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Gallery in the Garden Silent Auction, Art Exhibit Opening and Guided Tour

The Morrill Homestead’s annual Gallery in the Garden art show and silent auction has become a much-anticipated annual arts event, one that features the works of many fine artists from the Strafford community, the Upper Connecticut River Valley and beyond. Artists express the world around us through works that range

Feedback | Autumn 2015

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Feedback | Autumn 2015

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 Happy 80th  

When we arrived home this Monday, August 24th, from a quick weekend to Wells, Maine, our Yankee magazine awaited us in our mailbox. It reminded me of why I love living in New England. As a native, with roots in

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A Single Pebble

A simple storefront serves traditional Szechuan recipes that are about as different from deep-fried Americanized Chinese food as Vermont is from China. Entrees: from $9.Best Chinese RestaurantNo ordering by number at this temple of sophisticated Asian cuisine, tucked into a cozy renovated house just off Church Street Marketplace. Lazy-susan-topped tables

Angels Among Us 2013

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Angels Among Us 2013

 

Yankee profiles three New Englanders who are making an extraordinary difference in others’ lives.

Farm to Table
Bleu Grijalva & Emily Jodka

Bleu Grijalva and Emily Jodka pack a passion for local food that extends far beyond what they bring to their own plates. As founders of The New Urban Farmers in Pawtucket,

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Ann Clark Ltd.

Shape rolled-out dough into festive forms with snowflake and tree cutters ($3.99 each) made by “the cookie cutter people from Vermont.”–Yankee Magazine, November/December 2010

Angels Among Us

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Angels Among Us

These dedicated New Englanders are making an extraordinary difference in the communities around them.

The Home Maker
DICK CYR

In the midst of a crisis, even unbearable tragedy, some people are capable of extraordinary things. Dick Cyr is an example of that. In the summer of 1984, he and his then wife, Gerry,

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Ardmore Inn

Charlotte Hollingsworth, a former bookstore manager, has named each of the five rooms here for a Vermont author or illustrator, fitted with appropriate volumes. (The Archer Mayor room is quite cozy.) Check out the well-stocked downstairs library and a many-windowed sunroom with rockers for reading. Breakfast is a multicourse delight.

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Inside Yankee: The Gift of Community

This space is where I usually tell you about the stories bound together within these covers. But there’s the matter of Irene to talk about now.
What you hold here left the Yankee offices on its way to the printer less than two weeks after Tropical Storm Irene spilled its fury

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B&B at Catamount Outdoor Family Center

Best Historic HideawayThis 500-acre rural oasis just minutes from Burlington offers trails for hiking, running, mountain biking, and just plain meandering, plus cozy B&B accommodations in a stately 18th-century home built by Vermont’s first governor.

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Grafton Village Cheese

Since the 1890s, the cheesemakers of Grafton, sponsored by the Windham Foundation (a nonprofit dedicated to promoting rural Vermont living), have been crafting gorgeous, creamy, nutty-tasting cheddars. Sample them at their bucolic in-town location or in Brattleboro. 55 Townshend Road, Grafton; 400 Linden St., Brattleboro. 800-472-3866; graftonvillagecheese.com

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Basin Harbor Club

As timeless as a resort can be: Family-owned for more than 100 years, with a matchless location on Lake Champlain, the Club offers cottage or inn accommodations, water sports ranging from paddleboarding to cruising in a vintage Chris-Craft, a private golf course, and fine formal and informal dining. There’s even

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Crowley Cheese

This dairy, our family favorite, has been making cheese in small batches, by hand, since 1824. It’s the cheddar that gets sliced and served with our Thanksgiving apple pie and the block that gets grated for Aunt Roxie’s mac-and-cheese. Check the Web site to see when folks there are cheddaring–they

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BattenKill Canoe

BEST DAY PADDLEPlan a two-hour or two-day paddle down the beautiful Batten Kill with the able assistance of the folks at BattenKill Canoe, who are familiar with every nook and cranny of the river known as “the Valley of Vermont.” Maps for every level of expertise, as well as transportation

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Finding Spring Across New England

MARCH
Vermont Flower Show (Essex Junction, VT) March 4-6. 802-425-5117; greenworksvt.org
Portland Flower Show (Portland, ME) March 10-13. 207-775-4403; portlandcompany.com
Boston Flower & Garden Show / Blooms! (Boston, MA) March 16-20. 781-237-5533, thebostonflowershow.com; 617-933-4900, masshort.org
Seacoast Home & Garden Show (Durham, NH) March 26-27. 207-935-2845; homegardenflowershow.com

APRIL
Florence Griswold Museum (Old Lyme, CT) 860-434-5542;

Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce

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Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce

Bennington is tucked into the southwest corner of Vermont known as The Shires of Vermont. With cozy lodgings, gorgeous scenery, golf, swimming, boating, tennis, hiking, skiing, lots of historic sites, arts, great restaurants, farmers market, music, live regional theater, award winning Garlic Festival, annual Car Show, bicycle tour and walking

Warm Glow

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Warm Glow

1. Stone artist Lew French carefully chooses every rock that goes into his rustic yet awe-inspiring fireplaces (priced per project). Lew French — Stone By Design, Edgartown, MA. lewfrenchstone.com

2. Hand-poured votives ($4-$8), tapers ($18), sconces ($15-$18), pillars ($15-$90), and shaped candles such as this large pear ($12) are made

Bennington Battle Monument

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Bennington Battle Monument

The Bennington Battle Monument was built to commemorate the Battle of Bennington, where Brigadier General John Stark and his American forces successfully defeated two detachments of British General John Burgoyne’s invading army in 1777. The Battle of Bennington was a major turning point for the American Revolution. For the most

Lyndonville, Vermont: Jodi Wheeler

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Lyndonville, Vermont: Jodi Wheeler

Jodi Wheeler is a lot of things to a lot of different people. To new mothers struggling to make ends meet, she secures them clothes and toys for their infants. To a family facing winter, she finds good cold-weather jackets. To kids getting out of school for the weekend who

