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Archive for ‘October 2011’

‘A message that everybody really loves’

It was 46 years ago that the hills came alive with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s "The Sound of Music," but it seems audiences are still captivated by the songs and the story of the von Trapp family, driven from their Austrian homeland during World War II. Whether it’s the love story between Captain Georg and Maria

Austria finally comes alive to the Sound of Music

SALZBURG – It is a a story that was turned into one of the world’s most successful films and performed in theatres in many countries. But The Sound of Music has been ignored in the Austrian city where the musical and most of its famous songs were filmed. The tale of the von Trapp family

The untold story of Stowe woods skiing

Today Mt. Mansfield is Vermont’s highest and arguably most famous mountain. The skiers have been here a long time, as has the snow. The trees, too, have always been here — and therein lies this tale. In less than three years, there will be a centennial on the mountain, the 100th anniversary of the first

Vermont Tourism Officials Lure Asian Visitors — With Tasha Tudor?

When Japanese student Takahiro Mise came to Vermont this fall to see the work of Douglas Brooks, a Vergennes builder of traditional Japanese wooden boats, he became evidence of a trend. Vermont’s tourism promoters have their sights set on Asia — and especially on Japanese tourists like Mise. Long before Tropical Storm Irene complicated the

Jeepers creepers, leaf peepers!

Fall for autumn in New England, a region of six small states that are spectacularly beautiful at this time of year, writes Susan Morrell. The New England ‘Fall’ is a time of shortening days, dipping temperatures and a spectacular display from mother nature. For a fleeting few weeks a burst of fiery red and shimmering

Stowe named top spot for fall getaway

In its October issue, Boston magazine named Stowe a top spot for a fall getaway destination for epicureans, adventurers and escapists. The magazine highlighted the zipline tours at Smugglers Notch, the scenic glider rides at Stowe Soaring, and Stowe Mountain Bike Club trails as must-do activities for the adventurous traveler. As for dining spots in

To Stowe Vermont and elsewhere in snow country

No one is yelling, "hurry up, Mom!" or tapping ski poles impatiently. That’s because I’ve forsaken the slopes today – as terrific as they are at the brand-new Spruce Peak base area at Stowe Mountain Resort ( ) – and any attempt to keep up with my gang – and instead am snowshoeing at