Make Your House A Home With Some Christmas Magic From The Speckled Hen

Friday, October 28, 2022

 If decorating your home for the holidays is one of your favorite parts of the holiday season, you'll want to plan a visit to The Speckled Hen in Scotia.  

Beautiful for every season, the Christmas season is probably everyone's favorite at the Speckled Hen, including Maureen's, the creative genius who opened the doors at the Speckled Hen in March of 2011. From 2011 until last June, the Speckled Hen was located in Maureen's home, just down the road from her big, new location.  The Hen amassed a giant following at its smaller location with some of the most devoted (and addicted) shoppers in NYS.  One may have imagined it couldn't get any better, but this new location has beckoned new customers by the droves - some who were shy about visiting a 'home' location.  Now the Hen is larger, very open (but just as cozy) and handicap friendly.  

If you've read any of my "Let's Shop" blogs over the years, or seen any of my 'house tour' blogs, you know I'm a big fan of the Speckled Hen.  You can pretty much look at any vignette, tabletop or wall in our home and see something from the Hen - not just at Christmas, but all year 'round.  You can imagine how difficult and tempting it is to shoot photos in such a beautiful shop - like sending a little girl into an American Girl store.  The difference is I can afford to shop at the Hen!  Despite the temptation, I'm honored Maureen trusts me to share her passion with my readers.  With the holiday season just around the corner, you'll want to plan a visit to the Speckled Hen for all of your holiday décor. For now though, take a virtual tour of this holiday wonderland.  Notice there's plenty of décor to keep your home cozy straight through till spring, not just for the holidays.

You think that's pretty, check out the bathroom....gorgeous, right?

One of Maureen's favorite things about the new store is having a stockroom on the same floor as the shop!  No more traipsing up and down stairs to restock! 
If you haven't been to the Speckled Hen's new location, or have never been at all, now's the time.  The Hen is located at 14 Saratoga Road (Rt. 50) next door to Monroe Muffler in Scotia NY.  Current hours are Wed-Fri 10:00-6:00, Saturday 10:00-4:00 and Sunday 12:00-4:00.  Hours change seasonally, so check before you visit.  Tell Maureen I sent you!  Not convinced yet?   Here's a few more ....

Want to see more?  Check out Maureen's Facebook page for close-ups and videos!

Enjoying the Colors of Autumn in Beautiful Schoharie County

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Schoharie County has held a piece of my heart for longer than I can remember.  My parents loved Schoharie County and first introduced me to it, and years later we took our kids.  There's so much to love about this rural oasis, located 1/2 way between Albany and Cooperstown in the Mohawk Valley.

Schoharie has a long history of agriculture production, and one of my grandmother's favorite things to do when visiting Schoharie was to visit the many farm stands for fresh produce.  Too many to mention, her favorites were Shaul's Farm Stand and the Carrot Barn.  If she were alive today, she'd be in her glory with the many options she'd have available.  Of course there's well-known stops like Howe Caverns, Beekman 1802, the NYS Power Authority Visitor Center in Blehnheim.  My dad loved that place and if you're interested in learning about electricity and hydropower, it's a great place to visit.

While there's tons to see and do in Schoharie County, you probably won't be surprised to learn that my favorite thing to do is search out the narrowest dirt roads and cool barns and there's never a shortage of those!  To add to the scenic beauty the county offers in any season, this year's vivid foliage was the frosting on my cake last weekend.  Did you know that the name Schoharie came from a Mohawk word meaning 'floating driftwood'?  And that was long before the 2011 flood caused by Hurricane Irene.

Vroman's Nose

NYS Power Project Visitor Center

For more information about all Schoharie County has to offer: 
I know you'll find so much to do regardless of what your favorite pastimes are, and if you actually prefer to leave the comfort of your car.  If you're like me though and prefer a scenic drive....just explore and let your GPS get you back on the main roads. 

Thanks for stopping by.  I still have a couple more road trips to share.  Next time on the blog will be the beautiful Hudson Valley where I'll take you to Hillsdale and Copake.  You won't want to miss it.  For more blogs about our trips to Schoharie, check out my blog Directory.  Take care, God Bless and go enjoy life as YOU see it!
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