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  • Billings Farm & Museum in Woodstock

    Every spring Dave and I set aside a day to visit Billings Farm & Museum in Woodstock. The operating dairy farm, established in 1871 by Frederick Billings, offers agricultural exhibits, educational programs, and special events throughout the year. The farm's rural setting is beautiful and the...

  • Pieces of History in Harriman Reservoir
    Pieces of History in Harriman Reservoir

    The size of Harriman Reservoir is impressive, but its history is what grabs your attention. Along the reservoir's floor are remnants of an old logging village that was flooded in the 1920s when the Deerfield River was dammed to generate power. Harriman Reservoir, also known as...

  • Town Meeting in Vermont

    [caption id="attachment_2268" align="aligncenter" width="576"] Goshen Town Hall[/caption] Town Meeting, held the first Tuesday in March, is an annual tradition in Vermont. Residents gather in town halls and school gymnasiums around the state to vote on local budgets, debate community issues, and elect town officials. Attendance at Town...

  • Lost Ski Area: Snow Valley in Winhall

    The small but wonderful Snow Valley ski area in Winhall, Vermont operated between 1938 and 1982. The mountain had 15 trails with memorable names like Steeple Chase, Bulldozer, Boomerang, and Misery (a tough trail!). Growing up in nearby Manchester, I was fortunate enough to spend my...

  • Moosalamoo Natural Recreation Area

    The 20,000-acre Moosalamoo National Recreation Area is located within the Green Mountain National Forest and generally extends from Ripton and Goshen to Brandon and Rochester. Here you'll find dirt roads, rolling fields, scenic waterfalls and pristine lakes. This area, named after an Abenaki word for "the...

  • The Floating Bridge on Sunset Lake

    The small town of Brookfield is probably best known for the Floating Bridge across Sunset Lake. Built in 1820 and replaced six times since, it's the only floating bridge east of the Mississippi. The one-lane bridge was last reconstructed in 1978 and relies on 380 floats...

  • Vergennes is Vermont's Smallest City that's Big on Charm

    Vergennes is Vermont's smallest city -- and the state's oldest -- but everything about it feels modern, dynamic and energetic. National Geographic Traveler took notice of this quirky community and mentioned it in the magazine's July/August 2009 issue. Walk along Main Street and you'll find outstanding...

  • Exploring Lake Champlain Shipwrecks
    Exploring Lake Champlain Shipwrecks

    I took this before heading out for a Lake Champlain shipwrecks tour. You may have seen headlines this week about shipwrecks being found at the bottom of the Baltic Sea. People are always surprised when I tell them that Lake Champlain has more than 300 shipwrecks...