Vermont’s capital, Montpelier, is a lovely town. With a population of only 8,500 or so, it only takes a couple days here before you have a few new friends. Much of the town is involved in the business of governing the state, but that is definitely positive in this progressive and people-friendly state.
Surrounded by mountains, the town has an excellent view of the state’s highest peak, Mt. Mansfield. Worth a closer look here are the beautiful gold-domed State House, and the nearby Vermont Historical Society.
The largest city in the state is Burlington. Famous for its progressive urban policies, the town can be easily explored on bicycle or on foot. In a park on the Winooski River, the Ethan Allen Homestead can be found. The restored house has a multi-media presentation of facts about a Vermont hero. On the Campus of the University of Vermont is the Robert Fleming Museum. This museum houses an excellent collection of African, ancient Egyptian, Asian and Middle Eastern art.
Vermont’s oldest permanent settlement, Brattleboro, is a great place to stock up for camping, and an excellent place for shopping antiques and enjoying a pleasant afternoon time in a cafe. As the city is set in a wonderful deep river valley, it is surrounded by some very good hiking trails, and for those of you with a sweet tooth, just outside of town is Tom and Sally’s Handmade Chocolates store.
This naturally beautiful and sparsely populated state offers much in the way of outdoor activity and camping. Vermonters are very proud of the pristine nature of their state, which makes this a pleasant, clean state to explore.
Just north of the tourist town of Wilmington, Mount Snow/Haystack ski resort can be found. Generally beginning in October, (check your weather forecast), this resort offers a nice selection of both downhill and cross-country skiing. The resort also has a very nice lodge for sipping hot chocolate when you get cold.