Footwear History: The Boat Shoe That Started It All

Written by: Kimberly Bellamy


A piece of footwear history that has saved many sailors and boaters.

In 1935, avid sailor and inventor Paul Sperry—a former Dartmouth student and U.S. Navy seaman—made an astounding discovery. One day, after watching his dog run effortlessly across the. . .

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Video: Four Fish We’re Overeating

If you’ve ever stood at the fish counter in the grocery store or the seafood market wondering what to take home dinner, has it ever occurred to you where these fish come from and how they keep. . .

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Up the Creek Without a Rod


Orvis HQ is tucked into the woods on the western slope of the Green Mountains: prime fly-fishing country.

I don’t fly fish. Never have. All right, that’s not 100% true. I have, as a benefit of being an associate at The Orvis Company, taken advantage of the fly-fishing classes offered to all associates. . . .

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My Southern Godmother’s Old Fashioned Recipe


Even if you’re not a regular bourbon drinker, Betty’s recipe is mighty tasty.
Photo via bulleit.com

It’s not a raspberry martini or a red-current champagne spritzer—and it certainly isn’t pink wine—but it’s red in color and, as far as we’re concerned, that makes an Old Fashioned the perfect. . .

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Open Water: 5 Tips for Maintaining a Winter Bird Bath

Written by: Debra Carr Brox


A winter birdbath adds color to a sometimes drab landscape in your yard.
Photos by Debra Carr Brox

Ralph Waldo Emerson described the winter song of the chickadee as “a silver tinkling on a frosty morning.” Though many of us think of the warmer months as the time when we can observe. . .

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