Food & Drink

  • Dot’s Restaurant Makes a Comeback
    Dot’s Restaurant Makes a Comeback

    Laura Sibilia was at home on Aug. 28, 2011 when she heard that Dot's Restaurant in Wilmington was gone. Tropical Storm Irene had pummeled Vermont with heavy rain and flooding that day, devastating the Mount Snow region. Dot's, a favorite among locals and visitors, was knocked...

  • 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 Wine Festival Celebrating the Flavors of Vermont and Beyond
    A Wine Festival Celebrating the Flavors of Vermont and Beyond

    Hob Nob Pinot Noir from France. Villa Pozzi Pinot Grigio from Sicily. Honora Winery Chardonnay from Vermont. The Vermont Life Wine and Harvest Festival returns to Mount Snow Sept. 20-22 featuring tasting seminars with wines from Vermont and around the world. The annual festival, first held...

  • 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...

  • Blueberries and Bluegrass at a Owls Head Farm
    Blueberries and Bluegrass at a Owls Head Farm

    Ever since I moved back to Vermont nearly six years ago, Owl's Head Blueberry Farm has been on my list of places to visit. Located in Richmond, the farm offers blueberry picking seven days a week in July and August. One of the things that makes...

  • 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...

  • Visiting a Vermont A&W Drive-In on Route 7 Near Middlebury
    Visiting a Vermont A&W Drive-In on Route 7 Near Middlebury

    The Vermont A&W Drive-In is the state's last surviving carhop. Located on Route 7 south of Middlebury, this 1960s roadside spot is open only during the summer months. Last weekend I stopped by the A&W and ordered a cheeseburger, fries and root beer float. I had...

  • A Vermont Cheese Festival Comes to Shelburne
    A Vermont Cheese Festival Comes to Shelburne

    On Sunday Dave and I spent the day at the Vermont Cheesemakers' Festival at Shelburne Farms. The event showcased dozens of Vermont cheesemakers, wineries, breweries and food producers. We ate loads of delicious cheese and sampled plenty of local wine and beer. It was a really...

  • A Taste of Vermont Cheeses
    A Taste of Vermont Cheeses

    I just bought tickets to this summer's annual Vermont Cheesemakers Festival in Shelburne. The July 25 festival at Shelburne Farms will showcase more than 100 types of cheese from local cheesemakers. The event made its debut last year and sold out ahead of time. It...

  • The Path to Snow Farm Vineyard

    Most of us know someone who ended up taking an entirely different career path than what they had planned. My mom started out as a teacher but ended up in real estate. My husband Dave received a degree in biology and went back to college...