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Blog :: 05-2012

By-the-glass Wine Tasting in Vermont

While wine may not be Vermont's primary agricultural claim to fame (think maple syrup), that doesn't mean there isn't a great selection of wineries producing quality reds and whites throughout the Green Mountain State. Even better, there's a myriad of retail shops and vending connoisseurs around who love wine, which means where you can't get the full vineyard experience, a wine tasting is still easy to come by.

Wine tasting is a fun activity to do with family or friends, for special occasions or just a girls day out. Also, a coupon for a wine tasting makes a great thank you, birthday gift or anniversary present. Here's a list of three nearby places where you can wet your palette and sample some fine red and white from Vermont and beyond.

Putney Mountain Winery, Putney, VT

Putney Winery takes a non-traditional and careful approach to creating an array of award-winning sparkling, still and dessert wines made from fresh, local fruit. They hand-crush fresh fruit including heirloom apples, pears, rhubarb, cranberries, blueberries, strawberries and raspberries then press and craft the wine on-site. Tastings can be done at the winery outlet located in the  Basketville storefront from 11-5 daily.

Honora Winery and Vineyard, Jacksonville, VT

Looking to do your average wine tasting, stop in for a glass and call it quits? You can do that here. Or you can get the full experience. Honora offers a complete tasting and tour package that includes your first glass of wine and snacks when you arrive, but from there it just gets better and better. Take a full tour of the winery and vineyard and afterwards, enjoy a picnic basket lunch for two prepared by the chef and your choice of a bottle of red or white to wash it down. Full package costs $199 per couple and is available only on the 2nd and 4th Friday and Sunday, June through August. Honora is open for tastings every day with no appointment.

Windham Wines, Brattleboro,  VT

To say they have a few wines on hand is putting it lightly. Windham Wines takes wine and wine tasting seriously. That's why they stock over 450 wines and keep them sorted by geography. You can make a trip around the world in flavor before you find the wine of your dreams, but it's sure to be a labor of love. Wine tastings are listed on their online calendar. Come on a tasting day and be prepared to leave with a worldly sampling of the various wine-producing regions.

When you've finished off your last sample for the day, point your designated driver in the direction of one of our short-term rental homes and sleep off your tasting sessions in comfort. We're not far from where the wine flows like, well wine.

Where to hear summer concerts in Vermont

Hear that? It's the sound of the conductor striking up the band. The strings and woodwinds are warming up. The crowd is buzzing in anticipation of the first notes and everyone is gathered under the open sky because music festival season is upon us. So grab your blanket, brush up on your Mozart and come enjoy some summer concerts as they fill the fresh Vermont air.

Vermont summer concerts and outdoor performances are great for music lovers of all ages and all musical interests. Whether you're looking for kids activities or you're just out for a night of easy listening, Vermont's got a host of summer concerts lined up that will get your toes tapping and fill your soul with music.

Check out a few of these summer concert series and music festivals near Wilmington, VT.

Marlboro Music This chamber music festival is located in Marlboro, Vermont and has been drawing musicians and classical music lovers for decades. Lasting nearly two months long, the festival hosts an extensive calendar of summer concerts from June to August that transform the foothills of southern Vermont into a musical oasis. Marlboro concerts can sell out quickly, so it's  encouraged to order and reserve seats well in advance.

Manchester Music Festival Amidst great shopping outlets and scenic views in Manchester, VT this annual music festival provides both classical ensemble performance as well as education and lesson for aspiring young cellist, violinists, pianists and more. In addition, every Thursday evening from July into early August, they present a concert featuring a different ensemble.

Yellow Barn Summer Music Festival Founded by a cellist and pianist as a summer retreat for Manhattan-based music students, Yellow Barn has developed into the annual home of educational programs, artist residencies, workshops and performances that focus on the artistic growth of the participants. What does that mean for non-musicians? There's a packed calendar of summer concerts to hear from early June through August.

Music New England's Event in a Tent Just like the name says, this summer concert is a one-day, outdoor music and entertainment spectacular under a big top tent and features everything from jugglers and circus acrobats to mass orchestra performances. You can even take acrobatic workshops, Didgeridoo lessons and join in a giant fiddle and violin group performance. Pack a picnic  and enjoy plenty of kids activities with the family, like face painting and drumming, before the music begins.

After the final notes of the encore ring out, our short-term summer rentals will provide a comfortable place to rest and let the music in your head lull you off to sleep.

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