Stowe and Burlington
Long a popular destination for British visitors, Stowe is everyone’s idea of a New England town, with its white-painted wooden homes and small shops, attractive bed-and-breakfasts and stylish restaurants. All around are meadows, while nearby Mount Mansfield provides hikes in summer, foliage in fall and great skiing and snowboarding in winter.
By contrast, Burlington is a metropolis, with its 40,000 population. Sometimes nicknamed ‘Downtown Vermont’, as it is so busy compared with the rest of the peaceful state, the town overlooks Lake Champlain. A large university population adds to the buzz in the lively Church Street Marketplace, with its restaurants and small shops, such as a branch of Frog Hollow, with its fine examples of local Vermont-made crafts.
In Vermont, pretty villages are a speciality. Take Grafton, a fine example of careful conservation.
Just over 40 years ago, the whole town was totally restored: village store, tavern, cheese making company, covered bridges and photogenic houses.
Nearby is Peru, once featured in the film Baby Boom. Again, the combination of store, church, homes and antiques shops is a photographer’s dream. But, you could also pick out the village green in South Royalton, the courthouse in Chelsea or the 200-year-old library in Brookfield – or discover you own ‘perfect’ Vermont scene.
Street race in Burlington