May 13, 2010
Isn't the concept of "Blogtrotting" such a clever idea? Leave it up to the lovely Cara Bee of Land of Bean to have thought up a vitrtual travel blog with such a smart little name!
I am so very excited to be a part of what she is doing over there. Thanks again, Cara!
So welcome to Vermont everyone! I love love love where I live and while I haven't always lived here, it most certainly feels like home now.
Do you know the film "I am Legend" with Will Smith in it? Well at the end, the survivors all flock to Vermont. Ask anyone in Vermont if this seems a bit outlandish and the answer would be NO! I mean, who wouldn't want to live in this gorgeous state?
Our state is divided into four parts: Northeast Kingdom, Northern Mountain Region, Central Vermont and Southern Vermont. I live in a green patch of Southern Vermont. Let me get you up to speed with my town.
This is where we are at with flowers blooming...
What, your lilacs have already bloomed?
It snowed here in late April, but Spring is almost fully here.
I know this by the logging trucks I keep encountering on the road! This is the type of "traffic" we have around here (well, that and an occasional tractor or cow).
I live in a development, do you? Mine looks like this...
Vermont is well known for it's barns, which we have a lot of as we are also well known for cheese and need cows, goats, and sheep to help out with that!
I am lucky enough to live very close to a dairy farm, but sadly, functioning dairy farms are on the decline.
We are also well known for maple syrup, but what you might not know is that true Vermonters purchase it in Mason jars...
I live in a region known as "Manchester and the Mountains" with Manchester being the largest of my surrounding towns.
This is down town Manchester. HUGE I know ;)
I love how there are mountains all around here. If you look in the background you can see Mt. Equinox and that building by the dump truck is Northshire Bookstore, an amazing independently owned bookstore (more on that in an upcoming post). Manchester also has outlet shopping and is the home of Hildene, the Lincoln family estate.
If you were to continue traveling down the highway, you'd hit Bennington, Vermont.
See the Bennington Monument? It commemorates an important battle fought during the Revolutionary War, but it also was what I focused on as I was staring out the hospital window, laboring with my son. I'll never view it the same way again!!
Let's check my phone book for other places to explore...
We have lots of hiking around here with stretches of the Long Trail and Appalachian trail running directly through some towns. In the winter there is lots to do from snowshoeing to XC skiing to ice fishing to ice skating on local ponds to straight up Skiing.
Lots and lots of people come here to ski and we have mountains and trails to suit everybody, even Olympians like Shaun White who enjoy a run or two at Stratton Mountain Resort during the World Cup of Snowboarding.
(Stratton Mountain is gorgeous in any season)
Heading back up the mountain from Manchester, we can continue through Londonderry and on into Weston. Weston Vermont holds lots of charm with it's village green and lush surroundings. It is famous for it's Weston Playhouse and of course The Vermont Country Store.
Be warned- if you click on that link and start shopping, you will not be able to stop!!
If you travel a bit farther into my state you could learn how ice cream is made at Ben and Jerry's or tour the Vermont Teddy Bear Company.
Come spend a day in the state capital of Montpelier and learn that our state bird is a Hermit Thrush (click on it's name to hear it's haunting song) and that our tree is, of course, the Sugar Maple, but don't expect to eat at a McDonald's. You won't find one here.
Of course, you could always head to Burlington, our largest city, if you really can't live without your Happy Meal, but seriously? you should at least sample some of the yummy cuisine found on Church Street before crossing under the Golden Arches. With all the local and fresh produce, meats, and cheeses available around here, it will be well worth it.
Thanks for stopping by to tour my awesome state of Vermont. Come back any time!