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How to create your own spa getaway

Lavender Scented Luxury Spa Neck Pillow

Lavender Scented Luxury Spa Neck Pillow

The New England weather forecast for the end of this week is almost unbearable (right now anywhere from 15-40″ of snow… yes, really…). It’s enough to make you want to run for the nearest plane heading for somewhere warm and tropical – preferably a luxurious oceanfront spa!  Then reality enters …  But don’t despair – we’re happy to share a great solution – with some clever planning, you can create your own spa experience in the comfort of your own home! The blog MindBodyGreen even shares ideas on how to turn your shower into a spa!

Some tips for re-creating that sensational spa-like experience include:

Keep it organized/make it nice – you can get rid of bathroom clutter with some attractive, yet functional bathroom organizers.

Get organically clean - use organic, aromatic cleansers for your room as well as for your skin. For healthy, soothing cleanliness, one great brand we’ve discovered is Caldrea.

Wrap yourself in soft, fluffy goodness - there’s a reason our customers love our bamboo towels, they’re absorbent and made from environmentally sustainable materials. And après shower, envelop yourself in a big, fluffy spa robe!

Ease your body and mind – if you don’t have time for a nice, hot shower, just take 5 minutes to relax with a microwavable lavender spa wrap – it releases tension and soothes sore muscles, and allows you to experience the benefits of aromatherapy.

Cuddledown Spa products 1987

Cuddledown Spa products 1987

At Cuddledown, we can appreciate the spa experience, we’ve been doing this for at least 25 years. Check out our catalog page from 1987!




1973 – the birth of Cuddledown!

Cuddledown 40th Anniversary logoHere at Cuddledown we’re celebrating our 40th anniversary, so during the coming year, on “Flashback Fridays”, we’ll reminisce about our history, how things were done then and now, share old catalog images and more!  We encourage you to share your comments – we’d love to read your stories too!

With temperatures in the single digits (or lower) and wind chills as low as -35F this week in Maine, the incredibly cold weather prompted a reflection about why, back in 1973, Cuddledown was born. Any of you who lived through the 70’s, probably remember the great oil crisis of 1973. For those who don’t, a refresher — back in ’73, people had big, heavy cars that used a ton of gas and speed limits were, well, unlimited in some places. None of that mattered because the price of a gallon of gas was around $0.39 per gallon (comparatively, the median family income was around $11-13,000/year, a new house was around $32,500.00 and a basic car cost $2,500.00).

1973 oil crisis

1973 oil crisis

Then came the great OPEC/Arab oil embargo, causing gas and oil shortages throughout the U.S. The price of gas was drastically escalated, as high as $1.20 for a gallon of gas, and many gas stations ran out, with lines all around the block. In some places the gas was rationed and speed limits were lowered on highways to 55 mph. The lack of oil suddenly caused many to think of new ways to keep warm.

Original Cuddledown owners the Mansons

Original Cuddledown owners, the Mansons

When Cuddledown’s original owners, Dave and Carol Manson had traveled to Europe, they discovered the superb warmth of the European down comforters (which were uncommon in the U.S. at the time.) and vowed to bring them back home to share the comfort. Eventually they began selling them out of their home, and thus was Cuddledown born!

Today, we offer down comforters in a wide range of fill power, and warmth levels, as well as hypoallergenic, lofty synthetic fill that feels like down — something cozy for everyone!

To be continued… stay tuned for the next Flashback Friday. And stay warm – we know we will!


What’s old is new — from feedsack dresses to DIY pillowcase nightgowns!

Feedsack dressesToday we take for granted the easy availability of inexpensive fabric and clothing. But back in the day, especially during the Depression, our mothers, grandmothers and great-grandmothers, out of necessity and sheer practicality, made do with what they had. From the 1920s through the 1950s, flour and sugar were sold in large cotton bags. Women of that time found creative uses for the sacks, making not only household goods like towels, curtains and so on, but also creating clothing such as aprons, undergarments and dresses. Companies selling the products soon realized the opportunity for marketing and began creating attractively printed sacks.

