Trying to find your way around Vermont with kids?

We’re Vermont Mountain Moms. And we love where we live. We know you’ll love it here, too, especially if you’re able to make informed decisions about where to go and what to do with your family.

We’ll give you honest, timely, and first-hand advice and tips – from parent to parent – about how to get the most out of your vacation all year. Both on and off the slopes.

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Planning a family summer vacation in Vermont

I have a hard time thinking about summer until that first patch of green grass appears in the front yard, which hasn’t happened yet; we’ll be skiing for another couple of weeks here in northern Vermont. But April has arrived, many of the spring birds have returned, and as long as I don’t look out […]

Flannel at Topnotch

Where to stay in Stowe with kids: Resorts

If you’re looking for the full resort experience, there are only a few places in Stowe that fit the bill. To help you decide which one’s the best fit for your family, we created a list of family-specific travel criteria and then started researching. We’re in the process of adding two other fantastic Stowe resorts […]

The outdoor pool at Golden Eagle Resort in Stowe, Vermont

Where to stay in Stowe with kids: Hotels and motels

Sometimes all you need is a room. But come to think of it, breakfast and a pool would be nice. And what about a fitness room? We’ve put together a list of the ins and outs of Stowe’s most popular hotels and motels, according to Vermont Mountain Mom’s family-travel criteria, to help you find the […]

Green Mountain Inn in Stowe, Vermont

Where to stay in Stowe with kids: Inns

Staying in a Vermont country inn can provide the idyllic family getaway, with that personal touch and at-home feel that you just can’t get at a large hotel or resort. But not every inn is family friendly. When you’re traveling with kids, it’s important to find an inn that caters to the unique and diverse […]


A lineup of end-of-season sales in Stowe

Even though we’re still enjoying mid-winter snow conditions on the mountain, the end-of-season sales in Stowe have begun. Locals know this is the time to keep an eye out for ads in the Stowe Reporter and sales banners hung along the roadside. Stores around town are starting to stock up for summer. which means they […]

Jezebel's desserts

Date night at Jezebel’s Eatery in Wilmington

Most people know Jezebel’s Eatery in Wilmington for its great breakfast and brunch, and as the only spot in the village to grab an ice-cream cone on a summer afternoon. But this cozy restaurant on Main Street is also a good choice for a casual evening meal or coffee and dessert. A couple of weeks […]

Standing at the top of the lift on a sunny day at Mad River Glen.

Ski school options in the Mad River Valley

It’s nice to know your kids are learning to ski and are safe while you and your partner are out ripping up the slopes. Ski school choices in the Mad River Valley are pretty darn good. My five-year-old just completed his second year of the Chipmunks Program at the Mad River Glen Ski School and […]


A moonlit pub crawl on skis in Stowe

Sometimes you’ve just got to break with routine. Last night my girlfriend and I fed our kids, kissed our husbands “good-bye and thank you” on the cheek, and loaded our skis in the car. With a full moon and two feet of fresh snow on the ground, we figured it was a good night for […]

Top of the Notch

Over the Notch: Stowe to Smuggs and back

Long after the snow disappears in the lower elevations, Smugglers’ Notch Pass, the narrow mountain pass that connects the towns of Stowe and Jeffersonville in northern Vermont, provides endless winter recreation opportunities.  Although the Notch road, a.k.a. Route 108, is closed to most motorized vehicles during the winter months, snowmobile tours from Smugglers’ Notch Resort, […]

Magic Mountain chairlift

Magic Mountain: a ski hill with soul

Our family has been having a blast exploring some of the small, low-key family ski areas around Vermont. Our latest stop was Magic Mountain in Londonderry, a 20-minute drive from Manchester in southern Vermont. The ski hill has been around since the 1960s, but in 2012 it  officially became a co-op, similar to Mad River […]

Suicide Six

Suicide Six keeps it simple – and real

There’s something to be said for the ease and convenience of the mom-and-pop ski hill where many of us grew up skiing. Sure, we all love the efficiency of high-speed quads and having hundreds of trails to choose from, but when you’re skiing with kids, usually simpler is better. Last weekend our family spent an […]


Perspectives: Forty is a group hike

Milestone birthdays are a funny thing. As we approach a new decade, our friends and family gather to celebrate while we’re left feeling, well, not sure how to feel. At least this has been my experience. I turn 40 this month. I usually don’t devote much mental energy to passing birthdays, but this one has […]


Jay Peak Resort, a family destination

If you’re looking to get away from it all and enjoy some quality time together as a family, Jay Peak Resort is about as far away as you can get without leaving the country. Its remote location, in the northernmost quadrant of Vermont, a.k.a. the Northeast Kingdom, provides a true “family oasis” away from the […]

Stoweflake Resort and Spa

Spa escape at Stoweflake Resort and Spa

Last week a friend asked me to join her for a spa day. Neither of us are real “spa people,” but we both needed a break. Sometimes the treadmill of work, family life, and not letting the dishes pile up in the sink … at least not too high, can start to make a woman […]

Twice Blessed in Wilmington

Second-hand shopping near Mount Snow

Few things are more frustrating than arriving at your destination and realizing that you left something at home. Something you ordered way in advance, probably paid too much for, and may never have the opportunity to use again. You can either go without it, or buy it — again. Or … if you’re staying in […]

Piecasso pizza

Best takeout in Stowe

I don’t know about you, but a true vacation for me means “no shopping, no cooking, no cleaning.” Or at least very little of it. But I’m also not a big fan of going out to dinner every night, especially after an active day. Ordering takeout is a great way to eat well on vacation, […]

Killington Progression Park at Ramshead.

Killington with Kids: Top 10 Things to Do

Years ago, ski resorts were really just about skiing. Today, they’re about skiing, riding, terrain parks, tubing hills, outdoor pools, special events, and enjoying all that winter in Vermont has to offer. As Vermont’s biggest ski area, Killington is a huge playground for families. We explored “the beast of the east” last weekend and came […]

Anchor Seafood

Anchor Seafood in Wilmington village

If you’re visiting the Mount Snow area and are looking for a nice place to walk around and maybe grab a bite to eat after a day on the slopes, Wilmington village, about a 15-minute drive from the resort, will probably fit the bill. And if you decide to stay for dinner, Anchor Seafood on Main […]

Ole's cross-country ski center

Cross-country skiing in the Mad River Valley

I enjoy cross-country skiing in the Mad River Valley, when I need of a break from lift lines and crowded cafeterias. I go mid-week when I have two hours to myself. It feels like I’m on vacation in my own town! Here’s what you can expect at the Mad River Valley’s two very different cross-country […]

1836 Country Store

Cold and rainy day activities for kids in the Mount Snow area

The lure of the Mount Snow area is the great outdoors. Every season offers a different lineup of recreational opportunities. But the weather in Vermont isn’t always cooperative, especially when you have young children who may not be up to skiing in sub-zero weather or hiking in the rain. So what do you do now? […]