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Perspective Comes from Encountering Something Completely New...

Hello Everyone!

Summer is finally here and the weather has been magnificent—in fact, we have an entire contingent of Floridians here, and more on the way! Everyone is saying “yes” to travel this year, and saying it with conviction! And, Vermont is up to the challenge… just look at all the offerings below—from intellectual pursuits to historic places to visit and fascinating outdoor day trips that we’ve created just for you. Join us for another spectacular Vermont summer!     

All our best – Kay & Glenn

"Blue Chip Special"
At great restaurants, what's on the wall is increasingly as vital as what's on the plate—so says William Li, Town and Country Magazine, April 2022. And, we couldn't agree more! In our main house, we have an interesting collection of paintings and objets d'art on display... we're not your typical Vermont inn. The photo is the interior at Daniel, New York, and the large-scale landscapes exhibit is by Alex Katz.
An Artist's Journey
Join us at the Manchester Community Library for the Green Mountain Academy lecture; Portraiture: An Artist’s Journey, Tuesday, June 21 • 5:30-7:00 pm. Our friend and croquet champion, Kim Beaty, will take us on an informative and entertaining retrospective journey regaling us with tales of her most interesting adventures as a portrait artist.
Made in Vermont!
This is William (Will) Jacob—his company is Indian River Campaign. And, there is no finer furniture around. The table in the photo, is a Black Walnut with Epoxy River Table with Streamer Flies (look closely). This is unequivocally museum quality furniture that is handcrafted here in West Pawlet. His website is incredible, and he built that himself. Join us, we’re taking all our guests to visit Will’s shop!
Grant's Cottage—Fascinating 

Impoverished by a Ponzi-style swindle and dying of throat cancer, Ulysses S. Grant moved to the Cottage on June 16, 1885. With the help from his publisher Mark Twain, and the nation at large, he completed Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant only days before his death on July 23, 1885. Steve, our tour-guide, was incredibly inspirational. After touring the home, wait until you see the historic views. And, only nine miles north of downtown Saratoga Springs.
1951 International Harvester Metro

This restored1951 Snap-on Tools International Metro Van really caught my attention a few weeks back—so much that it had to be included in this month’s newsletter. I’m always delighted to receive the Vermont based Hemmings Auction email—it's a feel-good moment that takes me back to my youth for 5-10 minutes a few times a week. Sign up, it’s free. Don’t forget to look for the summer car shows, they’re everywhere. Almost forgot, the asking price for the Snap-on van is $200,000!
Pears Transparent Soap

Most, if not all hotels and inns use small bar soap, generally from .75 -1.50 oz bars, and so did we. This year, we want our guests to feel more comfortable. So, we changed to Pears Soap, an elegant, generously sized 4.4 oz bar that sits comfortably in your hand with nice rounded edges. Pears Transparent Soap is a British brand of soap first produced and sold in 1807 by Andrew Pears, at a factory just off Oxford Street in London.
Saint-Gauden’s National Historic Site • Cornish, New Hampshire  
Pan Statue within the Pan Pool Grove
A beautiful 64-mile ride though the Vermont countryside that takes you just over the border—make sure that you take the Cornish-Windsor Covered Bridge, connecting Vermont and New Hampshire. Then, step into the world of one of America’s greatest artists… Augustus Saint-Gaudens, lived here seasonally starting in 1885, and year-round 1900 until his death in 1907. Experience the park grounds, where several of Saint-Gaudens bronze sculptures are on view throughout the year, & trails wind through the woods. Click here to remember his importance. This is another must-visit!
Samuel Makes Our Butter & Cheese… But Not on Sunday! 
What's in a Sign...
Another Stumble-Upon Moment… We interrupted Samuel from building his third, modestly sized, nicely designed chicken coop. No power tools, no electricity on a quiet farm—and, he sells butter too—from his Ice House... Now, with butter-in-hand, Kay’s asking about cheese… “What kind of cheese do you make, Cheddar?” “No, just cheese,” Samuel replied. We picked up his cheese the following week and it was still warm—it was good basic cheese. Samuel is our new butter and cheese guy! Join us the next time we make a butter run...
Summer's Here When Roxies Opens!
Located in Castleton...
We met Amanda by chance a month ago after ordering hamburgers and a small cone. Amanda’s great grandmother purchased Roxies from Earl Wilson, nicknamed “Roxie” in 1957 and it’s been in the family ever since. They don’t sell chocolate creemees—only vanilla and black raspberry, in keeping with Earl’s tradition. Mary Lou, one of our guests, absolutely loves their black raspberry creemees! And, everyone loves Roxies! The best part of the story—you remember Will from above, well, Amanda and Will have been dating for the past three years! ❤️ 
Champlain Valley Mushrooms
Our weekly delivery of gourmet mushrooms from Champlain Valley Mushrooms arrived Sunday afternoon—the next morning our guests had Kay’s French-style deep-yellow crêpe-like omelettes cradling a generous interior of exquisite rusty brown cluster of sautéed chestnut and oyster mushrooms giving her omelettes an incredible flavor profile like nothing that you have ever tasted! See Our Menu!
Our Four New Pigs
Our pigs are just about a month old, and they couldn’t be happier. Their lineage is impressive—the sow is a Large Black Tamworth mix and the boar is ⅔ Gloucestershire Old Spots and ⅓ Red Wattle. While each breed has a distinct flavor profile, the Gloucestershire Old Spots (GOS) is a historic pig breed known for its distinctive white coat with black spots, and is a British Royal Family favorite for their tables, and our table too.
Upcoming Events & Insightful Features
Rodin Exhibition—The Clark Art Institute

Rodin in the United States: Confronting the Modern June 18 – September 18, 2022

Auguste Rodin (French, 1840–1917) followed an unusual path to becoming one of the most innovative, influential, celebrated, and controversial sculptors of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Beyond literary, historical, and religious subjects, Rodin was interested in expressing human emotion. This should be an impressive exhibition!

The Van Gogh Exhibition—Albany

Prepare to be totally immersed in the wondrous world of Vincent Van Gogh.

You’ve never experienced Van Gogh like this before. Instead of standing and staring at one of the iconic artist’s beautiful framed paintings from afar, imaging walking inside one of his paintings — the vibrant colors swirling around you while you take in the stunning, post-impressionist works in an otherworldly way. We cannot wait to embark on this multisensory journey.

The Hyde Museum—Transformations

Transformations: The Art of John Van Alstine, June 11 - September 18, 2022. John works primarily with granite and steel mediums in a large-scale format. He is known for stone and metal abstract sculptures exhibiting exceptional balance and poise. In 2008, Van Alstine was one of only fifty artists to have his work chosen to be display at the 2008 Summer Olympics. In 1976, he earned a Master of Fine Arts from Cornell University. Having never been to The Hyde, this sounds like a great introduction! 

Enjoy the pleasantly languid start to each day, then let adventures still unwritten take you further…
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