Vermont Vacation Summer Guide 13 Although he can write any time, anywhere, Mayor prefers to write while seated in his easy chair, his feet up on a cherrywood table he made himself. “I look out at the trees and the stream that flows all year long. Writing is therapeutic, as well as an artistic endeavor.” No matter where in Vermont you’re staying, you’re bound to come across a loca- tion from the series. Mayor’s mysteries will transport readers everywhere from the Northeast Kingdom to Rutland. MEGAN PRICE Megan Price began writing the Vermont Wild series in 2010. Inspired by the adven- tures of Vermont’s fish and game wardens, Price has turned their real experiences into entertaining, humorous stories about the outdoors. “I’m proud their stories are saved for posterity,” Price expressed. “It’s Vermont history.” Perfect for all ages, the Vermont Wild books are best enjoyed read aloud around a sum- mer campfire. Each volume contains at least a dozen stories and is illustrated by a local artist. Readers of Vermont Wild Volume 2 can see the setting of the “Stowe Turkey” story by following Route 100 a few miles north of the Stowe village. The cornfield on the left and ranch house on the right are where Warden Eric Nuse saved a wild turkey. GESINE BULLOCK-PRADO Some might know Gesine Bullock-Prado from her television show, Baked in Vermont , on the Food Network, but she is also the writer of several cookbooks including Fantastical Cakes and Pie it Forward . Prado’s memoir, My Life From Scratch , tells the story of how she traded the glamour of Hollywood for a more humble life in Vermont. She now develops, tests, and writes her recipes in her farmhouse. “It’s hard not to incorporate Vermont ingredients,” she noted. “I use my hens’ free- range eggs. Maple syrup finds its way into baking and cooking.” Bakers of all levels can take classes with Prado at her baking school, Sugar Glider Kitchen , in Hartford. JOHN AND JENNIFER CHURCHMAN Vermont farm owners John and Jennifer Churchman were urged by readers of their blog to turn the story of their baby lamb Sweet Pea into a children’s book. The result, Sweet Pea and Friends: The SheepOver is now a New York Times bestseller. Now two more children’s stories have been published: Brave Little Finn and A Farm for Maisie . Fans of the books can meet the farm animals that inspired the stories at Moonrise Farm in Essex. Moonrise Farm hosts many events, including Farm to Ballet, an annual summer event. Find the book and then create your own adventure from the stories. The work of these Vermont authors can be found in any of the state’s independent bookstores. Bookstores still thrive in our small cities and tight-knit communities. Whether it’s the sight of the “crime” in Brattleboro, an “adventure” in the Vermont woods, a cooking class with Vermont products or getting to know farm animals – read the book, visit the scenes, taste the product and make your own stories with a vacation like no other. ARCHER MAYOR AT BEAR POND BOOKS, MONTPELIER MARGOT MAYOR