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So much has been said and written extolling the beauties and country virtues of Vermont that its reputation precedes it. Most of it is true. Although still a surprisingly agricultural state, Vermont does not have, as people used to say, more cows than people. And the upcountry twang has been largely replaced by urban accents as city refugees have migrated here. This simply means that, whereas Vermont is still a wonderful place, seventh-generation Vermonters are a little harder to find.

A favorite of the back-to-the-landers in the 1960s and ‘70s, Vermont in the ‘90s became front-runner in the movement favoring locally grown ...

So much has been said and written extolling the beauties and country virtues of Vermont that its reputation precedes it. Most of it is true. Although still a surprisingly agricultural state, Vermont does not have, as people used to say, more cows than people. And the upcountry twang has been largely replaced by urban accents as city refugees have migrated here. This simply means that, whereas Vermont is still a wonderful place, seventh-generation Vermonters are a little harder to find.

A favorite of the back-to-the-landers in the 1960s and ‘70s, Vermont in the ‘90s became front-runner in the movement favoring locally grown foods. It excels in artisanal cheese made by small-farm producers, and steaming sugarhouses are a common sight along its back roads in March. Its inns and restaurants are magnets that draw top chefs tired of city pressures, so fine dining is a way of life in the state. But it is Vermont’s natural and pastoral beauty that continues to attract and enchant visitors. The icons are still there: red barns on hillsides, pastures of black-and-white spotted cows, white church spires and tidy villages clustered around grassy commons. Naturally, outdoor activities are popular here, whether simple walks, mountain hikes, cycling adventures, or river trips.

Lura Seavey
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Lura Seavey is the author of Fun with the Family in Vermont and New Hampshire and she has contributed to several Thomas Cook guidebooks, including Drive Around Catalonia, Travellers Mallorca, and Travellers Barcelona.

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