My Favorite Places

  • Falconry Lessons in Manchester
    Falconry Lessons in Manchester

    Dave recently took falconry lessons in Manchester at the British School of Falconry. The lesson was a Christmas present I gave him last year (he’s hard to buy for and I must admit, this was one of my better gifts). During his beginner falconry lessons in...

  • Back to the Peru Fair
    Back to the Peru Fair

    On Saturday Dave and I are going to the Peru Fair, which is my favorite fall event in Vermont. The fair, held on Main Street in the small town of Peru, features artists, musicians, performers and a wildly popular pig roast (the fair's logo is...

  • Scenes from a Woodstock Road Trip
    Scenes from a Woodstock Road Trip

    Dave and I are due for another Woodstock road trip. Settled in 1768, Woodstock is repeatedly named one of the prettiest small towns in America. When you visit, you'll quickly understand why. Here you'll find historic homes and local businesses lining the streets, a covered bridge...

  • Orchids in Weston
    Orchids in Weston

    Every year Dave and I celebrate our wedding anniversary at the Inn at Weston in Weston, where we were married in 2004. When we visit the inn, we always take a tour of the orchid greenhouse on the property. Innkeeper Bob Aldrich has been growing orchids...

  • Returning to Grafton Village
    Returning to Grafton Village

    The scenic hamlet of Grafton is one of the most beautiful towns in Vermont. Located between Townshend and Chester, Grafton is a quintessential, classic New England village. In the heart of the community you'll find The Grafton Inn, Grafton Village Cheese and the Grafton Village...

  • Merck Forest and Farmland Center

    The first time I visited Merck Forest and Farmland Center in Rupert, Vermont was in the early 1980s during an elementary school field trip. I've returned to the 3,100-acre forest over the years, but never in winter. On Saturday I stopped by and saw quite a...

  • Equinox Pond in Manchester
    Equinox Pond in Manchester

    One of my favorite places in Vermont is Equinox Pond, a scenic and peaceful spot located near the base of Mount Equinox in Manchester. Whenever I'm in Manchester (my hometown), I try to set aside some time to walk around the pond and admire the...

  • Middlebury Gap Road in Ripton
    Middlebury Gap Road in Ripton

    Route 125, also known as the Middlebury Gap Road, is a scenic road through Vermont's Green Mountain National Forest. Every fall I take a drive on this 16-mile stretch between Middlebury and Hancock. Just east of Middlebury is the tiny town of Ripton (pop. 556), home...

  • Moss Glen Falls on Route 100 Never Disappoints

    Given its beauty and easy access, Moss Glen Falls on Route 100 is probably the most photographed waterfall in Vermont. The 30-foot waterfall is located on the western edge of Route 100 in the Granville Gulf Reservation, a six-mile, winding stretch of untouched wilderness between...