Cabot Orton

The Story of the Strength of the Hills

Well, it’s apple season, and as usual Vermonters are taking up one of their favorite subjects of debate: which apples are best for eating, for pies, for pressing into cider, and so on. (For pies, I like MacIntosh or Honeycrisp but that’s another story.) And more and more, you hear people talking about apple cider… more

Teachout-Orton Store

Where It All Began…

This is the country store that inspired Vrest Orton to open The Vermont Country Store in 1946. It belonged to Vrest’s father, Gardner Lyman Orton and grandfather, Melvin Teachout. Like country stores of its time, the Teachout/Orton store served as the heart of its community, a place where folks met for a round of checkers… more

kissing bridge

The Story Behind Our Famous Kissing Bridge

As fall foliage season draws near, you may want to plan a visit to some of Vermont’s most beloved landmarks: our famous covered bridges. Other states have covered bridges too, but we have greater density and greater variety than anywhere else, and every one is a treasure. Not only do they have a range of… more

covered bridge

Vermont’s Spookiest Bridge

Come fall, when you think of Vermont, you usually picture dazzling reds, oranges, and yellows brilliantly painted across the landscape. However, there is more to our state than just breathtaking foliage. Beyond the picturesque scenery is a spooky, more mysterious side. One that’s rooted in legend and made up of hauntings and ghostly sightings. These… more

bryant house

The Bryant House Among Top-Rated Mom & Pop Restaurants in Vermont

Vermont has fewer people in the whole state than most big cities, but locals know they don’t have to travel to find good food in our neck of the woods.  Our own Bryant House Restaurant, located right next to The Vermont Country Store in Weston, is no longer a well-kept secret now that it’s made… more

View by the road in Vermont

What You Don’t See When Driving Through Vermont

A funny thing happens when you drive into Vermont from Massachusetts or upstate New York. The foothills are the same, the rolling fields are similar, but Vermont has something special that people can’t quite put their fingers on. Actually, part of the difference is what Vermont doesn’t have — roadside billboards. Vermont has always been… more