Bennington Museum

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Bennington Museum

What do folk artist Grandma Moses and abstract artist Helen Frankenthaler have in common? How about a 1920s Martin Wasp automobile and works by contemporary sculptor Sir Anthony Caro? They’re examples of the museum’s new direction, dubbed “creative collisions,” which juxtapose traditional with modern, bringing the two together in lively

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Inside Yankee: Finding Summer

We wait so patiently, don’t we? We find all sorts of ways to enjoy winter–snow sports, cozy inns, reading by the fire, bragging about snow tires and wood piles–because we either do that or be miserable, or join the snowbirds. So we wait. And spring comes. Café tables appear like

Bennington Potters

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Bennington Potters

Hold on tight to your drinks with this sturdy “Trigger Mug” ($52 set of 4).(Yankee Magazine, November/December 2009)People have been visiting Bennington Potters for 62 years. What they say is true: if it’s Bennington, the pleasure of cooking and of eating, begins when you pick up the pot. You will

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Bennington Potters North, Inc.

Best Way With ClayThe seconds sections at both locations are terrific for stocking up on the distinctive handmade stoneware pottery made in Vermont since 1948.

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Best Western Ludlow

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Best Western Ludlow

Discover multiple award winning and AAA 3 diamonds rated lodging at the Best Western Ludlow Colonial Motel, a charming resort in the heart of Vermont’s breathtaking Green Mountains and only a mile away from Okemo Ski Resort. Enjoy an exciting Vermont ski vacation or a romantic getaway that will satisfy

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Billings Farm

What was rural Vermont like circa 1890? Find out at Billings, a model working farm, with draft horses, oxen, sheep, chickens, and Jersey cattle. Watch afternoon milking, tour the restored farm manager’s house and barn exhibits, and enjoy activities such as wagon rides and harvest-season cooking demonstrations. Best Historic Farm

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Make-A-Wish Contacts in New England

The Make-A-Wish Foundation is dependent upon finding volunteers with a wide array of skill sets (kids can come up with some unique wishes). Anyone who can do anything can do something to help. If you’re interested, please contact your state office:
Connecticut
877-203-9474, 203-261-9044
ct.wish.org
Maine
800-491-3171, 207-236-3171
mainewish.org
Massachusetts
617-367-9474
mass.wish.org
New Hampshire
603-623-9474
newhampshire.wish.org
Rhode Island
401-781-9474
mass.wish.org/
Vermont
802-864-9393
makeawishvermont.org

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Blueberry Hill Cross Country Ski Center

Halfdan Kuhnle Trail, the highest groomed Nordic ski trail in Vermont. From Romance Clearing high on the slopes, beautiful views of the Green Mountains and a long, twisting descent await you.– Yankee Magazine, January/February 2012

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Blueberry Hill Inn

Then there are the gems in that crown. For me, the ultimate experience of the Catamount Trail includes great skiing and a stay at one of the 13 inns that dot the route. This is the sugar and spice of the Catamount Trail: the rugged backcountry, bookended by the comfort

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Wrong Target
Edie Clark’s bucolic view of country life is certainly charming, but she should have been fretting more about the wandering black bovine eating poisonous pigweed or getting hit by a car rather than getting shot by a hunter [“Raging Bull,” September/October, p. 14]. Encouraging the stereotype of the bumbling

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Boulder Beach

There’s nothing quite as nourishing for both body and soul as a dip in a Vermont swimming hole, where the sylvan surroundings enfold you in a blanket of green. Nestled in one of the largest state forests in the Northeast Kingdom, Lake Groton is actually too large to be called

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Lyme Watch
I think Edie Clark’s piece on the Lyme disease epidemic is one of the finest things she has ever written (“Trouble in Paradise,” July/August). Last year, I, too, had Lyme disease, for the first time at age 74, after working in an abandoned bee balm bed in Maine. Fortunately,

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Brattleboro Books

RAINY-DAY BROWSESouthern Vermont’s largest used-book store has miles of aisles of books to browse and comfy chairs tucked into cozy reading nooks.

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The Quiet Celebration of a Cy Young Winner

“The day they were announcing the Cy Young [last November], I started to think, What do I say if he doesn’t win? … It was our anniversary weekend, so we were leaving that night for the Woodstock Inn in Vermont no matter what. Win, lose, or whatever. I think it

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The Fairest of Them All

Whether they’re called fairs, festivals, art shows, or samplers, these events have one important thing in common: They’re a great way to get your holiday shopping done early. So beat the rush at the malls this season and purchase something made with care. These acclaimed annual events have something for

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Burton Island State Park

Vermont’s only full-service island state park is a short ride on a motor launch from St. Albans Point. Camp, swim, hike, rent a canoe or rowboat—and enjoy the state’s only park canteen offering light meals, beer, and wine. The state’s passenger ferry leave from Kamp Kill Kare State Park. BEST

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Speaking My Mind

Quabbin’s Secret

Your article “Secret Places” (March/April) shows the beauty of the Quabbin Reservation. Hidden beneath pictures and words lie the four doomed towns from which 2,500 inhabitants were forced to relocate and 7,561 bodies required reinterment in other cemeteries. My paternal grandparents lived in Greenwich (one of the

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Cafe Provence

French food doesn’t have to be fussy. Chef Robert Barral makes his own chutney from cherry tomatoes to top baked haddock, and grinds beef from a local farm to craft a perfect burger. He also makes exquisite hearth-oven pizzas as well as a seafood stew on saffron rice. BEST VERMONT

Camel’s Hump

BEST EPIC CLIMBThe distinctive mass of rock atop this 4,083-foot peak can be seen in the distance across northern Vermont. To stand atop that mighty summit, you’ll need two strong legs, an ample amount of water, and plenty of gorp. There are several trails to the summit, so check the

