Wayne’s Rock Solid Smoked Mint Julep


Vermont Bourbon – Have we gotten your attention?
Photo by Wayne Rock

Here we are in the first week of May, when a young man’s fancy turns to thoughts of…the Kentucky Derby. And Mint Juleps! In this case, the young man is Wayne Rock, a transplanted Southerner who now makes his home here in Vermont as an Orvis Retail Analyst. Wayne is an fantastic cook, and one of his current explorations is the world of smoking. He has everyone here in the Home Office chomping at the bit to try this amazing spin on the classic Mint Julep. To celebrate the Kentucky Derby we just had to share the backstory as well as the recipe. In Wayne’s own words:

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7 Cool Gifts to Celebrate Mother’s Day


She’ll remember the stunning views and unparalleled experience of a hot-air balloon trip for years to come.
Photo by Jason Elkins, Equinox Balloons

It’s almost Mother’s Day…still wondering what to give to the woman who gave you the world? We thought you might be, so we asked ourselves, what would be the most exciting, extraordinary, . . .

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April 30 is National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day!


Reggie loves to be wherever his family is, even in a boat parade.
Photos by Barbara Leiser

April 30 is National Adopt a Dog Day! Which makes today the perfect day to begin telling some of own dog adoption stories. In 2016, Orvis continues our matching-grant partnership with the. . .

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The Best Mother’s Day Gifts: 5 Orvis Moms Share their Stories


A family hike to the summit of Sleeping Beauty Mountain in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in New York. Jenette with children (L-R) Henry, Angelina, Isabella, and Charlie.
Photo courtesy Jenette Dill

Since Mother’s Day became an official national holiday in 1914, moms all over America have been celebrated with cards, gifts, and flowers. Inspired by some of the stories we’ve been. . .

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On Being a Mom

by Em Loerke, Today’s Letters


Fishing moms and tots.
Photo by Heidi Owens, Courtesy of Today’s Letters

One of the greatest questions I’ve ever been asked is, “What did you enjoy doing as a child, and are you still making time to do those things as an adult?” I find this to be an interesting. . .

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Modesty Creek: They Came, They Spawned, They _______?

Written by: Pat Ortmeyer, Clark Fork Coalition


Modesty Creek was reconnected to the main-stem Clark Fork River for the first time in over six decades.
Photo courtesy Clark Fork Coalition

True to its name, Modesty Creek is not giving up its secrets. Not yet, anyway. Recently reconnected to the mainstem Clark Fork River in southwestern Montana, this small spring. . .

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Saving the Planet…One Orvis Associate at a Time!


At Orvis Every Day is Earth Day
Photo by Orvis

Here at Orvis we take this Earth Day thing pretty seriously! When you belong to a company that gives 5% of its pre-tax profits to protecting nature, you pay attention to this stuff. When we starting looking for some simple things to do to show Mother Nature a little love, we began right here in our own backyard. Here are ten great, easy-to-do conservation tricks from Orvis Associates…

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Spring Fishing on Grand Lake Stream

Written by: Debra Carr Brox


West Grand Lake is the source of Maine’s Grand Lake Stream.
Photos by Debra Carr Brox

I ’m not a creature of habit, but I have a few rituals. One of them is to officially start my fishing season each spring with trip to Grand Lake Stream in Maine. It’s a long way from. . .

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Video: The Ballad of Holland Island House


Holland Island House in October 2009, one year before it fell into the bay.
Photo by Flickr User baldeaglebluff

Bay-dwellers know the joys of exploring tidal pools and salt marshes, uncovering century-old pottery fragments, glass Rumford Baking Powder bottles, and arrowheads. We inhale the. . .

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