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Quick Trip to Vermont

Family Trip to Vermont

Have you spent much time in Vermont? I went to a ballet summer program there in high school, but spent most of the time indoors. So, when we visited friends in Warren this past weekend, we were in awe of the charming towns, rolling hills and trees as far as the eye could see. (Almost 80% of the state is forested.) Here are a few photos, if you’d like to see…

American Flatbread in Vermont

American Flatbread in Vermont

American Flatbread in Vermont

The first night, when we walked into American Flatbread, a pizza restaurant on a farm complete with pigs, a band and fire pits, I couldn’t believe my eyes. The kids immediately took off running through the grass, and we sipped ice cold local microbrews. What a magical place.

Family Trip to Vermont

Family Trip to Vermont

Family Trip to Vermont

Family Trip to Vermont

The pizzas are made in a wood-fired oven, and basically all the ingredients — meat, flour, vegetables — are local.

Family Trip to Vermont

Our attempt at a family photo :) (Yes, Anton is wearing pajamas… it’s vacation?)

Family Trip to Vermont

Family Trip to Vermont

Family Trip to Vermont

Family Trip to Vermont

One night, our friend Matt built a fire from sticks (!), and the kids made s’mores.

Family Trip to Vermont

This beer’s recycling note made me laugh.

Also, during the trip, Anton also got into taking pictures with our camera. It was so cute to see the world through his eyes. Everyone looks so big!

Family Trip to Vermont

Family Trip to Vermont

Family Trip to Vermont

We spent the rest of the weekend going to farmer’s markets, swimming holes and rocky rivers. And we had dinner at Peasant (a beautiful restaurant overlooking a covered bridge, no biggie) and drinks at Tracks, the coolest bar in the basement of the Pitcher Inn — with incredible cocktails and shuffleboard.

Vermont, we’re homesick for you already, and can’t wait to come back.

Have you been to Vermont? Are you lucky enough to live there? Where else do you love to travel?

P.S. 14 ideas for family vacations… and traveling feet!

  1. Erin says...

    I was lucky enough to do my undergrad in Vermont (at a very small state school up by Stowe). It is a lovely state (I suppose I should mention that my parents own a large home up in West Dover where they spend the colder half of the year!) and I enjoy going up for visits. Summer up there is fabulous, although I often found that I missed the ocean a bit too much.

    I must laugh – I believe I am one of the few who absolutely do not like Heady Topper! LOL.

  2. Kendra says...

    Glad you got some Heady Topper! (jealous!)

  3. Joanna…so wonderful to see your take on our lovely Mad River Valley. This is our home, and it is pretty special. We feel so lucky to live here and raise our kids up to appreciate our Valley, our mountains, our rivers, our markets and all that is here to enjoy. You missed experiencing our maple so if you’re a maple fan…I’d love to send you our Tonewood maple cube. Grate it over all your favourite foods – coffee, tea, oatmeal, cheeses, salads, vegetables, meats, ice cream and even popcorn. Your kids will go wild!
    Cheers, Dori (Tonewood Maple)

  4. Jennifer says...

    Posts like this really drive home how different your life in the big city must be. This does not look all that different from a nice weekend at our home in a small city in Tennessee :) Except, all I can think when I see the kids running around at dusk is – MOSQUITOS!

  5. Laura says...

    I lived in Vermont for 8 years, for college and a few years afterwards working. It’s such a wonderful state! I moved back to the Bay Area (I’m a California Bay Area native) 1.5 years ago, and am making my first trip back in just over two weeks. There is so much I’m looking forward to doing and seeing! Also, I’m so happy you got to experience American Flatbread. It’s the best. And Heady Topper, yum!

  6. Gotta love that can of Heady Topper! I’d recognize it anywhere… we got married in Stowe and go back every year! xo

  7. Elena says...

    Vermont is the bee knees! So much good food, lovely people and open spaces. Shelburne, just outside of Burlington is wonderful with the amazing Shelburne Farms and just down the road you have Fiddlehead brewery which is right next door to Folino’s wood fired pizza, which is across the street from a winery. All is this is down the road from the Shelburne Museum, which houses many beautiful historic buildings, folk art and an antique merry-go-round!
    I also love Vergennes, which is a sleepy little town with great restaurants, bars and hands down THE best bakery, Vergennes Laundry. Run, don’t walk!