Camp Plymouth State State Park

During Vermont’s 19th-century mini gold rush, prospectors sought their fortunes on Plymouth’s Buffalo Brook. Today you can pan the stream for gold at this state park on the shores of Echo Lake. Beach, boat rentals, and four furnished cottages for rent. BEST PLACE TO STRIKE IT RICH.For three bucks you

Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway

Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway

The Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway is an 80-passenger cable car that brings visitors to the 4,080-foot summit of Cannon Mountain. If it’s a clear day, you can see the mountains in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, and Canada! And the ride takes only 10 minutes! At the summit, you’ll

Catamount Trail Association

Vermont’s Catamount Trail stretches 300 miles over remote wilderness tracts, groomed Nordic ski and snowshoe trails, snowmobile trails, and old logging roads. The Blueberry Hill Inn in Goshen, Vermont, was built in 1813 as a lodging house for loggers; a sheep farm was established on the property sometime later. Today

Cheese Outlet Fresh Market

MEAL DEALAt 5 p.m. all premade sandwiches are discounted 50 percent; at 6, deli items are reduced 25 percent. Vermont’s culinary revolution from its maple-and-cheddar past is nowhere better exemplified than at this chic market on downtown Burlington’s southern fringe. Market? That’s a modest term for a purveyor of fine

Copper Kettle B and B

Copper Kettle B and B

The Copper Kettle Bed and Breakfast is located in a 100-year-old home, and provides a quiet, relaxing atmosphere in a Vermont country setting. Choose from two comfortable rooms on the second floor while the family lives on the first floor. Both guest rooms have private bath, wireless internet, a small

Currier’s Quality Market

The Best 5: Vermont Country StoresStuffed forest animals lurk in and above the aisles, handy ways to direct customers to specific groceries. Mailboxes and sporting supplies are beyond the 948-pound moose.–Yankee Magazine, September/October 2011

Dan & Whit’s General Store

The Best 5: Vermont Country Stores“If we don’t have it, you don’t need it” remains a store credo, covering woodstoves to Cheerios to chicken feed.–Yankee Magazine, September/October 2011

Danforth Pewterers

The “Mariner” pewter oil lamp ($180) is designed with a stable base in the shape of a ship’s decanter.–Yankee Magazine, January/February 2011Back in the 1970s, Vermont was a mecca for young craftspeople. Two of the most successful were Fred and Judi Danforth, who launched Danforth Pewterers more than 30

Edgewater Gallery

Edgewater Gallery

Right in the heart of picturesque Middlebury, VT, Edgewater Gallery sits beside and overlooks the town’s iconic natural feature, the 18-foot-high Middlebury Falls on Otter Creek. Founded in November 2009, the gallery occupies the One Mill Street building, which over the last 30 years has been the premiere location for

Equinox Golf Resort & Spa

Equinox Golf Resort & Spa

Equinox Golf Resort & Spa is truly a four-seasons resort. You won’t run out of things to do here, with a world-class spa, golf course, and even fly fishing, there is something for everyone. Located in Manchester Village, Vermont, you are in the heart of everything outdoors: skiing, hiking, sight-seeing,

Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium

It’s a window on the wide world, Victorian-style. The Romanesque Revival Fairbanks boasts an astoundingly eclectic hoard of natural science, ethnology, and Vermont-history treasures—an old-style “cabinet of curiosities” writ large. Upstairs, the state’s only public planetarium offers state-of-the-art star shows. Best Small City Museum-Yankee Magazine May/June 2015Victorian cabinets in the

Floyd’s Store

The Best 5: Vermont Country StoresThe 1912 cash register works, and customers warm the rockers by the potbelly stove that doesn’t. Check the magazine swap shelf. Staples include penny candy, local cheeses, and veterinary supplies.Yankee Magazine, September/October, 2011

Fortuna’s Sausage Co.

Fortuna’s Sausage Co.

3rd generation sausage makers originally from Rhode Island and recently relocated to Sandgate, Vermont. Patti & Paul pride themselves on true old world Italian sausages and salami, handcrafted and using only the finest ingredients and unique old world drying process to achieve lean and delicious artisan dry-cured sausages that are

Forty Putney Road Bed & Breakfast

More an intimate hotel than a B&B, this French Provincial mansion features elegantly unfussy accommodations, a pub offering Vermont beers and wines, an indoor hot tub, two-course breakfasts (served on the patio in summer), and concierge service—all with an emphasis on guest privacy. BEST BARONIAL B & B.

Frog Hollow Vermont State Craft Center

Frog Hollow Vermont State Craft Center is dedicated to showcasing and appreciating fine Vermont craftsmanship. Frog Hollow’s Burlington gallery exhibits a one-of-a-kind collection of traditional and contemporary Vermont art and craft.The Frog Hollow Vermont State Craft Center With upwards of 2,000 professional craftspeople at work throughout Vermont, and it’s impossible

Fullerton Inn & Restaurant

Fullerton Inn & Restaurant

Historic Inn on the Green in the Center of Chester Vermont. 20 charming modern guest rooms. Expansive front porch that is used for summer dining. Large lobby with huge stone fireplace greets guests and warms them during the winter. On-site dining room and Tavern for comfortable casual fine dining in

Goddard Mansion Bed and Breakfast

Goddard Mansion Bed and Breakfast

An 18 room English Manor home on seven acres with panoramic mountain views (stunning during foliage season) of the mountains in New Hampshire and Vermont. Near four season recreation including downhill and cross-country skiing, canoeing, kayaking, and hang gliding. Also near cultural and historical activities. High speed wireless internet access,

Grafton Inn

Grafton Inn

Since 1801, the Grafton Inn in Vermont has provided the finest comforts and amenities to our guests. Located in the heart of historic Grafton Village, they have 45 individually appointed rooms, including seven suites and four guest homes. The award-winning Old Tavern restaurant features locally inspired American cuisine. Phelps Barn

Grafton Village Cheese Company

There are many fine Cheddars being made in New England, but Grafton is special for its balance of buttery, tangy, and earthy-mushroom notes.800-472-3866. Townshend Rd., Grafton. Best bet: Go for the Gold. Mon.-Fri. 8-4, Sat.-Sun. 10-4. (www.graftonvillagecheese.com)In a state that takes pride in its cheese-making tradition, the rich, sharp cheddars

Green Mountain Glassworks

Vermont natives Michael and Angela Egan shape Venetian-style freehand blown glass into spectacular vases, pitchers, and a variety of art glass, but it’s the earrings we come for, beautifully shaped and reasonably priced. BEST GLASS EARRINGS.

