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On-the-Farm Dinners Draw Food Lovers to Valley Dream Farm

On-the-Farm Dinners Draw Food Lovers to Valley Dream Farm

Anne Tisbert is a farmer, entrepreneur, tour guide, and mother. At Valley Dream Farm, which she purchased with her husband, Joe, in 1992, she rises early each day to tend to organic produce—red beets, sugar snap peas, rhubarb, and tomatoes—that grow in the shadow of Mount Mansfield in Cambridge. As any farmer knows, survival is […]

Brookfield’s Floating Bridge Spans Generations and Connects a Community

Brookfield's Floating Bridge Spans Generations and Connects a Community

Vermont’s only floating bridge is making a buoyant comeback in Brookfield. Since reopening to vehicular traffic in May 2015—after being closed since 2008—the Floating Bridge is attracting visitors from near and far. The bridge, first built in 1820, spans 321-feet across scenic Sunset Lake. The newest bridge is the eighth version of the original floating […]

The 10 Best Vermont July 4th Celebrations

The 10 Best Vermont July 4th Celebrations

Independence Day celebrations in Vermont range from funky parades to outdoor concerts to festivities on Main Street and the town green. If you are in Vermont for July 4th weekend, here are some of the best places to celebrate. Wardsboro Along Route 100 is the small town of Wardsboro, which hosts Southern Vermont’s oldest Independence […]

9 Lakes, Ponds and Swimming Holes to Cool Off at This Summer

9 Lakes, Ponds and Swimming Holes to Cool Off at This Summer

Kayaking on Blueberry Lake in Warren. Now that summer is in full swing, it’s a good time to map out places to go kayaking, canoeing, swimming, and even fishing. Here are nine lakes, swimming holes, and ponds worth visiting this summer in Vermont. (By no means is this a complete list, but these spots come […]

A Vermont Family Finds the Sweet Spot in the Specialty Food World

A Vermont Family Finds the Sweet Spot in the Specialty Food World

A decade ago, Fat Toad Farm started out as a simple experiment in homesteading. Calley Hastings and her family hand-milked a French alpine doe named Jupiter in their Brookfield garage to make goat’s milk caramel sauce for friends and to sell at the local farmers’ market. Back then, the family never dreamed they would one […]

5 Things To Do in Manchester This Summer

5 Things To Do in Manchester This Summer

Manchester is many things to different people: a ski town, a shopping destination, or a summer getaway for golfing and fly-fishing. For me, Manchester is home. To celebrate our 12th wedding anniversary, Dave and I opted to get out of Burlington for a child-free weekend in my hometown. We enjoyed two days of fly-fishing on […]

With a Focus on Local Food, The Backroom Offers a Cozy, Dinner Party Vibe

With a Focus on Local Food, The Backroom Offers a Cozy, Dinner Party Vibe

Behind a country store on Route 100 is a tiny restaurant that is quickly making a name for itself in Vermont’s local food scene. Kevin Lasko and Katie Stiles opened The Backroom a little over a year ago behind the Original General Store in Pittsfield. The restaurant seats 20 people at two large tables in […]

Connecting with Nature at a Tiny Treehouse in Lincoln

Connecting with Nature at a Tiny Treehouse in Lincoln

The treehouse in the backyard of Harrison Reynolds and Ellie Bryant’s home earns rave reviews on Airbnb. Perched 30-feet above ground and anchored by four maple trees, the treehouse stands in the shadow of Mount Abraham in Lincoln. Nearly every weekend of the year, visitors looking to reconnect with nature are finding the treehouse on […]

What Makes Vermont the Greenest State in the U.S.

What Makes Vermont the Greenest State in the U.S.

  Recycling, composting, buying local, and a genuine love for the land are values and practices that are a way of life in Vermont. Vermont consistently ranks as one of the greenest states in the country. Of course, we’re not exactly perfect. The state needs to reduce phosphorus pollution in Lake Champlain, wind power continues […]

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