Features and Stories

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Fall For It

Autumn in Vermont appears with a very clear demarcation—the leaves suddenly turn and the evenings rapidly chill. As I write this, it is early August. Back-to-school ads are on TV and everyone is already echoing “I can’t believe the summer is over…”

Shopping

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Shopping with Mr. Orton

By the time we circled over to the checkout counter, it occurred to me that in The Vermont Country Store, you don’t so much finish your shopping, as surrender to the sober realization that, as much as you want it, you simply cannot have it all…

Food & Drink

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It’s Chili in the Mountains

The Green Mountains are a long ride from the hills of Texas, and, of course, it just wouldn’t be Vermont if there wasn’t maple syrup somehow linked to a chili-making contest at Stratton Mountain because maple syrup is this state’s “real thing…”

Good Works

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Solar Switch

At first, the electricians in Barrio San Salvador de Caguas, a village of approximately 3,000 people in Puerto Rico, didn’t understand what Vermonters Bill Laberge and Eric Hangen were up to when they switched off all the electrical breakers in Maria Garcia Carrion’s house, as there was no power to begin with…

Health

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Winter Is Coming: Are You Ready to Shred?

Winter is coming. Your skis or board are waxed, your bindings are tuned, and your boots are broken in; but is your body ready to hit the slopes? Even if you managed to stay somewhat active over the summer, you may not be up for those leg-burning double blacks right out of the gate…

Home

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Building At The Base

Bondville’s home improvement landscape is growing, with a cadre of new businesses congregating at the base of Stratton Mountain. Between the expansion of Londonderry Hardware, a community favorite, and the genesis of a new collaborative space uniting interior design, custom cabinetry, and construction, the quaint town has become a one-stop mecca for the design project of your dreams…

Good Works

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Vermont Businesses Do Well By Doing Good

Benefit Corporations, or B Corps, are for-profit businesses with heart and a social conscience, companies that place taking care of their employees, supporting their communities, and protecting the environment alongside making a profit. And not surprisingly, Vermont is one of the leaders in the B Corp movement… 

Good Works

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Prosperity Candle Helps to Light The Way

Prosperity Candle, makers of unique, hand-poured candles, is lighting the way for women refugees to escape poverty and to achieve economic independence by providing opportunities for them to earn a living…

ArtScene

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Common Threads

Take two layers of fabric, either whole cloth or patchwork, layer filling between the two, and stitch it all together, plain or fancy. Technically speaking, you have just made a quilt. But why stop there?…

Good Works

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Keep It Reel

For generations the Battenkill lured anglers from around the world to its legendary banks promising a trout-fishing paradise, but some 30 years ago the river stopped giving up large numbers of fish, leading scientists, anglers, and concerned citizens to ask: What was killing the Battenkill?…

Food & Drink

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Summer Freeze

Various forms of this frozen solution of milkfat infused with assorted flavorings and sweetened with a sugar are found in a dizzying number of styles with different names throughout the world. But at its core, ice cream is a simple treat. In Vermont, ice cream is more than just a treat however; it’s a point of state pride and bespeaks to our dairy heritage…

Local

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The Passion for Horses

Morgans are spirited and sometimes barely contained equine explosions with highly independent spirits that seem only to bend to human will and training by the slimmest of choices…theirs. Indeed, the Morgan has been called “the horse that chooses you.” As it happens, Manchester, Vermont, is home to one of the most renowned Morgan breeding farms in the world…

Outdoors

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What’s UP with SUP?

Stand-up paddleboarding provides a new perspective of the water, cools you off, slims you down, and gets you ready for the slopes as well. Perched atop a stand-up paddleboard, you’re guaranteed to experience the viridescent Vermont landscape from a singular and stunning perspective…

Outdoors

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The Wild Wild West

At WestFest, hundreds gather with bated breath as the Army Corps of Engineers releases Jamaica’s Ball Mountain Dam, transforming the West River into a whitewater kayaking haven almost instantaneously…

From the Publisher

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On the Waterfront

We had daily swim instruction and donned orange life vests as we climbed into canoes or kayaks or stood in line waiting to check out our sailboats. We fished, and I remember the thrill of catching one, and a large one at that. Those memories are some of my finest…

Snow Sports

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Stratton Gets a Lift

Stratton is poised for growth in the year ahead, with a new owner in Alterra Mountain Company, new resorts in the family including Mammoth and Deer Valley, and the new Ikon Pass that will make resorts across North America more accessible to Stratton skiers and snowboarders while simultaneously introducing new visitors to the stunning Stratton landscape. We spoke about it with Stratton President Bill Nupp…

Outdoors

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Waters with an Edge

Looking to make a splash in Stratton this summer? In an area perhaps best known for its ski mountains, you may be surprised by just how much Vermont has to offer when it comes to warm weather fun. Here, summers are defined not just by the brilliant glow of the Green Mountains but by the crisp, cool, and clear waters waiting within…

ArtScene

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The Age of Illustration

In the 1940s, Arlington, Vermont was home to five Saturday Evening Post illustrators: Norman Rockwell, Mead Schaeffer, Gene Pelham, John Atherton, and George Hughes. Their work collectively created a vision of hope and possibility for the United States at a time of genuine uncertainty and fear. But how did New York City native Norman Rockwell and his peers end up in Arlington, Vermont? Joshua Sherman talks with renowned illustration expert Roger Reed to find out…

Local

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The American Museum of Fly Fishing

Manchester, Vermont has earned its place as the fly-fishing capital of the East, so it’s no surprise that it is also the site of the fly anglers’ national shrine: the American Museum of Fly Fishing. Located next door to the Orvis flagship store, the museum’s mission…

Last Word

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The Summer of ’92

Summer of ’42 is a classic coming-of-age story, focused on the romantic recollections of a teen during his summer vacation. It was the summer of ’92 that changed my life. I was a 12-year-old theatre kid from Kansas obsessed with all things B-R-O-A-D-W-A-Y, but that summer, my mom and dad Eileen and Neal, my sister Jenny, and I, were in Manchester, Vermont, working on a new musical…