Green Mountain Inn

Inns aplenty dot rural Vermont, but this plush hostelry anchors the state’s most famous small town. A 180-year hospitality tradition is enhanced by fully equipped apartments and townhouses, an outdoor heated pool, and fine informal dining. Stowe’s shops, restaurants, and the Vermont Ski Museum are steps away. BEST IN-TOWN INN.

Green Mountain Railroad

Green Mountain Railroad

Vermont’s Green Mountain Railroad operates three vintage trains: the Green Mountain Flyer (Bellows Falls to Chester Depot); the White River Flyer (White River Junction to Thetford), and the Champlain Valley Flyer (Burlington to Charlotte). All three take in stunning views.
– Yankee Magazine, January/February 2010

Take a scenic train ride through Vermont.

Green Mountain Sugar House

Green Mountain Sugar House

Producers of Vermont’s finest award winning maple syrup. Sugarhouse and gift shop attached, view the sugarhouse and then shop from our great selection of maple syrup, maple candies and Vermont food products and gifts and enjoy a maple creemee. We do ship.

Hathaway Farm

Best Place To Get LostSaturday night “Moonlight Madness” festivities at Vermont’s largest corn maze begin with a glowstick-lit expedition and conclude with a marshmallow roast. The maze is open from the last weekend in July through the last weekend in October.

Hawk Inn & Mountain Resort

Hawk Inn & Mountain Resort

1,200 pristine acres in the heart of the Green Mountains, located between Killington and Okemo. Four Seasons of Activities: archery, biking, cross country skiing, fly fishing, heated indoor & outdoor pools, hiking, ice skating, marina, nearby golf and Alpine skiing, snowshoeing, spa, tennis. Enjoy fireside dining on the Black River

Hemingway’s

You don’t expect one of America’s finest restaurants to be located on an out-of-the-way highway in the Green Mountains, but the dining here is transcendant for its flavors, imagination and attention to detail. Praised by magazines from Food & Wine to Esquire, there is no finer spot for special

Hen of the Wood

When it comes to regional ingredients, chef Eric Warnstedt walks the walk, which includes a stellar selection of Vermont cheeses, all served in a former grist mill located on Thatcher Brook.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2010

Historic Tour Of Uvm

This 90-minute stroll takes walkers through the campus of the University of Vermont, the fifth-oldest university in New England; more than a dozen UVM buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places.–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2012

Hollister Hill Farm B&B

Bob and Lee Light moved to Vermont in the 1970s back-to-the-land era, and in 1983 settled on this 205-acre farm. Today they milk Jersey cows, grow organic produce, operate a farm store … and welcome guests to their 1825 home. Accommodations include two sunny double rooms and a family suite,

Hotel Vermont

Downtown Burlington’s first new independent hotel in a century offers bright, modern accommodations without boutique minimalism. Vermont wood and stonework are everywhere, and locally sourced ingredients are the rule at Juniper restaurant. A satellite location of the award-winning Hen of the Wood is also a dining option. BEST NEW INDIE

J. J. Hapgood General Store & Eatery

Back in 1827, J. J. Hapgood didn’t serve pizza—at least not with arugula or feta. With the store’s latest incarnation, you’ll find wood-fired pizzas, sandwiches, salads, and homemade desserts, along with breakfast, local produce, cheeses, and Vermont microbrews, all served in the beautiful shadow of Bromley Mountain. Outdoor seating is

J. K. Adams Co.

This “Heritage Collection” hickory serving board ($56) is inspired by enduring 18th-century design principles; a high-quality pie roller (10×17/8-inch $12) comes in handy for holiday baking.–Yankee Magazine, November/December 2010BEST KITCHEN WOODENWARECutting boards, pizza peels, salad bowls–all crafted in Vermont and made to last. Full line of non-wooden kitchen items, too.

Johnson Woolen Mills

BEST LOCAL DISGUISEThe secret to looking like a real Vermonter? Plaid wool outerwear goes a long way, and this 169-year-old mill is your best bet for shirts, pants, and cozy jackets.Since 1842, fine woolen outerwear has been cut and sewn right here, most memorably the red-and-black plaid shirts and dark-green

Kedron Valley Stables

BEST PLACE TO SADDLE UPHorseback riding in Vermont is no pony ride around a barn. Head to Kedron and you could be spending half the day galloping though secluded woods and meadows, or riding into the historic villages of South Woodstock and Weathersfield.

Kent Chamber of Commerce

#1: Top Foliage TownDespite the stiff competition that Vermont and New Hampshire villages put up every year for bragging rights to the best foliage town in New England–and, by extension, the world–I found the pinnacle of the leaf-peeping experience in the northwestern Connecticut town of Kent. Of course, that starts

Kingdom Trails

BEST MOUNTAIN BIKINGPull into the parking lot next to Mountain View Creamery and you’ll find cars with license plates from all over the Northeast and Canada. They’ve made the long drive to East Burke to ride atop rolling countryside, past hundred-year-old barns, along streams, and under tall pines, all on

Kitchen Table Bistro

Look for bold Vermont flavors such as braised short ribs with winter root vegetables, roast chicken with corn and baby carrots, or a great steak frites. BEST FRESH MARKET DINING.

KL Mountain Shop

Spending time in Vermont’s great outdoors? Stop at this outlet first for terrific bargains (up to 60 percent off) on clothing and gear from top brands, including North Face, Patagonia, and Black Diamond. BEST OUTDOOR WEAR.

