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  • Where to Go During Vermont Maple Open House Weekend
    Where to Go During Vermont Maple Open House Weekend

    Vermont Maple Open House Weekend is a chance to visit sugarhouses around the state for tours, tastings, sugar-on-snow, and more. Dozens of Vermont sugarmakers are participating in the annual statewide event on March 23-24, 2024. Vermont's maple syrup is in demand more than ever. Total Vermont...

  • Maple Sugaring in Johnson is a Marvin Family Tradition
    Maple Sugaring in Johnson is a Marvin Family Tradition

    Butternut Mountain is the tallest peak that falls entirely within the town of Johnson. On the mountain's southern slope, the Marvin family owns 600 acres where they produce maple syrup for their business, Butternut Mountain Farm. David Marvin started Butternut Mountain Farm in the early 1970s...

  • 5 Vermont Public Gardens to Visit in 2023
    5 Vermont Public Gardens to Visit in 2023

    It's nearly time to stop and smell the flowers in Vermont public gardens. Five Vermont public gardens worth visiting this spring and summer showcase peonies, roses, hydrangeas, sunflowers, lavender, fruit trees, and more. Some gardens require admission, while others are open for free. Hildene in Manchester -courtesy of...

  • Podcast: The Joy of Spring in Vermont
    Podcast: The Joy of Spring in Vermont

    Early spring in Vermont is a lot like late winter. At the start of a typical Vermont spring season, snow is still covering the ground, the skies are often gray, and the temperature hovers somewhere in the high 30s. Lately, it’s been a lot warmer than...

  • Silver Lake Syrups in Barnard Offers More than Maple
    Silver Lake Syrups in Barnard Offers More than Maple

    Eric and Sonja Withington are returning to their roots. Eric grew up sugaring with his uncle in his hometown of Barnard. Thousands of miles away in Austria, Sonja spent her childhood foraging fresh greens, flowers, berries, and herbs to create herbal teas, syrups, and home remedies...

  • The Dirt Roads of Calais
    The Dirt Roads of Calais

    I recently came across a 20-year-old article in the New York Times titled, “In Slow-Paced Vermont, the Dirt Road Reigns.” The reporter wrote, “To a lot of Vermonters, an unpaved road is a better road. People go more slowly on a dirt road. In rural Vermont,...

  • 8 Reasons to Love the Month of May in Vermont
    8 Reasons to Love the Month of May in Vermont

    Updated May 1, 2019 After a long, snowy winter, it feels good that's it's finally spring in Vermont. For the first time in six months, we can walk outside without a heavy jacket, stash away our wool socks, and watch the grass grow and leaves sprout. Even though spring arrived...

  • 6 Vermont Dirt Roads to Hike in Mud Season
    6 Vermont Dirt Roads to Hike in Mud Season

    Vermont dirt roads are a perfect outing during mud season. I'm serious. After a long, cold, and relentless winter in New England, we’re all eager to be outside. Still, even though it’s officially spring (yes, it snowed last night), we’ll still have to wait until...

  • Hiking and Exploration at Green Mountain Audubon
    Hiking and Exploration at Green Mountain Audubon

    A small sugarhouse nestled on the edge of a field along Huntington Road is where the Green Mountain Audubon Center begins. The 250-acre center has been on my list of places to visit since Phoebe was born nearly four years ago. Last weekend, we finally stopped...

  • A Spring Thaw Tradition on Joe’s Pond
    A Spring Thaw Tradition on Joe’s Pond

    The ice on Joe’s Pond in West Danville is nearly three feet deep this year. Similar to other lakes and ponds in Vermont, the harsh, cold, and long winter has kept Joe’s Pond frozen for months. Now that spring is here (well, sort of), all...