Today with more emphasis on recycling and the current economic climate, we’re looking back at the practicality of our elders. We may not have flour sacks, but most of us have bedding we could recycle. How many of us have worn out sheets, but have extra pillowcases stPillowcase nightgownill in good shape? Rather than throw them away, or stick them in the dusty back of the closet, pretty printed pillowcases, such as Cuddledown’s floral and paisley pillowcases, could make a cute skirt, or a child’s nightgown!

There are many craft bloggers and websites with tutorials on how to make a pillowcase nightgown and even more with other great ideas for crafty recyclers! Our grandmas would be proud!

DIY Fail – when not to throw in the towel

What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger.  If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Or  this Japanese proverb: “Fall seven times, stand up eight.” This time of year, many of us try to achieve our New Year’s resolutions, or attempt some new DIY projects, for ourselves or our homes.

But …    most of us are not Martha Stewart.  And most of us just throw in the towel. But we’re here to let you know, never give up – your failed project just might be salvageable!Cookie Monster Cupcake fail

This woman’s blog tells the story of a DIY fail that was  rescued from the ashes of despair. What seemed like a simple bed restoration project, then turned into a nightmare of painting, sanding, repainting… and wasps.  Yes. Wasps.

If you’ve run into a funny DIY fail or have a story of your own, please share it on our Pinterest DIY board, or post it on our Facebook page!  If you get it in before Monday, January 21, we’re selecting one winner to receive our customer fave Bamboo towels!

And follow this blog, or our Pinterest DIY board and Facebook for more tips – and we’ll try to keep it simple to ensure fewer fails!

Give Green with eco-friendly gifts from Cuddledown!

Canco Woods

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Shopping for your eco-conscious friend or loved one and having trouble coming up with some great gift ideas? Look no further – here at Cuddledown, we offer super comfy products that are also easy on the environment – the perfect gift to soothe body, mind and soul!

For a unique gift, we carry Ramblers Way, the fantastic, superfine wool comfortwear developed by the founders of Tom’s of Maine. From the wool to the final stitching, Ramblers Way apparel is made in the USA, using sustainable farming practices and natural dyes, making it a terrific eco-friendly choice. It was recently included in Treehugger’s Gift Guide (see #12)!

8481_Ramblers Way cardigan

8481_Ramblers Way cardigan

You can also find some beautiful bedding and linens, such as our organic percale sheets, or our customer favorite bamboo towels, or any of our products made from Oeko-tex certified safe fabrics.

And if you live in the vicinity, you can stop by our wonderful Cuddledown Outlet Store in Freeport, Maine, or shop online at, and support local, small business while enjoying a more leisurely, resource-saving shopping experience!

Cuddledown is an authorized UGG® retailer!

UGG Holiday products at Cuddledown

Shop UGG products at Cuddledown!

You may know us for our fantastic bedding – but bet you didn’t know Cuddledown is an authorized retailer for UGG® Australia products!  In fact, we offer our customers a great selection of apparel, footwear and accessories from brands such as UGG®, Miraclebody®, Calida® and more! We simply love the comfy, practical style of UGG’s footwear and apparel and we offer our customers a great selection of slippers, boots, outerwear, and accessories too!

As those of you who adore the UGG® brand may know, there are many out there who UGG Australia at Cuddledownwould try to make a quick buck off counterfeiting their products. At Cuddledown, we want our customers to feel confident they’re getting absolute authenticity in every product we offer. So we’re proud to display our official certification as an authorized UGG® retailer!

We hope you’ll enjoy shopping for UGG and our other brands, and feel good knowing that they meet our high quality standards for which our bedding is known!



US-made Ramblers Way comfortwear – perfect for Fall and now on sale!

Ramblers Way hoodie

Ramblers Way hoodie

The leaves are falling and the air is crisp. What better to wear outdoors hiking, or leaf blowing, or simply taking the dog for a walk, than a super soft, superfine, lightweight wool hoodie from Ramblers Way!

Ramblers Way’s owners, Tom and Kate Chappell (former owners of Tom’s of Maine), are committed to keeping their company sustainable and all-natural. In addition, from the US-farm-raised sheep, to the final product made in the USA, Ramblers Way’s clothing is all-American!