Lake Champlain Ferries

Lake Champlain Ferries

Lake Champlain Ferries have been crossing the waters of Lake Champlain since 1826. Lake Champlain is the sixth-largest lake in the United States, reaching a maximum width of 12 miles and depths of more than 300 feet, and Lake Champlain Transportation Company ferries have been getting people to and from

Lake Morey Resort

The water is the heart of all the activity at this family getaway, and that includes meals. The dining room is 15 feet from the shoreline; the menu highlighting New American cuisine includes fresh, seasonal Vermont produce and locally raised pork with apple–raisin chutney.Yankee Magazine, May/June 2010

Lake Willoughby

Lake Willoughby sits in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, its southern end wedged spectacularly between a pair of shaggy, slouchy mountains that flank the lake like bookends. Mountains have the merit of always adding grandeur to a landscape, and when mixed with a shimmering expanse of water, the whole scene can approach

Lake’s Lampshades

For 20 years Judy Lake, a Vermont crafter, has been transforming old lamps into new by creating one-of-a-kind shades.The Lampshade Lady’s Guide to Lighting Up Your Life(Potter Craft/Crown Publishing Group, 2009; $27.50–Yankee Magazine, July/August 2010

Lazy Pear Gallery

No black berets here, only the arresting artwork of some of Vermont’s most original midcareer talent, curated by fellow artists in a rambling yellow Victorian.

Lost Nation Theater

The capital of Vermont is a stage capital as well. From Shaw to Simon, Wilde to Wilder, “the theater with heart in the heart of Vermont” has presented classic and modern plays and musicals at Montpelier’s City Hall Auditorium Arts Center since its relocation in 1989. BEST CAPITAL CITY STAGE.

Lowell Lake State Park

BEST PLACE TO SWIMBacked by the Green Mountains, Lowell Lake is a hidden body of water where paddling will bring you within sight of turtles catching some sun on floating branches. Afterwards, jump into the fresh water for your own version of a Vermont baptism. From Route 11, turn onto

lu lu

Where else but in Vermont can you get artisanal ice cream made with yolks from eggs laid on the premises? This tiny shop mixes up small batches with fanciful flavors such as salted caramel and Black Mascara Tears. BEST HOMEMADE ICE CREAM.

Made Inn Vermont

Luxe B&B or micro-hotel? Burlington’s newest inn blends 19th- and 20th-century styles—including for-sale Vermont artworks—in a classic, cupola-topped Victorian mansion. Enjoy gel-topped mattresses, in-room fridges stocked with local delicacies, a sauna, and an outdoor hot tub. Beer and wine are available. Rates: from $225. Best New B&B

Manchester Chamber of Commerce

#3: Top Foliage TownThe second-highest peak in southern Vermont, Equinox Mountain offers unbroken views stretching miles to the surrounding ranges–a painter’s palette of gold and crimson by the first week of October. In August, the town hosts the annual Southern Vermont Art & Craft Festival, which draws artisans from around

Manchester Designer Outlets

Manchester Designer Outlets

World Class Designer brands in the perfect setting. Stroll the streets of Manchester Vermont and you will be lured into shops the likes of Giorgio Armani, Escada, Lilly Pulitzer, Vineyard Vines, Michael Kors, Coach, Polo Ralph Lauren and many more. Stop for lunch at the Depot Cafe or for a

Manchester View

Manchester View

On 14 landscaped acres, featuring suites, Jacuzzis, fireplaces, golf, heated pool, decks, and balconies with magnificent mountain views, The Manchester View appeals to family vacationers as well as couples seeking a romantic getaway. Located in a hub of shopping and dining for Southern Vermont. You can also enjoy theater, concerts,

Martha’s Folk Art Gallery

Martha’s Folk Art Gallery

Looking for a unique Vermont experience? Visit Martha’s Folk Art Gallery! Travel down a beautiful country road just a short distance off the beaten path. See the full range of Martha’s artwork including original folk art and Rufus Porter style paintings, limited and open edition prints, vinegar grained frames and

Mary Prentiss Inn

This Neoclassical lodging within walking distance of Porter and Harvard squares blends historic charm (high tea) with modern niceties (free parking, wireless). A hot breakfast is served every morning with local specialties like banana–nut waffles and Vermont maple syrup. Try to reserve Room 9, which boasts a wood-burning fireplace. Rates:

Merck Forest and Farmland Center

Merck Forest and Farmland Center

Merck Forest and Farmland Center is an educational non-profit that strives to teach, demonstrate, and sustain a working 60 acre farm and 3,100 forested landscape. We offer recreational opportunities, including 30 miles of trials for equestrian, hiking, snowshoeing, and x-country skiing. There are backcountry cabins and shelters for rent and

Michael s on the Hill

Thirty local farms supply provender, and chef Michael Kloeti brings his Swiss homeland’s exacting standards to this award-winning restaurant in an 1820 farmhouse. Menus follow the seasons and might include house-made duck prosciutto or chicken with heirloom tomatoes and foraged mushrooms. Finish with a Vermont artisanal-cheese plate. Entrees: from $27.

Middlebury Inn

Middlebury Inn

The Middlebury Inn is about as picturesque and charming as it gets. Since 1827, the Inn has hosted guests with its classic and historic enchantment. And now it has all of the modern-day comforts that visitors have come to expect, including fine dining, a day spa, a pub, and meeting

Mombo

Cooks at Mombo lovingly craft the sausages and terrines for the restaurant’s charcuterie plates, not to mention sweet-and-savory accompaniments such as red-onion compote, fig jam, cranberry-olive tapenade, and stoneground mustard. Vermont cheeses are also included. BEST HOUSE CHARCUTERIE.

Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks

In Vermont, almost every drive on a warm summer night leads to a creemee stand. The soft-serve ice cream comes in dozens of flavors, but maple reigns supreme—and at Morse Farm, that iconic ingredient comes from the family’s own sugarbush. BEST MAPLE CREEMEE.

