Strawberry Basil Margarita

The Barrows House Inn & Restaurant, Dorset INGREDIENTS 1 strawberry 2 basil leaves Juice of half a lemon Juice of half a lime Splash agave syrup 1½ oz Hornitos Reposado tequila ¼ oz Cointreau In a shaker, muddle together the strawberry and basil. Fill the shaker halfway with ice, then add remaining ingredients. Shake for […]

Features and Stories

She’s Got Game

Ever since Kathrine Switzer proved women could run the Boston Marathon and Billie Jean King schooled Bobby Riggs on the tennis court, women have embraced the joy that comes from playing sports. Whether it’s tennis, golf, hiking, or any of the other activities the Stratton area is famous for, summer is the time to get out and get sweating!

Last Word

Summertime BBQ Favorites

My most memorable summer days were spent running around outside, getting grass stains on my knees, smelling subtle wafts of smoke and char as the grill heats up, and feasting on the many barbecues throughout the summer months.

Food & Drink

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Summer Freeze

Various forms of this frozen solution of milkfat infused with assorted flavorings and sweetened with a sugar are found in a dizzying number of styles with different names throughout the world. But at its core, ice cream is a simple treat. In Vermont, ice cream is more than just a treat however; it’s a point of state pride and bespeaks to our dairy heritage…

From the Publisher

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On the Waterfront

We had daily swim instruction and donned orange life vests as we climbed into canoes or kayaks or stood in line waiting to check out our sailboats. We fished, and I remember the thrill of catching one, and a large one at that. Those memories are some of my finest…


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Waters with an Edge

Looking to make a splash in Stratton this summer? In an area perhaps best known for its ski mountains, you may be surprised by just how much Vermont has to offer when it comes to warm weather fun. Here, summers are defined not just by the brilliant glow of the Green Mountains but by the crisp, cool, and clear waters waiting within…


view from the long trail
Conserving Higher Ground

Atop the tallest mountain in Southern Vermont some sunny day you may find yourself at the Stratton Mountain fire tower, perched 55 feet high at 3,936 feet above sea level. Here you scan out upon a 360-degree view of the most contiguous forest and wilderness areas in all of Vermont. You are on the oldest long distance hiking path in the United States, the Long Trail (L.T.). You are also standing on the longest, skinniest national park in the United States…


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Behind the Curtain

When Stratton Magazine was given a peek behind the curtains at what it takes to schedule big, Broadway stars for plays and to line up world class musicians for concerts, we were amazed at the logistics, the planning, the creativity, and the joy–yes, joy!–that these professionals bring to their craft…

From the Publisher

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The Art of Summer

Being creative provides us with the ability, or at least the possibility, of taking our thoughts and making them a reality. The process often starts with us saying, “I have an idea.” Here in Manchester and the Mountains creativity is rich and abundant. There are many among us who have that knack–the ability to innovate, communicate, collaborate, and execute…


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Business Owners and SVAC Partner to Promote the Arts

Southern Vermont Arts Center will offer off-site exhibition space throughout the town of Manchester. The initiative dubbed ART Manchester will connect Vermont artists with visitors and residents by converting storefronts into pop-up art galleries…

From the Publisher

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Area Guide To Manchester And The Mountains Is Now Manchester Life

Manchester’s Mountain Media announces the production of a new publication to showcase the beauty, lifestyle, and community of the Manchester area. Manchester Life is slated to feature the vibrant breadth of activities, arts, dining, shopping and recreation choices available to all. It will illustrate to visitors the opportunities and treasures unique to the area as well as provide a window into the lifestyle and spirit of the community.


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Manchester Music Festival Poised for an Astounding Season

The summer season at Manchester Music Festival welcomes award winning artists from around the country for seven weeks of concerts in the Green Mountains of Vermont. July 6 – August 17 concerts on Thursday evenings are slated to feature a number of top caliber musicians who have played with some of the world’s most prestigious orchestras…


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Treat Williams and Stephen Adly Guirgis Join Tim and Tyne Daly for Dorset Theatre Festival’s 40th Anniversary Season

Dorset Theatre Festival is proud to announce its 40th Anniversary Season, featuring the World Premiere of Theresa Rebeck’s Downstairs (June 22 – July 8), directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt; the Regional Premiere of Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery…

Out and About

Lettuce and Kung Fu Concert at Stratton Mountain

Hip-hop, funk, jazz band, Lettuce, hit the stage at Stratton Mountain over Labor Day Weekend. With opener Kung Fu and under beautiful sunny skies, the concert was the perfect summer season finale.    

Out and About

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Donavon Frankenreiter Concert

  In August of 2016, Stratton Mountain welcomed acclaimed singer-songwriter, Donavon Frankenreiter, for an outdoor concert under the tent. The show was part of the Back to the Base summer concert series and the music blended seamlessly with our peaceful Southern Vermont surroundings.


12 Things to Do in Vermont This Summer

If you’re visiting Vermont this summer, you’ll find plenty to do — hiking, biking, festivals, concerts, scenic drives and more. Here are my top 12 picks for places to see and things to do in Vermont this summer.


Summer …. It’s all about the exteriors.

They say it takes three years for perennials to really shine and I am on year two. It is a daily pleasure to visit my garden each day and see what has bloomed when I wasn’t looking.

Snow Sports

Cross Country Skier
Where the Elite Meet

Stratton Mountain School has organized a six-member elite Nordic cross country ski team club designed to give athletes the support, financial and otherwise, to make the dream of Olympic and World Cup glory that much more plausible.