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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Best early-season skiing in Vermont

If you check the weather five times per day, are you more likely to get the forecast you want? We’re still waiting for our first big snowfall of the season here in Vermont, and with just two weeks until holiday recess, we’ve all become Nervous Nellies. Every day my kids ask, “When is it going […]

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Holiday gift ideas for outdoorsy kids

This time of year my mind turns to two things: what have my kids outgrown since last winter, and what do they really need on their Christmas lists? Last week we received our first serious snowfall in northern Vermont, which put winter-sports planning in fast motion in our house. Over the next few days I’ll dig through bags, drawers, and closets […]

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Darn Tough 2014 sock sale next two weekends

Every year Darn Tough Socks holds a huge sale (i.e., thousands of deeply discounted pairs of socks) at their factory in Northfield, Vermont. This year’s sale will be held on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 15-16 and 22-23, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The timing is always perfect — just as winter starts to close […]


Chester: Off-the-beaten path in the Okemo area

If you’re visiting the Okemo area and are looking for a quiet, small-town Vermont experience away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Ludlow, consider the village of Chester. It’s not a resort, and depending upon what you have in mind for your vacation, this may or may not be a good thing. Here’s what […]


In defense of helicopter parents

Have you gotten the hairy eyeball lately? If you’re a parent with kids under age 15, you’ve grown accustomed to critical looks in the grocery checkout line and stories about “when my children were growing up” — meant to point out your poor parenting practices — at family dinners and celebrations. And the truth is, […]

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Top 10 fall activities for families in Vermont

We woke up one morning last week and fall had arrived. Presto! Just like that. After a beautiful, sunshine-filled summer season, the temperatures have suddenly plummeted and the leaves appear to be changing by the hour, certainly by the week. By the end of the month we’ll be enjoying the height of the peak foliage season […]

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Past the comfort zone—letting our kids struggle

A friend of mine had warned me about the “come get me” letter. Her daughter went away to summer camp for the first time last year, and she received a number of these desperate pleas for rescue over the course of her stay. Even so, it came as quite a shock when one of these […]

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How to catch peak fall foliage in Vermont

It’s always a sad sight to see dozens of fall foliage seekers file off a tour bus only to find the beautiful deep-green hillsides of late summer, and not a red or yellow leaf in sight. If only they’d been able to time their trip a little better …. We all love fall in Vermont. As the temperatures […]

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Vermont road trips with a purpose

My kids are just getting to the ages where they can appreciate road trips with an educational component. I love piling everyone in the car, grabbing a coffee for the road, and heading out for the day. No matter where you’re going in Vermont, the drive will be picturesque, with plenty of unexpected spots to […]

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Fresh air, friends, fun: Summer camps in Stowe

[Updated on 6/30/2014] We all value family time. But sometimes, especially as our kids get older, a little independence from mom and dad does a growing body good. Summer day camps are a great place for kids to stretch out a little — to try something new, make friends, and gain a little independence. The best ones […]


Best farmers’ markets for a family day-trip

You can’t come to Vermont in the summer without visiting one of the several dozen farmers’ markets held in scenic locales around the state. Even if you’re not looking for fresh eggs, local meats or veggies, most of the markets offer live entertainment, crafts, food, and a happy, upbeat atmosphere for both two-legged and four-legged visitors. Farmers’ […]


Embracing our kids’ milestones

Losing our first tooth. Going on our first date. Graduating. Getting married. For the first few decades of our lives, we enthusiastically embrace every milestone. We are the stars of our own show, and every new accomplishment signifies that we’re learning, growing and becoming more independent. But, for every high school graduate proudly accepting his […]

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Top picks: Where to eat in Waterbury

Over the past few years, Waterbury village has become the go-to spot in the area for local brews and high-quality fare. Every restaurant on Main Street is my kind of place — casual, comfortable, and reasonably priced. Poke your head into any of the dining establishments within walking distance of the village, and most nights […]


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 turned 40 recently. I usually don’t devote much mental energy to passing birthdays, but this one had been […]

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Making the most of mud season with your kids

We all complain about mud season in Vermont. We fuss about the messy roads, the trails that we’re not supposed to hike, and the erratic weather — sunny and warm one day, and rainy and cold the next. But this is a great time of year to take advantage of the places and spaces around […]

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The unofficial resort town of Pittsfield

My kids and I recently spent a weekend in Pittsfield, Vermont. The tiny village, a few miles north of Killington, might not, on first drive-through, look like a tourist destination. But this unassuming Vermont town attracts a very unique type of tourist. Pittsfield’s growing list of upscale amenities form an unconventional “resort without actually being […]


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 […]

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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 […]