Moss Glen Falls

Forming one of Vermont’s most dramatic waterfalls, Moss Glen Brook makes a foaming, 125-foot drop through a deep, narrow gorge, where you may see peregrine falcons soaring above. Turn right off Route 100 onto Randolph Road, roughly 3 miles north of Stowe village, and look for Moss Glen Falls Road

Mount Equinox Skyline Drive

Mount Equinox Skyline Drive

Mount Equinox Skyline Drive offers stunning, 3,848-feet-above- sea- level views of the Green, White, Adirondack, Berkshire, and Taconic Mountain ranges. As the longest, privately owned paved road in the United States, the 5.2 mile Skyline Drive is peppered with many vistas and areas for picnics and photographs. Don’t miss the

Mount Philo State Park

If you’re not quite ready to notch Mount Mans field or Camel’s Hump into your hiking stick, Mount Philo offers a gentle ascent to a 986-foot summit with spectacular views of Lake Champlain, the Adirondacks, and those more challenging Vermont peaks you’ll tackle next year. Ten campsites are available. Best

Mystery on Main Street

If the butler did it, you’ll catch him here. Vermont’s only mystery and crime bookstore stocks titles ranging from vintage noir to Brattleboro’s own Archer Mayor, including signed and collectible volumes, in a browser-friendly environment complete with comfy sofas. BEST MYSTERY BOOKSTORE.

Naulakha

Rudyard Kipling wrote The Jungle Book not in steamy India but in the sober kingdom of southern Vermont. His former home has been restored and is available to groups.

New England Via Vermont

Hard by the Canadian border amid the Cham plain Islands, this is one of those shops that makes jaws drop. Seemingly every kind of souvenir of Vermont shares space with fossilized shark teeth, Civil War–era bullets, and exhibits on Champ the Sea Monster.

North Star Canoe and Kayak Rentals

A knockout when viewed from dry land, just imagine what the 449-foot Cornish–Windsor Bridge looks like from the water. Drift or paddle down the Connecticut River, courtesy of the oldest private outfitter on the waterway, to admire the longest 19th-century wooden covered bridge in the U.S., linking New Hampshire and

Northern Forest Canoe Trail

This section of the Connecticut River offers lots of sandy beaches for swimming and picnics, and best of all: no portages. Look for great blue herons, river otters, beavers, and minks. BEST CANOEING.The Maine section of this waterway (from Lake Umbagog to St. John River) flows a whopping 347 miles,

Okemo Mountain Timber Ripper

At Okemo Mountain Resort, drivers control the speed of sled-like cars as they whizz down 3,100 feet of track on a scenic trip through alpine forest, bringing them up close to Okemo’s Jackson Gore. BEST DOWNHILL RIDE.Best Place To Let ‘er RipOn the Ripper, billed as “Vermont’s first roller coaster,”

Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce

Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce

The Okemo Valley serves the Towns of Andover, Cavendish, Chester, Ludlow, Mount Holly, Plymouth and Weston. Within 20 minutes you can be in a totally different environment – from historic President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site to hiking and biking at Okemo Mountain Resort. Farmers markets and craft fairs to

Osteria Pane E Salute

This tiny upstairs Slow Food restaurant gem is arguably Vermont’s most authentic Italian restaurant, serving a limited menu of home-cooked recipes that change with the harvest. The house charcuterie shines among the antipasti, and the polenta is always a winner for the pasta course. BEST VERMONT ITALIAN.

Rabbit Hill Inn

Massages, hiking paths, and an intimate fireside dining room all do their job to light the fire for romance. But perhaps just as important is what the inn, nestled in the Northeast Kingdom, doesn’t have: TV, WiFi, or even a reliable cell phone signal—so you can disconnect from the outside

Red Hen Baking Co.

The gorgeous artisanal breads are fresh and certified organic, and you can see the wonderful creations being made right in front of you, thanks to the large window that separates the cafe from the bakery.Best Lunch StopCentral Vermont’s favorite artisanal bakers offer ham-and-cheese croissants, sticky buns, homemade soups, and sandwiches.

Riverview Cafe

The big draw at this 130-year-old museum is the Grandma Moses Gallery. But don’t overlook the Colonial and Civil War artifacts, the Bennington flag (perhaps the oldest Stars and Stripes), Bennington pottery, and the only auto ever manufactured in Vermont.This first-rate museum is a historical gold mine and one of

Rock of Ages

Rock of Ages

Rock of Ages’ Central Vermont’s granite foundations have supplied the world with this durable stone for more than a century. Watch workers cut great blocks of granite from the 600-foot quarry walls; then tour workshops where artisans sculpt statuary and memorials. Voted Best Rock Show.Rock of Ages is a granite

Seasoned Books and Bakery

The cozy smell of lentil soup from the adjoining cafe season the musty odor of used books in a labyrinth of shelves, irresistible for browsing. Long focused on sustainable living, the shop now offers fiction, kids’ books, and Vermont-made toys.

Seven Stars Bakery

Olive bread, sourdough, challah, Vermont cheddar bread, even the basic baguette–there are no misses at this beloved bakery, which elevates artisanal bread from supporting role to star. BEST ARTISANAL BREAD.

Shelburne Museum

Shelburne Museum

A spectacular collection of American artifacts—folk art, tools, clothing, carriages, furniture, and much more—and fine art fill historic buildings throughout this sprawling, beautifully landscaped site. Highlights include circus figures and posters, and the restored steamboat Ticonderoga, high and dry but set for a circa-1920s Lake Champlain voyage. Best Art &

Shoreham Inn & Pub

Not all guests arrive by bike, although this 200+-year-old inn draws cyclists enjoying gentle Champlain Valley terrain. Vermont crafts and furnishings fill 10 cozy rooms and suites, and a British-inspired gastropub is provisioned by local suppliers of everything from apples to ale. Rates: from $145. Best Historic Hostelry

Simon Pearce

Simon Pearce diners are served fresh rainbow trout and a curlicue salad of frisee laced with bacon and a soft egg. The Ballymaloe brown bread with sweet Vermont butter is impossible to stop eating.Candlelight twinkling in a clean-lined “Nantucket” hurricane ($165) adds even more atmosphere to a pretty porch scene.–Yankee

Singleton s General Store

Make a lavish picnic of a trip to south-central Vermont with supplies from the state’s premier smoked-meat emporium. Corncob-smoked ham, pepperoni, salmon, and jerky are standouts, along with Vermont delicacies to ship or carry home. BEST SMOKED MEATS.