From now through Wednesday, October 24, in celebration of Kate Chappell’s birthday, Cuddledown is pleased to offer all  Ramblers Way clothing at 20% off plus free shipping!

Ramblers Way comfortwear is exactly that. When most people think of wool, they think of thick, heavy sweaters that itch.

Kate and Tom Chappell, Ramblers Way

Kate and Tom Chappell, Ramblers Way

Ramblers Way’s wool comes from their US-bred Rambouillet sheep, known for their superior fleece. This superfine fiber is spun into a very fine yarn which allows for the soft, lightweight knitted wool used in their comfortwear. Their “worsted” yarn construction keeps fibers parallel to avoid the typical wool “itchy” feel. The net result is a fabric that is light, breathes, doesn’t make you itch, and has the insulating and odor absorbing properties unique to wool.

And finally, Ramblers Way comfortwear is perfect for the entire family, including children! Whether wearing it for outdoor activities, or lounging in your home, you’ll love all-natural, all-comfort, all-American Ramblers Way!


Cuddledown Celebrates Manufacturing Day

Filling a pillow

Filling a pillow

Today is Manufacturing Day – honoring all of those companies manufacturing goods in the USA. At Cuddledown, we’re proud to have a crew of skilled employees right here in Maine who make all of our core down and synthetic bedding (pillows, comforters, featherbeds and more)!

Our CEO Chris Bradley has stated that he feels strongly about keeping manufacturing jobs here in Maine, “Like so many other bedding and apparel manufacturers, it’s virtually impossible to avoid using imported fabrics; however, we have managed to keep from transferring our manufacturing operations offshore.” He added, “Cuddledown began in Maine, we have skilled Maine-trained stitchers who know best how to produce Cuddledown products, and having our operations in Maine allows us to scrutinize the materials that go into each pillow, comforter and featherbed.”

If you wish to purchase some of our fine, made in the USA products, and if you happen to live nearby, you can get some of these fantastic products on sale at our Freeport, Maine outlet store this Columbus Day weekend!  You can save 20% off our full priced, US-made down products! And of course, as always, you can also save to 75% on selected sleepwear, sheets, apparel and gifts. For more information about the store and directions, view our Freeport store’s web page.

Cuddledown’s Pillows Featured in The Washington Post!

Washington Post features Cuddledown pillows

Washington Post features Cuddledown pillows

We were thrilled to be featured in a recent edition of the Washington Post illustrating the benefits of various types of pillows!  Reporter Jura Koncius highlighted three of our most highly rated Cuddledown pillows, starting with our quality 235 Thread Count Cotton Cambric Synthetic Pillow, our comfy 600 Fill Power European Duck Down Pillow and ending with the superbly soft and lightweight Batiste 800 Fill Power European White Goose Down Pillow!

The article also includes some great tips for purchasing pillows as well as caring for them, which you can also find on our website, and mentioned several interesting statistics about pillows as well!



Cuddledown’s “Naked Pillow” catalog caption contest

Cuddledown Fall 2012 catalog cover

Caption our Cuddledown Fall 2012 catalog cover!

At Cuddledown, all of our pillows, until properly dressed with a pillowcase, are referred to internally as “naked” pillows. With our Fall 2012 catalog featuring said pillows in our Annual Pillow Sale, our creative team came up with this “out of the box” catalog cover!

Whether you find it humorous, or over the top – you have to admit, it’s memorable!

Although we wrote  our own copy, we decided it’d be fun to have our customers and fans post their own catalog cover caption on our Facebook page!

You have from now until 8:00 a.m. July 17 to post your caption. The winner with the best caption (to be determined by our panel of experts) will win a pair of Cuddledown’s premium 700 fill power down pillows!  So put your best “Mad Men” ad agency creativity to work and have fun!

We encourage the use of humor, but we will reserve the right to edit posts as necessary :)

Learn about the benefits of clean sheets, and win great Cuddledown prizes!

