A Visit to the Simon Pearce Flagship Store

Last week, Colette and I drove over to Vermont to visit the Simon Pearce Flagship Store and Restaurant in Quechee. Quchee (pronounced like: key-chee) is a great little town, and one we already liked to visit to hike the gorge, visit the Cabot Creamery, and do a little antique shopping. And now we can add the Simon Pearce store and restaurant to that list! It is located on the banks of the Ottauquechee River.

Simon Pearce is a glass company, with each piece hand blown in the factory below the store. We wandered throughout the store, admiring the artistry in marrying form and function.

Then we went downstairs to see the glass blowing studio.

A collage of glass forms mounted on the wall of the studio.

Out the back door of the studio, you can take in the view of the river. The factory generates its power from the river, just as old New England mills have always done.

Beyond the dam and waterfall outside the studio is a great view of the covered bridge. We were in Vermont, after all! Don't you love it?

From our vantage point, we had a great view of a young swimmer who jumped off that large concrete support (photo above) under the covered bridge (right hand side) and into the water below...a drop of at least equivalent to a three story building. And we watched other swimmers swing out on a rope attached to the underside of the bridge!

Time for lunch! We highly recommend this restaurant...excellent food, nice ambiance, friendly service...and all beverages served in Simon Pearce glassware! We both had salads and Vermont cheddar soup, because when you're in Vermont, it just seems like the right thing to do.

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