Destinations

Scout Coffee Shop in Vermont

Best Coffee Shops in Burlington, Vermont

Someone asked me yesterday which I prefer: Dunkin’ Donuts or Starbucks. My answer? Neither. In Vermont—specifically the Burlington area—we have so many options for locally roasted coffee that I never find myself dropping by a coffee chain for a caffeine fix. When it comes to coffee, I don’t […]

Visiting Vermont: 2017 Vermont Bucket List

Visiting Vermont: Your 2017 Bucket List

Visiting Vermont this year? Here’s your 2017 bucket list for exploring Vermont like a local. Every year, I try to play tourist in my own backyard and explore new-to-me places in Vermont as much as possible. There are so many hidden gems in the Green Mountain State that I’ve […]

Simon Pearce Restaurant, Valentine's Day in Vermont

Where to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Vermont?

Recommendations for Celebrating Valentine’s Day in Vermont Oh, Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re in the love-it or hate-it category for Valentine’s Day, consider going beyond the chocolate, flowers, and material things this year. Instead, experience something new together and make a lasting memory with your significant other. (Although really, a box […]

Briliant Massage Therapy - Burlington, Vermont

Brilliant Massage Therapy, Burlington, Vermont

I’m a high-stress, tense, go-go-go individual. I always have been and, I suspect, I always will be. I’m happiest (and most efficient and most fulfilled) when I have numerous competing interests in my life: work, freelance work, blogging, travel, being an attentive partner and dog momma, keeping in […]

Dorset Inn, Dorset Vermont

The Dorset Inn, Dorset, Vermont

When traveling south on Route 30 from Middlebury to Dorset for a mid-week getaway in the quaint New England town, I found myself winding through tiny towns and around lakes, past artisan galleries, general stores, and more barns and silos than I could count. Within a few miles of […]

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 […]

Yellow Farmhouse Inn, Waitsfield, Vermont

The Yellow Farmhouse Inn, Waitsfield, Vermont

Waitsfield, Vermont is my go-to destination in Vermont for a night away. It’s a hop, skip and an Appalachian Gap from Middlebury and is home to some of my favorite restaurants and watering holes in the state (have you tried Mad Taco or Peasant yet?). The Mad River […]

Topnotch Resort, Stowe, Vermont

Topnotch Resort, Stowe, Vermont

Wooded cabins, quaint inns and rustic lodges are quintessential Vermont lodging options. But as Vermont becomes more of an international destination in all seasons, luxury resorts are stepping up their game and becoming popular choices for families and couples alike—and especially in ski towns. Topnotch Resort, located on 120 acres […]

Beer with a View at Trapp Lager Brewery, Stowe, Vermont

Top 10 Breweries in Vermont to Visit in 2016

Back in the summer of 2009 when Vermont was just starting to gain recognition as a leading producer of craft beer in the US, I finished the Vermont beer passport program from the Vermont Brewers’ Association in three days. Back then, it was manageable to drink your way around the state in […]

Visit the Mad River Valley, Waitsfield, Vermont

Visit Vermont: The Mad River Valley

If I had to choose one town to live in for the rest of my life, I would pick Waitsfield, Vermont, every time. When I hit the peak of the Appalachian Gap and start making my way down into the Mad River Valley, I get a giddy “welcome home” feeling even though […]

View from Mount Mansfield, Stowe Gondola

Travel Vermont: Your 2016 Vermont Bucket List

There are many reasons to visit Vermont. The cheese, the beer, the maple syrup, the foliage, the mountains, the peace and quiet, the calm—all things the Vermont brand has become known for. Maybe you’re eager to taste the craft beer trail, slip down our icy slopes or simply trade your hurried life for some R&R for […]

Best Beer Bars in Vermont

15 Best Beer Bars in Vermont

I spend way more time in bars in Vermont than I would like to—or should probably— admit. But, let’s face it, my waistline and bank account don’t lie. The many pubs, taverns and beer bars across the state are pouring some serious Green Mountain liquid gold right now that is simply […]

Warren Store, Warren, Vermont

The Warren Store, Warren, Vermont

One item on my Vermont bucket list is to visit every general store in the Green Mountain State. Country stores in Vermont each have their own personality and a distinct purpose for the community they serve. Some are post offices and wine shops, others are delis and bakeries, and others carry items […]