Thoughtful gifts for loved ones

Meaningful Holiday Gifts: Your Christmas Gift Guide

It can be tough to find something original to give for the holidays, especially for someone who “has everything.” But believe us, everyone hopes for a truly meaningful gift. If you are puzzled about what to get someone close to you, here’s a different kind of gift guide that might help.   Give the gift… more

Eliot Orton and son

Vermont’s Christmas Tree Traditions

We know that Christmas is not far away when the mountains start wearing their little caps of snow. It’s getting closer when snow is lying over the fields and the ponds start freezing over. It’s just around the corner when carols are playing on the radio. But when is the Christmas season finally here? For… more

Christmas Dreams and Wishes: A Letter from the Orton Family

Christmas Dreams and Wishes: A Letter from the Orton Family

Here in Vermont the nights are getting frosty, and although Christmas is a ways off, you can be sure the kids are already thinking about what they want Santa to bring. Maybe it’s a new game or a special book, or a sweet treat they only get at the holidays. No matter what it is,… more

Happy 65th Anniversary To Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang!

Charlie Brown and the Peanuts Gang’s 65th Anniversary

Celebrate with Our Exclusive Peanuts Collection By Theresa Darling Good grief! Has it really been 65 years since this group of friends hit the scene? Yes, Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang made their comic strip debut on October 2, 1950. Their creator, Charles Schultz said he based his lead character on the average person… more

We've been making Halloween Spooktacularly more fun since 1946

An Ode to Cherished Halloween Memories

By Walter Schmitt, Orton Storekeeper   Moonlit eyes are glowing bright, Trick-or-treaters fill the night. Ghouls and goblins on display, Old-time candies to give away.
 Don’t forget to keep a few To give the kid that lives in you. Caramel, fudge, and spearmint creams, Licorice and jelly beans, Turkish candy and sour balls, Butter crunch—we… more

Our NEW Lanz of Salzburg Cardinal Tyrolean Flannel Sheet Set

Portuguese Flannel Sleepwear & Sheets

We Traveled the World to Find the Softest, Warmest Flannel By Mike Laflamme, fabric expert at The Vermont Country Store Vermont winters are known for being brutally cold and extremely long, but we get by in comfort, thanks in large part to our flannel sleepwear and bedding. Our customers write to thank us for carrying… more

Autumn view from Route 11

Get Ready for Vermont Foliage Season 2015!

  Two Leaf-Peeping Trails You Shouldn’t Miss By Theresa Darling There’s a chill in the morning air and hints of orange-red on the maples. Fall is fast approaching in Vermont and foliage experts are predicting a spectacular color season! That’s because we’ve had a very wet spring and early summer. Trees LOVE those conditions! Some… more

Fall in Vermont: It’s Time for Apples and Maple!

Fall in Vermont: It’s Time for Apples and Maple!

One of Our Favorite Fall Family Recipes By Eliot Orton, Proprietor When it comes to apples and maple, none compare to the bushels and gallons you’ll find here in Vermont. And when my kids and I combine them with The Vermont Country Store pancake mix (our very own), they 
turn into a breakfast treat that’s perfect… more

A great night's sleep starts with the right pillow for you.

Pillow Talk: How to Pick Your Perfect Pillow

Find the Best Pillow for Your Best Night’s Sleep By: Theresa Darling From early childhood through old age, people love their bed pillows. Throughout the night, a pillow is fluffed, sniffed, cuddled, and most likely drooled upon. In the morning it is again ritually fluffed (and perhaps sniffed and snuggled some more) before being tucked… more

cookbook cover

Introducing Our Book of Family Recipes—Generations in the Making

Recipes, History, and Lore from The Vermont Country Store  By Eliot Orton, Proprietor The Vermont Country Store Cookbook has been decades in the making! The 120 recipes included in our cookbook have their roots in five generations of the Orton and Wilcox families. Our Inspiration   Just as there is a long history of storekeepers… more