Over the weekend, my husband and I and some of our friends went up to Mount Snow, Vermont for a 40th Birthday/End of the Season ski/snowboarding weekend. If you have never been to Vermont, you are missing one of the most historic and beautiful states in America. Known mainly for its delicious maple syrup, “The Green Mountain State” is filled with pine trees, creeks, streams, historic sites, good people and gorgeous mountains. It is a wonderful place to go hiking, canoeing, snowboarding, skiing, antiquing and mountain biking.
We were at the lower end of Vermont, and as you travel further north towards Straton Mountain and Killington, everything gets bigger and taller and even more scenic. If you are a history buff like me, you can visit some of the many Revolutionary War sites that are on the outskirts of the quaint little towns you will drive though to get to any of the ski resorts. I adore small charming towns way more than big cities (though they have a place). There is something warm and inviting about them and I like to walk up and down the main street visiting the little shops, always buying just a little something to remember our visit and help their local economy.
Another thing I love about Vermont is the clean air and water. When you get out of your car, you can take a deep breath and smell…nothing. Nothing but air. It’s wonderful and invigorating. And, this was one place I did not have to worry about bringing bottled water because you can actually drink from the tap!! GASP!! Yes! It’s true! That is a big thing for me. I think it is ridiculous that so many of us cannot drink water the tap water in our homes. Even my parents in PA who have a well cannot drink their tap water because of all the chlorine they have to put in the water to counteract the mass amounts of sulfur. It’s terrible.
As my husband and I drove home yesterday, we were both very sad to leave. We had fresh snow Saturday morning to board on and as always enjoyed seeing the pine trees covered with snow as we ascended up the lift. We enjoyed the mountain air, powdery snow and magnificent scenery. It was also such a pleasure to meet so many genuinely kind people and of course, enjoy the company of our friends. To us, Vermont is a little slice of heaven and we are seriously thinking of retiring there one day. I just hope it stays the way it is now and does not change. EVER!