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COURTESY OF STOWE MOUNTAIN RESORT

Stowe Mountain Resort

Rachel Feldman AGE: 32 OCCUPATION: chief of staff for Lt. Gov. Phil Scott TOWN: Montpelier

Summer camp is what first drew Rachel Feldman to Vermont; the New York native attended Farm & Wilderness in Plymouth as a kid. She earned a journalism degree from Northwestern University and moved to Vermont in 2006; her first jobs were as a reporter for the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus and a producer for WCAX-TV. In 2008, she was chosen as a reporter for MTV’s Street Team covering the November election. After leaving the 802 for a yearlong teaching fellowship in Israel in 2011, Feldman returned and landed her gig working for Lt. Gov. Phil Scott, the state’s highestranking Republican. A kayaker, bookworm and compulsive farmers market shopper, Feldman was named one of Vermont Business Magazine’s Rising Stars in 2014.

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Vermont's “Aspen of the East” is the ultimate ski town. If you want to schuss, STOWE MOUNTAIN RESORT has you covered. Not interested in skiing down MOUNT MANSFIELD? You can hike up it the rest of the year for breathtaking views. Or drive the Mountain Road, which snakes through boulders and gorges, offering postcard-worthy vistas at every bend. After a day on the mountain, you’re sure to be hungry. Which works out just fine, because Stowe is rife with restaurants. Choose from Italian at PIECASSO PIZZERIA & LOUNGE, Mexican at BENDER’S BURRITOS or new American at DOC PONDS. Time to crash? The sprawling TRAPP FAMILY LODGE (yep, that Trapp family) has all kinds of lodging options. In the morning, grab a breakfast sandwich from BLACK CAP COFFEE & BEER before hittin’ the road home.

WHAT TO DO IN MONTPELIER: Come into the Vermont Statehouse — it’s the most open statehouse in the country. Then hike the trail behind it, through Hubbard Park to the top of the hill. You can see five mountain ranges. It’s literally the top of Montpelier. LOCAL ODDITY I LOVE: The houses of Prickly Mountain in Warren. They’re luxurious and extreme and absolutely hippie. You can’t imagine how they were built, but they exist. BEST PLACE TO THINK BIG THOUGHTS:

Grand Isle State Park. I have journals that were filled there. MY RADIO DIAL IS TURNED TO: Vermont Public Radio (107.9 FM) and WDEV (96.1 FM) FAVORITE FIGURE FROM VERMONT HISTORY:

Calvin Coolidge, born in Plymouth Notch, who said, “There is no dignity quite so impressive, and no one independence quite so important, as living within your means.” 29

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