These are some of my favorite places around the cottage. All can be found within an hour. Many can be combined and seen in one day of touring. The whole lot can be seen easily in 4-5 days. Check out a couple antique shops, have lunch along the way and end up at an art gallery. At the end of the day you'll end up back home with a bottle of wine, and a good story!


Big town gallery

Gallery owner, Anni Mackay, has for the past two decades devoted her energies to bringing the arts together with community. Each gallery's space and its featured exhibitions, performance art, and reading series are the culmination-to-date of an uncompromising belief in the soundness of that partnership.

The BigTown Galleries, offer a full spectrum of visual, literary, and performing arts with their year-round exhibit schedule, Summer Reading Series, and performing arts events. Programming is presented by the Gallery’s non-profit 501c3 tax deductible sister-entity, BigTown Projects, and is generously supported by loyal audience members and partners; all free (unless noted otherwise) and open to the public. The Bigtown Projects events are currently held at BigTown Gallery Rochester, located in the heart of Vermont, on RT 100 at 99 North Main, Rochester.

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Green Mountain glassworks

I was only eight years old, during the American Bicentennial year, when I came across an old, faded clapboard shed just south of Waitsfield village in Central Vermont. Centered in that room on the dirt floor was a small glass-melting furnace, roaring brilliantly orange. It was incredibly hot. It hurt to look directly into the flame but that's what I did, fascinated by the power and majesty of glass. This was the domain of two local glassblowers, and their world of manipulating glass, one of the oldest and most basic craft materials.

Thirty-two years later, I am manipulating glass to manifest my creative vision. With only a few basic elements, silica sand, soda ash, and limestone, I use intense heat to melt a clear base glass, which I then weave into a tapestry of art and objects from the simplest vase to the most complex sculpture.




the bowl mill 

Since the beginning of The Bowl Mill in 1857, the heart of our craft has been producing durable and beautiful wooden bowls, manufactured right here in Vermont. We take great pride in providing our customers with the highest quality wooden bowls for home decoration and function. Each piece of wood is tested for integrity and designed to last for generations to come. We produce and sell unique one-piece hardwood bowls made from beech, walnut, maple and cherry wood. Treasured for their timeless style and functionality, these handcrafted wood bowls are made by skilled craftsmen using only the highest quality wood available. Each bowl inherits the distinctive grain of the tree, containing a history of the weather, climate and soil conditions experienced during the growth cycle of the tree. It can take close to 100 years for a single hardwood tree to produce the grains that make our bowls remarkable.


chandler center for the arts

Chandler Center for the Arts is a community-based arts organization in Randolph, Vermont, serving Central Vermont and the Upper Valley region with a year-round series of performances, art exhibits, and educational opportunities in historic Chandler Music Hall and gallery.

Chandler inspires and cultivates artistic expression and education in the performing and visual arts for people of all ages, deepens the cultural and artistic growth of youth, and strengthens and energizes our community by offering opportunities for people to come together in pursuit and celebration of the arts


White river craft center 

Welcome to the White River Craft Center – Our main offices and facilities are located at the Kimball House on Randolph Ave, Randolph Vt. We are focused on developing a community of artists and craftspeople to stimulate learning and creativity. All ages of learners are welcome. Research shows that hands-on learning aids children by improving their attention and skills in the classroom and their self-esteem. Creating with ones hands is relaxing and energizing for everyone. Mission: The White River Craft Center (WRCC) promotes self-help for individuals through stewardship and appreciation of traditional crafts. It does this by providing opportunities for craft education and community partnerships.


the barn

Sam is the BEST! Stop by often because Sam gets lots of new stuff. I outfitted 1/2 my cottage from The Barn. Sam even taught me his "secret" furniture cleaning recipe. The Barn isn't full of "dainty" antiques and doilies. It has tons of old tools, rustic furniture, glassware, cast iron kitchenware, old signs, etc. Must stop even if just to browse and get nostalic. 


middlebury antiques center

This store has a lot of nice merchandise as well. It has a pretty good selection of really old stuff. Curios, furniture, paintings, glassware, etc. A little bit delicate for my tastes, but it's definitely worth a walk through. 





east barre antique mall

Robert Somaini began collecting as a child. You can find him amidst a horde of antiques from April 30th to October 30th. As an added bonus, the Vermont Flannel Company is located right across the street. I got a bunch of stuff from Robert, including my rocking chair. He's a really nice guy and loves to chat. I look forward to seeing him again. 


