Adventure is Calling – Seven Iconic North American Road Trips

Road trips remain one of the easiest ways to explore new places, and are especially popular for family trips. These fun journeys allow you to go at your own pace and enjoy as many (or as few) sites as you desire. Go “old school” and grab a map, or enter your destination into your GPS, and get ready to hit the road.

Here are some of our favorite road trips to take across Canada and the Unites States.

Cabot Trail

This two-lane road, which first opened in 1932, weaves through 180 miles of Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Highlands National Park and across the magnificent Gulf of Saint Lawrence coastline – rewarding travelers with stunning valley and coastal vistas along the way.

The road passes through communities with both Scottish and French influences, where there is much culture to discover. Visit Black Brook Beach near Ingonish for a refreshing jump in the waves, a waterfall and a short hiking trail, or take a Highlands helicopter tour of the entire area for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Try your hand at fishing or spend some time learning about the history of the land’s longtime shipbuilding and transatlantic commerce.

Don’t forget to schedule a stop at Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site in Baddeck and make sure to book a behind-the-scenes tour to see and experience even more of Bell’s inventions. If time permits, take a hike in Meat Cove to enjoy the amazing views and book a whale watching cruise in Pleasant Bay.

Cabot Trail

Dempster Highway

This is the route for those who want to venture off the beaten path on their next road trip. The Dempster Highway, a 458-mile-long gravel road that connects Canada’s Southern Yukon Territory with Inuvik, the Mackenzie Delta and communities in the Northwest Territories, passes through some of the world’s most impressive terrain. The highway – Canada’s only all-season public road crossing the Arctic Circle – is an all-weather gravel road with two ferry crossings.

Start near Dawson City and travel north through the Northwest Territories to Inuvik. Go off track and explore the Klondike Gold Rush museum located in downtown Dawson and – in the evening, before heading off into the wilderness – kick your feet up at Diamond Tooth Gerties.

Experience dramatic tundra landscapes, mountain ranges, and plentiful wildlife all along the journey to the Arctic Circle. The area is home to caribou, moose, mountain sheep, grizzly bears, marmots and collared pica; along with golden eagles, hawks, falcons, owls and many other birds.

The best time for reliable driving weather is June through September, when the days are long and on the warmer side. As facilities are few and far between on this stretch of highway, make sure to carry a full-sized spare tire (or two), along with extra water and gas.

Dempster Highway

Trans-Canada Highway

Want to see a wide swath of Canada’s beautiful landscape in one road trip? Hop on the Trans-Canada Highway. The famed roadway spans 4,860 miles (7821 kilometres) from Victoria on Vancouver Island to St. John’s, Newfoundland, and stretches across all 10 of the country’s provinces (and six-time zones), a trip that could easily take three weeks.

For a more manageable trip, we recommend starting your journey in Victoria, British Columbia, and then making your way east to Calgary. In Victoria, you can enjoy the history of Craigdarroch Castle, explore Butchart Gardens’ vivid floral displays, savor the pristine beaches and perhaps catch sight of a whale.

Next, head to Salmon Arm, an area ideal for fishing and kayaking that also boasts a host of wineries and restaurants along with arboreal forests and the breathtaking Margaret Falls. And no trip is complete without a visit to Glacier National Park. Check out Illecillewaet Glacier as well as Rogers Pass and the Rogers Pass National Historic Site.

Finally, make your way to Calgary, where you can visit sites such as Heritage Park, a recreation of a typical village from the pioneering period or Fort Calgary, the first outpost of the Northwest Mounted Police. If time allows, take a day trip from Calgary to Banff and famed Lake Louise, known for its dazzling turquoise waters framed by stunning snowcapped mountains.

Lake Louise

Overseas Highway

Traveling down from the mainland of Florida, it’s easy to understand why the southernmost leg of the U.S. highway system is often referred to as the “Overseas Highway.” This 113-mile-long highway stretches over the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean, connecting all of the Florida Keys to the mainland.

Cruise down the highway on your all-American adventure, as you pass small green mile markers and experience inviting views of blue green crystalline water. Start your journey in Key Largo, the northernmost mile marker, which is known for the John Pennekamp Coral Reef Park, which spans more than 2,900 square miles on both sides of the island chain.

