Food, People, Shopping

From sweet to savory, chocolate confections you’ll want to keep for yourself

You can’t go wrong with chocolate. That’s what Nick Monte, chocolatier and co-owner of the Village Peddler in East Arlington, Vt., and the Village Chocolate Shoppe in Bennington, Vt., believes.

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Sponsored Content, UpCountry Gift Guide

The UpCountry Gift Guide 2018

Sponsored Content Something for everyone on your list, from the finest vendors in the Berkshires and southern Vermont Sweet Treats A Night In Glitter and Glow All Dressed Up Festive Delights Cabin Fever Relief Kit Home(goods) for the Holidays Get Moving

Food, Shopping

Hitting the sweet spot

Yes, sweet things from Northampton, Mass. ovens help people power up for the rigors of their days, just as they do at early-bird bakeries across UpCountry communities. To be sure, the scratch baking scene isn’t Northampton’s most-played card. But for me, when it comes to this college town’s culinary map, morning treats put the longing in longitude. And the choices are expanding.

Arts, Our New England Life, People

The Soul of a Violin

Violin-making is a rare craft. There are fewer than 300 makers in the United States, and Berkshire County has been favored with one such artisan, Francis Morris. Morris studied for a career as a cellist but was introduced to instrument-making while still in high school. He knew right away that the combination of making instruments and music was perfect for him.

Family, Our New England Life, Out and About, Travel, UpCountry Living

Where to find summer in the middle of winter

One visit to the Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory in South Deerfield, Mass.; one soft landing of a monarch butterfly on your shoulder, and you’ll be transported to an ideal summer day.

History, People, Shopping, UpCountry Living

Finding Tasha Tudor

The artwork of author-illustrator Tasha Tudor has inspired a passion in people who collect her work to schedule “bucket list” trips to Vermont to visit her homestead in Marlboro, Vt. “My husband thinks I am cuckoo,” said Barbara Techel, who lives in Wisconsin and recently traveled to Southern Vermont to nourish her Tasha Tudor infatuation. “I have a picture of her in every room in my house and I have all her books.”