The popular New England saying, “You can’t get there from here,” rings true in many parts of Vermont. The Upper Valley isn’t one of them. From the north, Interstate 89 delivers you to this picturesque, mid-section of the state that spills over the Connecticut River into New Hampshire. From the south, I-91 delivers you right there. So turn off that ill-mannered GPS navigator and turn up the Talking Heads song “Take Me To The River,” because that’s the best place to start...
Vermont Institute of Natural Science
Rain or shine, VINS is a fascinating place to connect with the natural world. Check in on rehabilitating raptors, see how falcons hunt their prey or explore any of the nature trails around the perimeter of the facility. Just off Route 4 in Quechee, it’s an easy, and educational, walk on wild side.
Carpenter & Main
The dinner menu, featuring luxe items such as lobster tail, veal osso buco and whole sea bass, is costly, but those seeking casual fare can find plenty at Carpenter & Main. The reasonably priced bistro menu offers duck confit with warm potato salad, steak frites and a popular local burger. Keep reading...
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Marsh Billings Rockefeller National Historical Park
Woodstock is a classic 18th-century New England town — minus the avaricious loggers. George Perkins Marsh, a noted naturalist and statesman, was one of the first to see the error of those ways. He set aside 500 acres of conserved forestland that is now the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park. More than 20 miles of carriage roads weave through the park, making it a spectacular place for a leisurely amble.
Cedar Circle Farm Strawberry Festival
If you worship succulent organic strawberries, you won't want to miss this June festival. In addition to acres of pick-your-own strawberries, Cedar Circle Farm hosts an annual strawberry festival with live music, a barbeque with stone-fired pizza, and all the strawberry shortcake you can eat. Situated along the Connecticut River in East Thetford, it’s a sweet spot on a sweet summer day.
At 4,800 feet, Mount Moosilauke is the tallest of the western White Mountains. The 3.8-mile Gorge Brook trail leads to its windswept granite summit. On a clear day, the view is one of the finest in New England, a sort of old-fashioned Google Earth, where you can look down on Killington, Mt. Ellen and Mansfield, and up to Mt. Washington. The Dartmouth Outing Club keeps a big log cabin open to the public at the most popular trailhead, located at the end of Ravine Road.
Arts & Entertainment
The Main Street Museum
The Main Street Museum in White River Junction offers an interesting mix of international and quirky Americana curiosities such as this June's "Human Hair Lace." Want something even stranger? Check out the “Flora and Fauna Collection,” which, according to the museum’s website, represents “invasive species from the infrastructure of an economically marginal Vermont downtown. Our dried cats are not true mummies; they are merely dehydrated.”
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- Sugar Fix
- Mother Africa
- Harpoon Championships of New England Barbecue
- Drawn and Paneled: Novel Graphics from the Center for Cartoon Studies
- Revving Up in White River: How a Clothing Shop Called Revolution Lives Up to Its Name
- Eyewitness: Barre Pinske studio, Chester
- Doing the Wright Thing: Vermont’s Copeland Furniture
- White River Rising: A Railroad-Town Renaissance
- Windsor's 7th Annual Barbecue Championship
- Sleeping at the Movies: The Fairlee Motel & Drive-In Theater
- Grilling the Chef: Osteria Pane e Salute
- Taste Test: Tip Top Café