Scenic Drives

  • A Dorset Hollow Ski Area That Never Came to Be
    A Dorset Hollow Ski Area That Never Came to Be

    It’s difficult to imagine Dorset Hollow as anything other than a six-mile, scenic road with beautiful mountain views, forestland, open fields, and gorgeous homes. But nearly 50 years ago, the Dorset Associates investment group planned a massive, four-season resort in Dorset Hollow, complete with an 18-hole...

  • Longing for Landgrove Dirt Roads
    Longing for Landgrove Dirt Roads

    “I guess my feet know where they want me to go, walking on a country road.” – James Taylor I love those Landgrove dirt roads. I’ve often fantasized about buying a renovated farmhouse in Landgrove with gardens, an old red barn and lots of land. Ever...

  • Vermont’s Appalachian Gap Offers Twists and Turns
    Vermont’s Appalachian Gap Offers Twists and Turns

    I first came across the Appalachian Gap—better known as the App Gap—when I was living in Warren in the 1990s. Over the past two decades, I’ve made countless treks over the App Gap on Route 17, which climbs past Mad River Glen and passes between Stark...

  • Mud Season in Hinesburg
    Mud Season in Hinesburg

    I came across this beautiful barn and farmhouse yesterday on Baldwin Road in Hinesburg. Red barns are a welcome sight this time of year and help add color to Vermont's bleak and muddy April landscape. But hang in there, friends. It won't be long before the...

  • Pleasant Valley Road: The Most Beautiful Road in Vermont
    Pleasant Valley Road: The Most Beautiful Road in Vermont

    So many of Vermont's roads, including Pleasant Valley Road, are scenic in their own unique way. On hundreds of two-lane, paved roads you'll find gorgeous views of mountains, villages, farms, or rolling hills. Everyone has their own personal favorite—Route 100, Route 108, Route 30, Stowe Hollow...

  • That Old Vermont Feeling in Fletcher
    That Old Vermont Feeling in Fletcher

    How many Vermont towns look the same as they did a generation ago? Probably quite a few. Certain towns make us feel nostalgic for different reasons and stir memories of past experiences and old friendships.  For me, most of those towns are where I spent...

  • Rikert Nordic Center: Ski Country in Vermont’s Middlebury Gap
    Rikert Nordic Center: Ski Country in Vermont’s Middlebury Gap

    -Rikert Nordic Center in Ripton When people ask me about good mountains for alpine skiing, I'll often suggest places like Jay Peak, Sugarbush, Stowe or Bromley. For Nordic skiing, I'll tell them to visit Trapp Family Lodge, Wild Wings or Ole's Cross Country Ski Center. All...

  • Vermont’s Haunted Covered Bridge
    Vermont’s Haunted Covered Bridge

    Emily's Bridge in Stowe looks like any other covered bridge in Vermont. But how the bridge makes people feel is an entirely different story. Officially called Gold Brook Bridge, the one-lane bridge was built in 1844. Over the years, the bridge has become better known as...

  • A 100-Mile View from Hogback Mountain
    A 100-Mile View from Hogback Mountain

    The famous "100-Mile View" from Hogback Mountain in Marlboro is more than just a pretty place. When you stop at this popular scenic overlook on Route 9 (the Molly Stark Byway), you'll find gorgeous views of forested land and mountains in Vermont, Massachusetts and New...

  • A Wine Festival Celebrating the Flavors of Vermont and Beyond
    A Wine Festival Celebrating the Flavors of Vermont and Beyond

    Hob Nob Pinot Noir from France. Villa Pozzi Pinot Grigio from Sicily. Honora Winery Chardonnay from Vermont. The Vermont Life Wine and Harvest Festival returns to Mount Snow Sept. 20-22 featuring tasting seminars with wines from Vermont and around the world. The annual festival, first held...