A Weekend Escape to Burke

Posted by on Jan 4, 2017 in activities, Caledonia County, lodging, skiing, winter | No Comments
A Weekend Escape to Burke

For a small town, Burke is a big deal in the world of outdoor recreation. Not only is this Northeast Kingdom community home to Burke Mountain Resort, it’s also where you’ll find Burke Mountain Academy, a world-renowned school for ski racing, and Kingdom Trails, an extensive trail system popular for mountain biking, fat biking, and […]

8 Vermont Inns Perfect for a Cozy Winter Getaway

Posted by on Dec 21, 2016 in activities, lodging, My Favorite Places, winter | 9 Comments
8 Vermont Inns Perfect for a Cozy Winter Getaway

Inn at Manchester/courtesy photo Winter is officially here, and it’s the perfect time to curl up by the fire with a good book or glass of red wine after  a day outdoors. Whether you plan to ski, snowshoe, or shop in Vermont, a stay at a local inn can make your trip all the more memorable […]

A Wild Game Supper in Bradford Serves Local Hunters’ Harvest

Posted by on Nov 22, 2016 in activities, fall, food, Orange County | No Comments
A Wild Game Supper in Bradford Serves Local Hunters’ Harvest

Dan Smith stirred giant pots of rabbit and pheasant gravy at the Bradford Congregational Church on Saturday as his daughter Willow prepared side dishes of chicken and rabbit liver pate. The father and daughter—along with more than 100 volunteers—ran the kitchen, buffet line, and table service like clockwork at the 61st Annual Wild Game Supper. […]

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 […]