestled at the foot of 3,816-foot Mount Equinox . Home to fifty of the finest brand name outlets in the country including Orvis Fly Fishing. Manchester is a unique blend of New England charm, style, arts and culture. The area is alive with quaint inns, bed and breakfasts, antique shops and museums. Home to the Southern Vermont Arts Center which presents the finest exhibitions, education and instruction in the arts.
The historical village center is the developed along the scenic Otter Creek and it is listed in the National Register of Historic Places because of its architecturally distinguished buildings. We start with a quick drive through the Middlebury Campus, one of America's most prestigious colleges founded in 1800. At the Old Marble Works we have lunch overlooking the Otter Creek Falls, which flows under a beautiful stone double arch bridge at the heart of downtown. Afterwards we walk across the foot bridge and visit the Frog Hollow Galleries, a unique collection of fine traditional and contemporary Vermont crafts done by over 250 Vermont artisans. Down the street we stop by art galleries, rare book shops, pottery shops and Woody Jackson's Holy Cow studio. His legendary art, some of which you have seen on Ben & Jerry's ice cream, is a synonymous of Vermont. The village is also home of Danforth Pewter and the Vermont Soap Factory, at which we stop on our way home.
We start our excursion at Simon Pearce Glass and Pottery, where you can watch glass blowing artists. Afterwards we visit the Vermont Institute of Natural Science,where we see up close owls, bald eagles and peregrine falcons, the fastest animals in the world. Around the corner is "Vermont's Grand Canyon" the Quechee Gorge, a 187 foot deep ravine cut during the last ice age. Next to the gorge is Quechee Gorge Village, an antique mall consisting of a Country Store, more than 450 antique dealers, Vermont Country Iron, a craft center of 150 dealers, Danforth Pewter, the Vermont Toy & Train Museum" and the Cabot Cheese Store, where we can sample Cabot's award-winning flavored and traditional cheeses, including the World's Best Cheddar.
Rutland, Proctor & Pittsford
Settled in 1770, Rutland features attractive commercial buildings, some with interesting architectural and historically characteristics. Downtown has many shops, boutiques, and restaurants. We even visit the local health food store and then a trip to Eastern Mountain Sports hiking shop. A favorite visit is the 1881 Hathaway Farm Corn Maze. North of Rutland is the New England Maple Museum and 1800's iron furnace in Pittsford. Just west of Rutland in Proctor is the Vermont Marble Museum, where you can learn the history of marble industry from quarrying to famous places Vermont marble is being used all over the world and in products used daily. The Carver Studio & Sculpture Centeris where you can see artist from all over the world create three dimensional art.