My Favorite Places

  • Kingdom Trails Mountain Biking Celebrates 25 Years
    Kingdom Trails Mountain Biking Celebrates 25 Years

    -Kingdom Trails mountain biking features more than 100 miles of singletrack on private land. John Worth started selling mountain bikes at East Burke Sports to earn extra cash in the summer. There was just one problem—there was nowhere to ride. Worth, who opened East Burke Sports in 1988...

  • 6 Vermont Swimming Holes to Explore This Summer
    6 Vermont Swimming Holes to Explore This Summer

    Update July 13, 2020: the Dorset Quarry is closed until further notice. Vermont swimming holes hold a special place in the heart of locals and visitors.. If you’re looking for a place to jump off rocks or wade in shallow waters, Vermont is home to dozens...

  • 7 Scenic Vermont Summer Drives to Get Outside
    7 Scenic Vermont Summer Drives to Get Outside

    The options are endless for scenic Vermont summer drives. In every corner of the state, you’ll find gorgeous roads with views of tall mountains, wide open fields, general stores, and rambling old barns. But half the fun of a scenic drive is getting out of your car...

  • 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....

  • 10 of the Best Vermont Restaurants for Local Food
    10 of the Best Vermont Restaurants for Local Food

    In Vermont, there is no shortage of incredible restaurants serving up local fare like grass-fed beef, fresh greens, Vermont cheeses, seasonable vegetables, and hoppy brews.  To put together a list of recommendations, I reached out to friends and colleagues in the Vermont food scene for...

  • Dog Sledding in Vermont with Braeburn Siberians
    Dog Sledding in Vermont with Braeburn Siberians

    Ear rubs and chin strokes are part of the package at Braeburn Siberians. If you're looking for dog sledding in Vermont options, then look no further than Braeburn Siberians of Windsor. The company, owned and operated by Kathy Bennett and Alex MacLennan, is dedicated to sharing...

  • 8 Cozy Inns Perfect for a Vermont Winter Getaway
    8 Cozy Inns Perfect for a Vermont Winter Getaway

    Vermont winter getaways are all about curling up by the fire with a good book or glass of red wine after a day outdoors. Whether you plan to ski, snowshoe, or shop in Vermont, a stay at a local inn can make your trip all the more...

  • 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...

  • 8 Beautiful Places in Vermont to Photograph
    8 Beautiful Places in Vermont to Photograph

    Since launching HappyVermont.com in August 2009, I've traveled through many of Vermont's 251 cities and towns.  Here are 8 beautiful places in Vermont to photograph, including some of my favorite historic churches, meeting houses, barns, and bridges. Waits River Church The tiny village of Waits River in...

  • 6 Vermont Fire Towers to Visit While Hiking
    6 Vermont Fire Towers to Visit While Hiking

    Vermont was once home to dozens of fire towers across the state. According to the Green Mountain Club’s 360 Degrees: A Guide to Vermont’s Fire and Observation Towers, 38 fire towers once stood in Vermont. Today, there are far fewer. Many fire towers were built by...