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If you're planning a trip to the area for a class or just for fun, I have several recommendations to offer. Be sure to check out the area events as there seem to be "festivals" of one sort or another most every weekend in the summer and fall...food fests to beer fests, Dragon Boat races to Antique Car Rallies, ice sculptures to marathons. And of course skiing in the winter. Scroll down for links to various "sites" in the area that might be of interest.
I've also posted a few places to stay.....I have no vested interest in any of them, but they are places that customers coming from far away for workshops here in the past have stayed and so I have some feedback on them...and they are close and "reasonable". There are many other places to stay in the area, so check hotels.com or some other online place as well.
Places to stay:
Whitcomb House B&B 802-899-2417 is not far away and although I've not been there or met the owners, Terry, who came up from Florida for a workshop this fall and stayed there raved about the people, the food and the accomodations. They have just 3 rooms but each with private bath and are open year round.
Mariott Residence Inn. 802- 878-2001 A group that came from New Jersey last month to take Christine Fries machine embroidery workshop stayed here and praised it....enough room for 4 and a kitchenette so they could do meals easily. Just around the corner....maybe 3 miles from here.
Fairfield Inn. 802--879-9999. Right off exit 12 from RT 89, it is just about 3 miles from here. They offer a continental breakfast and are neat and clean....it gets 4 stars online from customers. I've had both customers and teachers stay here in the past and they've agreed it was convenient, clean and that the breakfast was satisfying.
Best Western Windjammer Inn & Conference Center - 800-371-1125. I don't actually know of a customer who has stayed here yet, but it is a local chain and I thought might be familiar to many so I included it. It is on the same road as the shop, about 7 miles closer to downtown Burlington. It has a fitness center, restaurant and offers Continental Breakfast. It is walking distance to a Barnes & Noble and a mall.
Ethan Allen Motel 802-863-4573 www.ethanallenmotel.com is also on the same road as the store (Williston Rd) and just about 6 miles from here. It has an outdoor pool, and offers "efficiencies".
DoubleTree Hotel www.burlington.doubletree.com 800-222-8733 One of my sales reps stays here..he raves about the restuarant's Grilled Oatmeal every time he's here!
Malletts Bay Campground - www.mallettsbaycampground.com (802) 863-6980. The next town over and near the lake. Maybe a 15 minute drive from here.
North Beach Campground - 802-864-0123 or 862-0942 Right on the beach at a popular swimming area, this campground in Burlington has space for tents, RVs and trailers.
Black Bear Inn - Bolton Valley 1800-395-6335 firstname.lastname@example.org This inn is at the Bolton Valley Ski Resort about 20-25 minutes from here. A participant in Dagmar Binders workshop here stayed there with her husband and had a positive experience (in the summer, the trails are great for hiking
"Sites" or places of interest....
Just down the street & around the corner is the Catamount Center which has miles and miles of trails for biking in the summer and cross country skiing in the winter. They also have a B&B on the property, tho' I have no feedback on it to share. I can speak for the proprietors however and can say they are lovely, welcoming folks. And their property, if you like snow shoeing, cross country skiing or biking, is really a treat.
And for touristy things to do of course there are hiking opportunities galore, Shelburne Farms and the Shelburne Museum to tour and many things to do on the lake, including the Leahy Echo Lake Aquarium & Science Center which has some fun activities for kids and the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum which focuses on the great historic aspects of the lake, including its importance during the war and for commerce, both of which led to many great wrecks for diving.
Once you're here....
If you're visiting the Burlington area, I hope you'll stop in to see us. And there are 4 other terrific art stores in Williston that you'll want to check out so be sure to make Williston a destination on your trip to the Burlington area. In fact they're all less than 2 miles from me so you can do all your shopping without a lot of driving around! Plus I've listed a great quilt shop in the next town over, as well as a few online links for local artists.
Artists Medium (painting, framing, etc) is about 1.5 miles west along Rt 2 (Williston RD) from me and offers great supplies for fine artists.
In nearby Essex Junction there is also Yankee Pride, a quilting supply store specializing in wonderful fabrics for quiltmaking. Check out their website: www.yankeepridequilts.com
And it seems like the 2 favorite places my nieces/nephews love to come take their kids when they visit are the Ben & Jerry's plant/tour in Waterbury Ctr (about 15 minutes - 2 exits south of me) and Lake Champlain Chocolates (about 15 minute drive - they give a great talk about chocolate and offer samples too!).
Even if you're not coming to the area, check these out. Two great local artists that have a good web presence.
Another local artisan, Martha is an avid knitter and lovely customer that makes the most beautiful knitting bags I've seen...if you're quick enough to get one when she posts them Thursday night on her site!
A local potter who does the most incredible, really large urns, pots & vessels (as well as great mugs, serving dishes, etc too!) and whose wife is a handweaver and spinner I met thru my sister's spinning guild. If you're in the area of Bristol you should stop by and see them. He has built the most incredible walk-in kiln for firing and they both sell their art at a gallery on site at their home.