Cities & Towns

  • Scenes from the Little City of Vergennes
    Scenes from the Little City of Vergennes

    Vergennes is Vermont's oldest and smallest city. For a variety of reasons, I've grown incredibly fond of this community in recent years. Established in 1788, Vergennes is home to about 2,800 residents. It's located along Otter Creek, which winds from the city to Lake Champlain. The...

  • Evening in Weston
    Evening in Weston

    A quick note: Happy Vermont is celebrating its first anniversary today! Thanks for reading, subscribing and commenting. I love hearing from each and every one of you. **If you go: Map Old Parish Church ...

  • Visiting a Vermont A&W Drive-In on Route 7 Near Middlebury
    Visiting a Vermont A&W Drive-In on Route 7 Near Middlebury

    The Vermont A&W Drive-In is the state's last surviving carhop. Located on Route 7 south of Middlebury, this 1960s roadside spot is open only during the summer months. Last weekend I stopped by the A&W and ordered a cheeseburger, fries and root beer float. I had...

  • The Bennington Old First Church and Cemetery, Part II
    The Bennington Old First Church and Cemetery, Part II

    Dave and I were in Bennington over the weekend and stopped by The Bennington Old First Church and cemetery where Robert Frost is buried. I was traveling solo last week when I visited the church and knew it was a place Dave would also love...

  • The Old First Church in Bennington
    The Old First Church in Bennington

    On a recent morning I visited The Old First Church in Bennington, the first church in Vermont to reflect the separation of church and state. The church, built in the early 1800s, includes a beautiful cemetery where Robert Frost is buried. My favorite detail about this...

  • A Vermont Cheese Festival Comes to Shelburne
    A Vermont Cheese Festival Comes to Shelburne

    On Sunday Dave and I spent the day at the Vermont Cheesemakers' Festival at Shelburne Farms. The event showcased dozens of Vermont cheesemakers, wineries, breweries and food producers. We ate loads of delicious cheese and sampled plenty of local wine and beer. It was a really...

  • Curtis Pond in Calais
    Curtis Pond in Calais

    Several years ago I came across Curtis Pond while driving aimlessly along the back roads of central Vermont. The pond, located in the tiny town of Calais, includes a public swimming area and access for kayaks and canoes. This week I stopped by the pond to...

  • Shelburne Shipyard and the Ticonderoga
    Shelburne Shipyard and the Ticonderoga

    Over the weekend I stopped by Shelburne Shipyard, a marina on Lake Champlain. Founded in 1820, Shelburne Shipyard built a series of steamboats in the 19th and early 20th centuries that provided vital marine transportation in the Champlain Valley. Twelve side-wheel steamboats were built at the...

  • Moving to Burlington, the Queen City
    Moving to Burlington, the Queen City

    Burlington is a place that has been part of my life since childhood. I went to summer camp on Lake Champlain in the early 1980s and used to take a Greyhound bus from Manchester to visit my sister at the University of Vermont. I lived in...

  • Scenes from a Woodstock Road Trip
    Scenes from a Woodstock Road Trip

    Dave and I are due for another Woodstock road trip. Settled in 1768, Woodstock is repeatedly named one of the prettiest small towns in America. When you visit, you'll quickly understand why. Here you'll find historic homes and local businesses lining the streets, a covered bridge...