The I-91 Shop Hop is just a couple of weeks away! From Thursday June 22nd – Sunday June 25th, eleven yarn shops along the roughly 130 mile 1-91 corridor between New Haven, CT and Putney Vermont will open our doors for a terrific yarn crawl that you shouldn’t miss!
Stop in your participating LYS and purchase your Shop Hop passport for $5. Or you can find one on our website here (while our supply lasts).
Along with your passport you’ll receive a tote bag with the map and details about each of the eleven fabulous shops. If you haven’t visited them before, this weekend is a great time to stop by. You might win a prize for simply visiting!
Get your Shop Hop passport stamped by visiting the participating shops over the 4-day Shop Hop weekend (June 22nd – 25th, 2017). Every time you get your passport stamped you willed be entered to win the Daily Door Prize at that shop. A total of 44 door prizes will be given out to participants! By visiting all 11 shops you will be entered into a drawing for the fabulous Grand Prize, which includes gift certificates for the 11 shops, as well as yarns, needles and other goodies.
Designers from each shop have created patterns in honor of this event, so you’ll find project ideas that will extend from your head to your toes. We’ll be able to share details of our pattern on social media that weekend, so be sure to tune in!
You can complete the Shop Hop all in one day, or make it a weekend event. We’ve had Hop visitors in years past tell us that they found a place to stay along the way, giving them more time to enjoy the shops and explore the area. We hope that you’ll share the details with your friends and find out if they’d like to join you for a fun outing or even better a weekend away.
To help your travel plans, we thought we’d share some of our favorite local spots for a delicious meal or two on the off chance you wanted to make this year’s Hop a more leisurely experience.
Here in Putney, VT off of Exit 4 of I-91 you can find delicious BBQ at Curtis’ for lunch or dinner. He’ll be open throughout the weekend from 10 am until dusk. There is plenty of outdoor seating, so if the weather is beautiful you may find you can’t resist the call of his smoke. We also enjoy the sandwiches, snacks and espresso drinks at the Putney Food Co-op. Both of these spots are just up the road from the Spinnery, no more than a 2 minute drive away.
In Brattleboro, on Route 5 running in between exit 2 and 3 of I-91 you’ll find a couple of terrific eateries. For breakfast or lunch on Thursday and Friday, we urge you to try The Porch Too. Their daily specials can be found on their Facebook page and have never disappointed. Right next door, Top of the Hill Grill has some of the most beautiful outdoor seating around, with a view of the West River watershed and a diverse menu that is sure to have something that appeals to everyone travelling with you.
In downtown Brattleboro off of exit 2 of I-91 you’ll find a local favorite Mocha Joe’s right down the street from the next shop on the Hop: Handknits. The baristas there will make a caffeinated work of art to pick you up if you find your energy lagging.
We’re sure that the other shops along the Hop will each be able to provide you with more insider tips on local treasures not to be missed. We look forward to seeing you soon and hearing a bit about your Hop travels during your woolly weekend of fun!