What We Wish You Knew About Vermont
Nearly every town in Vermont falls under the designation of small town America. Regardless of the actual size of the town or city — the biggest city in Vermont is Burlington weighing in at a little over 42,000 people — it is the people of Vermont that give it that neighborly feel. Not in the nosey, neighbor way either. People in Vermont simply look out for each other. That friendly, helpful attitude carries over to visitors and should make Vermont a highly desirable vacation spot. However, it has remained a hidden jewel. This is due, in large part, to uninformed misconceptions.
When some think about Vermont, they instantly think of a snowy landscape. While The Green Mountain State does have wonderful snowy vistas in the winter, the state does enjoy all four seasons in all their glory. Fall boasts the changing of the foliage into spectacular pallets of crimson, fiery orange, and yellow. Spring spreads a carpet of wildflowers across the many rolling hills and meadows and plays host to excellent walleye and brook trout fishing.
And yes, Vermont even has a summer. With highs barely touching the 80s, Vermont’s summers are relatively mild compared to more southerly states, but that is not always a bad thing. While Vermont cannot compete with Michigan, it does boast over 60 lakes to enjoy during the state’s moderate summers. There are hiking trails lined with some of the most beautiful vistas and waterways to paddle through the otherwise unreachable glory of hidden landscapes.
Another common misconception of Vermont is that it is boring. As author Ruth Burke once said, “Only boring people get bored.” In addition to the kayaking, canoeing, fishing, and hiking mentioned above, Vermont is home to the 50,000 square foot indoor water park know as the Pump House. Open year round, it boasts a 65-foot drop from La Chute and a less than lazy river.
Vermont also boasts a thriving nightlife. Arguably the center of craft brewing in America, Vermont offers a nearly endless list of beers to sample for the first time. Magic Hat in Burlington has been putting on a Mardi Gras festival worth remembering. With an abundance of great clubs and concert venues, you can dance the night away.
If you are looking for something more out of the ordinary, The Rock of Ages in Barre might be right up your alley. This granite quarry is home to a 600-foot deep trench used in the first new Star Trek movie for its alien appearance. You can feel like Fred Flintstone as you throw bowling balls down the world’s only outdoor granite bowling alley. Also, you can sandblast yourself a souvenir.
If that is not off the beaten path enough for you, check out the next two little known things Vermont offers. Lake Champlain puts forward its own version of the Loch Ness Monster with Champ. Sightings go back to the original Native American tribe that lived in that area and continue through to today. Some even report Champ biting them so watch your toes.
Not unusual enough? Try the world’s tallest filing cabinet in Burlington. This 38 feet tall working filing cabinet was made of real filing cabinets welded together. This sculpture has stood since 2002 and gets 4.5 stars on tripadviser.com.
Vermont is full of adventures. Shredding wicked cool snow on one of the five 4,000 foot mountains it boasts is only the beginning. There is always something to do in Vermont. From the laid back pace of maple syrup to the rushing waters of the Missisquoi River, there is nothing dull about Vermont.