    I live in Miami, but Vermont is our family vacation spot. We truly love it there…

  8. Isn’t Flatbread the best? I live up near Burlington – in Malletts Bay. We have another Flatbread up here, but it doesn’t have quite the magic that the original location does. Glad you enjoyed!

  9. Everywhere I have gone in Vermont is beautiful. This post reminds me we haven’t been in a while. And it is so close. Perfect for a quick weekend away to rejuvenate.

  10. we love VT so much! we got married in dorset and it holds such a special place in our hearts!

  11. Mary says...

    Lovely family photo

  12. Lani McCarthy says...

    I’m ‘originally’ from Vermont.Now living in Florida.I still have family there and Vermont will ALWAYS be Home. Glad you guys enjoyed your visit! Come back soon.

  13. hannah says...

    Ugh, I love the Mad River Valley. I lived in Waitsfield right after college and had some of the absolute best food – the farms are unparalleled in the summer. I was so happy to see both a Heady Topper and my favorite scenery in one post!

  14. I think this may be my first time leaving a comment, too! As a kid we had a country place in Vermont, and I remember the Warren General Store with the hazy reverence that only childhood memories command. The sandwiches were amazing. The floor was long planks of creaky wood, and you could find anything you ever wanted (candy). There was a creak right behind the store.

    Now my mother-in-law lives in VT so we’re going next weekend.

  15. Jaemi says...

    Hi Joanna,

    As a long time reader, this is the FIRST time I’m leaving a comment :)
    I’m moving to Warren this fall from NYC. We bought a house next to Blueberry Lake :) Oh and..we just got married yesterday at Warren.

    So psyched that you were here. Hope to meet you some day in VT!

    Best,
    Jaemi

  16. We stopped in Waterbury and Burlington on our way home from Montreal a few weeks ago. We took the kids to Ben & Jerry Ice Cream factory in Waterbury then went to Burlington for lunch. There’s a great waterfront in Burlington which we didn’t have time to check out so we’ll definitely be going back!

  17. Meg says...

    We love Vermont!!! Getting married there a month from today!! I have grown up going there and now my parents, sister, her family, and my brother all live there! My fiancé and I are the only hold outs, still in NYC. But at least we always have an excuse to make a trip ;)

    Next time, check out Burlington and Lake Champlain! Rent a camp (lake house), just south of Burlington – it’s another dream spot!! And the kids would love Shelburne Farms! My sister’s kids do!

  18. jean says...

    You have enticed me to visit Vermont! Lovely photos and descriptions.

  19. Hi Joanna! It’s Jill from Peanut & Mouse (and Caribou Coffee). So nice to see you this weekend. Glad you enjoyed your visit to Vermont– It’s such a wonderful place to live and raise a family (except, I agree, the diversity is definitely lacking). Peasant is our favorite too. Fun fact: Chris, the owner, used to work on Wall Street and live in my old neighborhood of Carroll Gardens! There are a lot of ex-New Yorkers here!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes so nice to meet you!

  20. angela says...

    This makes me want to take a spontaneous trip to Vermont this weekend! Thanks for sharing :)

    Also, I remember you saying you were trying to get into photography a while back, and I wanted to comment on how beautiful some of the photos in this post are! Namely, the top one of Toby on the slide and the third one down of the two children playing, framed by the trees. The composition is lovely.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you so much, that is so nice of you, angela!

  21. Sabrina says...

    Where are your sandals from? Love them!

  22. Margit Van Schaick says...

    As a vacation destination, Vermont has much to offer, no matter the season. And Vermont gets a big chunk of its income from tourists. Many Vermonters work in jobs connected to tourism. When the minimum wage is raised to a “living wage”(Bernie), they could benefit. Until then, Vermont can be a difficult place to make a living, unless you have the education and/or skill to create your own work. It is so beautiful, with all the trees and Nature close at hand. I raised my own children here, so they could know their grandparents, although they were born in Toledo. The lack of diversity is stunning, especially coming from a mid-west city. Yet, from a parent’s perspective, I believe there can be much to gain from growing up in a village, with the outdoors and the library being the major source of entertainment. For anyone contemplating a move to Vermont, I would say that yes, Vermont can be a magical place to live and raise a family, but the cost of living is high, and it takes money to take advantage of the local, organic, farmer’s market lifestyle.

    • Abigail says...

      So late with this comment, but I have to say it. Thank goodness a few people have mentioned what you did in your comment. Vermont is nice, yes, but it has more than its share of problems. Come live next to me in downtown Barre for a while and then tell me how quaint and magical it all is. Work two barely above minimum wage jobs (with a college degree) just to try to make rent and then talk to me about the farmers markets and craft beer.

