• Visiting a Vermont A&W Drive-In on Route 7 Near Middlebury
    Visiting a Vermont A&W Drive-In on Route 7 Near Middlebury

    The Vermont A&W Drive-In is the state's last surviving carhop. Located on Route 7 south of Middlebury, this 1960s roadside spot is open only during the summer months. Last weekend I stopped by the A&W and ordered a cheeseburger, fries and root beer float. I had...

  • The Bennington Old First Church and Cemetery, Part II
    The Bennington Old First Church and Cemetery, Part II

    Dave and I were in Bennington over the weekend and stopped by The Bennington Old First Church and cemetery where Robert Frost is buried. I was traveling solo last week when I visited the church and knew it was a place Dave would also love...

  • The Old First Church in Bennington
    The Old First Church in Bennington

    On a recent morning I visited The Old First Church in Bennington, the first church in Vermont to reflect the separation of church and state. The church, built in the early 1800s, includes a beautiful cemetery where Robert Frost is buried. My favorite detail about this...

  • A Vermont Cheese Festival Comes to Shelburne
    A Vermont Cheese Festival Comes to Shelburne

    On Sunday Dave and I spent the day at the Vermont Cheesemakers' Festival at Shelburne Farms. The event showcased dozens of Vermont cheesemakers, wineries, breweries and food producers. We ate loads of delicious cheese and sampled plenty of local wine and beer. It was a really...

  • Curtis Pond in Calais
    Curtis Pond in Calais

    Several years ago I came across Curtis Pond while driving aimlessly along the back roads of central Vermont. The pond, located in the tiny town of Calais, includes a public swimming area and access for kayaks and canoes. This week I stopped by the pond to...

  • A Bird’s Eye View from Mount Philo
    A Bird’s Eye View from Mount Philo

    -A view from the top of Mount Philo in Charlotte I thought the weekend was going to be a total washout, so I was thrilled to wake up to sunshine on Sunday morning. The haze from the recent heat wave was finally gone, so Dave and...

  • Shelburne Shipyard and the Ticonderoga
    Shelburne Shipyard and the Ticonderoga

    Over the weekend I stopped by Shelburne Shipyard, a marina on Lake Champlain. Founded in 1820, Shelburne Shipyard built a series of steamboats in the 19th and early 20th centuries that provided vital marine transportation in the Champlain Valley. Twelve side-wheel steamboats were built at the...

  • Wrightsville Reservoir in Middlesex
    Wrightsville Reservoir in Middlesex

    Just north of Montpelier on Route 12 is Wrightsville Reservoir. Located in the town of Middlesex on the north branch of the Winooski River, the reservoir is open during the summer months for swimming, boating, kayaking and canoeing. I used to spend countless summer days at...

  • Moving to Burlington, the Queen City
    Moving to Burlington, the Queen City

    Burlington is a place that has been part of my life since childhood. I went to summer camp on Lake Champlain in the early 1980s and used to take a Greyhound bus from Manchester to visit my sister at the University of Vermont. I lived in...

  • The Many Views of Mount Mansfield
    The Many Views of Mount Mansfield

    Mount Mansfield is easy to recognize from the east and west. But what I love about Vermont's tallest peak is that you can see it from so many angles, and the mountain looks different from every perspective. The above photo was taken from the north in...