Idyllic villages featuring brilliant trees with red and orange foliage dotting the streets and verdant mountains in the distance. The scene seems straight out of a Christmas postcard. Doesn’t it?
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Well, that’s Vermont. There is a plethora of picturesque towns in this North-eastern State, with their unique offerings and sublime landscapes.
These towns are so beautifully charming that you might just wish to move there. Be it for a long-term stay or a short break.
Here are some of the best towns in Vermont that you must visit: –
One of the first images that come to mind when one thinks of Vermont is that of Stowe, with its white-spired church, a covered bridge, and ski trails.
Located at the foot of Mt. Mansfield, this quaint New England town is known as the ‘Ski Capital of the East’. Although it’s popular for skiing, it is a year-round destination.
It is home to the Vermont Ski Museum and plenty of galleries offering immersive experiences in the local art & culture.
Stowe also hosts an array of different events such as the Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival, outdoor summer concerts at Trappe Family Lodge, Dine Stowe Week where you can indulge in local cuisine and a traditional but majestic Christmas celebration.
Whether you seek adventure or tranquillity, Stowe is the perfect town to be in. It features a 5.3-mile Recreation Path that winds through downtown and the Mountain Road Village, with various options for shopping and dining.
Plan your stay in this exquisite town to have the quintessential New England experience.
Described as the prettiest small town in America, Woodstock is surrounded by historic villages, stunning wooded valleys, and family farms. The area is considered affluent with its spacious homes and well-kept gardens.
Woodstock is home to a thriving arts community with various galleries and shops selling landscape paintings, plaid textiles, and hand-carved wooden bowls.
The town also lives up to the spirit of Vermont with its environment-conscious ideals. The Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park is the only national park to focus on land stewardship and the evolution of conservation.
You’ll also find buildings with colonial architecture, farm-to-table restaurants, and many breweries. The town also features Billings Farm and Museum, one of the country’s finest farm life museums.
It is a working dairy farm that hosts interactive programs and historical exhibits which provide a peek into Vermont’s rural heritage. If you love being close to nature, you’ll love it here in Woodstock.
You can have the best of both worlds in Manchester.
While Manchester village is a serene little place with marble sidewalks and well-maintained homes, Manchester Centre is more commercial with its high-end factory outlets and shopping centre.
Satisfy the history buff inside of you with a visit to Hildene, the summer home of Robert Todd Lincoln, son of former Abraham Lincoln. Many furniture pieces are still here from Mary Todd Lincoln’s family.
You can tour the mansion, explore its fascinating gardens and visit a working farm and a goat cheese dairy on its estate.
Manchester Village also has the American Museum of Fly Fishing where you can check out vintage angling equipment, fishing flies, and artworks.
The town is also home to the Southern Vermont Arts Centre featuring large sculptures, and galleries with impressive exhibits. If you got an adventurous spirit, you can climb Mount Equinox, either by trail or the Skyline Drive toll road which makes for a scenic drive.
With a thriving art scene, Brattleboro is considered “the artistic and energetic hub of southern Vermont”. This small town is home to many artists, musicians, craftspeople along with farmers. There are plenty of shops, galleries, coffee houses, and ethnic cafes that make this downtown lively.
If you wish to fully immerse yourself in the spirit of Brattleboro, visit the Brattleboro Farmer’s Market, a bustling place where you can shop for fresh produce, handmade soaps, pottery, maple syrup, farm cheese, and an international mix of lunch foods representing five continents.
What a fascinating experience!
Here, you can also find local musicians performing and families coming out to picnic on Saturdays for a fun-filled weekend.
If you love everything artistic, Brattleboro is one of the best places to live in Vermont.
Bounded on the east by New Hampshire and to the north by Canada Greensboro is a charming town. The azure waters of Caspian Lake with a stunning mountain backdrop make it a picturesque retreat. It’s no wonder that writers like Margaret Mead worked here!
While the population of this town is small, the lakeside cottages fill up during summer. Greensboro has a vibrant performing arts scene with the Highland Centre for the Arts hosting performances throughout the year.
It has a 250-seat state-of-the-art theatre, a smaller performance space, a summer café, and an art gallery. It regularly holds programs in genres such as music, theatre, dance, cinema workshops, and lectures.
Craving some natural workout?
Head to Barr Hill Nature Preserve. There are various trails in this area that provide a clear view of northern Vermont that extends as far as Mt. Mansfield.
The charm of Vermont’s towns is hard to miss. Choose which one speaks to you and explore everything that comes along with it, for an unforgettable experience.
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