      It’s a lovely state. If you can afford it. It was a wonderful place to live as a child, but there’s a reason why so many people who grew up here are trying to leave, even if they’d really rather stay. Warren, Stowe, Queechee, etc are not the full picture.

  23. Never been, but I have to say, this place looks pretty spectacular! Love the photos from Anton too, so sweet :)

  24. Esme says...

    It’s so beautiful! Summer’s there are dreamy. Winters are long though!

  25. B says...

    Lovely, I am from Vermont (currently residing outside DC) and this makes me miss home horribly. Vermont is gorgeous and quaint and really no place else like it on earth!

  26. Cristin says...

    Charming pics–you have a good eye. What are you shooting with?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      a nikon of some kind! i’ll ask alex.

  27. Janice says...

    I moved from South Florida to Woodstock, VT three years ago. Best decision I ever made. Absolutely love the small town, laid back lifestyle.

    • Janice you are living my dream!!!!

  28. Alice Quin says...

    I have never been, but now I want o plan a trip for next summer. All that greenery!

  29. Mona says...

    OMG! I grew up in Vermont and I am so so happy to call that state home. Every time I go back, especially now that I live in a city, I become so much more thankful for the quaint small towns and natural aspect of that state!! If you ever go back, you have to visit Burlington, which is the towns “city”. Super fun and cute.

  30. April says...

    Heady! and Flatbread! you hit on two of our very favorites when we are in VT. looks like a perfect weekend. it’s such a magical place.

  31. Stacie says...

    I love Vermont! My husband and I have visited three times, and went there for a week on our honeymoon last summer. If you ever go back, you will have to check out the Starry Night Cafe if you are looking for a nice, romantic place to have dinner with really delicious food! We currently live in PA, but it’s our hope to one day move there. So jealous of everyone who gets to visit/live there. (:

  32. That’s so crazy – I live in Waitsfield! We’re about 3 miles down the road from Flatbread. It is a magical place, glad you guys had a great time!

  33. sabrina says...

    I used to live in New Hampshire. Vermont was our cool next door neighbor.

  34. Gabriella says...

    I love how you put an exclamation mark after the ‘making fire out of sticks’. Haha! Joanna, you’re such a city girl!! :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahahaha it blew my mind! another funny moment: as we drove out of NYC, and the buildings lights faded and instead trees were on the side of the road, toby said, “there are so many scary trees around here! they’re not lit up or anything!!!!” you can take the kid out of the city, but you can’t take the city out of the kid. :)

    • Jillian says...

      This very-small-town girl stared at that sentence for a few moments, thinking, “why does that have an exclamation point?” I was really confused. So funny. I love how different life experiences can be – even within North America.

  35. Alice says...

    LOVE the family portrait. You all look so happy and healthy, that picture will last generations.

    And, my son often looks like he’s wearing pajamas even when he’s not. Kids should be comfy and mucky, not clean and crisp, and Vermont looks the perfect place for them to be so.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      good point, alice!

  36. Theresa says...

    Lovely! I will have to put Vermont on my bucket list. I’m a California girl and haven’t spent any time in that part of the country. Looks amazing!

  37. KS says...

    Oh oh Vermont .. we go to Stowe often. Love the place. The air the, people and fresh food, everything is special. We were driving by on roads to smuggler’s notch and saw a corn maze. Since we didn’t have any loose cash the owners just pushed us in the maze and said ” Don’t worry the corns won’t know”. So the next year we took some New York goodies for them if we could find them. And we did, though they didn’t remember us it made for a good story and we got another free run :). I am sure they remember us now.

  38. That looks divine! Classic summertime.

  39. So beautiful! This is the kind of vacation I dream of planning. Unfortunately, with a family of five living in the Deep South, the travel for us would eat up all of the vacation. One Day, though…we WILL make a two week trip up the east coast! :)

  40. Debbie says...

    I also spent the weekend in Vermont! Stopped in Quechee and then Woodstock before we met up in Rutland with family. We went to my boyfriend’s (do you call him “boyfriend” when you are in your 50’s?) family reunion at Lake St. Catherine State Park. Every time I go to Vermont I fall more in love – it’s breathtaking at every turn.

  41. KJ says...

    Not usually a commenter but had such a similar experience when I visited last year for the first time. Such a magical place that feels like a well-kept secret!

