Spring in Vermont is the best time to rekindle your connection to nature. Whether you’re visiting a sugarhouse in the woods or camping at a state park, spring is the most rewarding season of the year.

Silver Lake Syrups in Barnard Offers More than Maple

Silver Lake Syrups in Barnard Offers More than Maple

March 20, 2019

Eric and Sonja Withington are returning to their roots. Eric grew up sugaring with his uncle in his hometown of Barnard. Thousands of miles away in Austria, Sonja spent her childhood foraging fresh greens, flowers, berries, and herbs to create herbal teas, syrups, and home remedies with her family. Last year, the couple combined their … Read More

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Where to Go for Vermont Maple Open House Weekend

Where to Go for Vermont Maple Open House Weekend

March 23, 2018

Updated March 13, 2019/Main Photo of Nebraska Knoll Sugar Farm The annual Vermont Maple Open House Weekend on March 23-24, 2019 will give visitors a chance to visit sugarhouses around the state for tours, tastings, sugar-on-snow, and more. Vermont’s maple syrup is in demand more than ever. As the nation’s leading maple-producing state, Vermont maple syrup production has tripled … Read More

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The Dirt Roads of Calais

The Dirt Roads of Calais

March 31, 2016

I recently came across a 20-year-old article in the New York Times titled, “In Slow-Paced Vermont, the Dirt Road Reigns.” The reporter wrote, “To a lot of Vermonters, an unpaved road is a better road. People go more slowly on a dirt road. In rural Vermont, slower is better,” Two decades later, that’s still true. … Read More

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8 Reasons to Love the Month of May in Vermont

8 Reasons to Love the Month of May in Vermont

April 30, 2015

Updated May 1, 2019 After a long, snowy winter, it feels good to see May on the calendar. For the first time in six months, we can walk outside without a heavy jacket, stash away our wool socks, and watch the grass grow and leaves sprout. Even though spring arrived a month ago, it’s pretty much felt just … Read More

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6 Vermont Dirt Roads to Hike in Mud Season

6 Vermont Dirt Roads to Hike in Mud Season

April 9, 2015

After a long, cold, and relentless winter in New England, we’re all eager to be outside. Still, even though it’s officially spring (yes, it snowed last night), we’ll still have to wait until Memorial Day Weekend before major hiking trails in Vermont’s higher elevations are open to the public. Spring, also known in Vermont as … Read More

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Hiking and Exploration at Green Mountain Audubon

Hiking and Exploration at Green Mountain Audubon

April 2, 2015

A small sugarhouse nestled on the edge of a field along Huntington Road is where the Green Mountain Audubon Center begins. The 250-acre center has been on my list of places to visit since Phoebe was born nearly four years ago. Last weekend, we finally stopped by during Vermont’s Maple Open House Weekend. What on … Read More

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Vermont’s Ski Season Keeps on Going

Vermont’s Ski Season Keeps on Going

April 15, 2014

  The snow is finally melting, sort of. (It’s actually snowing in Burlington as I write this.) After what has seemed like an endless winter, Vermont’s 2013-2014 ski season is winding down. Most resorts are closed, but a few remain open. While Smugglers’ Notch and Stowe Mountain Resort will close this week on Easter Sunday, Sugarbush, … Read More

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A Spring Thaw Tradition on Joe’s Pond

A Spring Thaw Tradition on Joe’s Pond

April 1, 2014

  The ice on Joe’s Pond in West Danville is nearly three feet deep this year. Similar to other lakes and ponds in Vermont, the harsh, cold, and long winter has kept Joe’s Pond frozen for months. Now that spring is here (well, sort of), all eyes are on Joe’s Pond to see when the … Read More

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In Vermont, A Late Maple Season Can Still Be Great

In Vermont, A Late Maple Season Can Still Be Great

March 27, 2014

When maple season arrives in Vermont, I’m always drawn to the sugar houses of rural Addison County. We recently visited Bread Loaf View Farm in Cornwall, which was open to the public for the annual Maple Open House Weekend. The farm is a 30-acre maple sugar operation owned by Middlebury College alums Churchill and Janet … Read More

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