With majestic rolling fields, golden stalks sweeping in the wind, and the Green Mountains hailing in the background, Vermont is a visionary canvas for those who love rural landscape and the cycle of the seasons. This is an obvious advantage for anyone who enjoys outdoor activities, and Vermont boasts arguably the best region on the East Coast for this. You can revel in the majesty of the Green Mountains, and the winter months give rise to the East Coast’s best skiing at Killington and Stowe—the only eastern rivals to the Rocky Mountains. The progressive community of UVM and Burlington gives a revived or rekindled sense of place, proving that big things come in little states.
Burlington is a small but bustling city with five colleges in its vicinity. As the birthplace of Phish, Burlington has an impressive music scene, drawing names like Ani DiFranco to Anoushka Shankar and genres from underground hip-hop to jazzy blues. The Flynn Theatre and the Fleming Museum add to Burlington’s flare. People are mostly out to enjoy themselves and strike a balance between work and play. On Church Street, Burlington’s downtown pedestrian marketplace, you can see a businessman bolting to a financial institution past a dreadlocked guitar player performing for extra money. There’s a little bit of everything in Burlington.