  42. Sommer Brown says...

    My daughter loves to take pictures, too! She and Anton are the same age, I’m pretty sure. Sometimes I get annoyed when she wants the camera (my phone), but I’ve learned to look through all the pictures that she takes before I delete any because there are some really good ones at times. And yes, the perspective is adorable as well.

    Looks like you had a great weekend and it’s gorgeous there. :-)

  43. I was at American Flatbread and tracks just a couple months ago–great spot! VT is so beautiful.

  44. This is hands down my favorite vacation recap you’ve ever posted! I love the scenery, the joy in the boys faces and you & Alex look great too! You 100% sold me on Vermont :)

    xo Lendy
    http://www.twoplusluna.com

  45. Julie says...

    I went to college in Burlington! Summer’s there are the best!! (But I can’t say that I miss the winters though) :)

  46. My husband and I have been trying to move to Vermont for years. Just waiting on a transfer. Til then we will dream of a homestead.
    Your photos are lovely. The pizza place looks like magic!

    • Karen says...

      Just do it! My husband and I moved to the Burlington area 4 1/2 years ago with no jobs or connections expecting to take a serious hit, but he was employed in his field (aerospace engineering) within a month, and I’m now making 50% more than what I was in Chicago and loving both my job and the opportunities for fresh air/fresh food/general freedom.

  47. Joanna, keep that photo of you that Anton took of you forever!! He is going to cherish that photo 60 years from now when he remembers how lovely his mother was during his youth.

    • Also, sorry for redundancy 😝

  48. My now-boyfriend went to the the circus school in Brattleboro, so I would go out and visit him during my school breaks (shout out to historically Jewish colleges for having no class on high holy days). It’s basically a magical wonderland. That and Maine.

  49. Lola says...

    Greetings from a 19th century farmhouse on Vermont Christmas tree farm! So glad you could enjoy our beautiful state. I love that it’s a place where kids can just run wild and enjoy the outdoors (although a hawk circled my daughter as an infant…)
    Hope you have occasion to explore here again!

  50. Julie says...

    I was born in Burlington, but live in MA. I go back every year to visit family; in fact, planning my August trip now. Love VT ! My dad was part of the crew that built the road to Mad River Glen!

  51. Ann Pechaver says...

    Yes! We live here and LOVE when you all come to visit! Stop by the Zutano shop next time…we’d love to see your kids in some authentic Vermont stripes! ;)

  52. Kel says...

    We live in Montreal and are quite close to Burlington, VT. It is such an amazing place! The land of organic, local, vegetarian, vegan and great people. It really is a magical ideal place! Bernie Sanders used to be the mayor (just sayin)

  53. Lexi says...

    Next time you should bring your boys to Shelburne Farms! During the summer (i think it ends by October) there is a farm in South Burlington called Bread and Butter Farm that does a Friday night burger night, very kid oriented with music, a kid parade and great local food! And the Echo center!

  54. Laura says...

    Cute cute cute!! Love the picture of the four kiddos on the rock. :)

  55. Vermont sounds like an absolutely beautiful, magical place!

  56. Isabelle says...

    If you want to know more about Vermont – the good and the bad – check out the amazing independent podcast Rumble Strip Vermont by Erica Heilman.

    • Heather H says...

      I’m going to give that a listen.

  57. JK says...

    Love Vermont and love that you had such a great time! We were married in VT and talk about moving there from San Francisco some time in the next few years. I know I am probably imagining it to be more idyllic than it would be to live there–but I just love it.

  58. kelly says...

    So much fun!! I just love your blog — it makes me so happy to read and follow along with your beautiful family. Vermont is a special place, for sure. I spent summer weekends camping in southern Vermont enjoying fresh air, yummy food, campfires and time to play with new friends (one who is still one of my best friends 30 years later). It was a blast!!

    P.S. who is THAT CUTIE with your husband??!!

  59. Kate says...

    We were at Warren Falls on Saturday! Did you have the Oma cheese? It’s one of my all time favorites. How about Sip of Sunshine, a nice one to taste compare with Heady. It usually comes in Thursday to Warren Country Store.

  60. Christina says...

    Have spent time up in Stowe but haven’t made it up this summer- your pictures make me want to get up there! Love that you checked out Peasant-happen to be friends with the owner’s son but have yet to check it out!

