Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Six Adventures in the Area

Many of you are planning to visit us this weekend for our special Corgi Cottage Home & Garden Tours of Tasha's property. We are so looking forward to meeting you and showing you our wonderful corner of Vermont!

I thought you might like a few suggestions for planning your trip--things that embody the Vermont spirit and are unique to our Southern region. There are many wonderful places to visit up North, too...Cold Hollow Cider Mill, Ben & Jerry's, The Von Trapp Family Lodge, Burlington, etc.
 When visiting Southern Vermont, embrace the goal of soaking up the little things: small town warmth, a cold drink from a small-town general store, and the fresh, welcoming beauty of the area. Here are a few more suggestions:

Greens as far as your eye can see (100+ miles)...Southern Vermont Natural History Museum...Great Gift Shop...Hiking Trails
This is a great pit-stop if you're traveling to Marlboro from Rt. 9 and Wilmington. If you need to pick up your Vermont souvenirs, this shop has it all. Pay a quarter to look through the binoculars on's worth it! I also love stopping at Tallulah's antiques and Elaine's organic farm stand just outside Wilmington.

2.) Chelsea Royal Diner Ice Cream
Handmade hard ice cream or the best creamie (soft serve ice cream) in town!
This cute little diner features a great outdoor ice cream stand on Rt. 9 as you head into Brattleboro from Marlboro. Check the board for specials--these are often the most wonderful flavors! Local wildflower honey, local strawberry (if it's a strawberry/rhubarb day, you're in luck!), or local maple are all delicious. 

3.) Brattleboro Main Street 
Don't neglect to spend some time meandering the vibrant Main St. of Brattleboro. 
There are plenty of shops to pop into...Linger at Delectable Mountain if you love stunning fabric and buttons like Tasha, Marjorie, and me. Try the baked goods, and lunch options at Amy's Bakery & Cafe while looking over the river and railroad tracks. The brand-new Co-Op plaza has just opened its doors, and the Co-Op has always been a favorite place for Tasha and family to shop. If you like to treasure hunt for vintage or antiques, peek around Twice Upon a Time.  

The Vermont Country Store brings all of the good, old-fashioned things of the past back into our lives...and what fun it is to rediscover them! You're sure to enjoy this trip down memory lane. Need a new clothes line or old-fashioned ice cream maker? There are two locations of the store, the original being in Weston, VT, about 1 hour and 15 mins from Marlboro. The other option, a bit closer, is in Rockingham, VT, up 91N at exit 6, about 45 minutes away. 

#5: Grafton, VT or Newfane, VT
Grafton, Vermont is such a beautiful homage to small-town Vermont. There isn't much to the town, per se, except beauty, charm, an art gallery or two, the General Store, and the Grafton Cheese Factory. The same goes for Newfane, a classic, charming New England town, with one of the most-photographed Greens in the state. Don't neglect the Newfane Country Store, either, if only for their fudge! The Newfane Heritage Festival is held here every year, one of our favorite events. 

#6: Harrisville, NH ("Corgiville") & Peterborough, NH
If you don't mind going a bit farther afield, a lovely hours drive from Brattleboro into New Hampshire reaps great reward: real-live Corgiville! Tasha modeled the town of Corgiville after Harrisville, NH. The photo above was taken by our dear friend Patti. It is great fun to bring along the books and try to match up scenes. You'll find equal charm when driving to Peterborough, NH, the next town up (past the Yankee Magazine headquarters.)

Of course, there are far too many wonderful discoveries in our area to list! We certainly hope you enjoy your time in our area, and if we may offer any further suggestions, just let us know. 


  1. I feel very blessed to be able to come visit this beautiful rich soul quenching area. To have visited, then seeing these pictures, and to enter again, is heaven. Thank you Tasha family~ Patti

  2. Natalie, thank you for this post. I don't know if we will ever make it up your way (one day, I hope :0), but it was so wonderful to see more (beautiful) places near you all!

    1. We would love to have you in our area! There are so many wonderful towns to explore, drives to drive, antique shops to antique, homemade ice creams to eat, swimming holes to swim in, and so much more! All of those wonderful rural delights! One of these days, I'm sure you will make your way to Vermont!

  3. We loved the Farmers Market in Brattleboro on Saturday morning when we visited in May. So much colorful food to eat and the vendors had beautiful plants. Love, Love, Love your area and we will return again. Wish we were going on the garden tour! Kathy in NY

    1. Kathy!! What a wonderful suggestion...I can't believe I forgot to mention the farmer's market! Great suggestion. Thank you!