Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl & Parade

Shrine Game

The Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl Football Game is played between two all-star teams of graduated high school seniors from Vermont & New Hampshire. The game is preceded by a spectacular parade of Shrine Units from throughout the Northeast Region. It is one of 30 Shrine Football Games played every year across the country.

7 for the Road: Fun Family Activities!

Family Games

Is your next family road trip approaching? Fear not! These games and activities will please everyone in the car and bust traffic boredom. Car trips can be long and hot in the summer, but when all the passengers are engaged in an activity together, time passes more quickly. In fact, you may even appreciate the journey to your destination as valuable family-bonding time. Safe travels!

3 Tips to Stay Healthy and Active During Summer

3 Tips to Stay Healthy and Active During Summer

With summer officially here, it’s time to rethink your workout routines and make sure they stand up to the summer heat. Depending on where you live, if you like to work out outside you might have to shake up your schedule and exercise at different times. If you live in a hot climate, consider a dip in the pool or bring your fitness routine indoors. No matter your workout preference, drink lots of water and don’t push yourself in the heat—there are plenty of activities to choose from that are cool, safe and summer-proof.

Upper Valley Yoga Studios: A Yogi’s Quest

Upper Valley Yoga Studios: A Yogi’s Quest

The Upper Valley is filled with busy, successful people driven by sometimes-hectic schedules, so yoga studios are necessarily prevalent. Whether you practice it every day as part of your exercise program or once a week to clear your mind and restore balance to your life, yoga provides generous health benefits of all kinds. No one is too old or too young, too fit, flabby, stiff, stretchy, happy, or moody for yoga; everyone can grow in the studio. So choose your antidote from the list below and bid farewell to whatever ails you: back pain, stress, inflexibility, or lack of energy. You will sweat, burn, twist, breathe, and, most importantly, smile. Enjoy your journey and namaste!

Perfect Hikes in the Upper Valley

Perfect Hikes in the Upper Valley

Whether you’re a walker, speed walker, jogger, or mountain biker, the Upper Valley has more than enough wooded trails to enjoy endless miles of activity. Especially in summer, these parks, trails, and preserves offer cooling shade, restful quiet, and close contact with the beauty of Northern New England. When you have exhausted this list, browse the complete selection of Upper Valley trails at Trail Finder; I hope you’ll find this resource as useful as I did!

Hidden Treasures: Art Galleries of the Upper Valley

Hidden Treasures: Art Galleries of the Upper Valley

The Upper Valley is nestled in the Northeast’s woods, fields, and farmlands, and hidden among these are outstanding artists of all kinds. Finding examples of their talents is an art form in itself; a day trip to any one of these locations is to be savored and will delight your senses. Each gallery description here is accompanied by a recommended eatery that will complete your artistic excursion. Keep your eyes and mind open in any of these galleries, and the wonders of the Upper Valley art scene will inspire and amaze you.

The Family That Plays Together Stays Together

Family Bonding

American families are returning to traditional family bonding. In 2012, the Columbia University Center for Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) made the case that regular family dinners led to a decreased risk of teen substance abuse. Parents and children are finding comfort and safety within the inner sanctum of the immediate family. A good way to nurture these bonds is to find activities, hobbies and interests to enjoy together. Here are some great family-friendly activities.

Summer is for Music!

Summer is for Music--Alfresco!

Don’t let this brief and beautiful season pass you by without spending a day or evening listening to you favorite music or artists outdoors. We’re fortunate to have so many great venues throughout New England, so pack a picnic and gather friends and family. Relax and soak up the sounds of summer! (Do not forget your insect repellent and for daytime shows, sunblock.)

Get Ready for Swimsuit Season

Get Ready for Swimsuit Season

It’s time to start peeling off our winter and spring layers. It won’t be long before we can hit the beach! This past winter with its polar vortices and fierce winds may be a memory, but some of us will find a reminder or two as we shift into summer clothing too many muffins have left us with muffin tops and other weighty woes. If that sounds like you, too, getting ready for swimsuit season could mean losing a few pounds from here and there. Here are some tips that can help.

Opening Day at Billings Farm

Opening Day at Billings Farm

Billings Farm, a well-preserved microcosm of Vermont’s past, a look at its present, and a peak into its future, has been charming visitors for more than three decades. Part farm, part museum, and wholly natural, Billings Farm offers a glimpse of 19th century farm life. This year the farm will celebrate its 32nd anniversary. Come and enjoy the festivities!

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