Drove by and took this picture at Vermont State House at the state capital of Montpelier. Montpelier, population of over 8,000 only was chartered in 1781 and named after the French town of Montpellier.
This beautiful Capitol building with the Federal style classic Greek doric columns was built in 1859 after a fire engulfed the previous building.
Just a passing photo for a passing memory.
Location: 115 State Street.
Open: Monday-Friday 8am-4pm. Free tours available in July to mid-October.
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.
Once again JP tried getting local. I wasn't able to actually take a hike while in Vermont this time around so I decided the next best thing was to taste the liquids of the land. Why buy budweiser crap liquid when theres delicious liquids flowing everywhere. Vermont has a very German feel to it, the street signs, the cottages and yes the beerskis. I love Vermont. They also have made the state a Historic District so box stores such as Wal-Mart won't ruin its character. Smart move VT. So if there is a fending off of everything big business than there is plenty reason to taste the little mans prodi.. Tasting turned into overindulging as my eyes grew closer and closer together as the New Year approached.
"Long Trail Ale is full-bodied amber ale modeled after the "Alt-biers" of Dusseldorf, Germany. Our top fermenting yeast and cold finishing temperature result in a complex, yet clean, full flavor. Originally introduced in November of 1989, Long Trail Ale quickly became, and remains, the largest selling craft brew in Vermont. It is a multiple medal winner at the Great American Beer Festival."
Fondest memory: Go to www.longtrail.com
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.
Unfortunately for us, we were a little early with our tour of New England. Another week would have seen the magnificent Fall colours at their best. We knew there had been snow on Mount Washington (New Hampshire) and thought that the colours might be a little more vibrant in Vermont, than they were in Maine. We weren't disappointed!
The journey from Maine to Vermont was rather a lengthy one, just to say that we had 'been there', but we are most glad that we undertook the journey. Certainly the Fall colours were much more advanced in Vermont.
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.
Plan to visit Vermont during peak fall foliage. I'm sure it's beautiful at other times of year as well, and probably a lot less crowded, but the beautiful color of the leaves at this time of year is really special.
Fondest memory: Kris and I have been friends for a long time. She was an ex-girlfriend's best friend and managed to stay close to both of us through our breakup. We had wanted to do a trip together for a long time and finally we jumped on a long weekend camping trip to Vermont to check out the fall foliage. It was a meager year for the leaves coloring due to lack of rain in the spring but we had managed to squeeze in a few hikes and of course sample the local brews. The best place had been McNeil's in Brattleboro, just as we entered the southern portion of the state. We had loved the old wooden interior, great house-made beers, and the cool and friendly alternative clientele. After doing some more touring around the state, we were headed back to New Jersey, coming down through the Adirondacks of New York State but I just couldn't get McNeil's out of my mind. I joked that we should go back over for one more beer before going home, even though it was clearly not on our way. Kris said she wouldn't complain. After all, I was driving. So, I let the Honda take its natural course, that always being towards the best brewery in the area and before we knew it, we were back in Brattleboro, sucking down the McNeil nectars. Getting back to New Jersey would be our next problem, but that would have to wait until we had another beer.
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.
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.
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
Fourteen counties divide the state up into equal political chunks; these groups each are independent of one another and generally do not have more than local interests.
The first county was created in 1777 and the last in 1835.
The county seat is referred to as the "shire town" (don't go looking for hobbits there though because the name comes from the old English for center).
County populations range from 6000 (Grand Isle) to 60000 (Washington).
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.
During my years in Vermont, I lived in Peacham, a quaint village nestled in the isolated hills of the Northeast Kingdom. At that time, Peacham only had about 400 residents, but nowadays the population has increased to around 665.
Peacham was founded in 1776, when New Hampshire governor Benning Wentworth chartered only three towns in what is now Caledonia County as part of the New Hamphire Grants. (At that time, Vermont was part of New Hampshire). The town arose after a stockade had been constructed around a house built by Jonathan Elkins in 1776. The Bayley-Hazen Military Road, which was built during the American Revolutionary War and ran from Newbury, Vermont to Saint John's, Quebec, passed through Peacham. The road helped bring goods and commerce to the new town.
Despite its remoteness, Hollywood has discovered Peacham. Two movies were filmed there in the last few years: The Spitfire Grill and Ethan Frome. In addition, Yankee Magazine recently described Peacham as "unsurpassed among New England villages" and listed it among its "101 Superlative New England Places."
Saint Johnsbury is the county seat of Caledonia County and, with about 7,000 inhabitants, is the largest town and commercial center of the Northeast Kingdom, an area made up of the three northeasternmost counties of Vermont: Caledonia, Essex, and Orleans. There are several interesting things to see and do in Saint Johnsbury, including Maple Grove Farms and the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium.
Saint Johnsbury was first settled in 1786 and was called Dunmore at the time. By 1790, the settlement had 143 inhabitants. During the first town meeting held in that year, the name was changed to Saint Johnsbury. Ethan Allen, the founder of the state of Vermont, is said to have recommended calling the town Saint John, but in order not to confuse it with Saint John, New Brunswick, it was decided to call the town Saint Johnsbury instead.
By the mid-nineteenth century, Saint Johnsbury became a minor manufacturing center, especially with respect to scales. The platform scale was invented here in 1830 by Thaddeus Fairbanks. Other industries included dairy farming, logging, and the manufacturing of maple syrup. In the 1850s, a railroad between Boston and Montreal helped increase the economic growth of Saint Johnsbury. In 1856, it replaced Danville as the county seat.
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