Our readers love stories listing the best places to visit in Vermont—from chef-owned restaurants and mountaintop fire towers to scenic drives and tiny towns. They also enjoy learning about offbeat places like the historic Bayley-Hazen Road in the Northeast Kingdom, the ghost town of Glastenbury, and the 100-mile view from Hogback Mountain.

7 Scenic Vermont Summer Drives to Get Outside

7 Scenic Vermont Summer Drives to Get Outside

July 6, 2019

The options are endless for scenic Vermont summer drives. In every corner of the state, you’ll find gorgeous roads with views of tall mountains, wide open fields, general stores, and rambling old barns. But half the fun of a scenic drive is getting out of your car to explore the outdoors. 7 Scenic Vermont Summer Drives Here … Read More

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Happy Vermonters: Charlie Emers Bakes with Curiosity and Purpose

Happy Vermonters: Charlie Emers Bakes with Curiosity and Purpose

April 24, 2019

Charlie Emers never planned on becoming a baker. The owner of Patchwork Farm & Bakery in East Hardwick grew up in Providence, Rhode Island. After relocating to Vermont three decades ago, his career path took a circuitous route from lamp maker to vegetable farmer to bread baker. Emers says he stumbled into baking one winter while … Read More

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10 Things to Do Outside in Vermont This Summer

10 Things to Do Outside in Vermont This Summer

July 9, 2018

*updated May 21, 2019* Summer in Vermont is short, so there’s a lot to pack in. Whether you feel like hiking, biking, swimming or catching a live performance, there are endless possibilities for soaking up Mother Nature. Here are ten ways to make the most of the outdoors in Vermont this summer. Catch a Performance of … Read More

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20 Places to Visit On Your Next Route 100 Road Trip

20 Places to Visit On Your Next Route 100 Road Trip

October 20, 2017

*Updated August 14, 2019* Route 100 stretches 216 scenic miles along the spine of the Green Mountains through 33 classic villages and towns, from Stamford to Pittsfield to Westfield. Some of Vermont’s most notable ski areas and attractions can be found along the route, including Mount Snow, Okemo, Sugarbush, the Vermont Country Store, and Ben & … Read More

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The Spring Tradition of Pond Skimming at Ski Areas

The Spring Tradition of Pond Skimming at Ski Areas

March 31, 2017

Updated March 11, 2019 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. Vermont pond skimming events have been around for 50 years. Sugarbush kicked off the annual tradition in 1969 when … Read More

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12 Favorite Vermont General Stores

12 Favorite Vermont General Stores

September 29, 2016

**updated April 12, 2019 “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. Vermont general stores have been an integral part of the state’s  landscape for … Read More

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Weekend Getaway: Beauty, Baking, and Beer in Norwich

Weekend Getaway: Beauty, Baking, and Beer in Norwich

September 9, 2016

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 … Read More

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8 Beautiful Places in Vermont to Photograph

8 Beautiful Places in Vermont to Photograph

August 26, 2016

Waits River Church 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 to miss if you’re not … Read More

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Why Bayley-Hazen is One of Vermont’s Most Historic Dirt Roads

Why Bayley-Hazen is One of Vermont’s Most Historic Dirt Roads

August 19, 2016

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 … Read More

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