Bennington County

  • A Return to the Slopes of Vermont
    A Return to the Slopes of Vermont

    Bromley Mountain is where I first learned to ski in the 1970s. Shortly before my fourth birthday in December 1974, I wrote a letter to Santa Claus that was published in the local newspaper. In the letter, I asked Santa for a tea set, a...

  • Exploring Abandoned Buildings in Vermont
    Exploring Abandoned Buildings in Vermont

    Ever come across an abandoned building and find yourself mesmerized? I find it difficult to take my eyes off the ruins of old structures like the red school house in Dover or the dilapidated church in Bloomfield. What is it about these buildings that we find...

  • 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...

  • Kelley Stand Road: Gateway to the Green Mountains
    Kelley Stand Road: Gateway to the Green Mountains

    Kelley Stand Road between East Arlington and Stratton is more than just a scenic drive in southern Vermont. This beautiful dirt road through the Green Mountains offers incredible access and options for hiking, camping, mountain biking, and sight-seeing. Three years after Tropical Storm Irene washed Kelley...

  • So Much to Love at Equinox Pond
    So Much to Love at Equinox Pond

    Dave, Phoebe and I spent four days in Manchester last week for a little summer getaway.  One of the highlights of our trip was hiking up to Equinox Pond. It's no secret that I really love that place. This summer was the first time Dave and...

  • A Dorset Hollow Ski Area That Never Came to Be
    A Dorset Hollow Ski Area That Never Came to Be

    It’s difficult to imagine Dorset Hollow as anything other than a six-mile, scenic road with beautiful mountain views, forestland, open fields, and gorgeous homes. But nearly 50 years ago, the Dorset Associates investment group planned a massive, four-season resort in Dorset Hollow, complete with an 18-hole...

  • Longing for Landgrove Dirt Roads
    Longing for Landgrove Dirt Roads

    “I guess my feet know where they want me to go, walking on a country road.” – James Taylor I love those Landgrove dirt roads. I’ve often fantasized about buying a renovated farmhouse in Landgrove with gardens, an old red barn and lots of land. Ever...

  • A Vermont Country Store Returns to Peru
    A Vermont Country Store Returns to Peru

    The JJ Hapgood General Store and Eatery, which first opened 150 years ago, was the longest-running general store in Vermont until it closed five years ago. New owners and Peru residents Juliette and Tim Britton felt strongly that the store needed to be revived for...

  • A Perfect Rockwell Scene at the West Arlington Covered Bridge
    A Perfect Rockwell Scene at the West Arlington Covered Bridge

    Just off sleepy Route 313 is one of Vermont's most photographed and beloved landmarks: the West Arlington Covered Bridge. The bridge, built in 1852 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, spans the famous Battenkill River.  Nearby is the Gothic-steepled Chapel on the...

  • H. N. Williams: A Little Bit of Everything at this Vermont General Store
    H. N. Williams: A Little Bit of Everything at this Vermont General Store

    The H. N. Williams Store looks like an old Vermont barn along Route 30 in Dorset. The building's siding is a bit dusty and weathered; the front door creaky and free of any fancy signage. I've driven by the store hundreds of times over the...