Scenic Drives

  • 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...

  • Why Bayley-Hazen is One of Vermont’s Most Historic Dirt Roads
    Why Bayley-Hazen is One of Vermont’s Most Historic Dirt Roads

    Vermont is home to more than 8,000 miles of unpaved roads. One of the most historic is the Bayley-Hazen Military Road, the Northeast Kingdom's oldest thoroughfare. Traces of the road, most of it unpaved, extends diagonally 48 miles from Wells River to Montgomery Center. Much of...

  • The Backroom in Pittsfield Offers a Cozy, Dinner Party Vibe
    The Backroom in Pittsfield Offers a Cozy, Dinner Party Vibe

    Behind a country store on Route 100 is a tiny restaurant that is quickly making a name for itself in Vermont’s local food scene. Kevin Lasko and Katie Stiles opened The Backroom in Pittsfield a little over a year ago behind the Original General Store. The restaurant...

  • 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...

  • 10 Little-Known Facts About Vermont
    10 Little-Known Facts About Vermont

    For such a small state, Vermont seems to have an endless supply of fun facts. When I worked for the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing, travel writers would often contact me for lists of interesting trivia, facts, and figures. Favorites would include Montpelier being the...

  • A Leap of Faith at Wing and a Prayer Farm
    A Leap of Faith at Wing and a Prayer Farm

    High on a hill off a dirt road in Shaftsbury is Wing and a Prayer Farm, where Tammy White lovingly raises Angora goats, rescued alpacas, and Shetland, Cotswold, Merino and Cormo sheep. The animals aren’t raised for the freezer—but rather for fiber. White, a fiber farmer...

  • 7 of the Most Beautiful Vermont Dirt Roads
    7 of the Most Beautiful Vermont Dirt Roads

    The Green Mountain State is home to more than 8,600 miles of Vermont dirt roads. To put that in perspective, 8,000 miles is twice the length of the continental United States and roughly the entire diameter of the planet. That’s a lot of ground to...

  • 12 Best Small Towns for Foliage in Vermont
    12 Best Small Towns for Foliage in Vermont

    Looking for recommendations for the best small towns for foliage in Vermont? Every autumn it seems there are endless top 10 lists highlighting the best places to see fall foliage in Vermont. Year after year, you’ll find dozens of recommendations for fall travel that often include...

  • 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 Covered Bridge in Jeffersonville with an Elusive Past
    A Covered Bridge in Jeffersonville with an Elusive Past

    The Grist Mill Covered Bridge in Jeffersonville is a stone’s throw from Route 108 near Smugglers’ Notch. Extending 85 feet across the Brewster River, the bridge seems to have an elusive past. No one seems to know exactly when the bridge was built, or even...