Tuesday, July 21, 2015
It is often from simple, humble beginnings from which many successful businesses come—a story that often begins with a creative person with a vision to make something great. This is exactly the story of the Hubbardton Forge, the oldest and largest commercial forge in the country and it is right here in Castleton, VT.
If you aren’t familiar with a forge, simply put, it is a blacksmith’s workshop where workers make or shape metal objects by heating them in a fire or furnace and then beating or hammering it into the desired object. In 1974, Reed Hampton and George Chandler started their own forge in an old barn and the rest, as they say, is history.
The creative and innovative designs that Hampton and Chandler have been able to create have garnered them much recognition across the state of Vermont and beyond. They honed in on designing lighting products in particular and now have a team of 200 people assisting in their endeavors. They create pendants, chandeliers, sconces, andlamps and each one is made after collaboration between designers, craftsmen, and engineers. Some pieces with a modern flare and others with a timeless classic touch that fits in any home. Each piece is made one at a time so as to not compromise the integrity and quality of their works of art. Their handcrafting is meticulous and they ensure the highest standards are implemented so each piece will last for generations. You can view their products online and search for retailers nearby that carry their creations.
We love to support locally made products--in fact we have several pieces from Hubbardton in our inn! If you are looking for a special gift or even one-of-a-kind souvenir from your time here, we highly encourage you to pick up one of these gorgeous pieces from Hubbardton Forge.
Sunday, July 19, 2015
Where have your travels taken you this summer? Perhaps you have enjoyed a wonderful tropical vacation, a superb winery tour, or even a fun road trip full of adventure. For travelers passing through our area or guests with us at the inn, we have a special spot we would like to share with you. On the eastern shore of Lake Champlain in Addison, VT is a beautiful place called Chimney Point.
Chimney Point is a historic site at the foot of the Lake Champlain Bridge. It holds a significant place in history as a site that saw every period of human habitation. The first people arrived to settle here almost 9000 years ago, it was a crucial meeting point for Europeans and Native people, the English used this area to keep a close watch on French enemies crossing the lake, the French took over at one point to keep the English away, and there was a lot of military activity here during the French and Indian War and the American Revolution.
During a visit here you can tour the museum with a myriad of artifacts and displays. You can also stroll the grounds, walk across the Lake Champlain Bridge—it is an interesting and relaxing place to spend a summer afternoon, especially if you are a history buff!
Summer Events & Activities at Chimney Point:
July 18, 2015 - Blast From the Past – enjoy hands on demonstrations and crafts as you learn how things were done in the past at Chimney Point.
July 31, 2015 – Evening to Remember Social – relax on a beautiful summer evening with music, activities, museum tours, and visit with costumed staff as they share about the past.
August 30, 2015 – Points of Interest: Lake Champlain Bridge Guided Walk – learn about the history of the area surrounding the bridge with Chimney Point administrator Elsa Gilbertson.
This site is only 15 minutes from our inn, making it a great outing during your stay with us. Let us know if you will be going and we would be happy to pack a picnic lunch for you to enjoy. Contact us if you have any questions and if you are looking to plan a summer getaway we still have rooms available!
Sunday, July 12, 2015
There is something kind of serene and relaxing about being out on the open water and when you combine that with an efficient way of getting from one place to another you have it made! This is exactly what you will find on a trip with Lake Champlain Ferries.
For our guests who would like an easy, efficient, and relaxing way to travel from Vermont to New York, the Lake Champlain Ferries are the way to go. There are two pick up points very close to our inn—first in Charlotte which is a half hour away and second in Burlington which is just under an hour away. The Burlington ferry takes you across the lake to Port Kent, NY. While you enjoy beautiful views of the lake and mountains you can enjoy snack and cold drinks. The trip lasts approximately an hour. If you have some time to spare before you leave, there is great food at the Breakwater Cafe and Grill on the Burlington Ferry Dock. If you leave from Charlotte, the ferry will take you past spectacular views of the Adirondack and Green Mountains over to Essex, NY. This trip only lasts approximately 25 minutes. The image you see in this blog is of the M/V Adirondack, a Burlington/Port Kent crossing boat that is over 100 years old!
Another option for guests looking for something special to do is to board the Northern Lights cruise ship that offers daily lunch cruises, narrated afternoon trips, weekend brunch cruises and dinner cruises complete with great entertainment. Spend an afternoon cruising into Shelburne Bay, go past the shipyard, and around North Beach before heading back to the Burlington dock. This daily scenic cruise shares a lot of the interesting historic moments on Lake Champlain. Visit the ferry website for pricing and scheduling information.
We have some wonderful summer packages at the inn including our Fly Fishing Package, the Summer Getaway Package and the New Filmmaker’s Festival Package. Don't let summer pass you by without a trip to Vermont!