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Weekend Getaway: A Capital City with Local Flavor

Weekend Getaway: A Capital City with Local Flavor

If you haven’t already heard, Montpelier is the only state capital without a McDonald’s. This little tidbit has long been a popular piece of trivia about Vermont’s capital city. At one point, I think it was even a question on Jeopardy. When the fast-food giant tried — and ultimately failed — to open at the […]

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Dear Readers: Happy Vermont has been around for nearly six years (six years!). As the blog has grown and changed over the course of 270 posts, I’m always looking for ways to improve your experience. Please take a moment to fill out the reader survey to let me know what’s working and how I can […]

6 Vermont Dirt Roads to Hike in Mud Season

6 Vermont Dirt Roads to Hike in Mud Season

After a long, cold, and relentless winter in New England, we’re all eager to be outside. Still, even though it’s officially spring (yes, it snowed last night), we’ll still have to wait until Memorial Day Weekend before major hiking trails in Vermont’s higher elevations are open to the public. Spring, also known in Vermont as […]

Hiking and Exploration at Green Mountain Audubon

Hiking and Exploration at Green Mountain Audubon

A small sugarhouse nestled on the edge of a field along Huntington Road is where the Green Mountain Audubon Center begins. The 250-acre center has been on my list of places to visit since Phoebe was born nearly four years ago. Last weekend, we finally stopped by during Vermont’s Maple Open House Weekend. What on […]

Sugaring a Family Affair at Branon Maple Orchards in Fairfield

Sugaring a Family Affair at Branon Maple Orchards in Fairfield

On a thousand acres in Fairfield stand more than 68,000 maple trees tapped for sugaring season. The trees are part of Branon Family Maple Orchards, located in the heart of sugaring country in Franklin County, not far from the Canadian border. The Branons have been involved in maple production and agriculture for seven generations. Once […]

The Art of Teaching Kids to Ski

The Art of Teaching Kids to Ski

This winter I was a guest contributor for Ski Vermont’s All Mountain Mamas blog. My final post in a three-part series includes a Q&A with Olympian Barbara Cochran about keeping kids interested in skiing. It’s not as easy as you think! In the end, my 3-year-old daughter preferred making snow angels over pizza pies. And […]

Welcoming the Vermont Spring Thaw

Welcoming the Vermont Spring Thaw

The Vermont spring thaw is officially here (for now, anyway). After a long, cold, dark winter, temperatures have recently climbed well above freezing. On Wednesday, Burlington hit 50 degrees for the first time in 2015 (it was a good day). Other good news? These lovely spring temperatures have jump-started Vermont’s famous maple season. Producers typically […]

Winter Fat Biking on Lake Champlain

Winter Fat Biking on Lake Champlain

It’s not every day you go biking in ski pants on a frozen lake in Vermont. But last week, that’s exactly what I did. After seeing dozens of Instagram and Facebook photos of friends and acquaintances walking, skating, and ice fishing on Lake Champlain, I decided to see what all of the fuss was about. […]

Vermont Winter Photos: Embracing the Cold Outdoors

Vermont Winter Photos: Embracing the Cold Outdoors

It’s been a cold, snowy winter in Vermont and the rest of New England.  Here in Burlington, it was a record-breaking 19 below this morning. To help avoid cabin fever, I’ve been getting outdoors on a regular basis (even for a few minutes in subzero temperatures) to take photos of barns, mountains, and school houses. […]