As we enjoy all this amazing snow, it truly puts us in the holiday spirit. With only 13 days till Christmas, we thought we’d give a few suggestions for simple, thoughtful, and local Vermont gifts to consider this holiday season. There are so many but we’ll point out ten. In no particular order… Tell them we said hello!
1. 4orty Bridge Boutique, located in Waitsfield, in an old 1800′s building on the corner for Bridge Street and Route 100, carries clothing, jewelry and accessories for both men and women that is chic and stylish. They have emerging designers as well as wardrobe essentials.
2. The Sweet Spot, is an outstanding bakery, that also happens to be located on Bridge Street (Number 40). Irresistible homemade ice cream and baked goods that are out of this world. Bring a box of their goodies to your next holiday gathering, and you’ll be the hit of the party. (They also have amazing coffee, if you need some pick-me-up during your shopping endeavors.)
3. With a motto that says…you don’t have to be naked to have a good time…it’s just better that way…makes you want to see what’s going on at The Naked Pottery Studio and Gallery.. Well, what’s happening is not only a lot of amazing pottery being made but classes too (fully clothed ones, of course). A gift of pottery or even a gift certificate for a winter class would be a great idea.
4. Seriously, you can’t have a party or event without something from the Bridge Street Butchery. Fine cheeses, meats and more — restaurant quality raw or prepared foods are waiting for you. A great gift certificate idea is right here.
5. Tom Waters, an acrylic artist in Vermont (who also happens to be our web designer), has painted some amazing landscapes and buildings in our area. You can see his work hanging in our Inn. One of his recent painting, Autumn Barn in Waitsfield, just sold but he still has more originals available now. His prices are incredible for original artwork.
6. The Store… Well, the name says it all. An old 1834 Methodist Meeting house, turned store, has everything a cook (or wanna-be cook) needs from measuring cup to pots and pans, to mixers and cook books… Gourmet foods, gifts, table wear, decorating setting pieces and much more. Located on Route 100 in Waitsfield.
7. We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention how easy it was to get a gift certificate from us, the Mad River Barn, for a $50, $100, $200. Whether you want to treat someone to dinner out, a night away, or some “apres-ski” spending money for a beer and a burger, give us a shout, we’ll send it out!
8. Give the gift of giving…The Vermont Foodbank, has one of its fresh food initiatives right here in Warren Vermont at Kingsbury Farm. With over 700 individuals and families giving monthly, the Vermont Foodbank is on its way to its goal to reach 1000 by the end of 2014. Contact them and give a gift of food in someone’s honor.
9. We have to do a shout out to our very own Mad River Barn designer, Joanne Palmisano, who has two books on the market. Both about…you guessed it… Salvaged Design. Both have received international acclaim! They are filled with incredible photography and amazing information about decorating and designing with salvage. So for the book lover on your list…look no further.
10. Say yes to Yestermorrow Design/Build School located right here in Waitsfield on Route 100. To have this talented team of professors in our backyard is remarkable. To be able to take a one or two day class on Picture Framing…or Intro to Woodshop (and many more) is a dream come true. Give the gift of a week night or weekend (or weekday) class.
Ohhhhh…there are so many more artisans, businesses and charities we want to point out! What we’ll say instead is this: It does make a difference when you buy from your neighbors, fellow Vermonters and help each other out.
We embrace the spirit of the season when we understand how important we are to each other…as friends, neighbors and family.
Hope to see you soon. Our best, Heather and Andrew