I completely fell for Vermont, it’s the only place we’ve been so far that I haven’t been ready to move on from. Paul had to put up with me grumbling the day we left and I really wish we could have stayed longer.
The more I thought about it, I realised that on the surface it really ticks the boxes as somewhere I could live. Here’s why…
Picture perfect houses in chocolate box towns and villages
Vermont really is as beautiful as everyone makes out and the villages and houses within them are absolutely to die for. We’d only been there for one day by the time I’d decided a colour scheme for my dream house and matching barn (grey/green wood with cream shutters, red front door and a red barn in case you’re interested!)
I could completely handle living in a small village if you could get to lovely Burlington in an hour or so.
The wonderful people
We stayed in our favourite Air bnb location to date in Vermont. The house was like something out of a dream and the amazing couple hosting us were the sort of people we could so easily be friends with.
They entertained us and cooked delicious breakfasts, took us on a hike and introduced us to their friends within the village. Everyone was incredibly welcoming and really interesting to talk to, I could have spent weeks talking to them.
Ben and Jerrys
Nuff said! Seriously though, great fun on the factory tour and learning about how the company started and has grown since. Since they are all about genius marketing I found it incredibly interesting. Oh, and every employee gets to take home 3 pints of ice cream a day!! Yes, every day.
None of your friends and family would ever need to buy ice cream again. I’d already planned out my job at their corporate office in Burlington whilst Paul could work in quality control at the factory!
We were staying with another lovely host in New Hampshire and were telling her that we’d been getting some strange looks out east with our Oregon licence plate. One old geezer in a particularly conservative town in upstate New York gave me a death stare whilst muttering under his breath when I was getting into the car one day.
She pointed out that hippies in Vermont were much the same as hippies in Oregon and after thinking about it, she is completely right.
There was much more emphasis on looking after the planet, having a work/life balance and quite a liberal attitude for that part of the States – I felt at home immediately.
Location, location, location
Vermont is so perfectly situated to travel out of state and really explore the eastern States. You can be in New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine and eastern Canada very quickly.
They still get real seasons which is something I am really missing in the UK, you can handle a tough winter if you know you are guaranteed a beautiful summer like we experienced.
The scenery within the state is spectacular, you are privy to beautiful Lake Champlain, rolling hills, bustling towns, skiiing, beguiling foliage, covered bridges… what more could you want?
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