Happy Vermonters is a series of vignettes sharing why people call Vermont home. The new series profiles a variety of people—from innkeepers, artists, and entrepreneurs to photographers, woodworkers, and community organizers—who live in every corner of the state, including Manchester, Newport, Burlington, Stowe, Waterbury, Norwich, and Brattleboro.

Happy Vermonters: Brian Cook Finds Fulfillment in His Hometown

Happy Vermonters: Brian Cook Finds Fulfillment in His Hometown

July 17, 2017

“The small world component you find in Vermont works for me because I think it encourages you to diversify your life. I grew up in Norwich and lived in different parts of the country—Missouri, Boston, and New Jersey—and eventually returned here with my wife and kids. It’s been a revelation since returning to Vermont how … Read More

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Happy Vermonters: Why Michael Knapp Calls Brattleboro Home

Happy Vermonters: Why Michael Knapp Calls Brattleboro Home

July 5, 2017

“I’m an entrepreneur and started a software company out of my basement back in 2000. I know there are parts of the tech industry that very much belong here—technology to help with sustainability, environmental protection, energy efficiency, and K-12 education. I’ve been interested in social justice since a young age. I often wondered, ‘How do … Read More

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

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

April 10, 2017

“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 spend … Read More

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

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

March 23, 2017

“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 … Read More

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Happy Vermonters: A Change of Pace for Nancy Hanes Ess

Happy Vermonters: A Change of Pace for Nancy Hanes Ess

March 9, 2017

“My husband and I moved here from Richmond, Virginia, to help run my family’s inn. Guests often ask us what we do around here for fun, and I think there are plenty of things—kayaking, hiking, going to the bookstore, or just going for a drive. For me, one of the nicest things is being able … Read More

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