Chittenden County

  • How a Captain’s Capture and Rescue Changed the Trajectory of Alison Kosakowski Conant’s Life
    How a Captain’s Capture and Rescue Changed the Trajectory of Alison Kosakowski Conant’s Life

    Alison Kosakowski Conant was in crisis communications mode when she first arrived in Vermont. While working for Maersk, a global shipping company, she rushed from New Jersey to Vermont in April 2009. The Maersk Alabama cargo ship was hijacked by four Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean. The ship’s...

  • What Makes Vermont Weird?
    What Makes Vermont Weird?

    Chad Abramovich loves to explore the weird side of Vermont. He’s passionate about photographing abandoned buildings, learning every last detail about mysterious legends, and sharing strange tales that highlight obscure places. Abramovich, who publishes a blog, obscurevermont.com, and shares photos on his Instagram account, The Tyranny...

  • Radio Towers, Historic Homes, and a Ravine: Facebook Group Shares Burlington’s Dynamic History
    Radio Towers, Historic Homes, and a Ravine: Facebook Group Shares Burlington’s Dynamic History

    Burlington is where Ben & Jerry’s was born and the home of Burton Snowboards. Bernie Sanders was elected mayor here, and Vermont’s first female governor, Madeline Kunin, launched her political career at Burlington City Hall. With a population of about 40,000 people, Burlington—Vermont’s largest city—is home...

  • Beautiful and Unusual Places in Vermont
    Beautiful and Unusual Places in Vermont

    When you think of Vermont, what comes to mind? People will say Vermont reminds them of Ben & Jerry’s, fall foliage, maple syrup, or even Bernie Sanders. I love all those things, but Vermont is so much more. In fact, it's the unusual places in Vermont...

  • Four Scenic Vermont Rail Trails for Biking
    Four Scenic Vermont Rail Trails for Biking

    Vermont rail trails are the perfect antidote to cabin fever and quarantine. Since the 1960s, thousands of miles of old abandoned railroad lines have been converted into public recreational trails across the United States. And in this summer of travel restrictions, stay-at-home orders, and canceled summer camps,...

  • Rutland Artist Kathryn Wiegers Paints the Town in Vermont
    Rutland Artist Kathryn Wiegers Paints the Town in Vermont

    Artist Kathryn Wiegers is brightening up Vermont's downtowns with her giant, vibrant murals. If you stroll along the streets of downtown Rutland, you'll come across her murals of elephants, giraffes, and even Batman. On Route 7 outside the Chaffee Art Center is one of Wiegers’ latest pieces: a...

  • 6 Vermont Town Forests to Explore this Fall
    6 Vermont Town Forests to Explore this Fall

    Fall hiking in Vermont isn’t just about climbing 4,000-foot peaks. Hiking in Vermont town forests is another way to enjoy the outdoors during fall foliage season. Vermont towns have a long and proud tradition of owning and managing forests for public benefit. The tradition of towns...

  • 11 Outdoor Vermont Farmers Markets to Visit in 2019
    11 Outdoor Vermont Farmers Markets to Visit in 2019

    Outdoor Vermont farmers markets are a tradition every spring, summer, and fall. From Burlington and Brattleboro to Craftsbury and Dorset, you will find town greens, local parks, and parking lots transformed into pop-up marketplaces offering locally grown produce, handmade jewelry, craft beer, grass-fed beef, and...

  • Famous Ski Family Taps into the Maple Syrup Business
    Famous Ski Family Taps into the Maple Syrup Business

    -Doug Brown boils sap at Slopeside Syrup in Richmond. The Cochran family is famous for its tiny ski hill and 70s-era Olympic champions. While the next generation of Cochrans is continuing the ski racing tradition, four family members are pouring their energy into producing Vermont maple syrup. Just...

  • Happy Vermonters: Community Sparks Creativity for Haley Bishop Rockwood
    Happy Vermonters: Community Sparks Creativity for Haley Bishop Rockwood

    “People in Burlington are very drawn to art, and I think the community is my biggest inspiration as an artist. I feel a genuine connection to everyone I see, and I love that I can walk downtown and run into four or five people who...