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There's Something Just So Special about Weston, Vermont and the Vermont Country Store

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by Eric Hurwitz. Article updated on 11/30/16

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  For those not familiar to the area, Weston, Vt.,  represents New England at its finest. A charming village green with a gazebo gently tells you, "I am New England." The serene, green environs evokes a sweet dream, only this isn't a dream. Weston is a Vermont masterpiece, filled with charmingly quaint New England homes, and sunny streets filtered by pure Green Mountain air.

Many of us know of homes placed on the National Register of Historic Places. In this case, the whole village of Weston is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Everywhere you look is like a Norman Rockwell painting. This is what you call the real Vermont, not some developer's dream of what Vermont should look like.

Weston might be a quiet village, but it does have a retail district. It's called the Vermont Country Store, specializing in Yankee bargains, Vermont-made clothing, heartwarming merchandise from yesteryear and just about anything else under the sun.

It wouldn't be a stretch to spend several hours at the Vermont Country Store, in Weston, given its vast selection of merchandise. With dark wood charm and a cavernous, but sweet smelling experience -- from the scented candles to the incredible fudge -- the Vermont Country store is a classic general store that isn't so general. Wonderful clothing, candles, kitchen gadgets, furniture, and so many hard-to-find items from yesteryear are amongst the 5,000 great products available at this New England legend.

Vermont Country Store, Weston VT
Vermont Country Store.

Many people find the food selection fascinating, and ultimately addictive. Tried and true New England favorites like Vermont maple syrup, old-fashioned New England fudge and sharp Vermont cheddar cheese are authentic regional favorites. "Lost candies" like Chuckles, fruit slices, Sky Bars, Walnettos, as well as the childhood favorite chocolate drink, Bosco, are just a few of the food and candy selections that can be found at the Vermont Country Store. It's a heartwarming experience, tailor-made for those looking to bring back great childhood memories!

Vermont fudge from the Vermont Country Store, Weston VT
Vermont-made fudge at the Vermont Country Store.

Weston also features several other great stores like the Weston Village Christmas Shop (open year-round) and the Weston Village Store right across the street from the Vermont Country Store. In many ways and for different reasons, the Weston Village Store has just as much appeal as the Vermont Country Store. The Village Store has been around since 1891 and sells retro gifts, local pottery, wooden bowls, candles, books, plush animals and T-shirts, as well as a great selection of weathervanes. They also have a great snack bar that frequently taps into local food resourcing. I recently had a Vermont turkey sandwich on Vermont-made bread that was out-of-this world!

Weston Village Store, Weston VT
Weston Village Store in Weston.

Be sure to also leave plenty of time to take in the serene pastoral, small towns ways.  You can achieve this in the Village, or on the outskirts at a wonderful destination like the Weston Priory at 58 Priory Hill Rd. where a community of Benedictine monks reside and offer common prayer services and retreats...

Weston Priory, Weston VT
Weston Priory, Weston VT. Beautiful!

So, take a stroll -- you'll feel like you are officially in New England here -- and then if you have time left over, perhaps make a beeline right back to the Vermont Country Store! A great New England country store just has that effect.

The Vermont Country Store is located on Route 100 in Weston, VT, 05161, Tel. (802) 362-4667. For more information on Weston (and there's a lot more to see and do here!), log onto the Weston Vermont web site.

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