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The history of the area that is now known as Vermont has seen indigenous people inhabiting it for at least 12,000 years. It was only in the 1600’s that French colonists claimed the territory, but they soon ceded to Great Britain in the 1700’s. However, there was still a dispute in territory between the American colonies, and in 1777 Vermont declared itself an independent republic. It took 14 years for them to finally decide to join the Union as the 14th state.
This independent and forward thinking streak stayed with Vermont however, and they have been at the forefront of progressive social politics many times since. For example, they were the first state to ban slavery and legalise same-sex marriage.
Nowadays, the state is still independent, preferring to stay rural among its built up neighbours, and the people of Vermont are proud of their heritage, which is what makes the state so attractive to visitors.
Things to do
Famed for its mesmerising natural beauty, rural charm, and thrilling outdoor activities, Vermont offers a huge range of things to do in all four seasons. Whether you’re exploring friendly farms or walking over the turquoise waters of the captivating Quechee Gorge, every day you spend in the Green Mountain State is bound to be an adventure you will never forget.
Don’t be fooled into thinking you can only access the world-renowned ski slopes atop the famous Green Mountains in the winter months, however. The larger ski resorts have exciting activities on offer all year round, such as mountain slides, zip lining, mountain biking, and tree top aerial journeys to name a few.
We also recommend visiting one of Vermont’s most famous landmarks; the Rock of Ages Granite Quarry. A unique and truly picturesque scene, this is the world’s largest dimension, deep-hole quarry. Here you can tour the plant and see how the granite is polished and cut. There’s even a granite bowling alley.
Food & Drink
With a passion for rural life, Vermont is all about farm to table food, so almost all of the dishes you will try in the state will be made from locally sourced eggs, vegetables, meat, and dairy. The people of Vermont take pride in growing and sourcing their own produce, and once you taste it you’ll soon see why. There’s nothing quite like the delicious artisan cheeses that are produced in Vermont, so if you get a chance to try some make sure you do. If you’re a meat eater, you’ll also find the locally raised organic lamb and venison is out of this world too.
There is one dish that is a true Vermont delicacy that you won’t find elsewhere however, and that is sugar on snow. Yes, that is exactly what it sounds like. The ingredients are as follows; locally sourced Maple Syrup; and snow. We’ll let you be the judge.