1. Highlights from Vermont

    1. Dinner at TJ Buckley’s, Brattleboro

    T.J Buckley’s is a 16 seat restaurant situated in a classic old diner car in Brattleboro, a funky arts town (public nudity is legal) thirty minutes from Mt. Snow. Chef Michael, who also owns the place has perfectly mixed fun with gourmet; the open kitchen and vintage decor is what you think of when dining in a quaint Vermont town. The menu changes daily depending on whatever is in season and local. There is always a meat, poultry, fish and vegetarian option on the menu, but never more than five entrees at a time. The same goes for appetizers and everyone starts with a delicious salad.

    2.Touring the Simon Pearce mill

    Simon Pearce is known for simple, classic and well-made glass and pottery. At the mill in Quechee you can watch artisans create hand blown glass and wheel thrown pottery to sell in the store upstairs. There is also a wonderful restaurant that overlooks the Ottauquechee River, which provides hydroelectric power for the glass furnaces as well as electricity for the entire facility. 

    3. Shopping in Woodstock 

    Woodstock is a picture perfect New England town. The charming tree lined village offers great galleries, jewelry, clothing and gourmet shops. We walked down the road to the historic Woodstock Inn, which was built by Laurance Rockefeller in 1969. The beautiful resort recently added a spa complete with an outdoor hot soaking pool, cedar sauna and fire pit. 

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