  61. We moved to VT 11 years ago at the age of 47 from Tel Aviv with our three boys, this is were I started my second career and business as a jewelry designer after working as a fashion editor for 20 years. Vermont is the loveliest and most beautiful state, a real sense of community, a fantastic place for independent businesses and so liberal and advanced. My boys loved it so much the went to college here and now live close by in Burlington starting businesses of their own, we love it here!

  62. Jess says...

    I grew up in Vermont and still live here today. It is wonderful and has so much to offer- food, farms, mountains, green, great people, Bernie…

  63. Lyn Ellen Burkett says...

    We used to make frequent trips to Vermont when we lived in northern NY. We would drive down the islands in Lake Champlain to Burlington and the surrounding area. We, too, are homesick for Vermont!

  64. Abesha1 says...

    Any info on the white dress the blonde friend is wearing? Thanks!

  65. Auste says...

    These pictures made me so happy. We got married in Vermont and it holds such a special place in my heart. So glad you got to experience its magic:)

  66. Lola says...

    Joanna, could you share what camera you guys have? These photos are beautiful and we’re on the hunt for a new one!

  67. I’m originally from San Francisco and went to UVM for college. It is the MOST magical place, especially in the fall! <3

  68. JH says...

    I’ve never been to Vermont, but definitely want to go. In fact, I’ve never been to the northeast. I’m from the midwest but live on the west coast. I was a history major in college and really want to see the upper east coast for historical purposes but also because it looks so beautiful!!

    • kelly says...

      Come to Boston!! It’s a history lover’s dream!!!

  69. Melanie Price says...

    What magical photos. Very dreamy. Cheers!

  70. May says...

    Wonderful pictures. You look like a Vermont family!
    Years ago, riding as a passenger over to Randolph from Route 7 via back roads…there are so many trees it felt like being in a tree bubble, green up to the sky everywhere! An open meadow felt like a watering hole in the middle of a dessert. Beautiful state for all ages. I’ve been here in Vermont for 30 years. I still miss the Atlantic Ocean.

  71. Having grown up in a rural area, it’s always interesting to me to see how suburban/urban folks react to visiting “the country.” Pigs and stick fires? Yup, that was every weekend growing up, haha! Glad you had a nice time!

    Those photos Anton took … <3 Do you think he's old enough for his own (hand-me-down/old) digital camera? Rachael over at Erstwhile Dear gave one to her daughter and it became a favorite pastime: http://erstwhiledear.com/writings/?p=6849

    • Sasha says...

      Thank you for the link. I love the kid photos here and there as well. So charming seeing a kid’s eye view of the world.

  72. Jen says...

    My husband and I lived in Montpelier, VT, for 12 years. It was amazing in many ways, but not in others…which is why we eventually left. We loved knowing who made our cheese, grew our vegetables, and ground our flour. We loved our friends. But there was a darkness (and not just literally) to being there. VT is a poor state and poverty, unfortunately, breeds some not so nice things. Not that life has to be all rose-colored, but I wasn’t expecting the reality. Also, almost no diversity. Visiting VT is great…Living can be difficult. Not to be a downer, just a realist. :)

    • Nan says...

      As a lifelong visitor to VT, and a one-year resident, this is a persistent fear I have when my husband and I consider moving there.

    • Love these pics, and I had a very happy internship at a magical commune in VT!

      The diversity thing is big. If you look at the percentages of people of color, even in the bigger cities… Well let’s just say one of the towns we once looked at has 0.7 brown people according to the census.

    • Ann G says...

      Exactly. I’m born and raised here and it’s a lousy state for living. Lots of focus on hospitality and tourism jobs, not as much industry. When reports show you need $24 an hour to afford the cost of living and all you have are minimum wage jobs, a huge imbalance occurs. You end up with people working two jobs in order to afford it, but then two jobs burns you out and ends any hope for decent family time.

    • Karen says...

      I just want to jump in to say that there are more than minimum wage jobs in VT. I moved here almost 5 years ago, and my husband has been working as an aerospace engineer practically since the day we got here. I’m working as an analyst making significantly more than I was in Chicago, and cost of living is lower than it was in the city. I can only speak for the people I know, but there are lots of young professionals and families doing well in Chittenden and Addison counties. Most commute to Burlington or Vergennes/Middlebury for work, but in my experience it’s not quite so hardscrabble.

  73. Kathy says...

    I’m jealous that you had Heady Topper! It’s not sold in any other state and people come from all over to buy it.

    • Sara says...

      Heady topper is iconic! You are so lucky to have had it. When I lived in Montreal my husband and I used to drive down and by two flats of it. So worth the trip!

