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  • Tubing the Battenkill River and hiking trails in Manchester Vermont are ideal ways to enjoy summer in the Green Mountains. It’s been 137 years since Manchester first promoted itself as a summer destination. In 1883, Franklin Orvis, owner of the Equinox House (now Equinox Resort),......

  • Tara Schatz is staying put in Vermont this summer to explore the outdoors. That suits Schatz just fine as she feels ultimately at home when she’s outside. The Bennington resident is an avid hiker, camper, and outdoor enthusiast who writes about her adventures on her......

  • Vermont’s 55 state parks are open for the season, including 36 campgrounds ready to welcome overnight visitors. This year, Vermont State Parks are not offering boat rentals or opening its concession stands. The parks suspended rentals of cabins and cottages this year, and picnic tables have......

  • The Fourth of July in Vermont won’t feel quite the same this year. Independence Day parades and town celebrations are mostly canceled, and offerings for fireworks are limited. Still, a handful of towns around the state are offering socially distant festivities, including a reverse parade,......

  • Artist Kathryn Wiegers is brightening up Vermont’s downtowns with her giant, vibrant murals. If you stroll along the streets of downtown Rutland, you’ll come across her murals of elephants, giraffes, and even Batman. On Route 7 outside the Chaffee Art Center is one of Wiegers’ latest pieces:......

  • *July 10, 2020 – This story has been updated to reflect the reopening of the Shelburne Museum, and additional lifting of restrictions at Hildene in Manchester.  Vermont attractions and destinations are reopening just in time for the summer season. As COVID-19 travel restrictions are starting to......

  • Roy MacNeil is doing everything he can to remain creative these days. The Greensboro musician performed a virtual concert at the Highland Center for the Arts in March. As the weather warmed, he began playing and recording music in an old shed on his family’s farm.......

  • Vermont summer farmers’ markets may look different this season, but one thing is for sure: local food is more appreciated than ever. About half of Vermont’s farmers’ markets are open for the summer, and almost all will be open by July (a handful have decided......

  • Memorial Day Weekend is considered the traditional start of Vermont’s hiking season. That’s still pretty much the case. But in the era of COVID-19, hikers are being asked to remain flexible and take extra precautions to protect public health and the public value of Vermont’s......

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