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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 […]

A Plan to Save Mount Ascutney Ski Area

A Plan to Save Mount Ascutney Ski Area

Ascutney Mountain may not be a lost ski area for long. The West Windsor ski area, which went bankrupt and closed in 2010, could be turned into a community recreation area offering backcountry skiing, hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. The town just needs to raise enough money — $900,000 — to buy the property […]

Vermont Perfection at Lowell Lake State Park in Londonderry

Vermont Perfection at Lowell Lake State Park in Londonderry

In all the years I’ve spent in Vermont, I had never heard of Lowell Lake State Park in Londonderry. For our 11th wedding anniversary, Dave, Phoebe and I made our annual weekend trip to the Inn at Weston.  Innkeepers Bob and Linda Aldrich, a wonderful couple we’ve known since 2004 when we were planning our […]

12 Things to Do in Vermont This Summer

12 Things to Do in Vermont This Summer

After a rather brutal winter, I’m looking forward to sticking around the Green Mountain State this summer. Between January and March, I sometimes question my sanity for living here. But when summer arrives in Vermont, I find it nearly impossible to leave. If you’re visiting Vermont this summer, you’ll find plenty to do — hiking, […]

A Getaway to Vermont’s Lesser-Known Moosalamoo Region

A Getaway to Vermont's Lesser-Known Moosalamoo Region

Tucked away in the Green Mountain National Forest is an area that all at once feels remote and accessible, rugged and gentle. Moosalamoo National Recreation Area is a 16,000-acre paradise that extends from the western slopes of the Green Mountains through Ripton and Goshen to Lake Dunmore. The area includes more than 70 miles of […]

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