Cuddledown's advice about clean sheetsDo you keep your bed crisply starched to military specifications, or rumpled, messy and questionably clean? Or somewhere in between? Here at Cuddledown, our talented designer, Chad, created this fun-to-read infographic all about the horrors of unwashed sheets, and the sleep benefits of a fresh, clean bed. If you’re anything like some of us here, you’ll be surprised at some of the statistics!

To celebrate the wonders of clean sheets mentioned in our infographic, we’re holding
a contest on our Facebook page starting now through Tuesday, July 3 at 8:00 a.m!
Simply post your comment about our infographic and you could win one of three great prizes, some fine Cuddledown fabric washing liquid and lavender linen spray, a set of luxurious silk pillowcases, and our grand prize – a $100 gift certificate! Winners will be drawn Tuesday morning, so don’t wait – go comment now!

Cuddledown tips on why it's good to wash your sheets!And in case you were wondering — if you’ve ever seen a weather chart or an exercise diagram, or read USA Today, you’ve seen information graphics or “infographics” – a visual representation of any kind of data or information. They may include charts, diagrams, graphs, tables, maps and lists which can summarize a lot of statistical information. So go check ours out – you may find it very educational!

Three cheers for the Red, White and Blue! It’s Flag Day at Cuddledown

London Bedding Decorative Pillow

London Bedding Decorative Pillow

Since we’re celebrating Flag Day – you may think perhaps there’s something wrong with this picture?  However, bet you didn’t know that historians think George Washington may have flown the Union Jack in some initial battles of the revolution!  Soon thereafter he realized we needed our own flag, and on June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress took a moment from drafting the Articles of Confederation, to pass a resolution that said, “the flag of the United States be 13 stripes, alternate red and white” and that “the union be 13 stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.”

Apparently historians still really aren’t sure who designed our flag in that exact pattern, and to the dismay of schoolkids everywhere (and her relatives), the story of Betsy Ross sewing the first flag in 1776 may, in fact, be only a legend. You can check out the full story at

US-made Red White and Blue at Cuddledown

US-made Red White and Blue at Cuddledown

Regardless of how it all came to be, we Americans sure love the red, white and blue. And at Cuddledown, we’re no exception – you can even celebrate the day with some red, white and blue items made right here in the USA! Or you can celebrate our predecessors with some fine London bedding, including the decorative pillow depicted above.


Bamboo Towel in "Regatta" blue

Bamboo Towel in "Regatta" blue

To make a fine day even more fun, we’re also celebrating by giving away a bamboo towel (a customer favorite!) in a beautiful shade of blue! Just go to our Facebook page and comment about the flag, the day or even how you’re kicking off summer. Submit your comments by midnight June 14, and we’ll randomly pick a winner Friday, June 15 (super duper extra bonus points to anyone posting a video of them singing the National Anthem or Stars and Stripes Forever!) :)  Good luck!

Why buy organic? Practically Green has the answers!

One of our favorite guest bloggers, Sarah Finnie Robinson from Practically Green is back to share her thoughts about buying organic linens (and apparel)!

5098 Cuddledown Organic Sheets

5098 Cuddledown Organic Sheets

What’s the big deal about buying organic cotton sheets? Who cares? It might be intuitive to eat vegetables and fruit that haven’t been treated with possibly dangerous chemical fertilizers and preservatives – but bed sheets?

Since Cuddledown has one of the best selections of organic linens we can find, we thought it would be a good idea to explain, right here on The Bedding Snob. Search for “organic” at, and as of this writing you’ll find 23 organic products to choose from: shower curtains, sleeping jammies, bedskirts, towels, underwear, and sheets.

As a special offer to readers of the Bedding Snob as well as Practically Green – from Thursday, May 10 through Wednesday, May 16, we’re offering 25% off all Cuddledown organic items not currently on sale!

Here’s why you might like to shop in the organic section, starting with sheets — switch to organic cotton sheets.  If you’re in the market for new sheets, choosing organic cotton ones can drastically reduce the impact of what you buy.

