I can't say there's one particular thing I love about Vermont...it's a different world from where I live, more relaxed and laid back. Check this website for more information on things to do and see. www.vermont.com
Fondest memory: The mountains, I love mountains!
Vermont was named for the thing that endures most in your memory when you leave - green mountains.
The half million population of Vermont enjoy life in one of the most pleasant states I have visited. It does not have brash and bustling cities, or a single beach - just endless verdant pasture, lowlands, hills, lakes and charm. It is true that some days nothing of world consequence happens here - but if that is what you want to escape to on your holiday - Vermont is the place to come.
"leaf peeping"- an obsession with watching nature turn this land through every shade of red, yellow, brown, gold, amber that you can imagine. Fall is simply spectacular - if you come, be prepared to peep the same leaf at the same time as someone else - it gets jam-packed. Worth it to be sure - but very expensive.
The rest of the year offers everything from pleasant summers to some of the best skiing in the USA.
Vermont is small, barely 150 miles by 90 miles maximum - you can enjoy a good share of isolation. Outdoor pursuits dominate the agenda from hiking to biking to sailing to trailing.
Here are the places I liked the most : -
Appalachian Trail - made famous by Bill Bryson in "A Walk in the Woods" - one of America's great walking trails - take a few steps and imagine the hardship and rewards of a through-hiker when he or she completes the thousands of miles.
Ben and Jerry's - a legend in their own lifetimes and perhaps Vermont's most famous output - yummy ice-cream -take the tour for $2 I think and get free calories at the end. Their story is both insightful and a little inspiring. Did you know every carton is made from recycled paper?
Burlington - a pleasant town on lake - with watersports and cruises, some nighttime atmosphere, pleasant shopping & eating outdoors in summer.
Woodstock - as reviewed by another in this category
Killington for the skiers - ski & apres-ski galore?
Stowe - didn't get here but others tell me it is great set up in the mountains.
Fondest memory: Commenting on any state in a manageable bite of text is challenging. But to repeat my opening intimation -come to Vermont to escape the hum of city-life and fin tranquillity, access to nature and activities that complement such setting.
I borrowed Clara Reed from Vermont's site.
Vermont was a very comfortable place to visit, when venturing out in the evening we were never uncomfortable about driving in any part of the City of Burlington. The highways (they call turnpikes) are perfectly maintained, even the country roads are well cared for.
I will miss seeing the beautiful autumn colors and the country feel everywhere you go.
Fondest memory: Everyone in Vermont was so friendly. We needed driving directions in Burlington and twice we escorted by car to our destination.
The Vermonters are so willing to be of service and it's done with a smile.
In years past I drove through Vermont on my way to the sea shore at Wells Beach in Maine nearly every week-end in the summer months. We left our tent and camping equipment installed and would leave Montreal Fri. at 5pm. and arrive at our camp site around 11pm. This was not bad on long week-ends but just for a Sat. and Sun. it was rough. We did it for the beach time and the great restaurants. We also would spend our 2 week summer vacation there as well. 'This trip' we travelled in an organized tour to see the Pratt Family Lodge in Vermont and have dinner there.
Fondest memory: We travelled on the scenic roads and saw the farms, mountains, villages and the autumn colors.
Try to go to Vermont in autumn as it is the most beautiful time !!! Foliage is wonderful, going from yellow to dark red. Generally speaking, Vermont (especially the northern part) is a very beautiful to go, with hilly sceneries, forests and uncrowded places.
LAKE CHAMBLAIN area wasn't as great as I was expecting. BURLINGTON the largest city in the state is actually the only place where you'll find malls and all amenities. Being only 35000 inhabitants, it's a very very big city for locals...
South of Burlington is located SHELBURNE, where there is a very interesting open-air museum if you are into American history (very big place...lots of walking).
MONTPELIER is the state capital, very small town, but worth to go since the Capitol is really great, with gold over the roof.
For great sceneries, go to STOWE Mountain area (north-west of Montpelier), catch a gondola to the top of the mountain, and look at the great panorama.
