“It’s a super exciting opportunity to showcase Vermont farms and food to a global audience,” said conference organizer, UVM’s Lisa Chase. “Many of the people coming to Vermont had never even heard of Vermont.”
Vermont lodging industry looks to rebound after 2 years of pandemic struggles
Hotel bookings appear to be strong for the summer. A small bed-and-breakfast in southern Vermont tells a different story.
Vermont outdoor businesses watch to see if high gas prices deter tourists
Higher gas prices have raised the cost of equipment. At the same time, the outdoor boom is settling into slower growth and supply-chain problems are easing.
‘A good summer’: Champlain Islands prepare for busy tourist season
An expected influx of tourists from Canada has hotel and campground owners on the islands optimistic about the season to come.
Amid heated debate over on-farm restaurants, Woodstock Planning Commission chair resigns
A yearlong fight over a proposed on-farm restaurant at Peace Field Farm spiraled into a broader debate this week over if and how Woodstock should allow accessory on-farm restaurants.
A Vermont resort looks to hire foreign workers again in hopes of the first post-pandemic summer
The federal government is more than doubling the number of visas available to businesses seeking to supplement the ranks of their employees — but not by enough to help a popular Vermont resort that needs to fill positions.
Stowe Cider allowed outdoor music with tight restrictions
Stowe Cider wanted to offer outdoor concerts to help it get through the pandemic. Some neighbors objected. Stowe’s Development Review Board is allowing the music, but with restrictions.
U.S.-Canada border still closed, but Canada loosens some restrictions
The land-border restrictions imposed when the Covid-19 crisis began last March will be extended until at least July 21.
On the Champlain Islands, staffing shortage is still an issue for many hotels
Hotel owners from Isle La Motte to South Hero have had little trouble booking rooms for the summer. But many are still struggling to hire workers.
With 11,000 vaccinations to go before reopening, the pace has slowed
Gov. Phil Scott has promised to fully reopen the state when 80% of Vermonters 12 and older are vaccinated. Last Friday, Vermont stood at 77.6%. As of Tuesday morning, it was at 77.9%.
Memorial Day weekend will draw tourists, but much is at stake, businesses say
Tourism businesses across Vermont are noticing leisure travelers trickling back into the state as they head into the first holiday weekend since Gov. Phil Scott lifted most Covid-19 restrictions on out-of-state travel.
Woolf: No job improvement in five months, despite low unemployment rate
Vermont is unlikely to get back to our pre-Covid level of employment anytime before 2022 — if ever.
Virus in Vermont: Derby farm pivoted as Covid hit
When Lavender Essentials of Vermont lost tourism business, the owner created a private getaway.
Allen: A perfect storm is buffeting Vermont’s storied inns and hotels
Bookings are way down and hotel and inn owners are hoping for more visitors this fall and winter.