By taking one step west on the map we exit New Hampshire and enter Vermont. While you may often think of them together, they have some differences.

Did you know Vermont was once a Republic? From 1777 to 1791 is was independent. (That’s longer than the Republic of Texas, folks.) In 1791 they were admitted as the 14th state, the first growth in numbers after the ratification of the US Constitution.

During my brief visit in 2013, I saw many interesting things and interacted with many friendly people. Yes, we stopped at tourist attractions — we were, after all, tourists. My goal was a boat trip on Lake Champlain — sometimes called the 6th Great Lake. (No we didn’t see Champy — guess he was hiding that day.)


Not fond of the water? Try visiting either a marble or granite quarry. They have art galleries tucked into small towns. A toy factory with tour guides free with the corny jokes. And beautiful forested hills and mountains. Expect to see dairy farms and signs to ski resorts. Be sure to treat yourself to some of the local delicacies – maple syrup, ice cream, or apples.


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  1. I thought I’d read a lot about Vermont. I knew they’d threatened to cecede but I didn’t know they were a republic. Such independent folk. That’s a state I want to visit.

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