Vermont nestles into the New England countryside and is considered one of the best states to call home. Vermont is fortunate to have four seasons, with autumn seeing the maple leaves burst into a panoply of yellows, reds and oranges. Winter settles in over the state making the holiday season seem like something straight out of Currier and Ives. Summer and spring are green and warm, making the state a perfect year round residence. There are several neighborhoods and areas within Vermont that deserve special notice.
With Smuggler’s Notch in the Green Mountains as the backdrop, Cambridge and Jeffersonville enjoy outdoor activities and are known as the “Best Skiing in the East.” The Cambridge Crossroads Project brings the townships together and encourages neighborhood action and social events.
Hyde Park is in Lamoille County, the fastest growing region of Vermont. This area was once home to thriving tanneries and leather factories but today enjoys a new life as a traditional New England village. The Hyde Park Community Circle brings neighbors together each week for social events. The schools in this region are some of the best in the state.
Due to the presence of Johnson State College, the town of Johnson enjoys multi-cultural diversity and a thriving arts scene. This is horse country with many small stables and farms dotting the hills surrounding the town. There are strong schools, a stable local economy and many family businesses in Johnson.
Morristown is bestowed with the nickname “the heartbeat of Lamoille County.” When the first settlers to the region came to the area they brought their particular styles of buildings with them. Here you see traditional New England Victorian style homes next to red brick buildings reminiscent of New York. Morristown is a village that enjoys festivals and hosts many throughout the year.
You are more apt to see mountain bikers and skiers than car-choked roads in Stowe. This resort town is next to Smuggler’s Notch and is a true resort town. That said, the year round community is privy to fantastic inbounds and off-piste skiing, hundreds of miles of hiking trails and biking routes, fantastic fly-fishing and beautiful fall scenery. This upscale year-round village boasts stellar schools and education and is only an hour from Burlington.
Waterbury has a mix of old and young within this community that is registered on the National Registry of Historic Places. Waterbury is within 20 minutes of Sugarbush, Mad River Glen, Stowe and Bolton Valley. Dairy farms surround the outer edges of the village and help supply Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream with the needed raw dairy products. In addition to Ben & Jerry’s, Green Mountain Coffee is based in Waterbury, helping to contribute to the robust economy.
Approximately 20 miles away from Montpelier is Wolcott. This small community of around 1500 people has earned a reputation as an artist enclave. There are many photographers, artists and writers that call Wolcott home, making it rich in creativity. The village is also home to Sterling College, one of the only colleges to offer Northern Studies as a major.