Snow Farm Vineyard

Every Thursday, June through September, popular Vermont bands perform outdoor concerts on the broad-faced lawn adjacent to the grapevines. From jazz and blues to Western swing and rock-’n’-roll, admission is free and it’s a local favorite. Snow Farm wines, local beer, and food can be purchased on site; outside alcohol

Starry Night Cafe

The emphasis on local sourcing here extends even to floral centerpieces and hand-blown glassware—but most important are the local produce, meats, and dairy products that go into one of the region’s most creative menus. Succulent pork loin is brined in Vermont cider before grilling; beef is from Grass Roots

Stephen Huneck Gallery at Dog Mountain

A mile down the road from his home, Stephen created his masterpiece: a 150-acre dog park, free and open to the public, with trails, forests, and a swimming pond. He dubbed it “Dog Mountain.” At the center of it he erected a classic Vermont chapel dedicated to the memories of

Stowe Country Homes Property Rentals

Stowe Country Homes Property Rentals

Stowe Vermont’s leading vacation rental specialists! Offering a wide range of rentals throughout the area, including private homes, slopeside ski-in ski-out homes and condos, in all price ranges. Short and long term rentals available. Ask about daily housekeeping, concierge, and other vacation services. Professionally and locally managed.

Stowe, Vermont: Visitor Information Center

Stowe, Vermont: Visitor Information Center

Located at the foot of Mt. Mansfield, Vermont’s highest peak, the idyllic village of Stowe, Vermont has hosted travelers for over 200 years. A true four-season destination of international renown, Stowe offers endless opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, the arts, and more. Book at gostowe.com or call our central reservationists

The Antique Center at Camelot Village

Best RummagingSome 150 dealers cram Vermont’s largest antiques center, whose ever-changing inventories range from coins to old advertising signs, dolls to heirloom jewelry, glassware to vintage clothing. Check out the craft gallery and the country store.

The Center for an Agricultural Economy

The Center for an Agricultural Economy serves as the organizing hub for Hardwick Vermont’s food experiment. Tom Stearns points out that he’s had 40 job applications in the past week at his seed farm. No wonder: Some of the slots pay $40,000 a year, they come with benefits, and there’s

The Inn at Manchester

The Inn at Manchester

Our Manchester, Vermont bed and breakfast is situated on four lovely acres of lawns and gardens with a meandering brook. Nestled in a valley between the Taconic and Green Mountains, we offer a country atmosphere with in-town convenience. Wonderful views of the mountains can be enjoyed in season while you’re

The Inn at Shelburne Farms

Country ease meets Gilded Age opulence. Many guestrooms in the Tudor-style mansion overlooking Lake Champlain feature furnishings original to the Webb family, who summered here on a 1,400-acre model farm that today supplies meats, dairy, and produce to the inn’s elegant restaurant. Voted Best Lakeside Luxury. You could buy the

The Inn at Weston

The Inn at Weston

The Inn at Weston is an 1848 Farmhouse located in the quintessential Vermont village of Weston. We offer 13 rooms – some with oversized Jacuzzis for two, sauna/steam showers, fireplaces, some with private deck. The dining room has a grand piano for nightly piano music as you dine by candlelight.

The Inn on Trout River

The Inn on Trout River

Hosted by Michael and Lee Forman (Lee is the inn’s chef, loves to cook, and was featured on television; Michael maintains the grounds and loves to golf; they have 3 grandchildren). An 1895 country Victorian located in a Vermont Historic District in the town of 7 covered bridges. The honeymoon

The Jackson House Inn

Many visitors feel that this opulent inn just outside the town center epitomizes the Vermont B&B experience. Accommodations include suites with gas fireplaces and handsomely appointed traditional rooms. Breakfast is as sumptuous as the surroundings. BEST INTIMATE RETREAT.

The Mountain Top Inn & Resort

The Mountain Top Inn & Resort features a variety of accommodations to meet your needs. Our selection includes suites, luxury rooms, classic lodge rooms, pet friendly mountain cabins and a collection of private chalet homes for up to 16 guests. Rooms in the Lodge are individually decorated with various themes

The Vermont Country Store

The Vermont Country Store

The Vermont Country Store carries hard-to-find treats from yesteryear and is a popular stop for kids and kids-at-heart alike. Voted Best Legendary Emporium.
–Yankee Magazine, May/June 2012

One of the state’s best tourist lures, founded by Vrest Orton, and the mother of all country stores.

Yankee Magazine April 2006

In 1946, Vrest Orton came

The Warren Store

The Warren Store

The Warren Store calls itself “The local store and so much more,” and they aren’t kidding. First of all, they have a bakery out back where they bake their own bread! Pastries, too! And desserts! They use some of that bread to make the sandwiches they serve. Try their most

Three Mountain Inn

Guestrooms, many with gas fireplaces, are divided between the original inn and neighboring Robinson House. In the garden there’s also luxurious Sage Cottage.–Yankee Magazine, November/December 2011Best Jamaican EscapeThe country-inn experience, with no facet overlooked: antiques, featherbeds, fireplaces or stoves (in 10 of the 15 guestrooms), three-course breakfasts, and dinner in

Thunder Road SpeedBowl

Vermont may be the land of prim little hybrids and mini-SUVs, but it does boast at least one spot where raw power rules. From late April through early October, families pack the stands at Thunder Road as some of the region’s best drivers compete in a full schedule of stock-car

Trapp Family Lodge

Trapp Family Lodge

Pedal, climb, and jump through forests and over meadows at this 2,500-acre retreat, which boasts some of Vermont’s most sought-after countryside. Discover 26 miles of single- and double-track terrain for beginners to daredevils. Voted BEST MOUNTAIN BIKING.

