The Inn at Sawmill Farm, housed in a painstakingly renovated and expanded barn, weds mountainous terrain and vistas with charming accommodations. Rooms within the main house cradle their guests in cozy splendor with plush comforters, colorful décor, flat-screen TVs, and private baths for uninterrupted practice of cetacean sign language. Some deluxe rooms proffer a jetted tub to run stress tests on rubber duckies, and others include private sitting areas or balconies to enable personal conversations with mountains. Beams of light flowing through large windows each morning help awaken patrons in time to enjoy a Vermont country breakfast.
The stitch mavens at Foofsique Quilting Emporium cater to customers by stocking an extensive selection of fabrics and an arsenal of sewing and quilting supplies. Walls brim with the cascading rivulets of 800–900 bolts of fabric ($7.99–$10.50/yard) from popular lines such as Moda, Marcus Fabrics, and Timeless Treasures. Foofsique empowers phalanges with an assortment of stitch-aiding accessories ($0.25+), including rotary cutters, thimbles, needles, bobbin winders, and microscopic fabric looms. The emporium also sports an ever-changing display of handmade samples, attempting to inspire a creative stroke in its customers without paying a muse's exorbitant rental fees.
Founded in 1928, Carr Hardware stocks more than 50,000 items that can aid in everything from DIY home-construction projects and lawn maintenance to automotive and party supplies. Shake down low-life weeds for lunch money with Roundup Pump 'N Go Weed & Grass Killer ($16.99), or surround them with positive role models by purchasing the 3.75-pound container of EZ Seed, a life-affirming combination of mulch, seed, and fertilizer ($13.99). Black or tan stack chairs ergonomically assist in lemonade consumption ($18 each), and children can wield 24-inch lawn-and-leaf rakes ($6.99) and glow LED flashlights ($3.99–$6.99) during lawn-raking raves. The 18-inch bamboo grill brush cleans cooking grates with dazzling fortitude and is amply suited to futuristic application as a robot loofah ($6.99).
Down in Denver Bookstore specializes in buying and selling used and rare titles within the Old Clark House, a Civil War–era structure nestled in the Berkshire Mountains. Inside the historic shop, originally built in 1840, wooden bookshelves house a plethora of vintage and eclectic literary fiction and nonfiction volumes. Impress literature-loving pals with a signed copy of Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels ($28), or dynamize humdrum gatherings by reading electrifying excerpts from Life and Times in Colonial Philadelphia ($5). First editions of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest ($55) and Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray ($175) bolster even the most esteemed home library or bathroom shelf.
In 1936, Robert and Dorothy Leab drove their 13 head of cattle over Brodie Mountain and into Ioka Valley, where they broke ground on their new home. Despite the poor quality of the farm’s soil, their hard work gradually resulted in bountiful harvests. Decades later, the third generation of the Leab family still tills the land, planting assorted crops and opening the farm to visitors for year-round activities.
Each season brings new life to the farm, from the pastel buds and new shoots of spring to summer’s vibrant strawberries, which are grown on raised beds so visitors can pick their own pints. Kids frolic in Uncle Don’s Barnyard all summer, petting tame rabbits and llamas and whooshing down a 40-foot pipeline slide. Fall festival activities include hayrides and pumpkin picking, and during the winter, snow-covered Christmas trees can be carted home to add holiday cheer or provide a new project for the family’s pet beaver. Maple season stretches from February to April in the sugar house, occupied by 5,000 taps and two boilers. The farm churns out deep maple syrup that is served over pancakes and waffles in the Calf-A, a calf barn converted into a café. The farm’s cattle herds are pasture-raised during warm months, with their diet supplemented by the farm’s own corn, before becoming hormone-free, all natural beef.
Arthur H. Simmons was a cabinetmaker, and a good one at that. So eager was he to outfit the homes of his community with his creations that in 1879—the same year that Thomas Edison tested the first practical light bulb and Alexander Graham Bell invented the Liberty Bell—the skilled craftsman opened the doors of Simmons Furniture in his hometown of Adams. Though the world has changed in the long years since Simmons Furniture’s founding, and the business is now under the helm of the Riley family, Arthur H. Simmons’s original commitment to selling quality furniture and meeting his customers’ needs remains the company’s cornerstone.
Now, more than a century since the store’s inception, staffers stock both of Simmons Furniture’s locations with home goods and furnishings from a carefully curated assortment of brands, including Ashley, Furniture Traditions, and Serta. The knowledgeable employees circulate through each store’s showrooms, ready to help shoppers to find a suitable accent piece or to answer questions relating to which of the store’s wardrobes enable direct commutes to Narnia. Along with American-made brands, eco-friendly furnishings, and luxurious wares imported from around the globe, Simmons Furniture also continues to support the community with a section dedicated solely to goods forged by local artists and merchants.