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  • 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...

  • Where to Go for Vermont Maple Open House Weekend
    Where to Go for Vermont Maple Open House Weekend

    Updated March 14, 2020 - Maple Open House Weekend 2020 has been canceled.  The annual Vermont Maple Open House Weekend gives visitors a chance to visit sugarhouses around the state for tours, tastings, sugar-on-snow, and more. Vermont's maple syrup is in demand more than ever. As the nation’s leading...

  • 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,...

  • 8 Reasons to Love the Month of May in Vermont
    8 Reasons to Love the Month of May in Vermont

    Updated May 1, 2019 After a long, snowy winter, it feels good that's it's finally spring in Vermont. For the first time in six months, we can walk outside without a heavy jacket, stash away our wool socks, and watch the grass grow and leaves sprout. Even though spring arrived...

  • 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...

  • A Spring Thaw Tradition on Joe’s Pond
    A Spring Thaw Tradition on Joe’s Pond

    The ice on Joe’s Pond in West Danville is nearly three feet deep this year. Similar to other lakes and ponds in Vermont, the harsh, cold, and long winter has kept Joe’s Pond frozen for months. Now that spring is here (well, sort of), all...

  • A Late Vermont Maple Season Can Still Be Great
    A Late Vermont Maple Season Can Still Be Great

    When Vermont maple season arrives, I'm always drawn to the sugar houses of rural Addison County. We recently visited Bread Loaf View Farm in Cornwall, which was open to the public for the annual Maple Open House Weekend. The farm is a 30-acre maple sugar...

  • A Visit to Solar Sweet Maple Farm
    A Visit to Solar Sweet Maple Farm

    For Vermont's annual Maple Open House Weekend, we decided to check out Solar Sweet Maple Farm in Lincoln. Owned by Tom and Rhonda Gadhue, the farm is an energy-efficient sugaring operation. The Gadhue's stunning sugarhouse is made from recycled and energy efficient materials (the main building...

  • 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...