Vermont | The Green Mountain State
Photo/Art by Jim Donnelly
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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.
Call it a seriously bizarre case of mistaken identity. It's hard to believe that Shelburne Museum and Shelburne Farms are frequently mistaken for one another, or sometimes lumped together into a single entity. Both are national treasures, outstanding resources in their respective fields (sustainability and Americana), but only one is plunked down in...Read more
Since 1926 hundreds of amateur astronomers and telescope makers have gathered on a Vermont hillside at the Stellafane convention, their own “Shrine to the Stars.” I’m standing on Breezy Hill in the black ink of a Vermont midnight in mid-July, surrounded by savants and telescopes. “Switching to M11,” somebody whispers as...Read more