Continue the journey with breathtaking views of the wilder terrestrial and marine life of the Lower Keys, where the bulk of the residents have four legs, fins, or feathers. This area, which is home to two national wildlife refuges and is recognized as the least “people-populated” region of the Keys, is ideal for a relaxing but adventure-filled day.

Cap off your journey with a visit to legendary Key West. Visit the home of literary icon Ernest Hemingway, which was built in the 1930s – don’t forget to look for the polydactyl (six-toed) cats. And no visit would be complete without enjoying the nightly Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square Dock, where arts and crafts exhibitors, street performers, food carts, and thousands of tourists from around the world gather to watch the sun drop into the Gulf of Mexico.

Overseas Highway

Route 66

Get your kicks on Route 66, and kick up the dust with a road trip from Illinois to California via Route 66. No road trip bucket list would be complete without this massive cross-country American trek. This renowned route runs diagonally across the center of the United States, passing through eight states that offer some of the country’s most iconic roadside landscapes.

Route 66 starts in downtown Chicago and ends at the Santa Monica pier in Southern California. Begin your journey in Lake Michigan and travel 2,500 miles along one of the country’s first highways, as you follow in the footsteps of prior generations.

Along the way, stop and immerse yourself in a plethora of historic landmarks and quirky vistas. There’s America’s oldest church, St Joseph’s, located in New Mexico, the ghost town of Oatman in Arizona, and a fascinating art car installation at Cadillac Ranch near Amarillo, Texas. You can also check out the world’s largest rocking chair in Fanning, Missouri along with a slew of retro diners to keep you and other travelers well-nourished along the way.

Complete your journey at the Santa Monica Pier, where you can take a ride on the 1922 carousel, roller coaster and Ferris wheel, and try your skills at the arcade before grabbing something sweet from the soda fountain.

Route 66

Pacific Coast Highway

The Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) runs along the California coast, connecting San Francisco to San Diego and spanning more than 600 miles of California’s rugged coastline.

Buckle up for a leisurely journey filled with no shortage of picturesque spots. Pull off at scenic overlooks to take in the mountains, towering trees, expansive white sand beaches, and boundless sky. The route also offers a wonderful opportunity to experience all of the character California has to offer, including pioneer outposts, farm fresh foods, surfing villages and local wines.

Begin at the Golden Gate Bridge and weave your way through the mountains, with their magnificent sheer drop-offs and stunning vistas. Visit the many tiny towns peppered along the way for a touch of local cuisine or a refreshing libation. Explore Big Sur’s rocky mountains, which are covered in magnificent redwood forests and lead to a stunning coastline.

Continue south to Cambria, a quaint seaside community with rocky shorelines and abundant sea life where you can visit the Piedras Blancas Friends of the Elephant Seal rookery. It’s also worthwhile to spend a day on the water in Morro Bay, where you may see blue herons, monarch butterflies, hummingbirds and sea otters.

End your trip in sunny San Diego, home to the USS Midway, an aircraft-carrier-turned-museum, and the historic Coronado Hotel.

Pacific Coast Highway

Extraterrestrial Highway

Want a more offbeat road trip and the chance for a “close encounter of the third kind?” Travel into the open expanses of western Nevada on the Extraterrestrial Highway. The two-and-half-hour drive connects the Nevada high desert from the Alamo and Crystal Springs area to Tonopah.

Be sure to stay alert on what may seem like a regular desert drive, but has a storied history of alien encounters and hidden secrets. Detour off the path and explore Extraterrestrial Highway sights such as the Black Mailbox and Little A’Le’Inn.

Looking for aliens can be tempting, but it’s best to stay away from Area 51 located at Nellis Air Force Base’s Nevada Test and Training Range, as security doesn’t take kindly to unannounced visitors. Stay on course and enjoy the adrenaline rush that comes with driving on this other worldly highway.

Extraterrestrial Highway

Road trips can be a great way to spend times with loved ones and enjoy the great outdoors. These iconic journeys will evoke old memories and are sure to help you create new ones.

Speaking of nostalgia, why not bring a touch of the past to your home with an Elmira Stove Works or Northstar range or fridge?

The Northstar line brings bold, beautiful lines and a vibrant pop of color to mid-century, retro, farmhouse and contemporary kitchens. All-electric, all-gas and dual fuel models feature electric, high-speed radiant elements or high-output gas burners. Available in a choice of nine not-so-standard colors along with custom hues and a variety of trim options, these appliances will bring character and flair to any kitchen.

