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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Beautiful and Unusual Places in Vermont
    Beautiful and Unusual Places in Vermont

    When you think of Vermont, what comes to mind? People will say Vermont reminds them of Ben & Jerry’s, fall foliage, maple syrup, or even Bernie Sanders. I love all those things, but Vermont is so much more. In fact, it's the unusual places in Vermont...

  • 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...

  • Winter Fat Biking on Lake Champlain
    Winter Fat Biking on Lake Champlain

    It's not every day you go biking in ski pants on a frozen lake in Vermont. But last week, that's exactly what I did. After seeing dozens of Instagram and Facebook photos of friends and acquaintances walking, skating, and ice fishing on Lake Champlain, I decided...

  • A Touch of Gray: Cloudy Days in Burlington
    A Touch of Gray: Cloudy Days in Burlington

    -One of many cloudy days in Burlington Exactly 20 years ago, I was living in the Seattle area interning at a weekly newspaper and waiting tables at the Brown Bag Cafe.  I loved the Pacific Northwest, but the grayness was hard to take.  One day in...

  • Summer in Burlington

    The Burlington Community Boathouse and Marina [caption id="attachment_1387" align="aligncenter" width="720"] Dave and Phoebe on the Waterfront.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1388" align="aligncenter" width="720"] Burlington South Breakwater Lighthouse.[/caption] ...

  • Late Fall Sunset on Lake Champlain
    Late Fall Sunset on Lake Champlain

    A November sunset over Lake Champlain. Afternoon sunsets in November and December can be hard to take. The shorter days and lack of light this time of year are not exactly what you would call uplifting. I happen to enjoy November in Vermont, but it's...

  • On the Burlington Waterfront
    On the Burlington Waterfront

    I am always up for a visit to the Burlington Waterfront. Whenever I find the time, I'll go there to watch the sunset or stroll along the boardwalk. The park is where the city celebrates the Fourth of July and where visitors flock to take...

  • Autumn in Burlington
    Autumn in Burlington

    Our home in Burlington has a beautiful maple tree in the front yard. I love the contrast between the tree's yellow leaves and dark branches. In the right light, it almost looks like butterscotch and chocolate. Most of northern Vermont and the higher elevations are past...