Central Vermont’s economy once centered on marble quarrying and mills. But today, as in much of the rest of the state, tourism drives the economic engine. The center of the dynamo is Killington, the East’s largest downhill resort. However, central Vermont has more to discover than high-speed chairlifts and slope-side condos. The old mills of Quechee and Middlebury are now home to restaurants and shops, giving wonderful views of the waterfalls that once powered the mill turbines. Woodstock has upscale shops and America’s newest national historic park. Away from these settlements, the protected (except for occasional logging) lands of the Green Mountain National Forest are laced with hiking trails.
via Central Vermont Travel Guide – USATODAY.
Vermont’s northernmost region reveals the state’s greatest contrasts. To the west, Burlington and its suburbs have grown so rapidly that rural wags now say that Burlington’s greatest advantage is that it’s “close to Vermont.” The north country also harbors Vermont’s tiny capital, Montpelier, and its highest mountain, Mt. Mansfield, site of the famous Stowe ski resort. To the northeast of Montpelier is a sparsely populated and heavily wooded territory that former Senator George Aiken dubbed the “Northeast Kingdom.”
via Northern Vermont Travel Guide – USATODAY.
News from Vermont # 230 — Up Clay Hill
Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks
February 11, 2011
Hello again Maple People,
There’s something about our Vermont winter that brings total awe from traveling folks; “How do you survive in the winter? Can you get out at all? Do they even try to plow the snow or is there simply too much?…those are the questions they ask in the same tone as if puzzling craters on the moon. I, seven generation Vermonter, am always tempted to “milk” it…”hell no…we just put on some extra fat and hibernate.”. But, being a Vermonter, I always tell the truth; “Vermonters are pros at winter” I say.
If there is one thing I look forward to in my email each month it has to be the latest “News from Vermont” from Burr Morse. Each email brings a dose of Vermont all the way down south where I call home and makes me wonder sometimes why I never gave in to that wanderlust that called me to that northern state back in my younger days. I would link to this months issue but the only way to read each issue is to subscribe to the email newsletter.
If you are ever in the area, stop and visit Burr. Tell him we sent ya…