Cities & Towns

  • Happy Vermonters: A Change of Pace for Nancy Hanes Ess
    Happy Vermonters: A Change of Pace for Nancy Hanes Ess

    “My husband and I moved here from Richmond, Virginia, to help run my family’s inn. Guests often ask us what we do around here for fun, and I think there are plenty of things—kayaking, hiking, going to the bookstore, or just going for a drive....

  • Dog Sledding in Vermont with Braeburn Siberians
    Dog Sledding in Vermont with Braeburn Siberians

    Ear rubs and chin strokes are part of the package at Braeburn Siberians. If you're looking for dog sledding in Vermont options, then look no further than Braeburn Siberians of Windsor. The company, owned and operated by Kathy Bennett and Alex MacLennan, is dedicated to sharing...

  • Weekend Getaway: Beauty, Baking, and Beer in Norwich
    Weekend Getaway: Beauty, Baking, and Beer in Norwich

    You know you’re in New England when you visit 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...

  • 5 Things To Do in Manchester This Summer
    5 Things To Do in Manchester This Summer

    Manchester is many things to different people: a ski town, a shopping destination, or a summer getaway for golfing and fly-fishing. For me, Manchester is home. To celebrate our 12th wedding anniversary, Dave and I opted to get out of Burlington for a child-free weekend...

  • Connecting with Nature at a Tiny Treehouse in Lincoln
    Connecting with Nature at a Tiny Treehouse in Lincoln

    The treehouse in the backyard of Harrison Reynolds and Ellie Bryant’s home earns rave reviews on Airbnb. Perched 30-feet above ground and anchored by four maple trees, the treehouse stands in the shadow of Mount Abraham in Lincoln. Nearly every weekend of the year, visitors looking...

  • What Makes Vermont the Greenest State in the U.S.
    What Makes Vermont the Greenest State in the U.S.

    Recycling, composting, buying local, and a genuine love for the land are values and practices that are a way of life in Vermont. Vermont consistently ranks as one of the greenest states in the country. Of course, we’re not exactly perfect. The state needs to...

  • The Dirt Roads of Calais
    The Dirt Roads of Calais

    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,...

  • Learning About Vermont’s One-Room Schoolhouses
    Learning About Vermont’s One-Room Schoolhouses

    -A one-room schoolhouse on River Road in Manchester. It’s amazing to think there was a time when almost every American child learned in a one-room school. In fact, as late as 1913, half of the country's schoolchildren were enrolled in the country's 200,000 one-room schools. In Vermont,...

  • A Winter Trek Through the Notch in Stowe
    A Winter Trek Through the Notch in Stowe

    Route 108 through Smugglers’ Notch is known as one of the most scenic drives in Vermont, at least between May and October. But when the snow flies, a three-mile section of this scenic, winding road is closed to traffic. That’s not to say that Route 108...

  • Seeing the Forest for the Trees this Fall
    Seeing the Forest for the Trees this Fall

    The fall is when I’m most likely to be out and about, enjoying myself while taking photos all over Vermont. For a variety of reasons – my work schedule, family obligations, and the recent death of my beloved 21-year-old cat, Lazarus – I haven’t been...