Saturday, July 7

New England Nesting Views: Part 2: a delicious dinner and beautiful hand blown glass at Simon Pearce studio in Quechee, Vermont

 I could write a story just about the barns of Vermont - they are a study in the delicate balance of function and beauty in design.
We took this photo while driving past this picturesque barn in the Middlebury area.  
The Green Mountain state lives up to its reputation with the seemingly endless rolling countryside, big sky and awe inspiring beauty at every turn. 

 Maybe because of the wide open spaces, the natural beauty and the rural environment Vermont attracts artists and artisans.  We stopped into have dinner and check out the glass blowing at the famous Simon Pearce studio and restaurant while in Quechee.  You arrive to a small valley with covered bridges, a rushing waterfall and beautiful river - a postcard image before your eyes.

The Simon Pearce studio sits balanced on the edge at once welcoming you in.  Since it was our wedding anniversary weekend we managed to nab the best seat in the house perched over the waterfall at sunset.  Simon Pearce glassware sparkled on our table - it was divine.

 we popped downstairs to the industrial working studio where a very cordial glass blower was busy at work.  He produced three delicate glass pears while we watched in complete wonder at his precision and how he deftly handled the scalding hot materials with grace.  

Simon Pearce makes wine, writes books and in addition to glass they sell a variety of home accessories from pottery to pillows and tabletop wares.

When in Vermont I highly recommend paying a visit into Simon Pearce for a delicious meal, beautiful views and picking up some great quality glass and tabletop items.