Mud Season

  • Silver Lake Syrups in Barnard Offers More than Maple
    Silver Lake Syrups in Barnard Offers More than Maple

    Eric and Sonja Withington are returning to their roots. Eric grew up sugaring with his uncle in his hometown of Barnard. Thousands of miles away in Austria, Sonja spent her childhood foraging fresh greens, flowers, berries, and herbs to create herbal teas, syrups, and home remedies...

  • The Spring Tradition of Pond Skimming at Ski Areas
    The Spring Tradition of Pond Skimming at Ski Areas

    **Update: March 14, 2020 - Due to the coronavirus, many ski areas around Vermont are closing early for the season.  Pond skimming competitions are a rite-of-spring in ski culture. Between March and May, ski areas across the world celebrate the end of the season with skiers and snowboarders gliding...

  • 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,...

  • 6 Vermont Dirt Roads to Hike in Mud Season
    6 Vermont Dirt Roads to Hike in Mud Season

    Vermont dirt roads are a perfect outing during mud season. I'm serious. After a long, cold, and relentless winter in New England, we’re all eager to be outside. Still, even though it’s officially spring (yes, it snowed last night), we’ll still have to wait until...

  • Hiking and Exploration at Green Mountain Audubon
    Hiking and Exploration at Green Mountain Audubon

    A small sugarhouse nestled on the edge of a field along Huntington Road is where the Green Mountain Audubon Center begins. The 250-acre center has been on my list of places to visit since Phoebe was born nearly four years ago. Last weekend, we finally stopped...

  • 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...

  • Mud Season in Vermont

    [caption id="attachment_2283" align="aligncenter" width="578"] Early mud season in Cambridge.[/caption] Dirt roads in Vermont can be tricky to navigate during mud season. As soon as the spring thaw arrives, these otherwise sturdy roads become a bit soft and rutty. Mud season falls between late winter and early spring,...