My Favorite Places

  • So Much to Love at Equinox Pond
    So Much to Love at Equinox Pond

    Dave, Phoebe and I spent four days in Manchester last week for a little summer getaway.  One of the highlights of our trip was hiking up to Equinox Pond. It's no secret that I really love that place. This summer was the first time Dave and...

  • Why Summer in Vermont is the Best
    Why Summer in Vermont is the Best

    People have been asking me where I'm going for vacation this summer. Nantucket? Cape Cod? The coast of Maine? No, I don't think so. Our summer plans might be a weekend in Manchester or a day trip to Woodstock, but I doubt we'll venture east...

  • Why Vermonters Love Camels Hump
    Why Vermonters Love Camels Hump

    I know I'm home when I see Camels Hump in the distance. Whether I'm in a car, on foot, or in a plane, Camels Hump is the landmark I eagerly watch for and smile at when it comes into view. It's a navigational point of...

  • 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...

  • Poplar Drive at Shelburne Farms
    Poplar Drive at Shelburne Farms

    The tractor-wagon ride to the Children's Farmyard is usually the highlight of our day whenever we visit Shelburne Farms. The 15-minute ride on an old dirt road to the main Farm Barn is always fun for kids, and it's also a treat for adults. The panoramic...

  • The Old Round Church in Richmond
    The Old Round Church in Richmond

    The Old Round Church in Richmond is one of the most iconic buildings in Vermont. Built in 1813, the church was originally designed for Vermont town meetings and church services. These days, this National Historic Landmark is open to the public during the summer and...

  • A Perfect Rockwell Scene at the West Arlington Covered Bridge
    A Perfect Rockwell Scene at the West Arlington Covered Bridge

    Just off sleepy Route 313 is one of Vermont's most photographed and beloved landmarks: the West Arlington Covered Bridge. The bridge, built in 1852 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, spans the famous Battenkill River.  Nearby is the Gothic-steepled Chapel on the...

  • A Scenic Climb Up Equinox Skyline Drive
    A Scenic Climb Up Equinox Skyline Drive

    -My husband taking in the view at Equinox Skyline Drive Of all of the mountains in Vermont, Mount Equinox is the one I cherish the most. My childhood home in Manchester was located at the base of the mountain, and I spent countless hours admiring Equinox's dramatic...

  • Weston Village Green: The Heart of a Small Town
    Weston Village Green: The Heart of a Small Town

    -The Weston Village Green When you live in Vermont, it can be easy to take the classic village green for granted. From Craftsbury to Chester, there are dozens of village greens across the state. Still, they all have a unique feel and wonderful sense of place. One...

  • Fall Foliage in the Mad River Valley
    Fall Foliage in the Mad River Valley

    The Mad River Valley is always a perfect place to enjoy fall foliage. During the fall, the hillsides in this scenic area of central Vermont are particularly bright with shades of red, orange and gold. I typically drive along the back roads of Waitsfield, Warren and...