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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 […]

The Dirt Roads of Calais

The Dirt Roads of Calais

I recently came across a 20-year-old article in the New York Times titled, “In Slow-Paced Vermont, the Dirt Road Reigns.” The reporter wrote, “To a lot of Vermonters, an unpaved road is a better road. People go more slowly on a dirt road. In rural Vermont, slower is better,” Two decades later, that’s still true. […]

Catching the Sugarmaking ‘Bug’ in Vermont

Catching the Sugarmaking 'Bug' in Vermont

Kenn Hastings knows all about catching the “sugar bug.” A sugarmaker at Bread Loaf View Farm in Cornwall, Hastings starting sugaring for a living 30 years ago. “There’s a love and passion that goes into being a sugarmaker,” says Hastings, 57. Hastings is one of several sugarmakers featured in Will Hanley’s short documentary film, The […]

A Literary Agent Finds Cheese-Making Success at Consider Bardwell Farm

A Literary Agent Finds Cheese-Making Success at Consider Bardwell Farm

Becoming a cheese farmer was the furthest thing from Angela Miller’s mind when she purchased 300 acres in West Pawlet in 2001. While searching for a second home in the Green Mountains, the New York literary agent and her husband, Russell “Rust” Glover, fell in love with a former dairy farm on Route 153 in […]

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