Country Stores

A Vermont Country Store Returns to Peru

A Vermont Country Store Returns to Peru

The reopening of a classic Vermont country store is generating much excitement in the tiny town of of Peru. The J.J. Hapgood General Store and Eatery, which first opened 150 years ago, was the longest-running general store in Vermont until it closed five years ago. New owners and Peru residents […]

 

Covered Bridges

Vermont’s Haunted Covered Bridge

Vermont’s Haunted Covered Bridge

Emily’s Bridge in Stowe looks like any other covered bridge in Vermont. But how the bridge makes people feel is an entirely different story. Officially called Gold Brook Bridge, the one-lane bridge was built in 1844. Over the years, the bridge has become better known as Emily’s Bridge, named after […]

 

Maple Season

In Vermont, A Late Maple Season Can Still Be Great

In Vermont, A Late Maple Season Can Still Be Great

When maple season arrives in Vermont, I’m always drawn to the sugar houses of rural Addison County. We recently visited Bread Loaf View Farm in Cornwall, which was open to the public for the annual Maple Open House Weekend. The farm is a 30-acre maple sugar operation owned by Middlebury […]

 

Recent Posts

Vermont’s Ski Season Keeps on Going

Vermont’s Ski Season Keeps on Going

  The snow is finally melting, sort of. (It’s actually snowing in Burlington as I write this.) After what has seemed like an endless winter, Vermont’s 2013-2014 ski season is winding down. Most resorts are closed, but a few remain open. While Smugglers’ Notch and Stowe Mountain Resort will close […]

by × April 15, 2014 × 0 comments

skiing, snow, spring, Washington County

Mud Season in Hinesburg

Mud Season in Hinesburg

I came across this beautiful barn and farmhouse yesterday on Baldwin Road in Hinesburg. Red barns are a welcome sight this time of year and help add color to Vermont’s bleak and muddy April landscape. But hang in there, friends. It won’t be long before the grass is green again, […]

A Spring Thaw Tradition on Joe’s Pond

A Spring Thaw Tradition on Joe’s Pond

  The ice on Joe’s Pond in West Danville is nearly three feet deep this year. Similar to other lakes and ponds in Vermont, the harsh, cold, and long winter has kept Joe’s Pond frozen for months. Now that spring is here (well, sort of), all eyes are on Joe’s […]

In Vermont, A Late Maple Season Can Still Be Great

In Vermont, A Late Maple Season Can Still Be Great

When maple season arrives in Vermont, I’m always drawn to the sugar houses of rural Addison County. We recently visited Bread Loaf View Farm in Cornwall, which was open to the public for the annual Maple Open House Weekend. The farm is a 30-acre maple sugar operation owned by Middlebury […]

A Love for Local Food and Farms at Juniper

A Love for Local Food and Farms at Juniper

When Juniper burst onto the Burlington restaurant scene in 2013, it quickly became one of the most popular places to dine in the city.  With a menu featuring everything from goat cheese gnocchi and venison chili to smoked trout cake and roasted quail, Juniper made a name for itself early […]

The Most Beautiful Road in Vermont

The Most Beautiful Road in Vermont

So many of Vermont’s roads are scenic in some way. On hundreds of two-lane, paved roads you’ll find gorgeous views of mountains, villages, farms, or rolling hills. Everyone has their own personal favorite — Route 100, Route 108, Route 30, Stowe Hollow Road, Peacham Road, or East Warren Road. The list […]

That Old Vermont Feeling

That Old Vermont Feeling

How many Vermont towns look the same as they did a generation ago? Probably quite a few. Certain towns make us feel nostalgic for different reasons and stir memories of past experiences and old friendships.  For me, most of those towns are where I spent my childhood, teens, and 20s […]

Town Meeting Tradition in Vermont

Town Meeting Tradition in Vermont

Town Meeting Day is a Vermont tradition that I’ve come to appreciate in recent years. On the first Tuesday in March, residents gather in town halls and school gymnasiums around the state to vote on local budgets, debate community issues, and elect town officials. Depending on the issues before voters, […]

Ski Country in Vermont’s Middlebury Gap

Ski Country in Vermont’s Middlebury Gap

When people ask me about good mountains for alpine skiing, I’ll often suggest places like Jay Peak, Sugarbush, Stowe or Bromley. For Nordic skiing, I’ll tell them to visit Trapp Family Lodge, Wild Wings or Ole’s Cross Country Ski Center. All good, right? Yes, except that my list has been […]

Thinking of Charlotte

Thinking of Charlotte

I used to feel anxious driving through the little town of Charlotte. My fear had nothing to do with the actual town itself except for its sweet, lovely name. Five years ago this week on February 19, Dave and I lost a baby when I was five months pregnant.  We […]

Lake Champlain Freezes Over

Lake Champlain Freezes Over

For the first time since 2007, Lake Champlain is just about completely frozen. The National Weather Service says the lake became roughly “99 percent” frozen last week when temperatures dipped 11 degrees below zero in Burlington. Freeze overs aren’t as common as they used to be on Lake Champlain. According […]

by × February 13, 2014 × 2 comments

Chittenden County, Lake Champlain, winter

World-Class Ski Jumping at Harris Hill

World-Class Ski Jumping at Harris Hill

Not able to make it to Sochi, Russia? The Harris Hill Ski Jumping Competition in Brattleboro represents a unique opportunity to witness future Olympic hopefuls up close in Vermont as they launch from the takeoff at speeds of 60 mph on a the Olympic-sized 90-meter jump. This year’s event on […]

by × February 6, 2014 × 0 comments

activities, Windham County, winter