Our Antique/Heritage appliances offer vintage styling with state-of-the-art performance and convenience. Available in a spectrum of standard and custom colors, and featuring polished nickel trim or optional antique copper trim, these distinctive appliances are perfectly-suited for farmhouse, Victorian, log home or even more contemporary settings.

Antique, Vintage or Retro? How to Tell

Sometimes it can be confusing when trying to determine in which era particular design elements originated. Fortunately, antique, vintage and retro items can be distinguished by knowing a few key factors.

Antique Authenticity

As a rule of thumb, anything more than 100 years in age is considered an antique. These items are usually heirlooms and have a historical quality to them. Antique pieces are great for adding character to a simple room. They bring richness and depth to a space – especially when mixed with other styles – that is often difficult to find in modern design. An original period painting or an authentic Tiffany Lamp would be considered an antique – think “Antiques Roadshow.”

Many homeowners are drawn to the historic charm of antique stoves, in particular. These classic models offer a timeless look and often serve as the focal point of a kitchen. Antique stoves are gaining in popularity not only for the sense of nostalgia they evoke, but also because they work with a variety of aesthetics – from rustic to farmhouse to Victorian or even more contemporary styles. 

While it is possible to find antique stoves that have been restored, many of today’s homeowners are looking for modern functionality and features, and prefer to purchase new “antique style” appliances with designs based on cookstoves from the late 1800s.

Vintage Vibes

“Vintage,” on the other hand, refers to an item that can be attributed a specific era within the last 20 to 100 years. Vintage items are generally easy to spot because they are iconic and represent something exceptional from a certain time period. For example, think about a 1960s model car, 1970s bellbottom pants or a 1950s poodle skirt. In the interior design world, mid-century modern decor is a common example of vintage style.

When it comes to vintage appliances, some homeowners opt to purchase older appliances that have been refurbished. Although these appliances bring a feeling of authenticity to kitchens, they don’t typically have the “bells and whistles” that many consumers desire, especially those who cook often.

Retro Restyle

When compared to antique and vintage, retro is a much broader term. Retro is typically used to describe items that are not original, but rather provide a modern twist on a style from the past. Retro style decorating usually has a fun, energetic feel to it, and incorporates bright colors, dynamic designs, and an overall sense of flair.

Homeowners looking to get a period look without sacrificing function and modern amenities are able to find new kitchen appliances that mimic retro style. These retro appliances are a great way to add character and a cheerful pop of color to a kitchen without overwhelming the space. Their versatile design complements a variety of decor styles, including mid-century ranch, 1950s retro, farmhouse and contemporary kitchens.

The “Original”

Elmira Stove Works has been crafting appliances since 1975, and offers full lines of ranges, refrigerators, range hoods and splash backs, microwaves, and dishwashers. Elmira initially debuted the Fireview woodburning cookstove followed by the Heritage collection of 1890’s-styled appliances, and – in 2001 – expanded to retro / mid-century appliances with the introduction of the Northstar line.

Heritage appliances are available in a variety of classic colors, including Black, White, Bisque, Cayenne Pepper Red and Liberty Blue, as well as custom hues. Northstar appliances feature an inviting collection of classic colors reminiscent of the 1950’s look – including pastels such as Buttercup Yellow and brights like Candy Red – along with more than a thousand custom colors.

So, whether you’re looking for a kitchen with the perfect touch of antique, vintage or retro inspiration, we’ve got you covered!

NFL Hometown Dishes for a Winning Game Day Celebration

Like many things, this year’s football season is anything but typical. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t still participate in game day festivities. While official tailgate parties are likely off the menu this season, you can always set up a tailgate in your driveway – or even share in the pre-game excitement with neighbors by hosting a tailgate celebration in a neighborhood common area or cul-de-sac (practicing social distancing and other safety precautions, of course).

Whether you are flaunting your pride for your hometown team or just want to relax and eat good food, check out these must-try, hometown favorites for some of the NFL’s most popular teams – the perfect recipes for game day. Don’t forget to show your team spirit by decorating your tailgate area with team logo and colors and wearing your favorite team’s jersey.

