Cities & Towns

  • Orchids in Weston
    Orchids in Weston

    Every year Dave and I celebrate our wedding anniversary at the Inn at Weston in Weston, where we were married in 2004. When we visit the inn, we always take a tour of the orchid greenhouse on the property. Innkeeper Bob Aldrich has been growing orchids...

  • Hapgood Pond in Peru
    Hapgood Pond in Peru

    I was 14 when I first visited Hapgood Pond in Peru on a hot summer day in June 1985. My friend Katie invited me to spend the afternoon at this beautiful spot in the Green Mountain National Forest. Like typical young teenagers, we spent hours gossiping,...

  • Returning to Grafton Village
    Returning to Grafton Village

    The scenic hamlet of Grafton is one of the most beautiful towns in Vermont. Located between Townshend and Chester, Grafton is a quintessential, classic New England village. In the heart of the community you'll find The Grafton Inn, Grafton Village Cheese and the Grafton Village...

  • Hiking to Lye Brook Falls
    Hiking to Lye Brook Falls

    It takes a little bit of time and effort to see Lye Brook Falls in Manchester. While visiting southern Vermont over the weekend, Dave and I took an impromptu hike to the 125-foot waterfall located deep in woods of the Green Mountain National Forest. Even though...

  • Summer Destination: Waterbury Reservoir
    Summer Destination: Waterbury Reservoir

    Tucked away between Mount Mansfield State Forest and Route 100 is the 850-acre Waterbury Reservoir. Accessible by Little River State Park to the west and Waterbury Center State Park to the east, Waterbury Reservoir is Vermont's ninth largest body of water (the largest body of...

  • Lazy Days at The Dorset Quarry
    Lazy Days at The Dorset Quarry

    This summer I'm looking forward to spending some time at the Dorset Quarry. Mined in 1785, the Dorset Quarry on Route 30 in Dorset is the oldest marble quarry in the United States. It's now a popular swimming hole for locals and visitors in southern...

  • The Path to Snow Farm Vineyard

    Most of us know someone who ended up taking an entirely different career path than what they had planned. My mom started out as a teacher but ended up in real estate. My husband Dave received a degree in biology and went back to college...

  • Sculptures in Southern Vermont

    The sculptures at the Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester always make me feel a little nostalgic. During my childhood I spent many hours at the center taking summer art classes, attending performances, and strolling the grounds. A few unusual sculptures were always there in...

  • Spring in Dorset

      Tulips on the village green in Dorset, Vermont. After last week's big snowstorm (most of the snow has melted), it was wonderful to see these colorful flowers in southern Vermont on Saturday. ...

  • Underwater Treasures: Lake Champlain Shipwrecks
    Underwater Treasures: Lake Champlain Shipwrecks

    Lake Champlain is one of the most historic lakes in North America. The lake, which became a vital transportation corridor in the 19th century, was a location for military activity and battles during the French and British military conflict, the Revolutionary War, and the War...