University of Vermont Morgan Horse Farm

University of Vermont Morgan Horse Farm

Vermont’s state animal has a special home near Middlebury, where the strong, clean-limbed descendants of Justin Morgan, the first Morgan horse, are bred and trained. Take a guided tour of the stables; you may want to take a Morgan home, as several are always for sale. Best Horse Farm-Yankee Magazine

Vermont Farm Tours

BEST CUSTOM CHEESE TOURSChris Howell’s all-day excursion includes a visit to several artisanal cheesemakers, plus a workshop, lots of samples, and a three-course picnic lunch. (Other offerings include a Champlain Islands bike tour, a Vermont vineyards tour, a farm tour, and a tour of the Intervale area’s organic farms in

Vermont Food Venture Center

This year, the Vermont Food Venture Center is moving into Hardwick’s industrial park. It’s a place where new “agrepreneurs,” to use a term coined by author Ben Hewitt, can figure out how to make that new cheese, that new salsa, that new tempeh, all on a scale that will also

Vermont Gift Barn

You’ll find a full array of Vermont-made things, from maple syrup to pottery to furniture, at this unique shop, housed in (you guessed it) a real barn. BEST GIFT SHOP.

Vermont Historical Society Museum

Not just another history museum, this revamped Vermont-focused institution is modern in its immersive approach. Riffing off the state’s anthem “Freedom and Unity,” it re-creates pivotal environments from the state’s past, including an Abenaki village, the Green Mountain Boys’ Catamount Tavern, and Calvin Coolidge’s summer White House.

Vermont Rails-to-Trails

Freight trains once hauled milk and feed along this route—but now the old right-of-way has been reborn as the Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail, a bucolic corridor for walkers, horseback riders, cross-country skiers, snowmobilers, and cyclists like me. I was bound for St. Albans, more than 26 miles distant, traversing farm

Vermont Soy

Vermont Soy’s owner, Andrew Meyer, grew up on a local dairy farm, the kind of farm that’s been going under for decades as the milk industry turns into a commodity business dominated by huge Western dairies. So he understands the need for a more regional food economy. “I think Vermont

Vermont State House

Best Free TourTours of Vermont’s stately capitol, with its restored Victorian interior, include both legislative chambers, the governor’s office, and the Cedar Creek Room with its Civil War mural. Walk-ins welcome July-October; by reservation the rest of the year. Also self-guided “magic wand” tours.Built of Barre granite in 1859,

Vermont Wildflower Farm

Peruse more than 500 varieties of wildflower, vegetable, and herb seeds for every region and zone at this farm’s country gift shop. Visitors may stroll through six acres of fields and trails. Voted Best Place for Seeds & a Stroll. BEST WALK ON THE WILDFLOWER SIDEWander through six acres of

Wagatha’s

Wagatha’s, a small company in Manchester Center, Vermont, that produces organic dog biscuits has started selling bundles of maple sticks as boutique dog toys for $12.95 a pot.Over the last two years, Wagatha’s has sold thousands of Fetchstix around the country. As you might expect, they don’t do very well

West Hill House Bed and Breakfast

Hosted by wife-husband team Dotty Kyle and Eric Brattstrom (Dotty, artist, cook, former YMCA executive; Eric, renovator, stained-glass artisan, former construction manager; both love books and movies). An 1850 farmhouse on 9 acres w/wide-pine floors, a wood-fired bread oven in the kitchen, large common rooms, a big front porch, a

Weston Playhouse Cabaret

An after-theatre nightclub in small-town Vermont? Sure—at the Weston Playhouse’s Cabaret, where improv song, dance, spoofs—and a bit of mild bawdiness—take over after nightly performances. Food and drink served; reservations suggested. BEST PLACE FOR A NIGHTCAP.

Whetstone Restaurant and Brewery

Whetstone Restaurant and Brewery

Waterfront Restaurant and Brewery with indoor and outdoor dining just steps from downtown Brattleboro Vermont. Casual American fare and house brewed craft beers, alongside dozens of other amazing craft beer options.

Willey’s Store

The Best 5: Vermont Country StoresClose to Caspian Lake, a serious source of meat, local cheese, produce, and groceries, plus hardware and an upstairs full of clothing and boots, yard goods, buttons, and more.–Yankee Magazine, September/October 2011

Wilson Castle

Here’s a rarity in a state not known for ostentation: Built in the 1870s by a Vermont doctor and his aristocratic English wife, this imposing brick “castle” boasts 32 rooms, 13 fireplaces, and a wealth of stained glass and elaborate woodwork. Tours daily in summer; murder mystery weekends in September.

Woodstock Area Chamber of Commerce

(#10 tie): Top Foliage TownDairy farms and art galleries share equal space here: a sophisticated crossroads and Vermont’s quintessential small town. Billings Farm & Museum features wagon rides, food-themed events all season (and year-round), and Jersey cows. With an addictive Main Street for browsing, you’ve got all the ingredients for

Yester House

The works of hundreds of regional artists are exhibited and for sale in the 10 elegant galleries and hallways of this Georgian Revival mansion, which serves as headquarters for the Southern Vermont Arts Center. Annual and invitational exhibitions are also launched here, and admission is always free. Best Free Art

Okemo Mountain Resort

Okemo Mountain Resort

The Difference…is Okemo. Golf at the acclaimed Okemo Valley Golf Club or the newly renovated Tater Hill Golf Club. Enjoy biking, hiking, shopping and Ludlow’s shops, restaurants and attractions. Slopeside Lodgeing at Okemo offers deluxe mountainside condominiums and money-saving packages. 1-800-78-OKEMO or visit www.okemo.com for reservations and information.When winter snow

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