Cities & Towns

  • 9 Vermont Scenic Drive Alternatives to Route 100
    9 Vermont Scenic Drive Alternatives to Route 100

    With fall on the horizon, I’m thinking about new scenic drives to explore and returning to some old favorites. In every corner of Vermont, there are hundreds of miles of roads to enjoy. Of course, Route 100 is Vermont’s best known scenic drive – and...

  • Scenic Drive: A Detour on East Bethel Road
    Scenic Drive: A Detour on East Bethel Road

    I recently stumbled upon East Bethel Road after taking a wrong turn in Randolph Center. Dave, Phoebe and I were heading north on Interstate 89 back from my sister's place in New Hampshire when we decided to get off the highway and meander over to...

  • Family Camping at Silver Lake State Park
    Family Camping at Silver Lake State Park

    One of the most relaxing weekends we’ve experienced all summer was camping at Silver Lake State Park. The 35-acre state park is located in Barnard, about 10 miles north of Woodstock. Dave, Phoebe and I camped with our friends Gina and Andre, their two young...

  • After Facing an Uncertain Future, the Barnard General Store is Thriving
    After Facing an Uncertain Future, the Barnard General Store is Thriving

    On Route 12 near Silver Lake stands the 183-year-old Barnard General Store. The country store made headlines across the state three years ago when it closed for business. It then captured the attention of national news outlets when local fundraising efforts helped rescue the store...

  • Inspiration Along the Robert Frost Trail in Ripton
    Inspiration Along the Robert Frost Trail in Ripton

    “We love the things we love for what they are.” –Robert Frost Just beyond the farmhouse at Homer Nobel Farm stands a fragile log cabin where Robert Frost spent summers for 23 years. The small town of Ripton in the Green Mountain National Forest is where the...

  • A Quirky Spirit of Independence at the Warren July 4th Parade
    A Quirky Spirit of Independence at the Warren July 4th Parade

    The Warren July 4th parade along Main Street celebrates independence with a twist. Now in its 67th year, this small-town parade has achieved legendary status in Vermont. This is by far my favorite Independence Day celebration in Vermont. In addition to the classic cars, lively performers...

  • Vermont Perfection at Lowell Lake State Park in Londonderry
    Vermont Perfection at Lowell Lake State Park in Londonderry

    In all the years I've spent in Vermont, I had never heard of Lowell Lake State Park in Londonderry. For our 11th wedding anniversary, Dave, Phoebe and I made our annual weekend trip to the Inn at Weston.  Innkeepers Bob and Linda Aldrich, a wonderful couple...

  • A Getaway to Vermont’s Lesser-Known Moosalamoo Region
    A Getaway to Vermont’s Lesser-Known Moosalamoo Region

    Tucked away in the Green Mountain National Forest is an area that all at once feels remote and accessible, rugged and gentle. Moosalamoo National Recreation Area is a 16,000-acre paradise that extends from the western slopes of the Green Mountains through Ripton and Goshen to Lake...

  • Visiting Montpelier: A Capital City with Local Flavor
    Visiting Montpelier: A Capital City with Local Flavor

    If you're planning on visiting Montpelier and haven’t already heard, it's is the only state capital without a McDonald’s. This little tidbit has long been a popular piece of trivia about Vermont’s capital city. At one point, I think it was even a question on Jeopardy. When...

  • Dorset Hollow: Barns, Mountains and History
    Dorset Hollow: Barns, Mountains and History

    While visiting southern Vermont last weekend, I carved out some time to take photos. The weather was cold and snowy, and the light turned flat and gray. With my daughter in tow, I decided to head to Dorset Hollow to show her some barns and...