    • Katie says...

      My thoughts too!

    • Ann G says...

      IMO Focal Banger us superior, but The Alchemist is not the be all, end all. Head to Williston and check out Burlington Beer Company. Their hoppy Future Glow is awesome and lower ABV making for a great summer beer. Frost in Hinesburg is also awesome. If you can stand the wait, Hill Farmstead is amazing.

  74. Hillary says...

    My husband and I love Vermont! A few years ago we went for fall foliage and stayed in a cozy little cabin in the mountains. We did a day trip up to Burlington to visit my cousin. Then we headed over to the Ben & Jerry’s HQ and then up to the Von Trapp family lodge.

  75. Lauren E. says...

    I’ve been absolutely dying for nature recently (NYC in August is the absolute worst) and this actually brought a tear to my eye. Gorgeous!!

    • Sasha says...

      My husband and I walk our dogs every night in this big open field near our house, with a big irrigation ditch for swimming. It’s been so hot here (Montana), 90s for more than three weeks. Last night it was still hot at 8 pm, but we had the water and the field and mountains and big open sky, so much space, and I said “what about the poor hot people in nyc?” Lol. Seriously, what DO you do in the city when it’s really hot? Besides suffer. :)

    • Lauren E. says...

      I never realized how much I needed nature in my life until I’d been living here for a few years. But my fiance’s industry will always keep him in NY or LA so we’re a little bit stuck (although I’m pulling for southern California in the next few years!!).

      When it’s really, really hot in NYC people either vacate (another reason why it’s terrible: all tourists) or they sit inside in the AC or they go to a public pool. Fields and streams in Montana sound like the stuff of dreams right now! Take a deep breath for me :)

  76. Annie says...

    My husband and I lived in New England for two years right after we married. This post made me miss it so much! The land where every single place you see looks like it belongs on the cover of a puzzle box.

  77. Joanna, I studied in Vermont (Bennington) and haven’t been back in 12 years(!) now planning to attend my college reunion in a couple of months. I fondly remember living through five distinct seasons: spring, summer, fall, winter & mud. It is a gorgeous state!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahaha that’s awesome, enjoy your trip back!!

  78. Heather says...

    Also, I don’t know if you noticed, but part of what makes VT so beautiful is that billboards aren’t allowed. Crazy what a huge difference it makes on those beautiful drives all throughout the state.

    • Katherine says...

      In the city I live in (in Australia) billboards are not allowed either. It is one of those lovely things that you don’t notice but when you realise, you really do notice the difference. Our city design includes lots of green space, lakes, etc and it is refreshing to enjoy the landscape free of billboard clutter.

  79. Rachel says...

    My husband is from Vermont and I absolutely love going back to visit. If we didn’t like living in San Francisco so much, I could see moving there… Your trip looks wonderful, and American Flatbread is the best! That location looks particularly special.

    • Meg says...

      The Waitsfield location is “the mothership” — it’s where it all started! The other Vermont locations (Burlington & Middlebury) and all Flatbread Company restaurants came later. George Schenk, the founder and owner, still works at the American Flatbread in Waitsfield. You can read about the history of the restaurant on their website: http://americanflatbread.com/about-us/history/

  80. Kelley says...

    Loved this! I grew up in Vermont (about an hour from Warren) and feel so lucky to have spent my childhood there. Now, I live in Brooklyn and totally love it, but will always call Vermont home :) x

  81. Heather says...

    sigh. yes!! Vermont is truly magical. I had the great pleasure of living in White River Junction, VT for a few years. I miss it up there ALL the time. Glad you enjoyed it!

  82. Cristina says...

    The Mad River Valley is so beautiful! We were up there a few weeks ago, and even went to American Flatbread. They had a special pizza pie with beets and potatoes. So good, and unlike any pizza I’ve had before!

  83. Elaine says...

    Lucky you! It is a great area – lots of artists, wonderful pizza! One of my sons did an arch internship at Yestermorrow..
    https://yestermorrow.org/

  84. Jennifer says...

    Love Vermont! We drive down to Burlington from Montreal. One of my favorite places to be.

  85. Lauren says...

    You look so beautiful in that photo Anton took! Sounds like you had a great trip.

  86. Helen Heap says...

    We went to Peasant too! And we live in Australia! You have brought back some gorgeous memories we have of a stay in Vermont a couple of years ago. It was the dead of winter with snow all around when we trudged through deep snow into the warmth of Peasant. Such a novelty for visitors from a sunburnt country! Vermont really took our fancy and we would love to visit again. Perhaps, like you, when the summer sun is shining!

