Hotel Vermont’s Guide to Gifting Vermont

Vermont boasts the highest rate of artisans per capita, and with a a true do-it-yourself ethos, Vermonters are innovators. Outside of the traditional crafts scene however, is a burgeoning tech and entrepreneur sector. Burlington is attracting business and start-ups for it’s high quality of life, forward-thinking economy, and capable workforce. With this tech boom, Vermont’s maker and creative scene is only increasing. In that spirit, we have curated a list of a few of our favorite Vermont creators, makers, bakers, distillers and more for our top picks for giving the best of Vermont this holiday season.
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1) Hotel Vermont getaway (of course) complete with dinner at Hen of the Wood and breakfast at Juniper
Enjoy a weekend escape at Hotel Vermont complete with dinner at James Beard nominated Hen of the Wood and breakfast at local favorite, Juniper.
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2) Jeremy Ayers pottery
Funky but minimalist, Jeremy’s pottery is a gift of functional art. His mugs  make a great gift paired with a bag of Burlington’s Brio Coffee for the caffeine lover.
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3) Tees and sweatshirts from New Duds
With clothing and bags designed and hand-printed in Burlington by a husband and wife team, New Duds provides the perfect wearable gift. Bonus their t-shirts are incredibly soft!
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4) Silo Vodka and accoutrements
Located in Windsor, Vermont, Silo Distillery produces a number of spirits but their smooth flagship vodka is sure to please all palates. They also have a line of bar accoutrements that spice up your gift, or if you are feeling creative, create your own mixers to gift.
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Robes are a nice gift but really you can’t go wrong with any of Vermont Flannel’s products. So soft and so warm, their robes, shirts, blankets and more are perfect to cozy up with on a winter’s night.
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6) AO Glass vases
Rich and Tove at AO Glass, hand-blow their beautiful glass products at their studio in Burlington. They produce beautiful small and large pieces from soap dishes (as can be seen at Hotel Vermont) to custom vases and lighting pieces.
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7) Lunaroma gift sets
Choose  your own gift set at Luaroma. All natural and organic, Lunaroma’s bath and beauty products are amazing for all types of hair and skin. You can choose your own set of lotions and skin care, hair care, essential oils and more.
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8) Brot Bakery class
Heike Meyer is a German expat living and baking in Vermont. Heike established her bakery, Brot Bakery, a few years ago and has recently added baking and cooking classes to her offerings. Covering everything from sourdoughs to stews, you will learn new skills to try out in your own kitchen!
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At the risk of looking biased toward ceramics, you have to check out Farmhouse Pottery in Woodstock, Vermont. The team at Farmhouse Pottery make the most amazing clean and simply designed pieces that fit in anyone’s home.
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Beautifully designed with clean lines and a rustic flair, Red House produces a slew of giftable products. Their waxed canvas bags are to die for and their aprons, pillows are other home goods are crafted with such care and detail anyone would be excited to receive one of their products.
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For the beer lover in your life, nothing is better than a Vermont beer kit. Grab a few beer can glasses and their favorite types of brews from the Craft Beer Cellar in Waterbury. Don’t worry if they can’t make it to the store – you can place orders with them!
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12) Rackk & Ruin jewelry
Made in Burlington, Rackk & Ruin’s pieces feature mixed metals and a vintage flair. Unique rings, earrings, necklaces and bracelets add a special touch to giving to the special ladies in your life.
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New Comic: Lunaroma!

Our cartoonist in residence, Rachel Lindsay, created this comic about our friend Leyla Bringas from Lunaroma. Leyla makes all of her products in her shop on Pine Street, just blocks from the hotel. Before we opened we spent months with Leyla trying to find the right blend and scent for our bath products. We finally settled upon a lemon lavender lotion, rosewood bergamont conditioner, lemon eucalyptus shampoo, and lemon grapefruit orange shower gel. All of the products from Lunaroma are all natural and organic.

Hotel Signature Scents

Great article in Global Traveler about how hotels (including yours truly) are using aromatherapy to help enhance the guest experience. Of course, major thanks to Leyla at Lunaroma for all of her help and be sure to check out her new store that is opening TODAY on Pine Street in Burlington!

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A Trip to Lunaroma

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Field Trip Friday! We stopped by Leyla Bringas’s store, Lunaroma, this morning to finalize some details for our in-room bath & beauty products. Leyla put us together some samples of the aromatherapy menu that she has been working on, and all of the scents smell amazing. For guests that want to bring some home, Lunaroma’s Hotel Vermont blends will be available for purchase. Forbes Travel Guide, just featured Hotel Vermont & Lunaroma in a post about scents in luxury hotels. Check it out here.