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Finding Glimmers of Hope in a Pandemic Winter


Published November 24, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.
Updated November 25, 2020 at 9:57 a.m.

Top of the Church Street Marketplace - CHADWICK ESTEY
  • Chadwick Estey
  • Top of the Church Street Marketplace

Welcome to a winter like no other. Admittedly, as we planned this issue of Staytripper, Seven Days' road map to safely rediscovering Vermont during the pandemic, we struggled to predict what the month ahead would hold. With the unknown course of the coronavirus in our state, the practical limitations of Vermont's famously cold weather and the likely disruption of holiday traditions, how would we fill our December days?

This issue offers some ideas for making the best of a bad situation. We encourage you to bundle up and explore our snow-globe bubble. Whether you hit the Nordic trails or the mountain slopes, you can still enjoy après sips and snacks nearby — for takeout or around a fire pit. And if snow's a no-go, how about embracing the dark, starry night? The December skies promise some exciting cosmic events.

What's that? You still have holiday shopping to do? Buy from the Main Street merchants in your town, or follow our guide to navigating the big city — Burlington, that is. Decked out in twinkling lights, may it bring you some cheer this season.

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