Addison County

  • 5 Easy Vermont Hikes to Explore this Fall
    5 Easy Vermont Hikes to Explore this Fall

    Fall is the best time for easy Vermont hikes, especially with kids. The bright foliage and cooler weather make it an ideal time to climb the Green Mountains and enjoy incredible views from the summit. But what if you have young kids in tow or want...

  • Summer Perfection at Bristol Falls Swimming Hole
    Summer Perfection at Bristol Falls Swimming Hole

    What’s your favorite swimming hole in Vermont? Bristol Falls swimming hole is at the top of my list. I grew up swimming in ponds and brooks, and spent my teenage years jumping off marble rocks at the Dorset Quarry. While I enjoy swimming in the ocean...

  • UVM Morgan Horse Farm Celebrates Vermont’s Favorite Equine
    UVM Morgan Horse Farm Celebrates Vermont’s Favorite Equine

    Scent can be such a powerful memory trigger. For me, the smell of hay instantly takes me back to childhood when I had a horse named Banjo. While recently visiting the main barn at the University of Vermont Morgan Horse Farm in Weybridge, a flood of...

  • Vermont’s Appalachian Gap Offers Twists and Turns
    Vermont’s Appalachian Gap Offers Twists and Turns

    I first came across the Appalachian Gap—better known as the App Gap—when I was living in Warren in the 1990s. Over the past two decades, I’ve made countless treks over the App Gap on Route 17, which climbs past Mad River Glen and passes between Stark...

  • A Late Vermont Maple Season Can Still Be Great
    A Late Vermont Maple Season Can Still Be Great

    When Vermont maple season arrives, I'm always drawn to the sugar houses of rural Addison County. We recently visited Bread Loaf View Farm in Cornwall, which was open to the public for the annual Maple Open House Weekend. The farm is a 30-acre maple sugar...

  • Town Meeting Day Tradition in Vermont
    Town Meeting Day Tradition in Vermont

    Town Meeting Day is a Vermont tradition that I've come to appreciate in recent years. On the first Tuesday in March, residents gather in town halls and school gymnasiums around the state to vote on local budgets, debate community issues, and elect town officials. Depending...

  • Rikert Nordic Center: Ski Country in Vermont’s Middlebury Gap
    Rikert Nordic Center: Ski Country in Vermont’s Middlebury Gap

    -Rikert Nordic Center in Ripton When people ask me about good mountains for alpine skiing, I'll often suggest places like Jay Peak, Sugarbush, Stowe or Bromley. For Nordic skiing, I'll tell them to visit Trapp Family Lodge, Wild Wings or Ole's Cross Country Ski Center. All...

  • A Visit to Solar Sweet Maple Farm
    A Visit to Solar Sweet Maple Farm

    For Vermont's annual Maple Open House Weekend, we decided to check out Solar Sweet Maple Farm in Lincoln. Owned by Tom and Rhonda Gadhue, the farm is an energy-efficient sugaring operation. The Gadhue's stunning sugarhouse is made from recycled and energy efficient materials (the main building...

  • Vermont Trade Winds Farm in Shoreham
    Vermont Trade Winds Farm in Shoreham

    The sap at Vermont Trade Winds Farm in Shoreham was boiling when we arrived on Saturday. Smoke and steam were billowing from the sugarhouse, and all I could smell was the sweet scent of maple. Dave and I decided to take a drive to this Addison...

  • Holiday Road in the Little Town of Orwell
    Holiday Road in the Little Town of Orwell

    The festive display on Main Street in Orwell caught me by surprise. I didn't expect to be so comforted by the town's holiday decorations, especially because my senses have been overloaded with holiday songs on the radio and Christmas commercials on television. With all of...