In my quest to make it to all 50 US States, I took a trip to Vermont. I planned the trip mapping out an itinerary, sights, and adventures. Vermont would prove to surprise me with travel lessons, and it’s greenery. Most of the state is land, acres, and acres of land–some 75% of it is forestland. The state is small, and you can explore it in one (long) day. However, I explored for a day and a half.
The Not So Warm Welcome
It started off shaky trying to find the Airbnb rental in Lincoln. I got lost following navigation and ended up “trespassing” on a property whose owner despised visitors and shot at me. Warning shots rang out; one to “scare” me, the other to “hurry” me along. None too pleased with this approach, I quickly drove off.
A bit apprehensive about the entire state at this point, I managed to find the only store in town to ask for help. To my surprise, the folks I met were uber nice and welcoming. They apologized for my gunshot encounter and wished me well on my stay. I have to admit I was ready to stay somewhere else, but I had already paid for my Airbnb. I followed my gut and their directions. The luxury barn loft was to die for; it’s owners the perfect hosts.
City by City
Things started off on the wrong foot, but I’d be remised not to mention the other great things about Vermont. Lincoln is home to Mount Abraham and the Lincoln Gap, which is so steep it’s closed in the winter. Great for hiking, fishing, camping and relaxation. Bristol, a small village deemed a national historic site, has the cutest shops, galleries, restaurants and bars all on one block. It’s home to Bristol Falls, a 20-foot waterfall that opens to a swimming hole.
Stowe is a ski-resort town, a true skiers dream. It’s cute with its BNB’s, local shops, and restaurants surrounded by hills and sprinkled with 19th-century covered bridges. It is delightful. Waterbury is the home of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream factory. It was a must-visit for me because I love ice cream. The tour of the factory was short, but I learned more about two childhood friends who opened up an ice cream parlor that became an empire, as well as the ice cream making process. There’s not much to the town, but it’s rustic and small.
Burlington, a college town, is the biggest city I’d visit in the state. The marina and running and walking trails are a bonus. The big draw is the historic Church Street Market, the open air mall stretches four blocks long. Warren is in the Green Mountain National Forest and is the location of Warren Falls. It’s beautifully serene.
Life Lessons Taught by Strangers and Nature
Vermont is a beautiful state. I learned how resilient I am, that when faced with real danger I don’t back down. I will not allow fear or what people believe to be true for their lives affect how I conduct my life. If I want to do something I just have to do it. I belong wherever I am because it’s God’s plan, I am living my life in the NOW. Therefore, don’t be afraid to travel anywhere your heart desires to go. Be aware, but not afraid. If you love nature, visit Vermont.