Holiday Cheer

A Festival of Lights at Joseph Smith Birthplace Memorial

A Festival of Lights at Joseph Smith Birthplace Memorial

  Need to get into the holiday spirit? Travel to a hilltop in South Royalton, where 200,000 holiday lights twinkle in the snow. The Joseph Smith Birthplace Memorial showcases one of the most festive holiday displays in Vermont, with trees, bushes, and buildings illuminated in red, green, and gold. An […]

 

Favorite Places

Kelley Stand Road: Gateway to the Green Mountains

Kelley Stand Road: Gateway to the Green Mountains

  Kelley Stand Road between East Arlington and Stratton is more than just a scenic drive in southern Vermont. This beautiful dirt road through the Green Mountains offers incredible access and options for hiking, camping, mountain biking, and sight-seeing. Three years after Tropical Storm Irene washed Kelley Stand Road away, […]

 

Covered Bridges

In Love with Tunbridge Covered Bridges

In Love with Tunbridge Covered Bridges

  The town of Tunbridge is best known for the annual Tunbridge World’s Fair, a Vermont tradition that dates back to 1867. For four days in September, 20,000 people flock to this community of 1,300 for one of the most popular fairs in the state. (Here’s a fun fact I […]

 

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The Winter Woods of Vermont’s Mountains

The Winter Woods of Vermont’s Mountains

  It’s hard to believe that winter officially started yesterday.  The studded snow tires were put on my Subaru weeks ago, and my yard in Burlington has already been covered in a foot of snow. But that’s the reality of living in Vermont. By the time the solstice rolls around, […]

by × December 22, 2014 × 0 comments

Mount Equinox, winter

A Festival of Lights at Joseph Smith Birthplace Memorial

A Festival of Lights at Joseph Smith Birthplace Memorial

  Need to get into the holiday spirit? Travel to a hilltop in South Royalton, where 200,000 holiday lights twinkle in the snow. The Joseph Smith Birthplace Memorial showcases one of the most festive holiday displays in Vermont, with trees, bushes, and buildings illuminated in red, green, and gold. An […]

by × December 11, 2014 × 4 comments

attractions, history, holidays, Windsor County

A Return to the Slopes of Vermont

A Return to the Slopes of Vermont

  Bromley Mountain is where I first learned to ski in the 1970s. Shortly before my fourth birthday in December 1974, I wrote a letter to Santa Claus that was published in the local newspaper. In the letter, I asked Santa for a tea set, a cuckoo clock, and a […]

by × December 5, 2014 × 1 comment

Bennington County, skiing, winter

On Tap with Hop Farming in Vermont

On Tap with Hop Farming in Vermont

  *This piece was originally published on the UVM Brainwaves blog. Vermont is better known for its beer than its hops. With more than 30 breweries in Vermont, including The Alchemist, Hill Farmstead, and Lawson’s Finest Liquids, Vermont has the highest number of craft breweries per capita in the United […]

Winter is Coming to the Green Mountains

Winter is Coming to the Green Mountains

  It won’t be long before winter arrives in Vermont. Snow showers are expected in the mountains today, and I even saw a few snowflakes in Burlington. Killington is open for the season, and Okemo is opening next weekend. Are you ready?  

by × November 7, 2014 × 2 comments

winter

Exploring Abandoned Buildings in Vermont

Exploring Abandoned Buildings in Vermont

  Ever come across an abandoned building and find yourself mesmerized? I find it difficult to take my eyes off the ruins of old structures like the red school house in Dover or the dilapidated church in Bloomfield. What is it about these buildings that we find so fascinating? Kaitlin […]

The Vermont Ghost Town of Glastenbury

The Vermont Ghost Town of Glastenbury

  Mysterious disappearances. UFOs. A cursed forest. Paranormal activity. In Glastenbury, the legendary stories seem to outnumber the town’s tiny population. Glastenbury is an unincorporated, mountainous town in Bennington County with only eight residents. But it wasn’t always this small. A small charcoal-making industry and a logging railroad operation were […]

by × October 23, 2014 × 0 comments

Bennington, hiking, Long Trail

Vermont Fall Foliage at its Finest

Vermont Fall Foliage at its Finest

  This year’s Vermont fall foliage season is shaping up to be one of the best we’ve seen in years. Even though Columbus Day Weekend has come and gone, there is still plenty of great color to see around the state from Burlington to Bolton to Bennington. (You can find […]

by × October 14, 2014 × 2 comments

barn, fall, fall foliage, foliage

5 Easy Vermont Hikes to Explore this Fall

5 Easy Vermont Hikes to Explore this Fall

  Fall is the best time to hike in Vermont. The bright foliage and cooler weather make it an ideal time to climb the Green Mountains and enjoy incredible views from the summit. But what if you have young kids in tow or want an alternative to hiking Vermont’s tallest […]

Kelley Stand Road: Gateway to the Green Mountains

Kelley Stand Road: Gateway to the Green Mountains

  Kelley Stand Road between East Arlington and Stratton is more than just a scenic drive in southern Vermont. This beautiful dirt road through the Green Mountains offers incredible access and options for hiking, camping, mountain biking, and sight-seeing. Three years after Tropical Storm Irene washed Kelley Stand Road away, […]

Best Places to Find Glorious Northeast Kingdom Foliage

Best Places to Find Glorious Northeast Kingdom Foliage

Fall comes a little early in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom.  The state’s most rural area – Caledonia County, Orleans County and Essex County – starts seeing fall foliage as early as mid-September, with peak color arriving around Oct. 1 (sometimes earlier). Up along Route 114 and Route 105 in the far […]

In Love with Tunbridge Covered Bridges

In Love with Tunbridge Covered Bridges

  The town of Tunbridge is best known for the annual Tunbridge World’s Fair, a Vermont tradition that dates back to 1867. For four days in September, 20,000 people flock to this community of 1,300 for one of the most popular fairs in the state. (Here’s a fun fact I […]