History

  • Dutch Hill Ski Area Earns a New Turn in the Backcountry
    Dutch Hill Ski Area Earns a New Turn in the Backcountry

    Bill Beattie started skiing at Dutch Hill in the 1950s when he was seven years old. The Vermont ski area, which opened in 1944, featured a 570-foot vertical drop and was known as having some of the steepest terrain around. Located five miles from the Massachusetts...

  • After More than 85 Years, Vermont Rope Tows Stand the Test of Time
    After More than 85 Years, Vermont Rope Tows Stand the Test of Time

    In January 1934, the first rope tow in the country began pulling skiers up a hill on Clinton Gilbert’s Farm in Woodstock. Powered by a Model-T truck engine, the tow took five days to build and cost $500. Skiers paid one dollar to ride the...

  • Thea Lewis Shares Tales of the Most Haunted Places in Burlington
    Thea Lewis Shares Tales of the Most Haunted Places in Burlington

    If you take a walk around Vermont's largest city, it won't take long to come across some of the most haunted places in Burlington. Just ask Thea Lewis, owner of Queen City Ghostwalk. Since 2002, Lewis has been offering haunted tours in Burlington and sharing legendary ghost stories...

  • 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....

  • Getting to Know Guilford, Vermont
    Getting to Know Guilford, Vermont

    When Addie Minot’s family was looking for places to live in the 1940s, they descended upon a tiny village in southern Vermont complete with a scenic covered bridge, historic church, and small river. Instantly, they knew it was a perfect place to live. At the age...

  • The Putney General Store Starts a New Chapter
    The Putney General Store Starts a New Chapter

    Lyssa Papazian never pictured herself running a country store. But when the Putney General Store closed in December 2016, she stepped in to help reopen the business and manage operations. Lyssa, a historic preservation consultant and Putney Historical Society board member, manages the store with fellow...

  • Stranger Things in the Mountain Town of Chittenden
    Stranger Things in the Mountain Town of Chittenden

    I used to think Chittenden was just a quiet little mountain town. Located between Killington and Rutland, Chittenden is tucked away in the Green Mountain National Forest and is home to the 750-acre Chittenden Reservoir, scenic Lefferts Pond (pictured above), and the secluded Mountain Top Inn...

  • A Vermont Chicken Pie Supper in Jericho Celebrates Community, Tradition
    A Vermont Chicken Pie Supper in Jericho Celebrates Community, Tradition

    Vermont chicken pie suppers are an annual tradition in the Green Mountain State. Last weekend, I went to the Jericho Congregational Church Chicken Pie Supper, which is one of the oldest in Vermont. The 116th supper, welcomed a full house of locals and visitors who gathered in the...

  • 12 Favorite Vermont General Stores
    12 Favorite Vermont General Stores

    **updated April 12, 2019 “If we don’t have it, you don’t need it.” That’s pretty much the slogan for country stores in Vermont, where you can find long underwear, fishing bait, penny candy, coffee, sandwiches, honey, and good conversation all under one roof. Vermont general stores have been...

  • Weekend Getaway: Beauty, Baking, and Beer in Norwich
    Weekend Getaway: Beauty, Baking, and Beer in Norwich

    You know you’re in New England when you visit Norwich. Main Street is lined with historic Georgian, Federal, and Greek Revival brick and frame buildings, and the local village green is busy with bandstand concerts, community picnics, and soccer games. Settled in 1761 across the Connecticut...