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A Covered Bridge in Jeffersonville with an Elusive Past

A Covered Bridge in Jeffersonville with an Elusive Past

  The Grist Mill Covered Bridge in Jeffersonville is a stone’s throw from Route 108 near Smugglers’ Notch. Extending 85 feet across the Brewster River, the bridge seems to have an elusive past. No one seems to know exactly when the bridge was built, or even its official name. It’s not unusual for Vermont covered […]

Soaking Up the Final Weeks of Summer in the Green Mountains

Soaking Up the Final Weeks of Summer in the Green Mountains

Lakes are nice, but I prefer the mountains this time of year. Last week, I spent five days visiting Vermont ski areas — Smugglers’ Notch, Stowe Mountain Resort, and Bromley Mountain — for my work with All Mountain Mamas, a family travel blog run by Ski Vermont. I spent hours mountain biking, hiking trails, taking […]

Scenic Drive: A Detour on East Bethel Road

Scenic Drive: A Detour on East Bethel Road

I recently stumbled upon East Bethel Road after taking a wrong turn in Randolph Center. Dave, Phoebe and I were heading north on Interstate 89 back from my sister’s place in New Hampshire when we decided to get off the highway and meander over to East Randolph to see a couple of covered bridges. But […]

Family Camping at Silver Lake State Park

Family Camping at Silver Lake State Park

  One of the most relaxing weekends we’ve experienced all summer was camping at Silver Lake State Park. The 35-acre state park is located in Barnard, about 10 miles north of Woodstock. Dave, Phoebe and I camped with our friends Gina and Andre, their two young children and black Lab. We slept in tents, swam […]

After Facing an Uncertain Future, the Barnard General Store is Thriving

After Facing an Uncertain Future, the Barnard General Store is Thriving

On Route 12 near Silver Lake stands the 183-year-old Barnard General Store. The country store made headlines across the state three years ago when it closed for business. It then captured the attention of national news outlets when local fundraising efforts helped rescue the store in 2013. Last weekend, we camped with some friends at […]

The House that Rockingham Built, Abandoned and Embraced

The House that Rockingham Built, Abandoned and Embraced

It’s hard to believe that the Rockingham Meeting House once sat unused and unappreciated. The meeting house is the oldest unchanged public building in Vermont. It was built as a combination church and town hall between 1787 and 1801 to meet the needs of anticipated population growth in Rockingham village. But the population expansion in […]

Inspiration Along the Robert Frost Trail in Ripton

Inspiration Along the Robert Frost Trail in Ripton

“We love the things we love for what they are.” –Robert Frost Just beyond the farmhouse at Homer Nobel Farm stands a fragile log cabin where Robert Frost spent summers for 23 years. The small town of Ripton in the Green Mountain National Forest is where the poet lived while teaching at the Middlebury Bread […]

A Quirky Spirit of Independence in Warren

A Quirky Spirit of Independence in Warren

The Fourth of July parade along Main Street in Warren celebrates independence with a twist. Now in its 67th year, this small-town parade has achieved legendary status in Vermont. This is by far my favorite Independence Day celebration in Vermont. In addition to the classic cars, lively performers and creative floats, the Warren July Fourth […]

Strafford is the Prettiest Vermont Town You’ve Probably Never Visited

Strafford is the Prettiest Vermont Town You’ve Probably Never Visited

The Strafford Town House is one of those iconic Vermont buildings that looks very familiar. You’ve probably seen photos of the white clapboard building in guidebooks, magazines, or coffee table books. But photos don’t do it justice. The Town House is one of those places that makes you swoon when you see it up close […]

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