• Vermont July 4th Celebrations in 2024
    Vermont July 4th Celebrations in 2024

    Vermont July 4th celebrations range from funky parades and outdoor concerts to festivities on Main Streets and local town greens. If you're planning on being in Vermont on Independence Day in 2024, here are some of the best places to celebrate. (You can find additional...

  • Where to Swim in Vermont, Kayak or Fish: 9 Lakes, Ponds and Waterfalls
    Where to Swim in Vermont, Kayak or Fish: 9 Lakes, Ponds and Waterfalls

    Now that summer is in full swing, it’s a good time to map out places for where to swim in Vermont. Here are nine lakes, swimming holes, and ponds worth visiting this summer for swimming, kayaking, and more. (By no means is this a complete...

  • A Vermont Family Finds the Sweet Spot in the Specialty Food World
    A Vermont Family Finds the Sweet Spot in the Specialty Food World

    A decade ago, Fat Toad Farm caramel started out as a simple experiment in homesteading. Calley Hastings and her family hand-milked a French alpine doe named Jupiter in their Brookfield garage to make goat’s milk caramel sauce for friends and to sell at the local...

  • 5 Things To Do in Manchester This Summer
    5 Things To Do in Manchester This Summer

    Manchester is many things to different people: a ski town, a shopping destination, or a summer getaway for golfing and fly-fishing. For me, Manchester is home. To celebrate our 12th wedding anniversary, Dave and I opted to get out of Burlington for a child-free weekend...

  • The Backroom in Pittsfield Offers a Cozy, Dinner Party Vibe
    The Backroom in Pittsfield Offers a Cozy, Dinner Party Vibe

    Behind a country store on Route 100 is a tiny restaurant that is quickly making a name for itself in Vermont’s local food scene. Kevin Lasko and Katie Stiles opened The Backroom in Pittsfield a little over a year ago behind the Original General Store. The restaurant...

  • Connecting with Nature at a Tiny Treehouse in Lincoln
    Connecting with Nature at a Tiny Treehouse in Lincoln

    The treehouse in the backyard of Harrison Reynolds and Ellie Bryant’s home earns rave reviews on Airbnb. Perched 30-feet above ground and anchored by four maple trees, the treehouse stands in the shadow of Mount Abraham in Lincoln. Nearly every weekend of the year, visitors looking...

  • What Makes Vermont the Greenest State in the U.S.
    What Makes Vermont the Greenest State in the U.S.

    Recycling, composting, buying local, and a genuine love for the land are values and practices that are a way of life in Vermont. Vermont consistently ranks as one of the greenest states in the country. Of course, we’re not exactly perfect. The state needs to...

  • 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,...

  • Catching the Sugarmaking ‘Bug’ in Vermont
    Catching the Sugarmaking ‘Bug’ in Vermont

    Kenn Hastings knows all about catching the “sugar bug.” A sugarmaker at Bread Loaf View Farm in Cornwall, Hastings starting sugaring for a living 30 years ago.“There’s a love and passion that goes into being a sugarmaker,” says Hastings, 57. [caption id="attachment_5226" align="alignright" width="167"] Filmmaker Will...

  • A Literary Agent Finds Cheese-Making Success at Consider Bardwell Farm
    A Literary Agent Finds Cheese-Making Success at Consider Bardwell Farm

    Becoming a cheese farmer was the furthest thing from Angela Miller’s mind when she purchased 300 acres in West Pawlet in 2001. While searching for a second home in the Green Mountains, the New York literary agent and her husband, Russell “Rust” Glover, fell in love...