Simon Pearce glassblowers at work in Windsor, VT—definitely worth the two hour detour. Our first stop was the tiny town of Quechee to visit the flagship store and restaurant overlooking the river. Then, we drove 15 minutes to Windsor to see the factory and it took every ounce of resistance not to purchase a wine goblet, which we watched being made in 5 minutes flat. What an amazing assembly of talented glassblowers—very efficient and precise—working in a very hot space. We could have watched for hours if it weren’t for the heat.
Unlike the Simon Pearce shop on Park Avenue, these locations sell “seconds” (imperfections) for roughly 20-30% off. (Can you believe I still passed this up?)
BTW, the local bridges and foliage took a real beating from Hurricane Irene.