  87. Laura says...

    Wow I would love to go to such places!
    If only I were white…

    • Exactly!

    • Sarah says...

      Born and raised in Vermont! When my brother (who is white) and his wife (who is Indonesian) had their first child in northern VT, their doctor insisted that they test their son for jaundice before leaving the hospital because of the color of his skin! This story always makes us chuckle. Vermont is a very white state, from its snow to its people, but I am seeing a lot more diversity in the last several years.

  88. Natalie says...

    I visited Vermont for the first time this June and fell in love. I see you were able to get the most couvted beer in the state! We stayed in Woodstock and visited Farmhouse Pottery thanks to a former post of yours.

  89. Christie says...

    We lived there for three years. I love it and miss it. But oh man, those winters are rough.

  90. Alison says...

    Growing up, my grandparents had a house in Quechee, VT (near Woodstock) and it was just the most magical place on earth. We would spend summers hiking and winters skiing. Just the best. I miss it terribly and your trip makes me jealous! Glad you enjoyed your time up there.

  91. I know it isn’t BECAUSE of my recs from Friday (ha!), but I’m so excited you guys got to experience the Mad River Valley! Isn’t it so lovely? My dad abruptly stopped practicing law in Philadelphia and moved there while I was in college (to write a novel and work at a ski resort no less) and it has become such a very special place to visit. We’re bringing our 14-month-old for the first time in a few weeks, can’t wait for Flatbread, hiking and beer. :) We usually do Hen of the Wood for a nice dinner out, how was Peasant?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      how fun, meryl! peasant was wonderful — it was very small, and the flowers, covered bridge and river outsider were soooo beautiful. the food was simple and delicious. alex and i both got a bolognese pasta, and it was great. xoxo

  92. Libby says...

    I grew up in Vermont and finally moved back last year after almost 20 years away to raise my kids here, close to family. It feels so good to be home. I love this state and am glad you and your family had a good time here!

  93. Kelly L. says...

    Vacationed in Woodstock, VT earlier this summer – loved it! Maine has always been my favorite vacation state – but now Vermont might have taken over. Really impressed with all of the food we ate – and there’s a really big emphasis on local and sustainable food in many restaurants…so good.

  94. Aww, I love this! I’ve been wanting to visit Vermont for ages… maybe someday. <3

  95. Alesia says...

    I’m so, so lucky to live here! I hope you went to Warren Falls when you were here. If not, please put it on your list for next time.

  96. Theresa says...

    Lovely photos! I’m a big fan of the blog. Did you do the Burklyn Ballet summer program?! I was there the summer of 1998 and truly fell in love with Vermont.

    • Ashley says...

      I went to Burklyn in 2000 and also fell in love with Vermont, generally, and Burklyn, specifically. What a lovely ballet program in the midst of the often not-so-lovely world of dance.

  97. Vermont is pretty much my favorite place in the world! I’ve been all over and am going up over labor day to camp at Jamaica State Park. They have these great lean-tos at many of the campsites so you can throw your tent in it and not worry about rain! My husband and I plan to move there (probably to the Burlington area) in about 5 years. His first job was as a brewer and I’m a landscape architect/ environmental scientist/ photographer/ writer/ outdoorswoman (can’t make up my mind!) so we can’t think of anywhere we’d rather be.

  98. I am from WI but I went to a semester program in VT during high school….The Mountain School (http://www.mountainschool.org) It was an incredible, life-changing experience. I went back there this past fall with my husband so he could see the place. Having never been to VT before, he fell in love immediately and didn’t want to leave. The farm was just one stop on a 10-day long road-trip through NY, NH and VT. We had so much fun camping, fishing, swimming and eating our way across those beautiful states.

    • Jess says...

      I went to TMS too!!

    • Jess! What semester?? I was Fall ’01. :) I raise my fudgey-oat-square in cheers to you.

  99. Hedy says...

    We spend every weekend in the winter right where you were. We rented a house right up the street from Tracks – love Waitsfield/Warren. A fantastic area.

  100. rose says...

    you really captured the beauty of the valley! Our little family calls Waitsfield home now, and despite the adjustments from our previous city living we feel so incredible grateful to be a part of this special part of VT. Hope you all got to try maple cremees and come back to visit again!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes we did!!!!!