According to the Sustainable Cotton Project, conventional cotton farming uses about 25 percent of the world’s insecticides and more than 10 percent of the pesticides. These chemicals aren’t permitted for use on organic cotton. Beyond sprays, there are other eco-concerns involved with the manufacture of sheets: processing and washing are water-intensive; the chemicals used to bleach and dye cotton can harm our waterways, and some colorants contain heavy metals; formaldehyde is used to create permanent press fabric; packaging and transportation take a toll. Many of these concerns are minimized or avoided with organic cotton sheets.

And if you should wish to purchase bedding or apparel that’s safe, but isn’t purely organic, look for items that are Oeko-Tex®-certified (in case you wondered, Oeko rhymes with “loco”). At Cuddledown, all of the pillows, comforters, featherbeds and more that they make in the beautiful (unless-it’s-completely-fogged-in-and-you-are-on-vacation) state of Maine are Oeko-Tex-certified to be free from harmful chemicals. The same goes for the vast majority of their sheets, pillowcases and duvet covers, as well as sleepwear and apparel items. Oeko-Tex is a world-wide standard developed in 1992 by a group of European textile institutes, for testing and accreditation for the screening of harmful substances in consumer textiles.

Sweet dreams, everyone! And don’t forget to add 10 points to your Practically Green score when you choose organic sheets!


Sarah Finnie Robinson, Practically GreenSarah Finnie Robinson, Practically Green

Sarah Finnie Robinson is the Head of Social Programming at PracticallyGreen, where the team blogs an action a day, pins eco-friendly ideas on Pinterest, and tweets from @practicallygrn. You can follow PracticallyGreen on Facebook:


Happy Cinco de Mayo from Cuddledown!

Recycled Cold River Vodka bottle glasses

Recycled Cold River Vodka bottle glasses

The 5th of May this year is not only Cinco de Mayo, but it also celebrates the running of the Kentucky Derby, both of which often feature popular drinks, including Margaritas and Mint Juleps. Plus it’s the weekend prior to Mother’s Day!

Whether a great gift for Mom, or for serving those tasty adult beverages at whatever event you’re celebrating — we’re selling some great new tumblers, made from recycled Cold River Vodka bottles at our Cuddledown outlet store in Freeport, Maine!  (PS: we’re holding a Mother’s Day sale at the store through May 13th, with up to 70% off select items!)

For those who are among the uninitiated, the award-winning Cold River Vodka is made by Maine Distilleries, an increasingly well-known company located in Freeport, Maine that also makes Blueberry Vodka and Gin. Their liquor is 100% made in Maine – from the water sourced from the Cold River Aquifer to the potatoes grown at their family-owned Green Thumb Farms in Fryeburg, Maine, to the distillation and bottling plant in Freeport (which btw, you can take tours of!).

And for some creative ideas for vodka (or gin), check out the recipes on the Maine Distilleries website — here’s one that’s perfect for Cinco de Mayo!

Mexico River
Courtesy of Bartender Joe Ricchio (Old Port Sea Grill, Portland, ME)

1 oz Cold River Vodka
1 oz Cointreau Liquor
1 1/2 Fresh lime juice
1/2 oz Simple syrup
3 lime wedges
1 Orange wheel (slice of orange)
Combine all ingredients in a shaker and muddle.  Add ice and shake vigorously.  Pour contents into a glass.

Admire, insert straw and enjoy!


Lilla P’s Pauline Nakios featured in fashion blog “Exposed Zippers”!

Pauline Nakios, creator of Lilla P. apparel

Pauline Nakios, creator of Lilla P. apparel

We love Lilla P. and Pauline Nakios, the apparel line’s talented creator.  We were thrilled to see her featured in the fashion blog “Exposed Zippers.”

Classy yet supremely comfortable, Pauline’s Lilla P. clothing is the best of both worlds! And, we offer it exclusively in our catalog, and also sell it on our website. Come check out some of Pauline’s great new Lilla P. items for spring!

8278 Lilla P boatneck top

8278 Lilla P Boatneck Top

8277_Lilla P Gathered V-neck Top

8277_Lilla P Gathered V-neck Top

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