Atlanta Falcons (Atlanta, GA). If the Falcons are your team of choice, it is imperative that you include peach cobbler in your menu when planning your game day celebration. Made from bourbon-soaked peaches, cinnamon and brown sugar, this decadent treat of absolute melt-in-your-mouth delight can sweeten a victory or soften a defeat for any Falcons fan. Don’t forget to add a layer of crumble topping for the perfect crunch and peach-filled bliss.

Dallas Cowboys (Dallas, TX). Texas-style smoked brisket takes a Cowboys tailgate party to a new level. Smoked brisket seasoned with salt and pepper and then slowly cooked over hickory or oak charcoal for 10 to 12 hours adorns the smokers and plates of countless Cowboys fans during game season. Fans can even purchase branded barbeque sets emblazoned with the team’s insignia. No wonder that, to these devoted fans, game day is synonymous with brisket day.

New England Patriots (Boston, MA). Creamy New England-style clam chowder will make any tailgate event a memorable occasion. Simmering on New England stoves and cooking fires for centuries, this hearty, stick-to-your-ribs soup can be made with either fresh or canned clams (we recommend fresh!). A fan of Manhattan-style tomato base chowder? Leave it at home on game day. Creamy New England style chowder is the only way to go.

New York Giants (New York, NY). You are not a true blue-blood New Yorker if you have not heard of Italian meatball hero sliders. These small sandwich wonders consist of bite-sized meatballs made of parmigiana cheese and ground beef rolled onto crusty bread that is topped with a spicy tomato-based sauce. On a chilly fall or a wintery day, while rooting for the Giants, this dish will definitely warm your spirits.

San Francisco 49ers (San Francisco, CA). A lavish entree featuring bright red crab claws rising dramatically from a steaming bowl of tomato-laden broth never fails to delight the eyes and taste buds. This iconic, San Francisco-native seafood stew called cioppino will bring a sense of culinary adventure to any game day celebration. Whether you make it with butter, leeks, scallops, celery or sage – or cook it up thick or thin – this savory dish can be adjusted to suit individual taste. There is no wrong way to make it!

Following are some must-have items for an enjoyable tailgate celebration.

Tailgate Essentials

  • Barbecue tools and equipment (grill, smoker, tongs, charcoal, lighter, etc.)
  • Coolers, ice and plenty of your favorite beverages
  • Prepped food ready for grilling and serving (don’t forget the condiments!)
  • Utensils, cups and napkins
  • Folding tables and chairs
  • Canopy for shade and protection from the elements
  • Sunscreen (and insect repellant in warmer, wetter climates)
  • Garbage bags (make sure you leave your tailgate spot as clean as you found it!)

To prepare the perfect tailgate dishes prior to your event, why not cook up something special in an Elmira Stove Works range or Northstar range? You can also serve a perfectly chilled glass of your preferred brew on demand with our Northstar Keg Fridge – perfect for a garage, basement or man cave. And our appliances are available in your favorite team’s colors for an extra helping of spirit!

When it comes to kitchen design, take it personally

It’s funny how people always seem to crave styles from the past – kitchens are no exception. People have been remodeling their kitchens for decades, and some of the most popular themed choices are 1950s retro as well as turn-of-the-century vintage. These themes have become an important staple in interior design. However, they’re more than simply retro or antique – they’re an expression of one’s unique personality and style.

During the past ten years, kitchen styles have expanded to encompass a multitude of design preferences: from subtle and understated to bold and colorful. Whatever the style, retro and antique style appliances won’t be pigeon-holed. In fact, these versatile appliances lend themselves to just about any kitchen design style that can be envisioned. Following are some of our favorite examples.

Traditional Style: A traditional kitchen offers a unique yet significant benefit – it’s timeless. In this kitchen style, the design relies upon classic elements that have withstood the test of time. The design typically incorporates lots of interesting details, such as arches, raised-panel cabinet fronts, decorative moldings and antique finishes. The kitchen above artfully combines an 1890’s inspired range paired with brickwork, wood paneling and flooring, a dramatic Tiffany light fixture, along with vintage style accessories and artwork to create a functional and distinctive space.

Transitional Style: The transitional kitchen style is defined by a mix of traditional and contemporary styles, with the use of eclectic additions to round out the design. Think a new take on an old classic, or a younger, more energetic version of traditional design. The retro style appliances in Mint Green are perfectly in place in this transitional kitchen, providing an unexpected and refreshing pop of color that complements the rustic-themed decor. Clean-lined countertops, retro style bar stools and weathered elements all come together in harmony to create a statement-making space.

