The Holiday Shopping season traditionally starts with Black Friday, the Friday after Thanksgiving. A lot of friends love Black Friday, but I think you have to be crazy to shop on such a crowded, frenzied day. The savings just aren't worth the aggravation. That's the one day of the year that this innkeeper refuses to shop.
As an alternative to Black Friday, Clamber Hill decided to take advantage of the slow time before Thanksgiving and turned the Inn into a mini shopping mall for the first time in November of 2008. The event was so popular that it now involves all three Petersham Inns and is called the Petersham Holiday Shopping Extravaganza.
Colonial Hill Alpaca Farm and B&B, Clamber Hill Inn & Restaurant and Winterwood at Petersham are all located within a two mile stretch of Rt 32 in Petersham, MA. The addresses for those who travel by GPS are 19, 111 and 235 North Main St in Petersham MA 01366. Each of the inns has a very different character but all three are lovely. This relaxed shopping extravaganza allows shoppers to tour the inns as well as giving them the opportunity to buy some unique, high quality gifts, many of which are hand made or local, in a fun, relaxed atmosphere.
The Inns will host 16 different vendors with a wide range of products. Jewelry will be featured at all three inns this year. Paul Nugent at Colonial Hill, Pearson's Pagoda at Clamber Hill and Tina White with Silpada Jewelry at Winterwood.Rose 32 bread and pastries and Donna Byron of Grace Note Farm will be on hand with honey and spices at Colonial Hill. Patrick Draper will be selling high quality 100% pure cacao from Guatemala, perfect for baking and Ross Condit will be representing Green River Ambrosia with some unique beverages such at Ginger Libation, Liquid Sunshine Traditional Mead, Winter Warmer Spiced Mead and Bourban Barrel Cyzer award winning Mead, both at Clamber Hill. And last but not at all least, Natalie Reynolds will be selling Co-Co-A-Nu fine Belgian Chocolates at Winterwood.
Artisans will also be well represented. Sylvia Brown of Petersham Leather will have hand made leather items, jewelry pouches, handbags and more at Colonial Hill. Jane Hein, also a local Petersham artist will be selling her Early American Decorative one of a kind pieces at Winterwood along with Jean Day's Fredeez Flip Flops, totally fun and totally unique. At Clamber Hill, Kirby Lecy of North Quabbin Woods will have a wide selection of hand crafted pieces from a variety of different local artists.
Clamber Hill will also have Michelle Simmington representing Scentsy -- a wonderful way to make your home smell lovely for the holidays.
And for those of you who want to stay warm this winter (yes it is predicted to be a cold one), Terry Emmerich has a wide selection of lovely Alpaca products including hats that she felts herself and Deb Bachrach Jones will be at Winterwood with her special wool active wear from Jonesware.
And not to leave out Clamber Hill, we will be offering cheesecake samples and taking orders for Holiday Cheesecakes. We will also have Gift Certificates to our Restaurant (or Inn) on sale as well as a limited selection of Holiday Wreaths hand crafted by Deni Ellis who does the Inn's fabulous holiday decorations each year.
And it that's not enough to bring you to the area, there is also a Harvest Festival going on both Saturday and Sunday at the Red Apple Farm in neighboring Phillipston MA and an Art Ride both days in Holden MA so all in all it's the perfect weekend to escape to Central MA!
And if Clamber Hill is full, don't forget there are two other inns in Petersham! Hope to see you next Sunday for a "relaxing" day of Holiday Shopping!