Every bachelor party has a few expected components: whiskey, beer, casinos, strippers, etc. It’s about time to throw something new into the mix. For the groom with a taste for the finer things in life, consider a trip to the Simon Pearce Mill in Quechee, Vermont, the company’s picturesque glassblowing headquarters.
Simon Pearce was exposed to art at an early age in his parents’ Shanagarry Pottery Workshop. He pursued his own artistry training in European glass houses and through studies at the Royal College of Art in London. To fully pursue his passion for artistry and one of a kind products, Pearce decided to move his glassblowing operation from Kilkenny, Ireland to Quechee, Vermont in 1981. There he built a turbine to harness the power of the Otauquechee River for sustainable hydroelectric energy.
Every day at the Mill, visitors can watch and talk to glassblowers at work. For a more personalized experience, schedule a private tour of the Mill for your bachelor party group.
The Mill is also home to the Simon Pearce Restaurant, where you and the guys can chow down on Chili Roasted Sirloin and Herb Seared Swordfish, while sitting over a waterfall. The environment conscious groom will be pleased to know that all the ingredients are locally sourced (which is why the menu changes seasonally), while the self-proclaimed wine connoisseur groom will be pretty damn impressed by the (20-page) wine list.
While you’re at the flagship store, kill two birds with one stone and get the groom an awesome gift. Here’s our favorite hand-blown glass merch…
For his grownup bar- no more red cups.
Rye Decanter ($180)
Windsor Tankard ($75)
For his desk- every office needs some art.
Woodbury Cardholder ($95)
Dome Clock ($160)
Written by Ariel Guterman
All photos courtesy of Simon Pearce