Drive on Five Back-Country Roads in Vermont

Drive on Five Back-Country Roads in Vermont

Fall is in the air, and everyone within driving distance is thinking about paying a visit to Vermont. Of course, the idea is to arrive during the elusive peak, when the foliage is at its most colorful. But in fact, the entire fall season is worthwhile, and even if you miss peak, there are hundreds… more

The Story of the Strength of the Hills

The Story of the Strength of the Hills

Well, it’s apple season, and as usual Vermonters are taking up one of their favorite subjects of debate: which apples are best for eating, for pies, for pressing into cider, and so on. (For pies, I like MacIntosh or Honeycrisp but that’s another story.) And more and more, you hear people talking about apple cider… more

Customer's Diamond Ring

Every Transaction is Chance to Make a Friend

Sometimes, despite our best efforts to show and describe a product accurately, it just isn’t what you were looking for. But that’s not a loss, it’s an opportunity to do business the friendly way we want. Here’s a letter we received a while back.   We may not “get it right” every time, but we’ll… more

Teachout-Orton Store

Where It All Began…

This is the country store that inspired Vrest Orton to open The Vermont Country Store in 1946. It belonged to Vrest’s father, Gardner Lyman Orton and grandfather, Melvin Teachout. Like country stores of its time, the Teachout/Orton store served as the heart of its community, a place where folks met for a round of checkers… more

The Story Behind Our Famous Kissing Bridge

The Story Behind Our Famous Kissing Bridge

As fall foliage season draws near, you may want to plan a visit to some of Vermont’s most beloved landmarks: our famous covered bridges. Other states have covered bridges too, but we have greater density and greater variety than anywhere else, and every one is a treasure. Not only do they have a range of… more

Vermont’s Spookiest Bridge

Vermont’s Spookiest Bridge

Come fall, when you think of Vermont, you usually picture dazzling reds, oranges, and yellows brilliantly painted across the landscape. However, there is more to our state than just breathtaking foliage. Beyond the picturesque scenery is a spooky, more mysterious side. One that’s rooted in legend and made up of hauntings and ghostly sightings. These… more

The Bryant House Among Top-Rated Mom & Pop Restaurants in Vermont

The Bryant House Among Top-Rated Mom & Pop Restaurants in Vermont

Vermont has fewer people in the whole state than most big cities, but locals know they don’t have to travel to find good food in our neck of the woods.  Our own Bryant House Restaurant, located right next to The Vermont Country Store in Weston, is no longer a well-kept secret now that it’s made… more

It’s PYO Season in Vermont

It’s PYO Season in Vermont

Summer is well underway here in Vermont. The days are hot and muggy, and the nights often rumble and boom with thunderstorms. And in the woods and by the lanes, there’s the sweet, heavy smell of ripening berries. Of course, Vermont is known for its maple syrup, but we love our berries too. We have… more

View by the road in Vermont

What You Don’t See When Driving Through Vermont

A funny thing happens when you drive into Vermont from Massachusetts or upstate New York. The foothills are the same, the rolling fields are similar, but Vermont has something special that people can’t quite put their fingers on. Actually, part of the difference is what Vermont doesn’t have — roadside billboards. Vermont has always been… more

Store Door Bell

The Most Pleasant Sound in the World

Every so often, some salesman tries to convince us to install an “electronic entry alert chime” in our store. That’s one of those little plastic devices that beeps when you step through a laser beam. We say thanks, but no thanks, we don’t need one. We have a shop bell. In its day, the brass… more