Sunday, May 1, 2016

Vermont State of Mind

Vermont is one of those places that no matter where you come from always feels like home. It's the quintessential place to relax, enjoy the good things in life and explore the roots of our craft.  Part of what I enjoy and strive for in creating the K&YA retreats is to celebrate the arts, crafts, food and culture of the special places we visit. 

We began at the beautiful Quechee Inn at Marshland Farms by the cozy fire in the living room getting to know each other.

Over the course of the weekend we immersed ourselves in the culture of Vermont by visiting Grandview Farm in Washington. We hugged and cooed with abandon over the baby lambs recently born on Kim and Chuck Goodling's beautiful farm.   

The Goodling's herd of Gotland sheep descended from Sweden were an apropos pairing with the knitting designs of Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton.  Cornelia has spent a great deal of her life based in Sweden developing her design career, raising her family, her own sheep, and opening an LYS which she still maintains though living in the the US.



We dined at the impressive Cloudland Farm, a farm-to-table restaurant.  Cloudland sources all their ingredients locally and with beef from their own herd of cattle.  We learned from our server that two babies were delivered shortly before we arrived.

And celebrated the local artisans with a special gift from DSKI studios in Brandon.  Handmade Cabin Books will help us remember our time together.

And while a few are missing from our last photo of the weekend, we will always have the memories of our time together in Vermont.


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