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From stunning Green Mountains peaks to quaint villages, charming towns, and vibrant culture Vermont welcomes its visitors to the heart of New England.

About Vermont

Vermont is cherished for its scenic landscapes, vibrant communities, and commitment to environmental sustainability; making it a unique and inviting place to live or visit.

Also known as the Green Mountain State, Vermont sounds like 'green mount' in French.

States neighbouring Vermont: New Hampshire, Massachusetts and New York. Vermont also borders Canada.

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Map of Vermont

Map of Vermont

Vermont is known for its picturesque landscape, characterised by lush green mountains, rolling hills, and expansive forests. It is the only New England state that does not border the Atlantic Ocean.

The state capital of Vermont is Montpelier.

Vermont Overview

Vermont is a state located in the New England region of the north-eastern United States, bordered by Massachusetts to the south, New Hampshire to the east, New York to the west, and the Canadian province of Quebec to the north.

Whether you're seeking outdoor adventures, cultural experiences, or simply a peaceful retreat in nature, Vermont offers something for everyone to enjoy.

Capital and Largest City

Montpelier is the capital city of Vermont, making it the smallest state capital by population in the United States.

Burlington, situated on the shores of Lake Champlain, is the largest city in Vermont and serves as an economic and cultural hub for the state.


Vermont has a rich cultural heritage, influenced by its history, natural surroundings, and the independent spirit of its residents.

The state is known for its commitment to environmental conservation, progressive politics, and a strong sense of community.

Vermonters take pride in their local food and craft beverage scene, including farm-to-table cuisine, artisanal cheeses, and craft beer.


Vermont's economy is diverse, with agriculture, tourism, manufacturing, and service industries playing significant roles.

The state is renowned for its dairy farming and maple syrup production.

Additionally, tourism is a major contributor to Vermont's economy, drawing visitors with its scenic beauty, outdoor recreational opportunities, and charming small towns.


Vermont places a strong emphasis on education and boasts several prestigious colleges and universities, including the University of Vermont in Burlington, Middlebury College in Middlebury, and Bennington College in Bennington.


Vermont played a significant role in the early history of the United States.

It was an independent republic for fourteen years, from 1777 to 1791, before becoming the 14th state to join the Union.

Vermont was also a key battleground during the American Revolutionary War and was heavily involved in the abolitionist movement leading up to the Civil War.

Outdoor Recreation

Vermont is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, offering a wide range of recreational activities throughout the year.

From skiing and snowboarding in the winter to hiking, camping, and kayaking in the warmer months, there are abundant opportunities to explore the state's natural beauty.

Visiting Vermont

Visititors to Vermont are guaranteed a delightful experience, especially if they enjoy scenic landscapes, outdoor activities, and a charming small-town atmosphere.

Craft Beer and Food

Vermont is renowned for its craft beer scene, with numerous breweries producing high-quality brews.

Take a brewery tour or visit one of the many brewpubs to sample some local flavors.

Additionally, Vermont is known for its farm-to-table cuisine, so be sure to indulge in fresh, locally sourced meals during your visit.

Fall Foliage

Vermont is famous for its stunning fall foliage, with vibrant hues of red, orange, and yellow blanketing the landscape.

The best time to witness this natural spectacle is typically from late September to mid-October.

Historic Sites

Vermont is rich in history, with various historic sites and museums to explore.

Consider visiting the Shelburne Museum, Hildene (the Lincoln Family Home), or the Vermont Historical Society Museum to learn about the state's past.

Maple Syrup

Vermont is the largest producer of maple syrup in the United States.

Don't miss the opportunity to visit a maple farm during sugaring season (late winter to early spring) to see how this sweet treat is made and sample some fresh maple syrup.

Outdoor Recreation

Beyond skiing, Vermont offers a plethora of outdoor activities year-round, including hiking, biking, fishing, and kayaking.

Explore the state parks, like Green Mountain National Forest, Camel's Hump State Park, or Lake Champlain Islands, for some outdoor adventures.

Quaint Towns and Villages

Vermont is dotted with picturesque towns and villages, each with its own unique charm.

For a taste of Vermont's small-town hospitality explore places like Burlington, Montpelier (the state capital), Stowe, Woodstock, or Manchester.

Skiing and Snowboarding

Vermont is a haven for winter sports enthusiasts, boasting numerous ski resorts such as Stowe, Killington, and Sugarbush.

These resorts offer excellent skiing and snowboarding opportunities for all skill levels.


Montpelier is named after Montpellier in France, and became the capital of Vermont in 1805.

Map of Montpelier

Map of Montpelier

Among the points of interest are the Greek Revival style State Capitol, and the Thomas W. Wood Art Gallery.

Comfort Inn and Suites: Montpelier, Vermont.

