One of my best friends and bridesmaids was visiting last week and had a wedding to attend at The Mountain Top Inn and Resort, about 20 minutes past Killington so I made the drive up Rt. 4 in Vermont for the first time since Hurricane Irene.
I had heard of the severity of the damage from friends and from my mother who lives nearby however I am ashamed to say that because our town was not affected I didn’t look into how badly our neighboring towns had been hit. In the winter this is a weekly drive for us to go ski and the sights this Friday were phenomenally different to what I’m used to seeing. Roads had completely caved in, guardrails were mangled and homes were sunken. A bridge I’ve seen dozens of times looked like it had been picked up by the smoke monster and tossed into a heap of metal. I popped into an antique shop I’ve always been curious about only to learn that the lovely owner had lost his home to the storm. He and his family evacuated and heard reports from his friends that their home had literally just floated away. The wrath of Mother Nature was extreme and heartbreaking.
The White Cottage Snack Bar – the top sign reads, “Yes, we will be back!”
The collapsed bridge that used to cross the river.
The Woodstock Farmer’s Market, a must-stop on the drive to Killington, all washed away
Another place hit by the storm was Simon Pearce. Only 15 minutes down the road, Simon Pearce is a local and touristy hotspot. If you have ever seen the movie Sweet Home Alabama you’ll recognize the glass immediately (it’s not really what happens when lightening strikes the sand unfortunately). The Simon Pearce glass blowing facility was badly hit during the storm as was the historic covered bridge that brings visitors to this destination. With the help of many, the restaurant reopened last week. In support of this local favorite we made a stop over for lunch before our trip to Mountain Top and enjoyed an incredibly delicious bowl of Vermont cheddar soup, quiche and local salad greens. For those who cannot support the restaurant by visiting they have made a gorgeous commemorative tea light to help support VT flood relief via the Red Cross. To purchase the tea light visit any Simon Pearce store or purchase online.
For all of our brides, if you haven’t considered registering with Simon Pearce we highly advise it. Their glassware is one-of-a-kind and they have a gorgeous assortment of wood and pottery pieces as well. Plus, they offer some phenomenal benefits, better than any registry program I’ve seen. Matt proposed with hand-engraved champagne glasses from SP so they will always hold a special place in my heart.