Stranger Things in the Mountain Town of Chittenden

Stranger Things in the Mountain Town of Chittenden

I used to think Chittenden was just a quiet little mountain town. Located between Killington and Rutland, Chittenden is tucked away in the Green Mountain National Forest and is home to the 750-acre Chittenden Reservoir, scenic Lefferts Pond (pictured above), and the luxurious Mountain Top Inn & Resort. But after visiting Chittenden a few times […]

A Vermont Chicken Pie Supper in Jericho Celebrates Community, Tradition

Posted by on Oct 14, 2016 in Chittenden County, events, fall, food, history | 2 Comments
A Vermont Chicken Pie Supper in Jericho Celebrates Community, Tradition

Chicken pie suppers are an annual tradition in Vermont. Last weekend, I went to the Jericho Congregational Church Chicken Pie Supper, which is one of the oldest in the state. The 116th supper, welcomed a full house of locals and visitors who gathered in the church basement and dined on chicken pie with gravy, biscuits, mashed potatoes, winter […]

12 Favorite Vermont General Stores

12 Favorite Vermont General Stores

“If we don’t have it, you don’t need it.” That’s pretty much the slogan for country stores in Vermont, where you can find long underwear, fishing bait, penny candy, coffee, sandwiches, honey, and good conversation all under one roof. General stores have been an integral part of Vermont’s landscape for more than a century. With […]

9 Things to Do in Vermont this Fall

9 Things to Do in Vermont this Fall

Fall foliage season is here, and there’s no better time to be out and about in Vermont. Fall fairs, hiking, and apple picking are just a few of the fun options. Here are nine things to do in Vermont this fall. Get Out in the Green Mountain National Forest What better time to be in […]

Weekend Getaway: Beauty, Baking, and Beer in Norwich

Posted by on Sep 9, 2016 in activities, food, history, Windsor County | No Comments
Weekend Getaway: Beauty, Baking, and Beer in Norwich

You know you’re in New England when you roll into Norwich. Main Street is lined with historic Georgian, Federal, and Greek Revival brick and frame buildings, and the local village green is busy with bandstand concerts, community picnics, and soccer games. Settled in 1761 across the Connecticut River from Hanover, N.H., Norwich is a dream […]

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

Posted by on Aug 19, 2016 in history, Orleans County, scenic drives | 9 Comments
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

Posted by on Jul 27, 2016 in farms, food, Lamoille County | No Comments
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 […]