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 […]

Satori Float Spa Tank, Satori Float and Mind Spa, Shelburne, Vermont

Satori Float Spa, Shelburne, Vermont

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been attracted to water. Growing up, I was the kid who would take baths until my fingers were prunes. During beach trips to the Jersey Shore, I’d spend the whole day in the water, flailing about in my favorite one-piece swimsuit with a big […]

Dining Room at Stone Hill Inn, Stowe, Vermont

Stone Hill Inn, Stowe, Vermont

My first job in the hospitality industry started the summer before I headed to Middlebury College as a Feb. I was hired by Triple Creek Ranch in Darby, Montana, a Relais & Châteaux property located in the Bitterroot Valley. Triple Creek consistently wins impressive awards: Travel & Leisure’s 2014 Best Hotel in the […]

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

Trapp Lager Brewery, Stowe, Vermont

Back in the summer 2009, I spent three days touring the 20+ breweries in Vermont as part of the Vermont Brewers Association Passport Program. Trapp Lager Brewery, located in Stowe, Vermont, wasn’t yet part of the passport program; it was one of the few breweries in Vermont that I […]