Coastal Style: The coastal kitchen style takes us back psychologically to a quieter, safer time, serving up thoughts of the seaside and relaxation. While incorporating an antique style appliance isn’t the first thing that typically comes to mind when designing a coastal/nautical-themed kitchen, this approach works surprisingly well in the kitchen above. The juxtaposition of an 1890’s inspired range in bold Cayenne Pepper Red against the soft cream cabinetry provides a dramatic counterpoint and introduces a welcoming, whimsical feel.

Contemporary Style: Today’s contemporary kitchens utilize crisp, clean-lined surfaces, understated embellishments, unfussy fixtures and hardware, and lots of natural light to create a fresh, minimalist look that is soothing in its simplicity. Don’t let the streamlined appearance fool you though. A contemporary kitchen can be made just as warm and inviting as other kitchen styles through the introduction of color – witness how the blue subway tile backsplash and retro style fridge in Tropical Blue bring this cheerful kitchen to life.

Ready to add retro or antique elements to your kitchen to create your own signature design style? Get inspired by building your dream kitchen with Elmira’s Northstar and Antique appliance visualizers!

“Let’s Do the Time Warp” – The Artful Blending of Kitchen Styles

Interior design and kitchen styles have come a long way from what they used to be – from the Renaissance style of the 15th and 16th centuries to the Victorian style of the 1800’s, and then to more modern styles such as Traditional, Transitional and Contemporary. But, new isn’t always necessarily better. Sometimes, styles from bygone eras can complement modern day personalities, providing the perfect opportunity to bring back the past. These nostalgic styles can be ‘mixed and matched’ so that the next time that you step into your kitchen, you’ll find yourself in the middle of a Time Warp.

When designing your kitchen to achieve a Time Warp, follow the 80/20 rule. The first thing to consider is that one style period should be more prominent than the other. Second, try to group similar items, which will help everything in the space look cohesive, even when your pieces are really different. And lastly, understand balance. The two different style periods shouldn’t be separated, but should instead be integrated in a seamless way. To demonstrate how this concept works, we’ll use an example showing two popular style periods – Rustic and Art Noveau.

Style #1 – Rustic. The Rustic Style came to life during the 1800’s and is exemplified by the idea that pieces should be purposeful, functional and effective. Primary components include handcrafted elements and open rooms. This style can still be found in many kitchens today. Appliances such as antique fridges, ranges and wood-burning cookstoves combine desired functionality with a traditional, yet stylish and polished appearance. Pieces that could be mixed into your kitchen to represent this style include copper cookware, kerosene lamps, a stone wall, exposed ceiling beams, barnlike doors and wood finishes.

Style #2 – Art Nouveau. A style that lends itself to being paired with Rustic is Art Nouveau, which originated in the 1890’s. The main tenet of this style is that everyday objects should be beautiful. Inspiration comes from natural outdoor elements, such as flowers and greenery. To incorporate aspects of Art Nouveau into your kitchen, consider adding items such as antique trays with floral designs and floral paintings, along with live plants and flowers. Furniture and cabinetry with lots of details also complements this style.

To use both The Rustic and Art Nouveau styles together – and create the quintessential Time Warp – apply the 80/20 rule and, in this case, choose Rustic as the central theme of the kitchen. Grouping like items, you could incorporate rustic elements such as wooden cabinetry, a wooden island and a ceiling featuring wooden beams. To balance the styles throughout the room, you could bring in pieces from the Art Nouveau style, such as cabinetry with floral details. You could also add a colored floral painting with a wooden frame to harmonize with other rustic elements.

Also, consider using copper cookware and placing various pieces throughout the space. Finally, since the Rustic theme is central to the kitchen, you might add a rustic kitchen appliances, such as an Elmira Stove Works wood-burning stove or antique refrigerator to complete the look.

Ready to create a Time Warp in your kitchen? Learn more about Elmira’s retro and antique appliances for inspiration!

 

 

 

Creating the Perfect Rustic Kitchen

If your style is a little bit chic and a little bit country, it can be hard to find the right balance when it comes to your home. There is a certain sense of comfort that comes from a rustic kitchen, but – on the other hand – there’s a subtle elegance evoked by a modern kitchen. We can help you find the perfect farmhouse-industrial balance.

