Cabin Fever! What Season are we in?

It’s that awkward time of year in Vermont. Is it still winter? Nearly spring…mud season? All of the above in the same week??? YES TO ALL!

Cabin fever has hit our house-- so I am guessing it has hit yours as well. I wanted to give you a quick list of things you can do for free or on a budget around the area of Addison County.



Did you know Middlebury has miles of FREE trails to walk, snowshoe, bike or run? The Middlebury Area Land Trust (MALT) takes care of 19 miles worth of trails in the area.  Trails range from fairly flat to a light incline, so they are perfect for everyone to enjoy. And with everyone thinking about their pocketbooks right now FREE entertainment and fresh air are a win!  

MALT is currently working to extend their trails with cooperation from the National Park Service from Crown Point to the Long Trail so stay tuned for more trails in the future.  They host a race series in September if you love trail running. Check out their event page for future special events including Animal Tracking workshops and National Trail Day.


 The Robert Frost Trail: Ripton family friendly trail. We are expecting snow this weekend. If you prefer it stayed Winter season. This trail may be perfect for you to play on.

Robert Frost Interpretive Trail is a 0.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Ripton, Vermont that features a river and is good for all skill levels.


If you get addicted to the trail, here are links to more hikes around the area:

 Texas Falls

Texas Falls- Hancock

Enjoy a walk, gorgeous falls and a picnic area when the weather warms up.


Chili Cookoff!

Mark your calendar for March 26 as Middlebury hosts a Chili Cookoff.  The fundraiser for the Addison County Humane Society will take place at the Middlebury American Legion.  . 

17 local restaurants competing for Judged Best Chili- Cash Prize for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place. People’s choice award for one lucky chili! $5.00 tickets available at all participating restaurants. (Event Link FB)



Vermont Liquid Gold season is starting in the area.  Many Maple producers will begin opening their sugar houses to visitors.  If you haven’t smelled fresh sugar boiling you are in for a treat!  While most open their doors for free don’t forget to bring cash/cards for fresh syrup, sugar on snow, maple creemies or maple donuts!

Vermont Maple Open House Weekend- 

March 19-20 and March 26-27

Just a few Sugar Houses to check out:

LaDuc Acres Maple- 212 Royce Hill Rd, Orwell 

 Solar Sweet Maple Farm- 3841 S Lincoln Rd, Lincoln

Solar Sweet Maple Farm is Vermont's first solar powered sugar house! Our sugar house is made from reclaimed wood, is energy efficient and houses a wood-fired evaporator where our delicious liquid gold is made. We are nestled in the hills of Lincoln, Vermont.

Green Mountain Gold Maple Products- 469 Cider Mill Road Cornwall

 Look for signs and a map in the link above for additional information and open houses.


Miscellaneous Events:

Sparrow Art Supply- GRAND OPENING!

52 Main Street Middlebury VT 05753
Friday March 11 from 4 - 7 PM


Town Hall Theater Closet Sale

Nothing like a theater throwing a wardrobe sale!
69 South Pleasant St., Middlebury
Saturday March 19  from 10-2 PM



 Bristol Bag of Gold Giveaway!

From March 17 -20, you can try your luck and see if you can find a bag of gold while shopping at these participating retailers and restaurants:

? Art On Main
? Emerald Rose Grows
? Hogback Mountain Brewing
? Island Girl Jewelry
? Scentsations
? Simon Says
? Your Home
? Recycled Reading of Vermont Books & Instruments
? VT Marketplace and Bristol Suites


Get out and explore the area!

~ Lindsay



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