  101. Wow, that first pic is a framer. Is there anything better than seeing your kids run around in nature? We’re planning to take our 7 year old daughter camping for the first time, and she is beyond excited.

  102. Penny says...

    I grew up in Vermont, not far from the mad river valley. It was an absolutely fantastic place to be a kid.

    I live in coastal Maine now, which is wonderful in it’s own right but I will always consider myself a Vermonter. I’m so glad you had a good time.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i bet it’s the best place to grow up. all the kids looked so joyful swimming and running around.

  103. Soooo on my list. Did you do just a regular weekend or a 3-day weekend? Seems like kind of a long drive if you leave after work on Friday!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      we took off work on friday and monday — so we were in vermont for three days (we arrived at lunchtime on friday and left at lunchtime on monday).

  104. lindsay says...

    we loved visiting Vermont in the fall, it was very picturesque and quaint in Stowe, we saw where the Von Trapps lived and saw the cutest baby cows, we rented bikes and rode around lake Champlain and had great pizza afterwards too! we watched how to make apple cider and had the donuts with it, and also visited the Ben and Jerry’s factory! such a fun trip.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i can’t believe they’re the actual von trapps! so cool. we got some of their cheese at the farmer’s market and it was delicious.

  105. Anneka says...

    my parents had their rehearsal dinner at American Flatbread 30+ years ago! I grew up on the other side of the mountain and hope to live in the state again one day.

  106. Colleen says...

    I lived about twenty minutes from St. Johnsbury, VT for eight years. Vermont is a really gorgeous state, and they really love recycling!

  107. jillian says...

    I love your dress!! where is it from?

  108. i’ve been wracking my brain for a weekend away trip for our anniversary next month, VT seems close enough.

    did you stay at an airbnb type place or hotel?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      we stayed at a rental house in warren, vermont. there seem to be a lot of great places up there!

  109. Joanna, you look so happy (and tan!). American Flatbread looks like a dream – adding to the vacation wish list.

  110. Americans have the summers that the English always believe we will get. Or once had…

  111. Alison says...

    Isn’t Vermont wonderful? My husband and I left New York City and moved to Burlington twelve years ago, right after we got married. We haven’t looked back. We’re now raising our kids, ages 6 and 9, in Shelburne — which is another wonderful town to visit with kids. I am managing editor of Kids VT (kidsvt.com), a monthly parenting publication owned by the Vermont alt weekly, Seven Days. Thanks for sharing photos from your trip. You definitely hit some great spots!

    • JK says...

      Alison–Any chance you’d be up for a conversation about what it’s like to live in VT? Specifically after living in NYC. We are seriously considering a move and I’d love some perspective!

    • Liz says...

      You do an awesome job on that publication! We always always check what’s going on whenever we head over to Vermont from NH with the family.

    • Todd says...

      Wow,my wife and I were just in shelburne,last weekend and stopped at the farmers market on our way to visit our son who works at smugglers notch,we loved this area and got to meet a lot of great folks who loved our second son,Landon,golden retriever,we were very impressed with all of the vendors and hospitality that shelburne offers,will definitely be there again soon,we are from upstate new York,about5 hrs away

    • Lauren says...

      I noticed that too! Such a great beer. My husband went to grad school in NH (right next to Vermont) and would load up his trunk filled with The Alchemist to share with friends. I miss that beer!

  112. Tala says...

    I too grew up in VT….still one of my favorite places. Where did you go for your ballet summer program? I attended Burklyn in the summers from 1989 – 1993…..

  113. Emma says...

    Beautiful! Love your plaid dress in the family pic- Where is that from??

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you so much! i got it on sale from isabel marant. i LOVE it and wear it all the time.

    • Jamie says...

      Ooh you’re right how cute! I would wear that all the time!

  114. Lindsay Roscoe says...

    Looks like a great trip! Joanna where are those cute woven flats from?

  115. I saw this post and almost squealed with delight! I grew up in Burlington, and miss my home state dearly. Living in Chicago couldn’t be more different! Definitely looking forward to the day I can get back there to live, and not just visit.

  116. KM says...

    My parents live in Vermont, and I crave escaping to there year round. I live in LA, so the exoticism of dense woods and winter never gets old. I have a few rocks on my desk right now from the river that flows by my parents’ house.

    Also: be sure to check for ticks! I know way too many people who catch Lyme.

  117. Abbie says...

    Just the idea of a restaurant where the kids can take off running. Swoon. Looks so idyllic!