Farmhouse style is all in the details, so Elmira’s Antique Collection is a great place to begin. The appliances offer a unique antique kitchen aesthetic with a warmth and charm that could make anyone feel at home. A relatively neutral color palette is essential to any modern design, but the quaint genuine Nickel or antique Copper trims are what make these antique appliances so versatile. It’s important to retain a natural look, and each kitchen appliance is hand-buffed to bring your design full circle.

There’s no denying that rustic style home decor can turn a rugged look into something beautiful. That’s why we recommend retrofitting your kitchen with reclaimed wood accents. Reclaimed wood is not only functional, but eco-friendly as well. Reclaimed wood can be incorporated in the form of butcher-block countertops, cabinets, or even the kitchen table. We recommend using pine for the most authentic rustic design. However, pine can be soft, making it susceptible to dents. So – if you have an active family – hickory, alder and cherry are great alternative options.

Following are three simple tips to help your modern kitchen achieve the ultimate rustic chic look.

Go Natural: Rustic chic focuses on natural materials such as wood, stone, brick and metal. Juxtapose an Elmira stove with copper trim with an exposed brick backsplash or repurposed wooden barstools. Combining steelwork pieces with raw textures is perfect for toning down industrial pieces and giving your kitchen a down-home, farm-like feel.

Get Thrifty: On a budget? We recommend visiting local antique stores or thrift shops. They are loaded with farmhouse treasures, often available for a dirt cheap price. For instance, give old glass bottles a new life by using them as pendant lights, or paint some wooden crates to use for storage.

Country Color: You can never go wrong with neutrals, but if you want to stray a bit from the ordinary, try muted shades. For example, consider painting dining room chairs a rusty shade of red or mustard yellow. If you want to take things a bit farther…an Italian-inspired patterned backsplash combined with open shelving or an antique stove can keep your space cozy.

Now that we’ve equipped you with all the rustic chic essentials you need, you are ready retrofit your kitchen into perfect country-modern harmony.

How to Add Antique Style Without Really Trying

We haven’t always lived in this stainless steel world with clean lines, tidy angles, and sleek kitchen accessories. There was a time when appliances were built to last, yet ornate in their details. That perfect antique style may seem intimidating and stylistically challenging, but believe us, you don’t have to be a world famous designer to achieve this look. Here are a couple of ways to turn back the clock.

Elmira’s Antique Collection is essential for achieving an Anne of Green Gables aesthetic without sacrificing the advantages of modern technology. It offers a full line of vintage-styled appliances that range from microwaves to wood-burning stoves.  The flare of a Victorian style range combined with the look of your sleek modern kitchen can easily be the staple piece you need to obtain that perfect modern / Victorian mix.

“Antique” styling can refer to anything that is at least 100 years old. To complement your kitchen design, add accents of cool vintage finds. Antiques can sometimes have wear and tear, so be sure what you are purchasing is in good condition. Along that note, vintage items can be delicate. Check the items that are more frequently used to see if they’re sturdy enough to withstand daily use.

If you’re a thrift shopping novice, the flea market, art festival, or antique store scene can be a little intimidating. In order to at least look like you know what you’re doing we recommend these tips to make your shopping trip as smooth as possible.

Be the Early Bird
The good stuff goes fast. The average pieces will be there all day long, but the truly amazing pieces are being picked over by designers, store-owners, and collectors before the sun is up.

Keep an Open Mind
Don’t go in with one specific item on your mind because chances are you’ll never find it. Just because you don’t like the color of it now doesn’t mean a little DIY can’t help later.

Take Laps
If you’re looking for furniture, cruise around the market quickly on the first lap because it often goes first. On your second lap, take your time and look carefully high and low for the little accessories that will add some authentic details.

Finally, there is a fine line between Victorian Chic and your grandmother’s cookie jar, so it’s not only important to know what to look for but how to incorporate it.  Modern Victorian is a style mixture that requires a careful balance. For example, find a set of ultra-chic chairs to pair with your grandmother’s old wooden dining table or reupholster an old Victorian-style armchair.

Having a Victorian-inspired kitchen can be challenging but Elmira’s Antique collection is a great place to begin. Remember it’s important to start with the larger centerpieces, then add the smaller details as you go. Consequently, knowing how to use those perfect antique pieces is just as important as finding them. Be patient, get creative, and stay positive because your dream kitchen is worth the wait.

