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An Art-Packed Summer Day

An Art-Packed Summer Day

Posted: July 20, 2017

In “Summer Blues,” Vermont poet David Budbill laments, “Ninety days is what we get, just Ninety days of frost free weather.” He then instructs, “we Just got to get outside and get together!” As the frost-free days accumulate, the Vermont Arts Calendar swells to include hundreds of events. Choosing becomes overwhelming. I find help in “How to Art Pack Your Day in Ten Easy Steps,” first published in July 2015. I begin by selecting my last stop: Rutland. A mural by Bill Ramage piques my interest. I'll follow it with free movie night at the Paramount. I decide to stay off the interstate. As I meander, I mentally highlight this part of tip #8: “Art can be found in the most surprising places.” I hit pay dirt on my first stop. Read More
A Short Distance to Vibrant Arts

A Short Distance to Vibrant Arts

Posted: July 6, 2017

The nation’s oldest hiking trail is 273 miles long and runs across the spine of Vermont’s Green Mountains. Also chasing along these peaks are towns and villages that were first established as farming and ski communities. Some of these towns are thriving arts hubs, as the state's valleys and dynamic mountains have both inspired and integrated the arts. The arts at the center of these communities have become as rich as the soil and steadfast as thru-hikers on the Long Trail. In this light, the Vermont Arts Council and the Green Mountain Club have partnered to provide arts and outdoors enthusiasts a collection of recommended regions that offer excellent arts and hiking opportunities. Read More
Summertime in Vermont: Bike Trails and Arts Tours

Summertime in Vermont: Bike Trails and Arts Tours

Posted: April 17, 2017

Vermonters are often said to have a way of being “unique,” from their one-of-a-kind politics and rock bands to the spelling of the state’s favorite sweet treat — Maple Creemees. It’s no surprise, therefore, that the state’s world-class outdoors and arts scenes are unprecedented in their access and offerings. In Vermont, you don’t have to travel far to see a biking trailhead or arts venue, and most often, they’re within close range of each other. Additionally, the Vermont Arts Council and Vermont Mountain Bike Association (VMBA) have forged their own paths to best serve their communities, including deeply-rooted partnerships with dozens of regional arts and biking organizations. Read More
Maple, Murals, Sugarhouses, and Sculptures

Maple, Murals, Sugarhouses, and Sculptures

Posted: February 22, 2017

In the Green Mountain State, sweet signs of spring include maple forests awakening and a plethora of outdoor art awaiting visitors. With more than 3,000 sugarmakers in residence, Vermont is the top maple syrup producer in the United States, generating over one million gallons annually. This year, pair your visits to the state’s famed maple sugarhouses with outdoor arts exploration. From Maple Open House Weekend, March 25-26, to the Vermont Maple Festival, April 28-30, the opportunities for exploring Vermont arts and savoring the season are as ample as maple is sweet. Read More
Arts and Alpine Define the Winter Landscape

Arts and Alpine Define the Winter Landscape

Posted: November 4, 2016

As if stunning vistas and the joy of an exhilarating winter sport weren't enough, today's ski resorts and communities also offer a cultural immersion that is equal parts pride and pleasure. While Vermont's ski resorts are well known for après beer and cozy fireplaces, they're also exhibition halls for Vermont artists. Tastefully outfitted lodges and local après bands are just the beginning; a deeper look at the resorts' "Made in Vermont" vibe reveals mountains of art to be discovered. Skiers and riders come to Vermont for its legendary terrain; and for many, when the lifts stop, the arts begin. Read More
Autumn and Art

Autumn and Art

Posted: August 19, 2016

Ten Regions — with Scenic Drives and an Abundance of Arts and Outdoors to Explore — While Vermont is a four-season destination, it is during fall foliage that the Green Mountain State is arguably the most vibrant. Travelers who choose to visit Vermont amid the most intense colors of autumn are also greeted with a wealth of seasonal arts events. The state's landscape both inspires and integrates the arts into its environment. In this light, the Vermont Arts Council and Vermont Tourism have partnered to provide travelers the best of both worlds: a nature escape and cultural immersion. Read More