Vermont Is Beautiful in Summer!

Summer Catalog

Here’s a scene we see played out all summer long: A family will come into the store and everyone is eager to explore the place—all but one. Someone, usually the father, can be heard saying, “Now honey, we’re only going to be a little while, right? Half an hour at the most?” But that’s before he discovers the penny candy counter, the old-time toys, reprints of the wilderness guidebooks he read as a kid, and Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots ready for battle. In the end, nine times out of ten, the family has to drag him out.

But what then? Once you’ve visited The Vermont Country Store, is there anything else to do in our little town of Weston? Plenty.

Start by strolling the town green with its classic gazebo. It’s a proper village green, which means it’s right in the middle of things and an easy walk to museums, galleries, and the Weston River with its glorious waterfalls. The Weston Playhouse is right on the green, too. The theatrical productions there are first-rate.

There’s also the Old Mill Museum, which has a great collection of antique tools located in a restored water-powered grist mill. You might get lucky and find a tinsmith or pewter smith giving a demonstration. The Farrar-Mansur House Museum is a 1797 building that comprised a family home, a tavern for men, a parlor for ladies, and a ballroom where they could meet; there’s no better place to get a sense of what life was like in the Early 19th Century.

Nearby there are plenty of walking trails and natural sites to please the artist, photographer or bird watcher. There’s the Inn at Weston, which many consider to be the quintessential Vermont bed-and-breakfast. There’s also fine fly fishing on the Weston River (the angling is good too, but don’t expect the fly fishers to admit it).

Of course, autumn is Vermont’s season of glory but there’s so much to do here in the summer, why wait? We hope to see you soon.

Gardner, Cabot, Eliot and Lyman Orton
Proprietors of The Vermont Country Store