The (Welcome) Revenge of Vintage: Transforming Your Home & Kitchen Spaces with Antique Appliances

There’s just something about vintage styling that makes folks feel at home. Especially in the kitchen, smart-looking antique appliances are dazzling additions to virtually any decorating theme. If you’d like to embrace your own vintage obsession, this primer on available styles, colors, and options will help get you started. Because vintage will have its revenge.

In a tech-driven world that values the ‘latest and greatest’, it’s comforting to know that antique home decor holds timeless appeal. There’s something in us that yearns to be reminded of our past — of the home we grew up, or perhaps a visit to our grandparents’ home, in when times were simpler. One way to satisfy that innate need is to transform your kitchen space with nostalgic styling using antique appliances.

Antique appliance options that form the base of your new kitchen style

The first question you’re perhaps asking yourself is: ‘What are the possibilities?’ You’ll be surprised at the choices you have when equipping your kitchen with these pieces. Also, vintage appliances will form the basis for the rest of your design, which makes them that much more important.

Antique appliances that feature vintage designs include:

  • Self-cleaning ovens
  • Convection ovens for faster, even, precise baking and broiling
  • Programmable ovens for baking and self-clean
  • Warmer drawers
  • Frost-free fridges
  • Ice makers
  • Large functional freezers
  • Filtered cold water dispensers

ELMIRA TOP TIP:  Whether you’re simply accenting an existing style — or you’re building a fresh look from the flooring up — each appliance category offers a variety of options that fit your lifestyle. Elmira appliance experts can help you to determine your specific needs and then select appliances that meet those requirements.

Vintage color options to add flair to your appliance selections

Perhaps the most inviting element of these antique appliance options is the palette of colors that bring back the rich tones of simpler times. Your kitchen will become a welcomed break from the ‘more-is better’ neon assault on the eyes. Instead, your home space will be filled with soothing shades that invite long, luxurious dinners and lingering conversation.

Elmira offers the following colors to choose from as you assemble your dream vintage kitchen space:

Antique (1850’s):

  • Textured black
  • Cayenne pepper red
  • Liberty blue
  • White
  • Bisque
  • Black/White
  • Black/ Bisque

ELMIRA TOP TIP: Your Elmira appliance expert is trained to help you select the set of colors that will complete your new design theme. If you’d like some help, just give us a call or send us an email and we’ll be happy to offer suggestions. Or, you can check out color options on our website.

Elmira Antique appliances offer yesterday’s designs with tomorrow’s technology

When we say vintage appliances, we’re not talking about ‘old’. We mean the latest cooling and cooking technologies housed inside a smart-looking, nod-to-the-1890’s-or-1950’s styled appliance. All the look and feel of ‘the good old days’ — but with the performance and durability of today’s technology.

Here are just a few of the technologies you can expect from your vintage appliances:

  • Programmable delayed bake
  • High-performance gas burners
  • High-speed radiant elements
  • True convection ovens
  • Two-cubic-foot warmers
  • 10 power levels (microwaves)
  • Turbo-defrost (microwaves)
  • Five-stage programmable cooking (microwaves)
  • Energy Star efficiency (fridges)
  • Auto-defrost (fridges)

Whether you’re cooking for four of forty — your Elmira vintage appliances offer the durability and performance you’d expect in a state-of-the-art appliance.

ELMIRA TOP TIP: The Elmira website has all of the information and specifications you need to help design your new kitchen space — including downloadable, printable model-specific user’s manuals with complete listings of features and functions.

Elmira Stove Works is your headquarters for antique-style appliances. We fuse technology and style into a robust collection of quality, durable refrigeration and cooking appliances. To recreate these looks for your own kitchen, to check pricing, or to learn more, visit to http://www.elmirastoveworks.com/visualizer/antique/.

Through the Fire: Origins and History of the Woodburning Cookstove

From its roots as an 18th-century innovation to a kitchen essential and creative catalyst, the woodburning cookstove boasts multinational origins, world-renowned developers, and revolutionary efficiency. And as the cookstove enters something of a renaissance, Elmira Stove Works leads the way with enhanced styling and performance of this appliance icon.

Focusing the flames

The wood burner comes from humble beginnings in the Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine region of northeastern France. The first woodburning cookstove patent was established in 1557 in the city of Strasbourg.

