Have you ever been around someone that talks about their job and the people they work with glowing admiration?
Now normally when people talk about their work I sort of “half listen”-I’m sorry, I’m ashamed to say it, but I’ll be honest, sometimes it’s like listening to the weather or the History of…well basically any Historical fact. I listen just enough to get the “gist of it”. Well this was not the case with my neighbor and close friend Deb Ivy. We were talking about her work with Simon Pearce– the glassblowing folks in Quechee,Vermont.
Deb talked about the mill in Quechee where they do the glassblowing and how visitors are able to watch the glass being handcrafted straight out of the hot ovens. She raved about the restaurant and bar located inside the mill where you’re surrounded by their light filled pendants hanging from the ceiling. And, they serve wine from their beautiful stemware in the bar. I was hooked- I wanted to experience all of it!
We made a plan. The next time she needed to travel to Quechee for business I would tag along. I love road trips and I knew there would be lots to explore in nearby Woodstock and Windsor while she worked.
On my way: 1st stop Woodstock
When I arrived in Woodstock I called Don immediately to describe how special it was. It felt like I had stepped back in time. The old brick buildings, covered bridges and tree lined streets were so quaint and adorable, I wanted to share it with him.
Deb and I stayed in Woodstock at the 506 on the River Inn– an adorable place with a funky Vermont vintage vibe. The staff was -like all Vermonters- sweet as could be.
I started my day with a visit to Farmhouse Pottery next door. I met owners James and Zoe with their adorable girls. I fell in love with their creamy white crocks with rough textured bottoms. Their showroom is absolutely stunning with a clean modern Americana farmhouse style.
A quick stop into the Woodstock Farmers market for a hearty cup of coffee and Vermont’s “oh, so good” maple yogurt.
Popped in to see Andrew Pearce bowls and their stunning showroom. Andrew is the oldest son of Simon and Pia Pearce. He is known for his beautiful hand turned wooden bowls.
Onward to Windsor to explore Artisans Park.
A quick lunch at Harpoon Brewery, followed by a sampling of flavorful pecan wood smoked maple syrup called Runamok (On Oprah’s 2016 Favorite Things list) at the Cheese Board. A tasty cooking lesson with delicious sauces & seasonings at Oh Veggies and a peek at another beautiful Simon Pearce location.
Back in Quechee at the Simon Pearce Mill
My final stop was back at the Mill for an unforgettable meal overlooking the covered bridge and Ottauquechee water falls with my friend Deb.
We talked about our day and I gushed about how much I enjoyed exploring the area. We shared our thoughts on this presidential election and how it has impacted us and our kids. We talked about our mother in laws and how grateful we are for them. We laughed about a recent night out with our husbands and an inside joke that we’re still cracking up about.
We experienced everything that is meant to be enjoyed at a Simon Pearce table-each other.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
select photos in this piece courtesy of
and The Ardmore Inn