Most Popular Articles in February

March 8, 2009 by  
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stowe_dogs_winter_575Photo: Courtesy of Stowe Mountain Resort.
February… A short month… but a record month with almost 2,300 visitors…and growing.
Thanks to all for your interest.
As always, our Samuel de Champlain’s articles remain popular (we have a link on Wikipedia) but everyone loves to read our articles on winter outdoors. Take a look if you’ve missed them:

1- Samuel de Champlain’s Voyages
2- The best ski resorts are in Vermont
3- Enjoy a dog sledding tour!
4- Winter trails – Free snowshoeing and cross-country skiing
5- Ski resorts offer delicious Vermont farmhouse chowder

Thanks again for reading us!

Things to Do: Ice Harvesting in Brookfield

January 30, 2009 by  
Filed under Blog, Celebrations, Outdoors

Brookfield floating bridge in winter Photo: Courtesy of John Hughes, photographer.

Post-event note: It is 1 pm as I am writing this and would like to alert readers that the event has ended early, as the ice was not safe for competitions today…
Saturday January 31 – 10:30 am to 2 pm – It’s ice harvesting in Brookfield, Vermont. It is the 30th year that this traditional event takes place and it is one of the last ice harvest festivals in New England. It is also one of the Top Ten Winter 2008/09 Events, according to the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. There will be demonstrations and competitions, ice cutting, ice sculpting, dog sledding, food and more. We are trying to get more information on the exact timing of the various events. Stay Posted! And for more details, you can read the 2001 The Herald article which describes nicely how the ice is prepared for harvesting for several weeks and how it is carried to the ice house.
We had lots of fresh snow in the past couple of days, so the scenery should be spectacular, but dress warm because it is going to be on the chilly side (14F; 0F with the wind chill factor). We’ll definitely be there with our camera!
Note: If you are interested in the history of ice harvesting, don’t miss the ice house at the Justin Morrill Homestead, a Vermont historic site in Strafford, and its exhibit on ice harvesting, including some interesting old photographs. The site is not open in the winter though.

Related article: Brookfield: its Unique Floating Bridge
More information on Brookfield Ice Harvest Festival
at:
802-276-3959

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Enjoy a Dog Sledding Tour!

January 16, 2009 by  
Filed under Blog, Outdoors

Dog sledding in Vermont
Photo: Courtesy of Eden Dogsledding.

Dog sledding is a great way to be close to nature. Several companies, who all seem to be great dog lovers, are offering dog sled tours this season. We have not tried any of them ourselves, but we hope to do it soon.

Peace Pups Dogsledding – Lake Elmore, Northern Vermont – They are offering day tours at Lake Elmore with their teams of Siberian Huskies during week-ends (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, at 10 am, noon and 2 pm) and night tours at Stowe Mountain Resort during the week (Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, at 5 pm, 6 pm and 7 pm). They are advising to make reservations in advance, because they have a small kennel.
More information at: Peace Pups Dogsledding
Where are they located? Lake Elmore, VT
Watch a video on Peace Pups Dogsledding, produced by Seven Days Magazine.

October Siberians Sled Dog Adventures – Hinesburg, Central Vermont – They are offering 2-hour tours during the day on week-ends (Saturdays and Sundays) and night tours (5 pm and 7:30 pm) on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Their primary location is Little River State Park in Waterbury, VT, a convenient location for people staying at Stowe, Bolton or Sugarbush ski resorts. They also participate to Hinesburg Winter Carnival and Shelburne Farms Winter Carnival.
More information at: October Siberians Sled Dog Adventures
Where are they located? Little River State Park, VT

 – Eden Dogsledding and Dogsledding-On-Wheels! – Eden Mills, Northeast Kingdom – Located an easy, scenic drive from Stowe, Jay Peak and Smugglers’ Notch ski resorts, they offer dog sled tours with their gorgeous Alaskan Huskies. In the winter, you’ll enjoy their woodstove, hot chocolate and cookies too! They even have lodging on site.
More information at: Eden Dogsledding
Where are they located? Eden Mills, VT

Husky Works Mushing Company – West Wardsboro – Located at the intersection of the Stratton-Arlington Road and Route 100, near Stratton Mountain and Mount Snow, in the Green Mountains of Southern Vermont, they offer dog sled tours with their Siberian Huskies.
More information at: Husky Works Mushing Company
Where are they located? West Wardsboro

Note that Atii Sled Dogs, in Moretown, Central Vermont are not offering dog sled tours this season (2008-2009). More information at: Atii Sled Dogs

They are a few more places offering dog sledding in Vermont, and which don’t seem to have websites. At this time, we have not contacted them for more information but they can be reached at the following phone numbers:
Hardscrabble Mountain Sled Dog Tours – Sheffield, Northeast Kingdom – 802-626-9895
Vermont Dog Sledding – Shoreham – 802-897-2311
For general information of dog sled tours and dog sledding, you can also visit the dog sledding page at:
Vermont Outdoor Guide Association

And last but not least, if you want to see 99 teams for the US and Canada, racing in a great sled dog dash, don’t miss the 3rd annual event at Burke Mountain on February 28 to March 1, 2009.
More information at: Burke Mountain Sled Dog Dash