Vermont has no shortage of charms—tree-lined hardpack roads, wide meadows dotted with cows, and picturesque covered bridges all come to mind. But one overlooked asset, in our opinion, is the country store.
Take Gillinghams, which has anchored Woodstock’s downtown since 1886. Its facade is deceiving: this store is massive, with room after room filled with everything from upscale kitchen items to fishing line to single bottles of craft beer. There’s also a toy section with great gifts, including those nostalgia-inducing balsawood airplanes and plastic parachuters that miraculously keep kids away from their screens for a few hours.
Of course, the mother of all country stores is The Vermont Country Store in Weston (some may recognize it from those huge catalogs that arrive in December). It’s only an hour drive from the inn on a beautiful country road, so it makes the perfect day trip. You’ll find something quirky around every corner, along with maple syrup, award-winning cheeses, and much more.
We’re pleased to say our own Taftsville Country Store follows in the same tradition, albeit on a smaller scale. Just a few steps from the inn, you’ll find a great selection of wine, local cheeses, gourmet crackers, Vermont-made chocolates, and Vermont-themed gifts, including Taftsville t-shirts and Farmhouse Pottery items.
Country stores are a throwback to a simpler time (most Taftsville residents stop by the store for their mail and a newspaper each day) and a fun way to immerse yourself in Vermont’s charms.