In the earliest stages, these stoves were considered luxury items, due to the expense of materials. It would take the arrival of the Industrial Revolution — some two centuries later — to make iron affordable enough for the wood cookstove to spread in availability and popularity.

The design was simple and sensible: a closed, solid cast iron or steel fire chamber atop a ceramic base with an adjustable mechanism for air control. This mechanism, the damper, allowed the user to adjust the amount of air feeding the fire, thereby controlling the heat output and fuel consumption. Fueling the fire was wood fuel — such as firewood, charcoal, chips, sheets, and sawdust — or, later, wood-derived biomass material — such as wood pellets (lending it the pseudonym ‘pellet stove’).

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A restored 18th century farmhouse in the Dordogne region of France (Photo courtesy of Style-Files)

Advancements in America

In the 1740s, the woodburning cookstove received a series of enhancements at the hands of politician and inventor Benjamin Franklin. His design added a hollow baffle to the rear of the stove that subsequently increased heat intensity and slowed smoke circulation.

Despite the fact that he refused to officially patent it, Franklin’s version has retained many of its original features throughout the years — including the ‘Franklin stove’ designation.

As the general understanding of the chimney concept improved in the late 18th century, the addition of the slanted fireback and adjustable flue damper allowed the wood burner to be operated in smaller spaces. When Philo Stewart patented the Oberlin stove in 1834, sales boomed across the United States and Europe.

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An 1807 museum house with woodburning cookstove (Photo courtesy of Historic New England)

Beyond the growing pains

The development and eventual legacy of the woodburning cookstove was not without its challenges. Ironically, the surging popularity of the appliance revealed its inadequacies.

As the public looked to stoves as a main heating source during the oil crises of the 1970s, air pollution became more of a concern; as did potential fire hazards and the amount of wood required to operate the stoves. Another round of innovation and redesign eventually created a new generation of much more efficient models that featured lower levels of pollution and longer burn times.

From the past, we see the future

With a connection to vintage appliances dating back four decades, Elmira Stove Works stands as a thought leader and tireless champion of style, performance, and innovation in the industry. We began in 1975 in Elmira, Ontario with the Findlay Oval cookstove, eventually expanding into a full line of gas and electric ranges while developing relationships with retail businesses across the continent.

Since that time, Elmira has come to symbolize the finest in vintage-styled appliances to meet every home environment. Elmira has built a world-class portfolio of product offerings that boast leading-edge technologies in that signature 1800’s or 1950’s vintage-inspired styling.

And as Elmira looks ahead, the brand will continue its mission of enhancing product style and performance, while maintaining authenticity and craftsmanship.

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Antique-styled woodburning cookstoves from Elmira Stove Works

Share the Love This Valentine’s Day With Elmira Stove Works Appliances!

Pink, red and hearts…oh my! Although it is true that we should show our love to others year round, this is the time for particularly acknowledging the significant people in our lives. For that extra special person, perhaps a spouse or parent, a treat that will last far beyond the season would be one of our vintage or retro kitchen appliances!

We have compiled a couple samples just to provide a vision for you. Let us know what you think.

This white, country kitchen features the Antique collection in Cayenne Red with Nickel trim, oozing bold romance! The Antique collection highlights the ornate vintage details of a 1850s kitchen, while maintaining 21st century functionality. Each appliance can be personalized to suit the buyer’s design and cooking styles. The two “true-to-era” decorative exterior doors open to reveal a full-size, modern interior oven. Available in gas, propane, or electric with four or six burner options as well as seven color choices, two different trims, and decorative accessories, there are thousands of possible combinations possible to meet your heart’s desire.

The Northstar collection is a fan favorite due to its sleek 1950s retro curves and chrome accents, as seen in this sweet, cheerful pink kitchenette. With eight standard available colors and over 200+ custom color options through RAL color technology, the ability to charm that special someone this Valentine’s Day, while also matching their personality is well within reach.

New to the collection is the Model 1947 36-inch six-burner range, which brings the retro-inspired design to a professional-grade range. It has a five cubic foot, self-cleaning, true convection oven, programmable bake and clean, six easy-clean sealed gas burners (8,000 to 15,000 BTU), continuous grates, and an oversized storage drawer.

To learn more about Elmira Stove Works, its vintage- and retro-inspired products and to find a dealer, visit www.elmirastoveworks.com or call 800.295.8498.