My Favorite Places

  • A Vermont Floating Bridge Spans Generations, Connects a Community
    A Vermont Floating Bridge Spans Generations, Connects a Community

    The famous Vermont floating bridge is making a buoyant comeback in Brookfield. Since reopening to vehicular traffic in May 2015—after being closed since 2008—the Floating Bridge is attracting visitors from near and far. The bridge, first built in 1820, spans 321-feet across scenic Sunset Lake. The newest...

  • Connecting with Nature at a Tiny Treehouse in Lincoln
    Connecting with Nature at a Tiny Treehouse in Lincoln

    The treehouse in the backyard of Harrison Reynolds and Ellie Bryant’s home earns rave reviews on Airbnb. Perched 30-feet above ground and anchored by four maple trees, the treehouse stands in the shadow of Mount Abraham in Lincoln. Nearly every weekend of the year, visitors looking...

  • The Dirt Roads of Calais
    The Dirt Roads of Calais

    I recently came across a 20-year-old article in the New York Times titled, “In Slow-Paced Vermont, the Dirt Road Reigns.” The reporter wrote, “To a lot of Vermonters, an unpaved road is a better road. People go more slowly on a dirt road. In rural Vermont,...

  • A Winter Trek Through the Notch in Stowe
    A Winter Trek Through the Notch in Stowe

    Route 108 through Smugglers’ Notch is known as one of the most scenic drives in Vermont, at least between May and October. But when the snow flies, a three-mile section of this scenic, winding road is closed to traffic. That’s not to say that Route 108...

  • 9 Vermont Scenic Drive Alternatives to Route 100
    9 Vermont Scenic Drive Alternatives to Route 100

    With fall on the horizon, I’m thinking about new scenic drives to explore and returning to some old favorites. In every corner of Vermont, there are hundreds of miles of roads to enjoy. Of course, Route 100 is Vermont’s best known scenic drive – and...

  • A Quirky Spirit of Independence at the Warren July 4th Parade
    A Quirky Spirit of Independence at the Warren July 4th Parade

    The Warren July 4th parade along Main Street celebrates independence with a twist. Now in its 67th year, this small-town parade has achieved legendary status in Vermont. This is by far my favorite Independence Day celebration in Vermont. In addition to the classic cars, lively performers...

  • Dorset Hollow: Barns, Mountains and History
    Dorset Hollow: Barns, Mountains and History

    While visiting southern Vermont last weekend, I carved out some time to take photos. The weather was cold and snowy, and the light turned flat and gray. With my daughter in tow, I decided to head to Dorset Hollow to show her some barns and...

  • The Heart of Burlington: Sunsets, Cider, and Lake Monsters
    The Heart of Burlington: Sunsets, Cider, and Lake Monsters

    Photo courtesy of the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing Updated April 6, 2018 Want to explore Burlington Vermont? Good, because Burlington is on a roll these days. The city continues to win awards and accolades for being one of the best places to live in the country....

  • Kelley Stand Road: Gateway to the Green Mountains
    Kelley Stand Road: Gateway to the Green Mountains

    Kelley Stand Road between East Arlington and Stratton is more than just a scenic drive in southern Vermont. This beautiful dirt road through the Green Mountains offers incredible access and options for hiking, camping, mountain biking, and sight-seeing. Three years after Tropical Storm Irene washed Kelley...

  • The Magic of Bread and Butter Farm
    The Magic of Bread and Butter Farm

    Bread and Butter Farm is the place to be on Friday nights. The 143-acre farm in Shelburne hosts the wildly popular Burger Night from May to September, drawing between 400-700 people each week. Burger Night includes live music, grass-fed beef, fresh bread and veggies all made...