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 […]

Lincoln Pottery

Lincoln Pottery, Lincoln, Vermont

I had never even considered the “honor system” before moving to Vermont. My first time seeing the serve-yourself, honor-system at play was at Duclos and Thompson Farm in Weybridge, Vermont, where you can pull right up to the farm, walk into their freezer and help yourself to local sausage or lamb. Then tally […]

Outside Wilder Farm Inn, Waitsfield, Vermont

Wilder Farm Inn, Waitsfield, Vermont

There’s something utterly charming about the creaky wooden floors, hidden nooks and crannies, and unique architectural details present in 19th-century homes. We both have a thing for old Vermont farmhouses and a desire to someday own one. Maybe it’s the history of an old house—the raising of children, the family gatherings, the comings […]

Prohibition Pig Waterbury, Vermont

Prohibition Pig, Waterbury, Vermont

The Alchemist, a restaurant and brewery previously located on Main Street in downtown Waterbury, used to be one of our favorite date-night spots. We’d take a leisurely drive over the Appalachian Gap and wind our way to Waterbury. The homecooked pub food and Wild Child on tap were worth every bit of the 80-minute drive (one way). Sadly, […]

Lareau Farm & American Flatbread, Waitsfield, Vermont

Lareau Farm in Waitsfield—home to a classic, 13-room Vermont inn and the original American Flatbread—isn’t the type of place I would normally consider staying. We usually opt for B&Bs and inns that have personality but are more luxurious than our own home. But when I needed two rooms […]

Country Driving Tours

Zoom, Zoom: Vermont Fall Foliage Road Trip

Road tripping in Vermont is one of our favorite weekend activities—that is, whenever the roads are snow-free (so, what, six months out of the year? Ha.) Even though many roads are still cavernous from frost heaves, no one will argue with me that foliage season is the best time of the year to explore […]

Town Hall Theater - Middlebury, Vermont

Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, Vermont

Doesn’t it seem that the best presents are always the ones you would never buy for yourself? Listening to the Alt—a powerhouse trio of Irish and Scottish musicians—recently at the Town Hall Theater in Middlebury, Vermont, was one of those experiences. When a family friend who hosts a Celtic radio show down […]

Double Dose at Otter Creek Brewing

Otter Creek Brewing, Middlebury, Vermont

Otter Creek Brewing (OCB) is my local watering hole and has been since I could legally drink. Back then, samples were free-flowing, and you could go behind the scenes on tours of the facility. Now, Otter Creek Brewing’s distribution is much greater and the beer much better (Copper Ale […]

Outside Happy Valley Orchards

Happy Valley Orchard, Middlebury, Vermont

It’s (finally) fall here in Vermont, which means apple season! Happy Valley Orchards, located on Quarry Road in Middlebury, Vermont, has the best cider donuts in the area. Naturally, it’s a favorite spot of ours once the seasons change. Yesterday was the first chilly day of the fall, […]