Nine miles upriver, this small town, with a population just short of 3,000, is the country cousin of bustling Brattleboro and is a haven for writers, artists, and craftspeople. There are dozens of pottery studios to visit and a few orchards. Each November, dozens of artisans and craftsmen open their studios and homes for a live demonstrations and plenty of fun during the Putney Craft Tour.
The Green Mountain Spinnery. Watch wool being spun into yarn at the The Green Mountain Spinnery. The factory shop, which is open daily all year, sells yarn, knitting accessories, and patterns. 7 Brickyard Lane, off I–91, 05346. 802/387–4528 or 800/321–9665. www.spinnery.com.
Harlow's Sugar House. Two miles north of Putney, Harlow's Sugar House has a working cider mill and sugarhouse, as well as seasonal apple and berry picking. The family has been sugaring on this farm since 1927. You can buy cider, maple syrup, and other items in the gift shop. 563 Bellows Falls Rd., 05346. 802/387–5852. www.vermontsugar.com.
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