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on Tuesday, December 1st, 2015 at 3:53pm.
By Amelia SchumacherVermont in late November is definitely not a prime tourist destination. As it rains continuously for days on end and the trees lose all their luster and green, many Vermonters get lost in a dreary funk during this time of year. We hole up in our homes by the fireplace, refusing to wander outdoors, wondering why we ever moved here in the first place.
But there was a reason that we moved here, or grew up here, or just come here on weekends to hang out with old college buddies. It’s because Vermont is a very special place, a place like no other. A place where the communities are strong, the adventures are endless, with a sense of belonging that cannot be ignored.
So, to get you through this cold and dreary month, just remember all the reasons why you truly love this place so much.
Best Breweries AroundWhether you prefer a hoppy IPA or a malty and rich stout, you are bound to find your favorite beer from one of the many local breweries in the state. Vermont holds the record of the highest number of breweries per capita in the U.S. Seasonal brews like Otter Creek’s Couch Surfer or Wolaver’s Pumpkin Ale will always keep you guessing what new flavors will be right around the corner.
Vermont has taken the lead in renewable energy by transitioning from the use of fossil fuels to renewable energy sources such as solar panels, hydropower, and wind turbines. Burlington, Vermont’s largest city, became the first U.S. city to produce 100% of their energy from renewable sources in 2014. The state Public Service Department announced in 2011 an energy plan for Vermont to obtain 90% of its energy from renewable sources by 2050.
Billboards are Illegal
The use of billboards in Vermont was banned in 1968 when legislation passed a law to have them removed to preserve the state’s natural beauty and breathtaking landscapes. Vermonters and tourists alike can appreciate the leap to evolve the state’s environmental legislation.
Living in the Green Mountains means that we have a vast array of natural beauty and wonder all around us. Mountain Peaks stretch for hundreds of miles and hikers spend weeks trekking through the wilderness on the Long Trail. Snowboarders and skiiers hit the slopes in the cold months to take advantage of the fresh powder that paints the trees white. Kayakers, swimmers and paddleboarders spend the summer on one of Lake Champlain’s many beaches, soaking up the sun. Being a Vermonter means that there is always an adventure knocking at your door… you may just have to put on your snowboots to find it.
Vermont is home to many talented musicians including the infamous soulful rocker, Grace Potter, and local jam band, Phish. Burlington features many venues to see live music - whether it’s Honkey Tonk Tuesday at Radio Bean or Reggae Night at Nectar’s, don’t hesitate to get out and put on your dancing shoes for a night of boot-stomping and hip-swaying tunes.
Vermont has been a leader in promoting human rights and equality as one of the country’s most progressive states. The state was the first to abolish slavery (as a republic and a state), allow women voting rights, and introduce same-sex marriage by legislation.
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