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Townshend Vt.: An Idyllic Small, Quaint Town
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Article and photo by Eric H.

Some Vermont towns have taken on celebrity status, marketing themselves at every opportunity as the ultimate quaint, charming New England towns.

While it's true that the quaintness and charm might be intact, consider also that it might be obnoxious to some to be fighting traffic and experiencing an overload of hotels, restaurants and annoyingly tacky gift shops. I think the Green Mountain boys would turn blue if they saw this latest version of a Vermont town.

Vermont still has its share of many unspoiled, pure small towns and one at the forefront of my mind is Townshend. One look at the downtown and you'll fall in love with Vermont, New England and the small town way of life.

Here is a town where farmers markets and auctions serve as the anchors of a decentralized shopping center, and the downtown with its idyllic village green and church gently suggest a great representation of quintessential New England. Many town events center around the village green, while on the outskirts, Townshend State Park offers a campground and the opportunity to hike the Bald Mountain Trail. The Townshend Dam and Recreation Area offers lake swimming and picnic opportunities in the summer and cross country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling in the winter. Fall foliage reigns in the fall and maple sugaring in the spring. The surrounding mountains and meandering West River add some wonderful four-season scenery that creates another element of beauty to this idyllic town of about 1,200 people.

Townshend is not isolated, however. You're close to major ski resorts like the Stratton Mountain ski area, Mt. Snow in West Dover, and the lively town of

You've heard that phrase "A Show About Nothing" in reference to the Seinfeld show. Well, Townshend is similar. If you're looking for lot of "plot" in your vacation with commercial tourist attractions to fill your day, Townshend might not be your Vermont cup of tea. If, however, you appreciate a quiet, small town getaway Townshend, no doubt, serves as an unofficial gateway to classic, small town New England.

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Town of Townshend web site

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