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8 Beautiful Places in Vermont to Photograph

8 Beautiful Places in Vermont to Photograph

A church in Waits River on Route 25. Since launching HappyVermont.com in August 2009, I’ve traveled through many of Vermont’s 251 cities and towns.  Here are some of my favorite historic churches, meeting houses, barns, and bridges to photograph in Vermont. Waits River Church The tiny village of Waits River in Topsham is small enough […]

Why Bayley-Hazen is One of Vermont’s Most Historic Dirt Roads

Why Bayley-Hazen is One of Vermont's Most Historic Dirt Roads

Vermont is home to more than 8,000 miles of unpaved roads. One of the most historic is the Bayley-Hazen Military Road, the Northeast Kingdom’s oldest thoroughfare. Traces of the road, most of it unpaved, extends diagonally 48 miles from Wells River to Montgomery Center. Much of the original route can be followed using existing roads […]

5 Vermont Fire Towers to Visit While Hiking

5 Vermont Fire Towers to Visit While Hiking

Vermont was once home to dozens of fire towers across the state. According to the Green Mountain Club’s 360 Degrees: A Guide to Vermont’s Fire and Observation Towers, 38 fire towers once stood in Vermont. Today, there are far fewer. Many fire towers were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, and some […]

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 […]

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