Bouillabaise - Bleu Northeast Seafood

Bleu Northeast Seafood, Burlington, Vermont

When I was in college at Middlebury, I spent my summers on Campobello Island, an eight-mile by three-mile island on the Bay of Fundy that also is home to FDR’s 34-room summer “cottage”. It’s really rural and makes Middlebury—and most Vermont towns—look like a thriving metropolis. There are no traffic lights for 75 […]

Maple Beverages in Vermont

Drink Local: Maple Beverages Hit Vermont Shelves

Maple syrup has been—and always will be—part and parcel of the Vermont brand… along with cheddar cheese, Heady Topper and Ben & Jerry’s, of course. I didn’t realize just how versatile maple was beyond pancakes and creemees until my neighbor started tapping my very own sugarbush and giving me more woodsy syrup […]

Ann Clark Cookie Cutters

Made in Vermont: Ann Clark Cookie Cutters

I’m the first to admit that I can’t follow directions. Not even the cartoonish Ikea directions that are supposed to be interpretable in every language. When you have a hard time following directions, baking can be a challenge. I pride myself on being able to open up the fridge […]

Best Creemees in Vermont - Village Creeme Stand

The Best Creemees in Vermont

You say soft serve, Vermonters say creemees. But nothing says it’s summer in Vermont more than your first creemee of the season. Whether you opt for the traditional vanilla-and-chocolate twist or a maple creemee, or a harder-to-find coffee, orange creamsicle or black raspberry flavor, creemees are a stable of a […]

275 Main, Pitcher Inn, Best Restaurants in Vermont

The Best Vermont Restaurants You’ve Never Heard Of

There is no shortage of excellent restaurants in Vermont. I’m not talking just farm-to-table, splurge-worthy restaurants either. From divey taco shops (looking at you, Mad Taco) to wood-fired burger joints (hello, Worthy Burger) to beer bars with the best nachos you’ll ever eat (I’m coming for you, Blackback Pub), […]

Stowe Brewers Festival Vermont

Summer Events in Vermont

The sudden pop of leaves and blooms this week has me jonzing for full-blown summer. Cold beer, time on the lake and in the garden, and copious Vitamin D are on all my checklist for making the most of this summer, along with a host of summer events in […]

Lawsons Finest Liquids

Meet Sean Lawson: Lawson’s Finest Liquids

It’s a big day for craft beer in Vermont. Lawson’s Finest Liquids announced this morning that they will be opening a larger brewery, tap room and retail space in Waitsfield, Vermont, in the next year or so. Since Lawson’s start in the Mad River Valley eight years ago, locals and visitors […]

Cold Brewtus

Cold Brew Coffee Makes a Splash in Vermont

I’m one of those people for whom coffee is a sacred morning ritual. It’s not necessarily about the caffeine—although who doesn’t like an extra pep in their step—but rather the act of sipping down with a piping hot coffee before starting the day. With so many good coffee producers […]

Best Vermont Brewers

5 Questions with Vermont’s Best Brewers

It’s no secret that I drink a lot—maybe too much—Vermont craft beer. Over the years, I’ve gotten to know some of Vermont’s best brewers well. Truth be told, they fascinate me. It takes a certain type of person to dedicate themselves to mastering the art of craft beer in such […]

Vermont Top Chefs - Five Questions

5 Questions with Vermont’s Top Chefs

Between high school and college, I took on my first hospitality job at a Relais & Châteaux property in Darby, Montana: Triple Creek Ranch. I was fortunate to learn the ins and outs of fine dining from a chef who set the staff aside before service every day to […]

Tata Harper Farm, Bridport, Vermont

Made-in-Vermont: Tata Harper Skin Care

A study a few years ago showed how much time Americans spend grooming by state. Not surprisingly, Vermont came in first with the least amount of time spent on personal grooming activities daily (28 minutes on average, a full 10 minutes less than the 50-state average). Since I’ve been living […]