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 […]

The Swift House, Middlebury, Vermont

Swift House Inn, Middlebury, Vermont

The Swift House Inn, a historic property set on a rolling hill on the outskirts of downtown Middlebury, will always hold a special place in our hearts, as cliché as it might sound. After visiting and considering all of lodging options in Middlebury for our wedding night in October […]

Willard Street Inn, Burlington, Vermont

Willard Street Inn, Burlington, Vermont

I’ve always admired family-owned businesses, as it certainly takes patience, discipline and good communication to work with family members day in and day out. In Vermont, there are an overwhelming number of family-owned-and-operated businesses from dairy farms to maple syrup operations to restaurants and country stores that have been thriving for generations. The […]

Cafe Provence, Brandon, Vermont

Café Provence, Brandon, Vermont

Brandon, a small Vermont town and tight-knit artistic community, is located between Rutland and Middlebury at the base of the Green Mountains and has a population that hovers around 4,000 people. The town is a quintessential Vermont village with many brick facades lining Center Street, a Greek-revival town hall and the Neshobe […]

Pho at Pho Hong, Burlington, Vermont

Pho Hong, Burlington, Vermont

For years I’ve considered myself a foodie. I’ve worked in countless restaurants (as a bartender, cook, server, hostess) and worked for a food magazine for a number of years. For the most part, we grow our own produce or get it straight from the farm in our local CSA, […]

10 Vermont Stocking Stuffer Ideas

10 Vermont-Made Stocking Stuffer Ideas

This year, Randy and I decided to do stocking stuffers for each other rather than a larger gift, given we’re finally giving in a buying our very own snowblower (how have we lasted this long in Vermont without one?). I’ve put together some of my favorite made-in-Vermont stocking […]

Vermont Holiday Gift Guide

Made in Vermont Holiday Gift Guide

Christmas has always been my favorite time of the year, largely due to the fact that I love coming up with thoughtful gift ideas for friends and family. Living in Vermont makes gift giving easy with so many Vermont-made products, from art and clothing to beer and beauty products. […]

Green Mountain Mini Baked Donuts

Green Mountain Mini Baked, Barre, Vermont

I remember vividly the first time I came across a Krispy Kreme doughnut. It was on a high school field trip into New York City, and my classmates were loading up on dozens of sinful sweet treats at Penn Station: glazed crullers, chocolate sprinkles and vanilla kreme. I never understood […]