On our way from Boston west we stayed at the Putnam House and were very happy with the accommodations in the Carriage House, formerly a real Carriage House converted to a suite. Our rooms included a bedroom with queen size bed and private bath, a dining area, living room with TV and a small kitchen area. We were very comfortable and could have stayed longer. The breakfast was abundant, homemade and fresh. Margaret went out of her way to ask what we liked. Fresh coffee, fresh squeezed orange and apple juice, fresh muffins and coffee cake and a egg quiche. Far more than we could eat, but very nice.
Margaret was more than accommodating once she learned that we wanted to visit the Vaillancourt Folk Art studio, she called them up and told them we were coming. It is the most amazing place. A small family owned business that creates extraordinary chalk ware figurines from antique chocolate and ice cream molds. The figurines are all handcrafted and very time intensive to create. Stores like Nordstroms carry the Santa Claus' for the Christmas season. Judy Vaillancourt, the artist, her husband and their son each greeted us and gave us tours. They all new Margaret, she told us her son used to work there. It was an extraordinary and unexpected treat to find this place and I would recommend that you not miss it or the Putnam House.