Food & Drink

  • Happy Vermonters: Charlie Emers Bakes with Curiosity and Purpose
    Happy Vermonters: Charlie Emers Bakes with Curiosity and Purpose

    Charlie Emers never planned on becoming a baker. The owner of Patchwork Farm & Bakery in East Hardwick grew up in Providence, Rhode Island. After relocating to Vermont three decades ago, his career path took a circuitous route from lamp maker to vegetable farmer to bread baker. Emers...

  • West Townshend Country Store Cafe Dedicated to Feeding the Community
    West Townshend Country Store Cafe Dedicated to Feeding the Community

    The tiny village of West Townshend is big on community spirit. At the heart of it all is the West Townshend Country Store, which serves as a café, post office, thrift store, and meeting house all in one. Located on Route 30 in Windham County, The West...

  • Silver Lake Syrups in Barnard Offers More than Maple
    Silver Lake Syrups in Barnard Offers More than Maple

    Eric and Sonja Withington are returning to their roots. Eric grew up sugaring with his uncle in his hometown of Barnard. Thousands of miles away in Austria, Sonja spent her childhood foraging fresh greens, flowers, berries, and herbs to create herbal teas, syrups, and home remedies...

  • The Classic Vermont Seesaw’s Lodge Stays True to its Roots
    The Classic Vermont Seesaw’s Lodge Stays True to its Roots

    The spirit of Johnny Seesaw’s is alive and well. After reopening Seesaw's Lodge under new ownership in 2018, the historic establishment in Peru still feels like the legendary lodge that’s been welcoming skiers since the 1930s. Owners Ryan and Kim Prins, along with their business partners, used...

  • 5 Walkable Vermont Downtowns to Visit
    5 Walkable Vermont Downtowns to Visit

    For a small state, Vermont is big on character. One of its many fine qualities are the walkable Vermont downtowns you'll find in communities across the state. After all, it's not just Vermont's rolling green hills, rustic barns and country roads that make Vermont so appealing....

  • Off the Beaten Path with Back Road BBQ
    Off the Beaten Path with Back Road BBQ

    Inside a 24-by-8 trailer parked in Hardwick is the sweet smell of pulled pork, dry rubbed ribs, and smoked mac and cheese. Outside is a line of hungry customers eager to place their orders on a sunny spring afternoon before the start of a Vermont Vaudeville...

  • At J.J. Hapgood, a Dream Dining Spot in the Comfort of a Country Store
    At J.J. Hapgood, a Dream Dining Spot in the Comfort of a Country Store

    -Customers enjoying each other's company during a JJ Hapgood dinner. The J.J. Hapgood General Store and Eatery is one of the longest-running general stores in Vermont. Located in the heart of Peru village, the store reopened in 2013 after it sat empty for five years. Since then,...

  • Happy Vermonters: Ana Fernandez Taps Into the Pure Joy of Sugaring
    Happy Vermonters: Ana Fernandez Taps Into the Pure Joy of Sugaring

    Ana Fernandez came to Vermont on a whim last year when a friend told her about a job opening at Nebraska Knoll Sugar Farm in Stowe. The Michigan native is now spending her second season sugaring at the farm, spending her days (and nights) boiling sap, changing the...

  • Where to Go for Vermont Maple Open House Weekend
    Where to Go for Vermont Maple Open House Weekend

    Updated March 14, 2020 - Maple Open House Weekend 2020 has been canceled.  The annual Vermont Maple Open House Weekend gives visitors a chance to visit sugarhouses around the state for tours, tastings, sugar-on-snow, and more. Vermont's maple syrup is in demand more than ever. As the nation’s leading...

  • A Perfect Weekend Getaway in Bristol
    A Perfect Weekend Getaway in Bristol

    When I'm visiting Bristol, Vermont, the small town reminds me of a place out west I’ve never visited, like Park City or Durango. Historic, flat-roofed buildings with striped awnings and American flags line Main Street, where it’s nearly impossible to miss the gorgeous, dramatic view of...