• Podcast: Unplugging at Family-Friendly Basin Harbor on Lake Champlain
    Podcast: Unplugging at Family-Friendly Basin Harbor on Lake Champlain

    Basin Harbor is a place to unwind, disconnect, and be in the moment. The summer resort is known for its lakeside cottages, tranquil setting, and family-friendly vibe. Owned by the Beach family, Basin Harbor was started in 1886 by Ardelia Beach in West Ferrisburgh along Lake...

  • Local, Quirky and Old School: Erskine’s Grain & Garden in Chester
    Local, Quirky and Old School: Erskine’s Grain & Garden in Chester

    Inside Erskine’s Grain & Garden, a fixture in Chester since 1952, customers will find flower seeds, chicken feed, farm tools, and everything in between. The store, started by the Erskine family, is now owned by Janessa Purney and her husband, Burleigh Sunflower. The couple, who live...

  • In Canaan, April’s Maple Embraces Food, Family and the Forest
    In Canaan, April’s Maple Embraces Food, Family and the Forest

    Vermont's maple sugaring season is short. But for April Lemay, running a maple business is a year-round, family affair. On 800 acres once owned by her grandparents, she operates April's Maple, a maple sugar farm and cafe in the small town of Canaan near the Canadian border....

  • The Lure of Ice Fishing in the Champlain Islands
    The Lure of Ice Fishing in the Champlain Islands

    Bruce Batchelder was a child when his parents moved from Island Pond to the Champlain Islands. Ice fishing is a big deal in the islands, where the land is flat and surrounded by Lake Champlain. For Batchelder, ice fishing has been an essential part of...

  • The Vermont Town Meeting Tradition: A Conversation with Former Governor Jim Douglas
    The Vermont Town Meeting Tradition: A Conversation with Former Governor Jim Douglas

    Town Meeting Day in Vermont is right around the corner. On the first Tuesday in March, Vermonters have traditionally gathered to cast their votes on local issues. Town meeting participation in Vermont has been on the decline for several decades. Of course, the pandemic has further...

  • Podcast: Soaking Up the Outdoors with Vermont Forest Bathing Guide Duncan Murdoch
    Podcast: Soaking Up the Outdoors with Vermont Forest Bathing Guide Duncan Murdoch

    Vermont forest bathing guide Duncan Murdoch helps people slow down and connect with nature. The former actor, now a certified nature and forest therapy guide, leads forest bathing workshops around Vermont. Forest bathing, which first originated in Japan, is a research-based practice for supporting healing and...

  • Six Vermont Community Ice Rinks to Skate This Winter
    Six Vermont Community Ice Rinks to Skate This Winter

    Vermont community ice rinks are popping up in every corner of the state. Skaters are lacing up at newer outdoor rinks in Peru, Greensboro, and Londonderry, while more established rinks in towns like Sharon, Proctor, and Rochester are as busy as ever. Vermont community ice rinks offer an...

  • Selling Christmas Trees is a Family Affair at Russell Farm in Starksboro
    Selling Christmas Trees is a Family Affair at Russell Farm in Starksboro

    Russell Farm in Starksboro has been in the Christmas tree business for 40 years. The family-owned farm is where visitors flock to every holiday season for Christmas trees. Dave and Janet Russell bought the farm from Janet’s parents in the 1970s. The farm was a dairy...

  • Vermont Historic Markers Highlight History, People and Places
    Vermont Historic Markers Highlight History, People and Places

    In downtown Burlington, the state's newest Vermont historic marker stands at the birthplace of the Green Mountain Club. Of the nearly 300 Vermont historic markers across the state, the Green Mountain Club's plaque is where James P. Taylor originally conceived of The Long Trail. Taylor founded...

  • A Bethel Writer Bikes Across Vermont’s 251 Cities and Towns
    A Bethel Writer Bikes Across Vermont’s 251 Cities and Towns

    Visiting the state’s 251 cities and towns is a popular pursuit for anyone who loves Vermont. But Mary Anderson of Bethel is taking her 251 adventure a step further by traveling across Vermont on her electric bicycle. On October 6, Anderson set out on her e-bike...