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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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 […]

Summer in Stowe

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 […]

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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’ […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]