4 Ways to Enjoy the Outdoors in the Northeast Kingdom this Summer

4 Ways to Enjoy the Outdoors in the Northeast Kingdom this Summer

When it comes to spending time outdoors, Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom has everything you could ask for in terms of natural beauty and recreation. It’s easy to spend your days in this remote corner of Vermont biking, paddling, fishing, or hiking. This rural region of Vermont is home to more than 37,500 acres of public lakes […]

Happy Vermonters: Woodworker Matt Ogelby Finds Inspiration in the Mountains

Happy Vermonters: Woodworker Matt Ogelby Finds Inspiration in the Mountains

“I found out early on that I was happiest in the mountains and in the woods. I feel lucky that I was able to recognize that part of myself because it helped me figure out that I wanted to go to UVM and raise my family here. Vermont is also where I started woodworking a […]

12 of the Best Vermont Restaurants for Local Food

Posted by on May 13, 2017 in food, My Favorite Places, restaurants | 8 Comments
12 of the Best Vermont Restaurants for Local Food

In Vermont, there is no shortage of incredible restaurants serving up local fare like grass-fed beef, fresh greens, Vermont cheeses, seasonable vegetables, and hoppy brews.  To put together a list of recommendations, I reached out to friends and colleagues in the Vermont food scene for suggestions. Here are 12 Vermont restaurants that are making their […]

Happy Vermonters: Kendall Lambert and James Merriam Return to their Roots

Happy Vermonters: Kendall Lambert and James Merriam Return to their Roots

“I’m a libertarian and pagan, and James is a socialist and pastor here in Newport. Our dinner conversations are never dull, as you can imagine, but it’s nice that we can challenge each other. We agree what it means to be a good person and community member, and that really grounds our relationship. It’s interesting […]

Happy Vermonters: Megan Humphrey on Making a Difference in the Community

Posted by on Apr 28, 2017 in Burlington, Happy Vermonters | 2 Comments
Happy Vermonters: Megan Humphrey on Making a Difference in the Community

“When I first came to UVM as a student in 1979, I remember thinking, ‘Why would anyone leave this place?’ I know we’re in a bubble here—I get that—and all of us are so lucky to live in Vermont. But I also understand there are huge issues we need to deal with just like everyplace […]

Happy Vermonters: A Young Family Finds the Sweet Spot in Stowe

Posted by on Apr 10, 2017 in Happy Vermonters, outdoors, Stowe | No Comments
Happy Vermonters: A Young Family Finds the Sweet Spot in Stowe

  “I grew up in Vermont and went to college here, but I also spent time traveling around the country and internationally. When it was time to plant some roots, Vermont was a no-brainer—politically, environmentally, recreationally, and culturally. I’m a photographer and Kim works in marketing at Stowe Mountain Resort. In a lot of mountain towns, you can […]

The Spring Tradition of Pond Skimming at Ski Areas

Posted by on Mar 31, 2017 in skiing, Stratton, Sugarbush | No Comments
The Spring Tradition of Pond Skimming at Ski Areas

Pond skimming competitions are a rite-of-spring in ski culture. Between March and May, ski areas across the world celebrate the end of the season with skiers and snowboarders gliding across a man-made pond in wild costumes. In Vermont, pond skimming contests have been around for 48 years. Sugarbush kicked off the annual tradition in 1969 […]

Happy Vermonters: A Love for Maple Sugaring Runs in the Family

Happy Vermonters: A Love for Maple Sugaring Runs in the Family

“My great-grandmother started this farm in 1918. She ran a bed and breakfast out of the house and made maple syrup on the property. When my father was a boy, she introduced him to the Vermont tradition of maple sugaring. One of the things we love most about sugaring is being able to spend time […]

Famous Ski Family Taps into the Maple Syrup Business

Famous Ski Family Taps into the Maple Syrup Business

Doug Brown boils sap at Slopeside Syrup in Richmond. The Cochran family is famous for its tiny ski hill and 70s-era Olympic champions. While the next generation of Cochrans is continuing the ski racing tradition, four family members are pouring their energy into producing Vermont maple syrup. Just below the Race Trail at Cochran’s Ski Area […]