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  • 6 Winter Outdoor Alternatives to Alpine Skiing
    6 Winter Outdoor Alternatives to Alpine Skiing

    Getting outside in winter feels more important than ever as the outdoors can boost our mood and create mindfulness. In Vermont, skiing is often the go-to for outdoor winter activities. But there’s more to Vermont winters than skiing. From wooded snowshoe trails to outdoor ice skating...

  • 4 Vermont Outdoor Centers Worth Your Time This Winter
    4 Vermont Outdoor Centers Worth Your Time This Winter

    In 1969, year-round Vermont outdoor centers weren't on Tony Clark's radar. Back then, Clark was hard at work creating a network of cross-country ski trails on his inn’s property in Goshen and on adjacent U.S. Forest Service land. For decades, the trails were part of the...

  • 7 Things to Do in Vermont in Winter
    7 Things to Do in Vermont in Winter

    Are you looking things to do in Vermont in winter?  Winter in Vermont can be long, cold, dreary, and snowy. But experiencing winter means wrapping your arms around the season and enjoying it as much as possible. Here are seven ways to make the most...

  • Unplugging at Amity Pond Natural Area in Pomfret
    Unplugging at Amity Pond Natural Area in Pomfret

    On our way to my sister’s house last week, we took a detour through the back roads of Windsor County. I was searching for Amity Pond Natural Area State Park in Pomfret, which was donated to the state 45 years ago. As my husband drove,...

  • A Journey in the Path of Life Garden
    A Journey in the Path of Life Garden

    The Path of Life Garden in Windsor is unlike any other place I've seen in Vermont. The garden, created in 1997 by Norwich therapist Terry McDonnell,  focuses on the circle of life and the decisions we make.  The 14-acre meadow, set along the Connecticut River,...

  • Scenic Smugglers Notch: Exploring Route 108
    Scenic Smugglers Notch: Exploring Route 108

    The opening of Route 108 through scenic Smugglers Notch is a rite of spring in Vermont. This scenic road that winds through a narrow pass between Mount Mansfield, Spruce Peak and Sterling Mountain is closed to traffic during the winter months. Located near Vermont's tallest...

  • A Snowshoe Trek to Slayton Pasture Cabin

    Dave and I went snowshoeing on a recent Saturday afternoon at Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont. Owned by the von Trapp family (of The Sound of Music fame), the lodge has a world-class Nordic ski center with 100 km of terrain. Our goal was...

  • 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...

  • Snowshoeing at Smugglers' Notch

    Dave and I spent New Year's Day snowshoeing at Smugglers' Notch in Jeffersonville, Vermont. The resort's Nordic Ski & Snowshoe Adventure Center includes 34 kilometers of cross-country ski trails plus 24 kilometers of dedicated snowshoe terrain.Getting outdoors on my snowshoes was a good way to...

  • Fingers Crossed for Snow

    I was expecting at least a little bit of snow to blanket my yard in northern Vermont this weekend. For the past two years, we've had at least one major storm around Thanskgiving, so I figured we were due for a big winter blast.My plan...