Vermont | The Green Mountain State
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The mountains of Vermont are impossibly green—so much so that its name, given by early French explorers, literally translates as “Green Mountain.” Rolling fields highlight vintage red barns, and when all that green bursts into flaming color in autumn, Vermont’s white-clapboard and brick villages sparkle against that glorious backdrop. Mountain resorts like Stowe offer diversions long past ski season, while Rockefeller and Vanderbilt wealth has left its mark around the state for all to enjoy, with spectacular farm estates in Woodstock and Shelburne (where there’s also a museum with a unique collection of Americana). And although Vermont may be the only New England state not on the ocean, it has its own majestic Lake Champlain—and possibly its very own resident sea monster. From artisans’ galleries to maple treats, Vermont puts its own proud stamp on classic New England.
For many New Englanders, winter weekends are ripe for outdoor athletics like skiing, snowshoeing, sledding and (on occasion) snow shoveling, but for others (myself included) they're perfect for quiet activities like relaxing, reading, eating, and playing fiercely competitive games of Scrabble. But just because most of my favorite winter activities...Read more
As idiosyncratic and surprising as the state it represents, Montpelier,Vermont, is the smallest capital in the nation, and proud of it. The joke, of course, is that New Englanders are a taciturn lot. Which makes it all the more delicious when a handful of signs in the small, entirely delightful Vermont...Read more