Select antiques & wayward items

Despite the cute name, this little shop has some really nice pieces. They're not cheap by any means, but you can tell they were hand picked. They had a handful of rare old farm pieces in very good condition. In addition, this is a family farm and a native plant nursery. It's a lovely property and the owners are quite friendly. 


middlebury college museum of art

The Middlebury College Museum of Art is an integral educational and cultural component of Middlebury College whose mission is to enable visitors to understand more fully the artistic achievements represented by a diversity of cultures. Our collection of several thousand objects ranges from antiquities to contemporary art and includes distinguished collections of Asian art, photography, 19th-century European and American sculpture, and contemporary prints. Works from the permanent collection and special loan exhibitions are on display throughout the year, and we regularly sponsor lectures, gallery talks, films, school programs, and family workshops. The Museum also maintains the college's collection of 20 works of public sculpture sited in various locations around the campus.


henry sheldon museum

The Sheldon Museum, the oldest community-based Museum in the country, has welcomed visitors and researchers since 1882. In 2015, the Sheldon Museum announced a two-year alliance with Historic New England. To learn more about Historic New England and the alliance, follow the links on the next page. Our mission is to serve the public by preserving the historic memory of Addison County and neighboring communities, heightening the awareness and enjoyment of our rich cultural legacy, and stimulating the study of connections between Vermont’s past and broader historical themes. We offer lively tours, exhibits, and programs to enrich the understanding of Vermont’s past in each of the three main areas of the Museum:

  • The Judd-Harris House, built in 1829, showcases a wealth of objects depicting small town life in nineteenth century Vermont
  • The Stewart-Swift Research Center houses one of the state’s premier archival collections, documenting the history of Middlebury, Addison County, and Vermont
  • The Walter Cerf Gallery hosts changing exhibits throughout the year

The Museum also has an Education Program offering on-site and outreach programs using reproductions of maps, documents, and artifacts from the Museum collections. Public programs at the Sheldon Museum include a popular Holiday Open House, an outdoor Pops Concert in the summer, and many other events throughout the year. View Programs & Eventsfor a full list of upcoming Museum programs.

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the bundy modern

The Bundy Modern, built in 1962 as an art and sculpture gallery, was conceived to be in harmony with its surroundings in nature and to bring the outdoors in through the use of walls of glass. Set on a plateau with mountain views, the Bundy was designed in the Bauhaus style by Harvard GSD architect, Harlow Carpenter.

The original mission: to offer a space for modern and contemporary artists and sculptors to show their work within a setting of serene rural beauty, while offering the public an unusually pure example of modern architecture for inspiration and study.

Today we build on the original mission by offering an intersectional view of the arts inclusive of modern, contemporary and industrial art, design, craft and furniture.  We will achieve this by working with curators deeply knowledgeable in their field who will bring a fresh vision to the space.


St. johnsbury athenæm

The St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, a legacy of the Fairbanks family,  is a private, nonprofit public library and art gallery located in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. A monument of the 19th century belief in learning, the Athenaeum was founded by Horace Fairbanks as a culture center for the town - a true "athenaeum," providing a free public library and art gallery, as well as a host for numerous educational events.


fairbanks museum & planetarium

The Fairbanks Museum was founded in 1889 by St. Johnsbury industrialist Franklin Fairbanks.

Inside our classic Victorian building, you’ll find a dazzling array of animals and artifacts, dolls and tools, shells and fossils, and much more! Take a trip through the cosmos in Vermont's only public planetarium. A full calendar of events, workshops, lectures and field programs invites everyone to explore the nature of our world.

A trip to the Athenæum and the Fairbanks Museum, is a day well spent.