Country Stores

Jericho Country Store Still Thriving After 207 Years

Jericho Country Store Still Thriving After 207 Years

  The Jericho Center Country Store has been part of Jon St. Amour’s life ever since he was a boy. He would stop in before school or on the way to his grandparents’ house. His dad worked at the store for a time, as did other family members. When it […]

 

Favorite Places

The Magic of Bread and Butter Farm

The Magic of Bread and Butter Farm

Bread and Butter Farm is the place to be on Friday nights. The 143-acre farm in Shelburne hosts the wildly popular Burger Night from May to September, drawing between 400-700 people each week. Burger Night includes live music, grass-fed beef, fresh bread and veggies all made at the farm. The […]

 

Scenic Views

A 100-Mile View from Hogback Mountain

A 100-Mile View from Hogback Mountain

The famous “100-Mile View” from Hogback Mountain in Marlboro is more than just a pretty place. When you stop at this popular scenic overlook on Route 9 (the Molly Stark Byway), you’ll find gorgeous views of forested land and mountains in Vermont, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. But if you look […]

 

Recent Posts

In Love with Tunbridge Covered Bridges

In Love with Tunbridge Covered Bridges

  The town of Tunbridge is best known for the annual Tunbridge World’s Fair, a Vermont tradition that dates back to 1867. For four days in September, 20,000 people flock to this community of 1,300 for one of the most popular fairs in the state. (Here’s a fun fact I […]

Vermont Marble Exhibit Highlights Local History

Vermont Marble Exhibit Highlights Local History

  **My story about SculptFest was originally published in the Rutland Herald. Kate Katomski’s family heritage lives deep in the historic marble quarries of West Rutland. Both her father and grandfather worked in West Rutland back in the thriving stone industry, when Vermont marble was shipped around the country and […]

by × September 12, 2014 × 0 comments

arts, events, history, Rutland County

6 Vermont Fall Drives a Little Off the Beaten Path

6 Vermont Fall Drives a Little Off the Beaten Path

  During foliage season, there are so many Vermont fall drives to choose from that it’s pretty hard to go wrong. Whether you go leaf-peeping on a meandering scenic byway or quiet dirt road, you won’t have to look very far to find glorious autumn beauty in Vermont. Still, it’s […]

by × September 3, 2014 × 10 comments

fall, fall foliage, scenic drives

Unplugging at Amity Pond Natural Area in Pomfret

Unplugging at Amity Pond Natural Area in Pomfret

  On our way to my sister’s house last week, we took a detour through the back roads of Windsor County. I was searching for Amity Pond Natural Area State Park in Pomfret, which was donated to the state 45 years ago. As my husband drove, I scanned the map […]

The Magic of Bread and Butter Farm

The Magic of Bread and Butter Farm

Bread and Butter Farm is the place to be on Friday nights. The 143-acre farm in Shelburne hosts the wildly popular Burger Night from May to September, drawing between 400-700 people each week. Burger Night includes live music, grass-fed beef, fresh bread and veggies all made at the farm. The […]

The Legacy of Pine Top Ski Area Lives on in Vernon

The Legacy of Pine Top Ski Area Lives on in Vernon

  On Huckle Hill in Vernon sits a lost Vermont ski area that closed 50 years ago.  Pine Top ski area operated between the 1940s and 1960s with three rope tows and four trails. With a vertical drop of 400 feet, Pine Top offered  terrain for novice, intermediate and expert […]

So Much to Love at Equinox Pond

So Much to Love at Equinox Pond

Dave, Phoebe and I spent four days in Manchester last week for a little summer getaway.  One of the highlights of our trip was hiking up to Equinox Pond. It’s no secret that I really love that place. This summer was the first time Dave and I have been back […]

6 Vermont Ski Areas to Hike in Summer and Fall

6 Vermont Ski Areas to Hike in Summer and Fall

  Hiking in Vermont is one of those must-do activities in the summer and fall. How can you come to the Green Mountains and never scale a summit or two? With hundreds of miles of trails, Vermont offers plenty of hiking opportunities for novice and seasoned outdoor enthusiasts. But hiking […]

by × July 21, 2014 × 4 comments

fall, hiking, Smugglers' Notch, summer

Rock River Artists’ Open Studio Tour Highlights Irene’s Aftermath

Rock River Artists’ Open Studio Tour Highlights Irene’s Aftermath

  Georgie is an artist with a passion for painting barns, covered bridges, and sugarhouses — those idyllic, iconic symbols of Vermont. When she built her house along the Rock River in Windham County 25 years ago, she couldn’t imagine living any place other than beautiful, tranquil Vermont. But when […]

Reconnecting with the Taftsville Covered Bridge

Reconnecting with the Taftsville Covered Bridge

The Taftsville Covered Bridge in Woodstock is one of the oldest covered bridges in Vermont. I’ve crossed the bridge many times over the years, but yesterday was the first time I’ve visited the bridge since it reopened last fall. Vermont has about 100 covered bridges. When Tropical Storm Irene hit […]

5 Lakes in Vermont You Need to Visit

5 Lakes in Vermont You Need to Visit

  Looking for a place to swim, kayak, boat, or even Scuba dive this summer? Vermont may be New England’s only land-locked state, but you’ll still find plenty of water in the Green Mountains. Here are five lakes in Vermont worth visiting: Lake Bomoseen Lake Bomoseen, the largest lake entirely […]

by × July 5, 2014 × 10 comments

kayaking, summer, swimming

Why Summer in Vermont is the Best

Why Summer in Vermont is the Best

People have been asking me where I’m going for vacation this summer. Nantucket? Cape Cod? The coast of Maine? No, I don’t think so. Our summer plans might be a weekend in Manchester or a day trip to Woodstock, but I doubt we’ll venture east of the Connecticut River or […]