Located in the heart of Queche, Simon Pearce is one of my “must visits” every time I am in Vermont. It’s perfect for having a leisurely lunch while overlooking the falls of the Ottauquechee River and its covered bridge and pick up that wedding present you’re already 2 months late on.
Simon Pearce started his glassblowing workshop in Ireland in the early 70s and moved to Vermont in 1981 to seek independence the constraints of European businesses and rising energy costs. The town of Queche, Vermont welcomed him with open arms as he restored The Mill and started his new workshop extracting most of the needed power from hydroelectric turbine on the river.
Visitors can watch glassblowers and potters while waiting for a coveted table for lunch or dinner in the restaurant, which serves its food and libations in glasses and pottery all made by Simon Pearce artisans.
Click below for the recipe for Vermont Cheddar Soup, which is enough of a reason to make a trip to Queche to visit Simon Pearce!