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  • Small Vermont Ski Hills Offer Affordable Winter Fun
    Small Vermont Ski Hills Offer Affordable Winter Fun

    In the early days of New England skiing, winter enthusiasts flocked to small Vermont ski hills like Northeast Slopes in East Corinth, Gilbert’s Hill in Woodstock (home of the first rope tow in the United States), and Prospect Mountain in Woodford. Vermont skiing has come a...

  • Volunteers Take Pride in Preserving and Restoring Vermont’s Old Cemeteries
    Volunteers Take Pride in Preserving and Restoring Vermont’s Old Cemeteries

    When vandals damaged 200 gravestones at the historic Village Cemetery in Bennington last weekend, Tom Giffin immediately reached out to the town about how he could help. Giffin, of Rutland, is president of Vermont Old Cemetery Association (VOCA), a volunteer organization founded in 1958 to restore...

  • 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...

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

    Vermont historic markers are in every corner of the state—from Addison to Woodstock. The newest Vermont historic marker stands in Burlington 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...

  • 5 Vermont Public Gardens to Visit
    5 Vermont Public Gardens to Visit

    After a long winter and dreary spring, it’s finally time to stop and smell the flowers and soak up splashes of color in Vermont public gardens. Five Vermont public gardens worth visiting this spring and summer showcase peonies, roses, hydrangeas, sunflowers, lavender, fruit trees, and more....

  • Vermont Mud Season Hikes to Explore in April and May
    Vermont Mud Season Hikes to Explore in April and May

    Mud season is a tricky time in Vermont. Ski season is over, hiking trails are closed, and we’re pretty much just waiting around for Memorial Day Weekend to arrive. The good news is that there are a variety of lower-elevation trails and paths to explore this...

  • Lake Champlain Winter Swimming with the Red Hot Chilly Dippers
    Lake Champlain Winter Swimming with the Red Hot Chilly Dippers

    Katharine Montstream is a Burlington artist known for her colorful paintings, prints, and cards of Camel’s Hump, Warren Falls, downtown Burlington, and Lake Champlain. Montstream can often be found painting at her studio at The Soda Plant on Pine Street in Burlington or greeting customers at...

  • 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...

  • How a Captain’s Capture and Rescue Changed the Trajectory of Alison Kosakowski Conant’s Life
    How a Captain’s Capture and Rescue Changed the Trajectory of Alison Kosakowski Conant’s Life

    Alison Kosakowski Conant was in crisis communications mode when she first arrived in Vermont. While working for Maersk, a global shipping company, she rushed from New Jersey to Vermont in April 2009. The Maersk Alabama cargo ship was hijacked by four Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean. The ship’s...