Maple Madness!

Making maple syrup is a Vermont tradition and every year brings different conditions, keeping maple sugarmakers like Burr Morse on their toes.  Maple Madness runs (no pun intended) for a few weeks or a month, depending on the weather, of course.  Meet Burr Morse, sample fresh maple syrup, and experience early spring in Vermont.  It will surprise and delight you!

 

Burr Morse testing the sugar level of his first sap run of the season. Try it!
Old sugar house off the beaten path in Central Vermont.

Vermont is more than skiing and riding in the winter; experience it to believe it!

Bonafide Tours and Expeditions offers winter visitors to Vermont a chance to go beyond the main ski resorts and urban center to explore what makes Vermont a special place.  The back roads, authentic cuisine, rugged people, historic villages, and storied winter landscapes provide a contrast to the busy ski area experience.

Sugarmakers at Boyden Winery and Sugarhouse.
Light lunch at Falls General Store made from scratch; even the bread is baked in house!
Old sugar house off the beaten path in Central Vermont.

2017 Fall Foliage Season Begins With Splash of Color

Fall foliage has begun in Vermont even as the weather turned warm this weekend.  The fall colors of some maple trees were clearly emerging from beneath the green leaves of summer.img_2667

img_0092

 

Join your friends for a Vermont fall foliage get-away and go off the beaten path with Bonafide Tours and Expeditions.

img_2672The many hundreds of miles of narrow Vermont country roads are lined with a mix of evergreens and hardwoods such as maple, spruce, balsam fir, beech, ash, and birch trees.  Soon the vivid contrasting colors will be awesome as Vermont’s special fall foliage season unfolds to reveal the colors beneath the fading greens of summer.

Maple Madness!

Maple madness has begun in earnest in Vermont this year. Boyden’s Sugarhouse was boilin full tilt on Saturday!
img_0324Experience maple syrup making season with Bonafide Tours through March with visits to Boyden Winery and Morse Farm for great sugaring stories.

img_0318

img_0323

Farewell to Fall, Let Winter Begin!

The autumn of 2016 was spectacular, with dry warm days and beautiful color palates.  Guests of Bonafide Tours oohed and ahhed at every turn and were delighted in meeting Vermonters old and new, including Burr and Elliot Morse at Morse Farm Sugar House.  These photos really don’t do the scenery justice, but they will remind us of how wonderful nature is if we just let it be.  We at Bonafide Tours and Expeditions send out a special thank you to all of our summer and fall guests and we look forward to making new friends during the coming winter season.  – Todd and Susan ComenIMG_0063

Meet Burr Morse at Morse Farm Sugar house
Meet Burr Morse at Morse Farm Sugar house

IMG_0077IMG_0081IMG_0045

Wonderful Tour

Bonafide Tours deserve high praise for their excellent service, knowledge, and personal attention when giving the tourist a ride to the attractions in Vermont. My trip in July was lifted to another dimension as I rode along with Todd, and another tourist I did not know prior to. At the end of the day I felt like I knew each of them for many many years. Information about the area, people, culture, and food satisfied my want to know about the area of Burlington.

A seIMG_6324cond day of touIMG_6308ring was led by Todd’s wonderful wife, Susan, whom I could say became a sister to me in just one day. We had some things in common, one being the love of music, and The Sound of Music. This love called me to go to Stowe to see the Von Trapp Family Lodge. A hike in the woods, lunch at the lodge, meeting Johannes Von Trapp (youngest child of the Captain and Maria) filled my heart with joy!

 

We stopped along the way to taste some chocolate and drink some wine while talking about all sorts of things! This truly made a special day of touring for me.  Thanks to both of you!

Barnyard Friends, Farmers Market, and Cultural Traditions Featured on Recent Bonafide Tours

Newly hatched chicks with moms at Agricola Farm
Newly hatched chicks at Agricola Farm
IMG_6308
Piglets at Agricola Farm
IMG_6353
Warren Rankin helping guest get up close with a week-old calf on the “Meet the Cows” tour
IMG_6351
Guests celebrate birthday at Fledermaus Teahouse, a stop on the “Meet the Cows” tour itinerary.
IMG_6359
Gotta love the fresh vegetables from Alan Lepage at the Montpelier Farmers Market
IMG_6276
Bonafide tour guide showing off the Marshfield School of Weaving to a guest interested in traditional weaving techniques
Bonafide brewery and cider tour for group of loyal friends

Vibrant State Capitol

Colorful veggies at Montpelier Farmers Market
Colorful veggies at Montpelier Farmers Market

Montpelier is the vibrant state capitol of Vermont, and on Saturday’s during the summer, the vibrancy is pronounced!  It is noticeable in the shops  and in the colorful flower and vegetable displays at the farmers market.  The taste of place is palpable in the food and beverages served at the farmers market and in the unique farm to table restaurants downtown.  On Saturday mornings, the vibrancy is displayed abundantly on the smiles  of residents and visitors alike during the warm months of summer.

Small, independently owned and operated businesses are bustling alongside the farmers market on Saturdays in Montpelier. Experience the vibrancy of Montpelier on a Bonafide Tour and Expedition this summer!

Vendors of arts and crafts are part of the diverse mix at the Saturday market
Vendors of arts and crafts are part of the diverse mix at the Saturday market
Dunc's Mill artisanal liquors are popular among visitors to the Saturday market
Dunc’s Mill artisanal liquors are popular among visitors to the Saturday market
IMG_5239
Vermont craft breweries are well represented at this watering hole on  Main St. in Montpelie
Glimpse of New England Culinary Institute Bakery and Students at La Brioche Bakery
Glimpse of New England Culinary Institute Students at La Brioche Bakery in Montpelier
Youthful vendors of ice-team, lemonade, and goats milk!
Youthful vendors of ice-tea, lemonade, and goats milk!

 

 

The Perfect Rain

Covered bridge over swollen river near Rankin dairy farm
Covered bridge over swollen creek near Rankin dairy farm

 

 

 

Spring rains have finally arrived, and the rivers are swelling, the soils are saturated, and Vermont is a verdant green once again.  New born fawns nurse from their mothers and scamper across the roads and fields, corn seeds have sprouted and graceful plantings on the contour green up the landscape for all eyes to see.

Rows of corn planted on the contour add color to the recently white or brown landscape
Rows of corn planted on the contour add color to the recently white or brown landscape

Bonafide tours is preparing for the coming summer season with gusto, discovering great destinations for our guests such as Rankin organic dairy farm and Field Stone Farm where guests will dine alfresco on wood baked flatbread pizza and organic salad greens.

 

View of Field Stone Farm and beyond.
View of Field Stone Farm and beyond.

 

Newborn fawn nursing on Bear Swamp Road.
Newborn fawn nursing on Bear Swamp Road.