Worthy Kitchen, Woodstock, Vermont

I’m proud to say I haven’t eaten in a “chain” restaurant in years. The local food movement in Vermont has spoiled me—and taught me better. The only real “chains” we have other than a few fast-food joints are independently owned restaurants with more than one location. And they just happen to be […]

Simon Pearce Restaurant, Valentine's Day in Vermont

Simon Pearce Restaurant, Quechee, Vermont

I’ve long admired Simon Pearce‘s glassware, but I never quite appreciated just how much went into making a single wine glass until we visited Simon Pearce’s factory outlet in Windsor, Vermont, and watched a glassblower skillfully create a perfect glass. Observing for a few minutes gave me a new appreciation for the art […]

Vermont Sugar Shack - High Shelter Farm, Weathersfield, Vermont

12 Tasty Ways to Use Vermont Maple Syrup

This weekend is Maple Open House Weekend in Vermont… two days when sugar shacks across the state open up to visitors to share a behind-the-scenes look at sugaring in Vermont, along with tastes of the season’s first syrup of course. There’s nothing quite as delicious as the woodsy taste of real […]

Hill Farm Inn, Sunderland, Vermont

If I had chosen to take Randy’s last name when we got married, I would now be a Hill. McCormick is a name people take—not give away—I was told. I tend to agree. I have to admit, though, that I am excited for my future kids to take on the Hill name. Not only […]

Otter Creek Beer Dinner

Otter Creek Brewing: First Ever Beer Dinner

“Vermont, beer and food… it’s what it’s all about,” said Mike Gerhart, brewmaster at Otter Creek Brewing, as he welcomed locals, regulars and a few beer fantatics from afar to Otter Creek’s very first ever beer dinner in its 24-year history in mid-February. Mike’s statement really encompassed the evening, with plenty of […]

Darn Tough Socks

Darn Tough Socks, Northfield, Vermont

A few weeks ago during the arctic blast that hit Vermont, we decided to venture out our back door for a sunny afternoon snowshoe. (Mistake #1.) We bundled up, ready to embrace the arctic tundra and take-in some much-needed vitamin D. We headed into the woods, planning to cross over […]

Hotel Vermont, Burlington, Vermont

Hotel Vermont, Burlington, Vermont

Although I travel often, I rarely stay in hotels. In fact, the only time I stay in “hotels” is on business travel when the possibility of a late arrival and anonymity are attractive to me. A recent stay at Hotel Vermont, one of the newest lodging options downtown and Burlington’s […]

Finding Happiness in Vermont

What makes you happy? Not what you think makes you happy, but what makes you intrinsically happy? The moments when you smile from ear to ear, laugh until you cry? When you feel utterly content and at peace? It might seem like an easy question to answer: Your health. Family. […]

The Backroom Bar - Pittsfield, Vermont

The Backroom, Pittsfield, Vermont

The town of Pittsfield is one of Vermont’s best-kept secrets. With one (awesome) General Store, two wedding venues, 50 miles of mountain biking trails, five inns and only 400-or-so residents, Pittsfield is a quintessential New England town, home to hearty Vermonters who value their community and the ample outdoor recreation […]

Citizen Cider Valentine's Day Social

A Vermonter’s Guide to Valentine’s Day

As Valentine’s Day approaches, I’ve seen an insurgence of funny Valentine’s cards, as well as events in Vermont to bring levity to a day designed for love that more often than not leaves people down or in the dumps. Cards with sayings like, “I’d Climb a Moderate Sized […]

High Shelter Farm - Perkinsville, Vermont

High Shelter Farm, Perkinsville, Vermont

If you asked me and Randy independently what the nicest hotel, bed and breakfast or inn we ever stayed in was, we both—unequivocally and without pause—would tell you Casa Gallina in Taos, New Mexico. Casa Gallina is an artisan inn run by Richard Spera, a Cornell University Hotel and Restaurant School […]

Aww Shucks Oyster Event, Bluebird Tavern, Burlington, Vermont

Bluebird Tavern, Aww Shucks Oyster Event

When I was in college, I lived full-time in Vermont and spent the summer months working at restaurants and an inn in downeast Maine (technically Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada). I spent most of my waking hours in Lubec, Maine—largely a community of fisherman—where I befriended the locals. Although Lubec is […]

Green Mountain Mustard, Richmond, Vermont

I take condiments very seriously. From sauces and aiolis to spreads and chutneys, condiments can easily take a meal to the next level. As a kid, I experimented with homemade sauces on a regular basis and considered making my very own sauce cookbook (maybe someday?). On a regular basis, I still make […]

SILO Featured - Distillery, Windsor, Vermont

SILO Distillery, Windsor, Vermont

Rules are meant to be broken. You only live once. Carpe diem. When I walked into SILO Distillery in Windsor, Vermont—the birthplace of Vermont—in the middle of “dry January,” all of these sayings came to mind as I decided to forego willpower and a month of abstention (which, let me tell […]

Winter in Vermont

Surviving Winter in Vermont

No matter where you live, the weather is always a subject for small talk. But in Vermont, the weather comes up in almost every conversation, especially when it’s mid-January and temperatures have been stuck in the bone-chilling negatives for weeks. People bitch gripe about their cars not starting. Icy […]