Travel Tips

  • 10 Things to Do Outside in Vermont This Summer
    10 Things to Do Outside in Vermont This Summer

    *updated May 21, 2019* Summer in Vermont is short, so there’s a lot to pack in. Whether you feel like hiking, biking, swimming or catching a live performance, there are endless possibilities for soaking up Mother Nature. Here are ten ways to make the most of...

  • Happy Vermonters: A Change of Pace for Nancy Hanes Ess
    Happy Vermonters: A Change of Pace for Nancy Hanes Ess

    “My husband and I moved here from Richmond, Virginia, to help run my family’s inn. Guests often ask us what we do around here for fun, and I think there are plenty of things—kayaking, hiking, going to the bookstore, or just going for a drive....

  • A Quirky Spirit of Independence at the Warren July 4th Parade
    A Quirky Spirit of Independence at the Warren July 4th Parade

    The Warren July 4th parade along Main Street celebrates independence with a twist. Now in its 67th year, this small-town parade has achieved legendary status in Vermont. This is by far my favorite Independence Day celebration in Vermont. In addition to the classic cars, lively performers...

  • Counting Barns in the Vermont Barn Census
    Counting Barns in the Vermont Barn Census

    Travel through any town in Vermont and you'll eventually come across a barn. The barn might be rectangular, round, renovated or dilapidated. Barns, in any shape or size, are an integral part of our working landscape and essential to understanding Vermont's agricultural roots. How many barns...

  • 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 Ramble through East Wallingford
    A Ramble through East Wallingford

    On our way home to Burlington on Sunday, we took a right onto Vermont Route 140 and drove six miles to East Wallingford. Route 140 is windy and narrow before it descends into the tiny, sleepy village of East Wallingford. The village is quiet, pretty and...

  • After Tropical Storm Irene: Finding the Familiar in Jamaica
    After Tropical Storm Irene: Finding the Familiar in Jamaica

    On a recent weekend getaway to southern Vermont,  I wasn't sure what to expect while driving to Jamaica. The town was among the hardest hit by Tropical Storm Irene, which destroyed homes and washed out roads in Vermont on Aug. 28, 2011. As I drove south...

  • A Year After Irene: Bridge Street in Waitsfield
    A Year After Irene: Bridge Street in Waitsfield

    [caption id="attachment_799" align="aligncenter" width="720"] The Mad River and the Village Bridge in Waitsfield.[/caption] When Tropical Storm Irene tore through Vermont last August, some of the towns hardest hit included communities along Route 100. From Wilmington to Waterbury, the damage was devastating – rain and flooding washed...

  • Blueberries and Bluegrass at a Owls Head Farm
    Blueberries and Bluegrass at a Owls Head Farm

    Ever since I moved back to Vermont nearly six years ago, Owl's Head Blueberry Farm has been on my list of places to visit. Located in Richmond, the farm offers blueberry picking seven days a week in July and August. One of the things that makes...

  • A Detour Through Strafford’s Wilderness
    A Detour Through Strafford’s Wilderness

    We stumbled upon Clover Hill Wildlife Area while driving to New Hampshire last week.  While traveling south on Interstate 89, we took Exit 2 and headed east toward Strafford on Route 132, a scenic road that winds through Orange County. After a quick Google map search,...