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Vermont Vacation, Travel and Food Feature Stories

Why Travel to Vermont?

A few personal thoughts on Vermont travel from the publisher of VisitingNewEngland

Old Mill Museum in Weston, Vermont.
Old Mill Museum in Weston, Vt.

by Eric Hurwitz

There's something special about Vermont. The classic small villages with tall church steeples, dramatic but gentle green mountains, pleasing rolling hills, picturesque village greens and the overall laid back feeling from a gentler era make Vermont a prime New England vacation destination.

Conservative New England, long-haired hippies, transplanted New Yorkers looking for a better life, leftist politics, farmers and more walks-of-life co-exist in this state where almost everywhere you turn looks like a picture perfect postcard. Diversity may be the way of the people, but cows still outnumber the human population.

Best known for world-class alpine skiing and its stunning fall foliage, Vermont is just as good in the spring and summer when the sweet mountain air, swimming, boating and hiking opportunities and spectacular winding country drives create instant memories. Of course, a Ben and Jerry's ice cream is good at any time of the season, as well as a tour of its revered home facility in Waterbury, Vt.

Burlington is Vermont's biggest city, and it pleases the visitors in big time ways. Situated on Lake Champlain, some say it looks like a mini San Francisco. That's debatable, but the bottom line is that Burlington is a colorful city, especially at Church Street Marketplace where a four block pedestrian area features hundreds of shops, restaurants, bars, cafe, galleries, shops and street vendors and entertainers. The lakefront area is beautiful and also features dining, a park and a ferry to Port Kent, N.Y. (seasonal).

Communities like Stowe, Woodstock, Dorset and Weston are extraordinarily beautiful, the types of places you'd expect of Vermont -- loaded with charm, small-town life, iinteresting little shops, and unparalleled New England mountain and rural scenery. Consider those communities are starting points for your Vermont vacation.

The 360,000 acre Green Mountain National Forest is a scenic gem, where visitors can take a nice, picturesque drive or for the more adventurous, hike the 260 mile Long Trail. The Green Mountains and its surrounding areas are perfect for fishing, hunting, swimming, skiing or just staying at an upscale or rustic resort.

A Vermont vacation or day trip simply forces one to relax . When it's time to leave, the first thought, many times, is to return as soon as possible. It's simply a beautiful state that deserves a visit and many return ones.

Eric Hurwitz, editor and publisher of VisitingNewEnglandWe encourage you to read our Vermont vacation, travel and food stories through our online library at Visiting New Enjoy!

Happy travels,
Eric at VisitingNewEngland

List of Vermont Travel and Food Articles

Find great destinations, attractions in The Green Mountain State at our Best of New England Travel Lists section

Discover top VT towns and cities in the Best New England towns and cities article

Experience local family fun things to do in the Best New England Attractions article

Find the best classic diners in VT through the Best Diners in New England book

See which local apple orchards in Massachusetts made the Best of New England list

Discover country stores in VT that are mentioned in the Best Country Stores in New England story

Find out which adventure park in VT is recommended in our Best Amusement Parks, Theme Parks and Zoos article

The Best Scenic Drives in New England would not be complete without The Green Mountain State in the mix

Ski destinations featured in Best New England Ski Resorts for Kids article

Stowe is the ultimate New England mountain town

Memorable mountain vacations at Smugglers' Notch Resort, Jeffersonville

There's something so special about Weston and the VT Country Store

Enjoy great small cities? Try Burlington, beautifully situated on Lake Champlain

Loving downtown Lyndonville, the foliage and local places to eat

Bellows Falls, a mill and railroad town, makes a nice comeback

Brattleboro is a one-of-a-kind town

Montpelier: Smallest USA state capitol, big-time fun

See the back roads of The Green Mountain State in pictures

Putney General Store is a classic general store

Two classic country stores in Weston right across the street from each other

Cold Hollow Cider Mill in Waterbury serves amazing apple cider

Take the Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream Factory Tour in Waterbury

Enjoying a Green Mountains day trip on $20

How to enjoy the maple sugaring season

Cheap eats, delicious fare in the Northeast Kingdom

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