Monday, June 13, 2011

Romance In Quechee Vermont



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Romance In Quechee Vermont by Penny Watson


I have lived in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Vermont at various times over the last twenty years. Of all the places I've lived, Vermont is without a doubt my personal Shangri-La. It has a quiet, laid-back pace, an appreciation of simple pleasures, and people who care about the world around them. One day, shortly after we moved to Vermont, I was standing in Dan and Whit's General Store when the kids got out of school. They ran into the store, grabbed penny candy from old-fashioned glass jars, and ran back out of the store with their friends. The manager chuckled and added the "purchases" onto their family charges. I was awe-struck by this. There was something so wonderful and sweet about living this sort of life. I was in love. I still dream of moving back to Vermont some day.

Of all the charming towns in this area, my absolute favorite is Quechee. It has an enormous antique mall, the requisite covered bridges, and my favorite spot on earth....Simon Pearce Mill.



The Mill is located right next to the Ottauquechee River. It houses a glassblowing workshop, pottery workshop, retail store and a fabulous restaurant. Simon Pearce glass is stunning in its simplicity. My kids love watching the glassblowers create their wares. There is nothing quite like enjoying a gourmet meal, made with local Vermont products, while seated at a table overlooking the waterfall next to the mill. It is heaven on earth.




I have one especially wonderful and romantic moment that happened to me at Simon Pearce. My husband took me out for a birthday dinner about fifteen years ago. He surprised me with a lovely amethyst ring. But it was a bittersweet occasion for me. I had just suffered another heart-breaking miscarriage, and we were both feeling sad and uncertain about the future. We sat on the balcony at sunset, enjoying a glass of wine, watching the falls and trying to lift our spirits. Suddenly, a hot air balloon appeared on the river, skimming the water. It must have been ten feet from the surface. It was gliding along the river, and went right past us. The folks inside waved hello. Everyone in the restaurant gasped with pleasure. It was an incredible moment, watching that balloon glide by us. My husband and I smiled at each other and held hands across the table. I was filled with a sense of peace and knowledge that all was right with the world. It sounds so melodramatic, doesn't it? But that moment was magical for me. Shortly thereafter, we decided to adopt our children from the Philippines. We started on another incredible journey in our lives.


Every time we return to Vermont, my heart fills with happiness. The air is clean and pure, the way of life is old-fashioned and charming. I am filled with a sense of peace and well-being. I have a dream that someday when I'm a little old lady I will have a cottage in the woods of Vermont where I live with three weenie dogs and work on my romance novels. (My hubby can go fishing to keep himself occupied! hee hee).


Dreaming of a Vermonty Future,
Penelope

22 comments:

Amber Skyze said...

Another breath-taking post.

Nina Pierce said...

Awww, that's such a sweet memory to treasure. Hot air balloons are magical.

Blodeuedd said...

Wow that place looks amazing :D I really wanna go there

Susan said...

A beautiful place and a wonderful story. Thanks!

lemonverbenalady said...

There's been some romantic for me there, Penny!;>}

lemonverbenalady said...

I meant romance!:(

Penelope said...

Quechee also hosts a Hot Air Balloon Festival every summer...this year it is taking place July 17-19. It is an amazing spectacle!

http://www.quecheeballoonfestival.com/

Penelope said...

Hi Nancy! Have you ever visited the gardens at St Gauden's in Cornish, NH? That is a really cool place!

KatieO said...

What wonderful photos! They bring back lots of memories for me, too!

I also love Vermont, and have great memories of the Queechee Balloon Festivals. During my freshman year of college, my parents had a "change of life" thing and left New Jersey to buy an Inn in Killington, VT. Which meant I had a built-in summer job for the rest of my college years... and got to know the ins and outs of a beautiful state! Both of my sister went to high school in Woodstock, and both still live in Vermont even though my parents have long since retired and moved away.

barbara said...

Beautiful images and a wonderful post! :)

Barbara said...

Love Vermont. Have spent a little time there and it is an "Ahhhh" environment. Something we all need to revisit.
So glad I'm not that far away.

Julia Rachel Barrett said...

How lovely and yes, bittersweet. But then we always have the bitter with the sweet, don't we? I'm so happy you decided to adopt your wonderful children. Love is love and that's all there is to it.
Moments that take you out of time help you come to terms with life and loss.

Natascha said...

Oh! I've been here. Very nice.

barklesswagmore said...

Wow, it looks idyllic. Thanks for the glimpse into VT. I'm stuck in suburbia hell in NH and may look into VT for a future move.

Jennifer Mathis said...

beautiful pic .
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lemonverbenalady said...

No, Penny, I haven't! Something to add to my to do list! Thanks!

Penelope said...

KatieO....I can't believe that story....so cool! I also love Woodstock...since we lived in the Upper Valley for 5 years, I got to know that area really well. I love Gillingham's General Store in Woodstock!

Kym said...

I will be going to Vermont this fall, I will check out Quechee. What a beautiful story about the hot air balloon ! thanks for sharing :)

Kym

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

What a gorgeous place. I loved Vermont when I was there. But I definitely didn't see this place.

Di said...

This looks like another wonderful place to visit. You've all really wet my appetite to get back to New England!
Fingers crossed for print books - I'm not e-enabled yet.

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donnas said...

It sounds like such a great place. Thanks for sharing your story.

Even now I still like to watch glass blowers work. Their talent is just amazing.

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