213 Paine Turnpike N.

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Comfort Inn Montpelier.Travellers on Interstate 89 will find the Comfort Inn and Suites in Montpelier, the capital city of Vermont, a welcome and convenient place to stay.

From the Comfort Inn and Suites you can commute easily to Montreal, spend a fun filled day at local attractions and ski areas, or continue your trip to New York City, Boston or Portland, after a restful night.

Enjoy friendly service and an array of amenities for prices lower than inner city hotels; with a complimentary continental breakfast in the morning.

The hotel complex contains a restaurant, cocktail lounge, and a 24-hour convenience store providing the opportunity to satisfy any traveller's needs.

Around Vermont

Vermont gets its name from the French for green mountain (vert mont), and is paradise for skiers and hikers.

Travel Vermont.
A state for all seasons, and you can appreciate the changes at this actively updated website.

Ski Vermont:
Vermont's Alpine and Nordic resorts have something to offer everyone from the expert skier to the beginner. The perfect destination for family ski vacations, Vermont is big-mountain skiing with great snow, fabulous terrain and more ski resorts with at least 2,000 feet of vertical - more than Maine, New Hampshire and New York combined!

State of Vermont:
The picture from the official bureau of Vermont.


The Green Mountain National Forest headquarters are based in Rutland, so most nature lovers pass through here.

The Green Mountain National Forest and National Parks contain all 146 miles of Vermont's Appalachian Trail.

Mount Snow

The Mount Snow ski area, is also open for mountain biking in summer.

Deerfield Valley News:
Online news from the Mount Snow resort area of Vermont.


While most people think of Vermont as a ski destination or a fall foliage experience, there's plenty to do year round.

The Jeffersonville area is ideal for kayaking, canoeing, hiking and biking.


In the south-west tip of the Vermont, Bennington has a monument commemorating the Battle of Bennington; which actually took place 5 miles away, in the state of New York.

Bennington Museum:
Vermont history and paintings from Grandma Moses'. The old schoolhouse is also a monument to her early life.


The largest city in Vermont is also home to the University of Vermont and State Agricultural College.


Ludlow is a charming, pet friendly resort in the heart of Vermont’s breathtaking Green Mountains; ideal for a ski vacation or romantic getaway.

Ludlow's historic sights and cultural attractions include Vermont's first school, the longest covered bridge in the United Staes, and the acclaimed summer stock theater.

Okemo Mountain has two faces: green in summer and white in winter.

The Town of Ludlow:
As with most small New England towns, Ludlow has the feel of history. Many historic structures still remain, even though their original purpose and ownership has changed many times.

Ludlow Colonial Motel: Ludlow.

93 Main Street.

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Best Western Colonial Motel.The charming and award winning Best Western Colonial Motel is located in a picturesque, historic district, within walking distance of restaurants, pubs, specialty shops, churches and the Old Black River Academy Museum.

The 48 beautifully-appointed, deluxe accommodations deliver contemporary style and all the modern comforts of a Vermont boutique resort.

Guests are offered complimentary continental breakfast, use of the outdoor pool, a fitness room, high-speed internet and there's a complimentary shuttle bus to the Okemo Mountain Ski Resort.

Smugglers' Notch Area

Driving to Smugglers

It's about 6 hours to Smugglers' from New York City, 4 hours from Boston and 2 hours from Montreal.

Smugglers' Notch Area Chamber of Commerce:
The Smugglers' Notch Area of Vermont is a four-season vacation destination on what some locals refer to as 'the quiet side of the Mountain'.

Smugglers' Notch Resort: Smugglers' Notch, Vermont.

4323 Vermont Route 108 South.

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Smugglers' Notch Resort.Smugglers Notch Resort has been voted the number one Resort for Family Programs in North America for 8 years by the readers of SKI Magazine!

The resort has also been voted: Number One Resort Overall in the Eastern U.S.; Number One for Lodging in the Eastern U.S.; Number One for Service in the Eastern U.S.; and Number One for Off-Hill Activities in New England.

That's quite a pedigree!

Family fun is guaranteed at this family resort; where you’ll experience quintessential Vermont vacations first hand.

Smugglers' Notch State Park:
Smugglers Notch is a narrow pass through the mountain with 1,000 foot cliffs on either side. In the early days, only a footpath and trail for horses existed.

Smugglers' Notch Attractions

Boyden Valley Winery:
Boyden Valley Winery produces over a dozen International award-winning fruit wines and grape wines. All of the fruit wines are made from Vermont fruit; many of which are certified organic.

Shelburne Museum:
Stand on the walkway of a lighthouse which once stood watch over Lake Champlain; stroll along the footpath of a two-lane covered bridge; or write on a slate chalkboard in a one-room schoolhouse. Your visit to the Shelburne Museum will be one of discovery and delight.

New England

Vermont is one of the six New England states, and the only one without a sea coast. The other New England states are: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island.

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