With top-notch resorts like Stowe, Smuggler's Notch, Jay Peak, and Killington, only an eight- to ten-hour drive away, the appeal of the Green Mountains is easy to understand with verticals in the range of three to four thousand feet, combined with an abundance of snow and the draw of the New England experience.
Although it is the only New England state (that also comprises Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Hampshire) without Atlantic coastline, Vermont is quintessential New England. The Green Mountain State more than makes up for its lack of oceanfront with its breathtaking mountain views, winding rivers, sprawling farms, covered bridges and quaint picturesque towns. Burlington, its largest city, (population 39,000), is located on the shores of Lake Champlain (named after French explorer Samuel de Champlain who claimed Vermont as part of New France in 1609), overlooking vistas of the Adirondack Mountains. It is the sister city of Burlington, Ontario and the pair, in fact share annual cultural exchanges. Burlington is the state's cultural centre, home to several colleges including UVM (the University of Vermont) and the birthplace (in 1978) of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream; a company that buys it's milk from Vermont dairy farmers who agree not to use any growth hormones on their cows.