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.

12 Favorite Vermont General Stores

12 Favorite Vermont General Stores

September 29, 2016

“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 … 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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6 Vermont Fire Towers to Visit While Hiking

6 Vermont Fire Towers to Visit While Hiking

August 5, 2016

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 … Read More

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A Vermont Family Finds the Sweet Spot in the Specialty Food World

A Vermont Family Finds the Sweet Spot in the Specialty Food World

June 16, 2016

A decade ago, Fat Toad Farm started out as a simple experiment in homesteading. Calley Hastings and her family hand-milked a French alpine doe named Jupiter in their Brookfield garage to make goat’s milk caramel sauce for friends and to sell at the local farmers’ market. Back then, the family never dreamed they would one … Read More

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10 Little-Known Facts About Vermont

10 Little-Known Facts About Vermont

January 7, 2016

For such a small state, Vermont seems to have an endless supply of fun facts. When I worked for the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing, travel writers would often contact me for lists of interesting trivia, facts, and figures. Favorites would include Montpelier being the only state capital without a McDonald’s, or Vermont having … Read More

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A Leap of Faith at Wing and a Prayer Farm

A Leap of Faith at Wing and a Prayer Farm

December 18, 2015

High on a hill off a dirt road in Shaftsbury is Wing and a Prayer Farm, where Tammy White lovingly raises Angora goats, rescued alpacas, and Shetland, Cotswold, Merino and Cormo sheep. The animals aren’t raised for the freezer—but rather for fiber. White, a fiber farmer and homesteader, dotes on her animals, who each have … Read More

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