I drove through southern Vermont on the way to Massachussetts but I didn't find the are very attractive, except a very beautiful city called BENNINGTON. There's an obelisk in a park, surrounded by large trees which in autunmn (of course) offer wonderful colours. The city itself is pleasant.
Fondest memory: Driving on Vermont countryside roads, very few traffic, lots of nature to enjoy.
Spend time exploring all the unique and beautiful towns, villages and mountains that are there. Who knows...you might be pleasantly surprised to find yourself crossing a stream or small river on a covered bridge.
Fondest memory: The spectacular views of the mountains and the peaceful presence of the covered bridges snuggled into the villages and towns of Vermont.
Fondest memory: WE really just enjoyed driving around and looking at the beautiful scenery. My dh is a workaholic and doesn't enjoy our yearly vacations as much as I do, but he did enjoy this one. Planning on returning 2002.
Soaring in Vermont
The most fun I had in Vermont was soaring from Sugarbush mountain. There is some unique set up in this mountain that creates a strong current on windy days when all is just about perfect. It is called 'The Wave' A sail plane pilot dream come true. All you have to do is line your self up with the current point your nose down... Ha? (did he say point the nose down?) Anyway the glider will just seat there and will start to go up and up and up and ... You can easily gain 25,000 ft in no time
(Oh my god is he still with the nose down?)
Soaring is an awesome way to look at the foliage. The club takes tourists to flights above the valley and you get a great view of the mountains, the valley, and Lake Champlain across the ridge
I love the mountain part as you come down from Burlington.
Take the small roads, you can try the one that goes to Mad River it goes over Sugarbush Mountain, my magical mountain.
Traffic may be slow as the road is narrow and it winds up and down the mountain. It is a perfect place for a Motorcycle drive ... if you really know how to drive one :)
There are plenty Bed & Breakfast spread all around the state You can try this link to reserve one on line Reserve Lodging
The other magic here is fly fishing at the mountain streams, at some point I will get into that magic. Vermont is a very relaxed state so take your time and let it get absorbed in your system.
Visit the Lake in fall... for a latin like me is quite incredible to see a lake with medium-high waves!!! Amazing and sweet
Fondest memory: The people of Vermont is very sweet and open to help you whenever you need, starry nights in fall makes it a delicious plan in a quite night with close friends...
Visit Quechee. It is just a small town we came across. We were on our way to Lake Placid (came from Kittery in Main). Didn't want to follow the High way further so just got off somewhere. We came in this place called Quechee. It is very beautifull, a really nice place to stay the night and have a look around. It is just a lovely small village. We stayed at the Days Inn motel, can't miss that one. Then had a look around in the village and saw the Mill, which is from Simon Pearce. There you can see how they make glass, it is nice to have a look at that. There is a river next to the mill which you can see part of it at the pic. They also have a shop and a restaurant. We thought the restaurant was a bit expensive.
For dinner we went to the restaurant next to the Days Inn motel. I don't remember the name, it didn't look very nice from the outside but dinner was lovely and not expensive at all. So you can try it.
Favorite thing: See the 'Northeast Kingdom,' the most rural, undeveloped part of a very rural state. The mountains are beautiful! There's a unique library/cultural center that straddles the US/Canada border in Darby Line. There are some lovely covered bridges around Montgomery Center.
Anywhere in Vermont. Barre, the Granite City of the World; Barre and the granite quarries; also has Hope Cemetary, which has the most beautiful granite art. There is so much to see I can't begin to describe it.
Fondest memory: Too many to count...
Favorite thing: Like Colorado, Vermont is an ideal vacation spot in both the summer and winter. Whether you want to hike up the mountains, or down the slopes, Vermont has it all. Here, Jackie and I rest on a part of the Long Trail.
Favorite thing: Catch a sunset on Lake Champlain from the waterfront in Burlington, Vermont. Burlington has around 100,000 people and is the biggest city in Vermont. It has a nice village square and is an excellent place to shop, dine and generally spend time.
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