Vermont is a great place to live! Every community has its own personality and unique qualities, but every community is connected by the beautiful landscape from the Green Mountain range meandering the length of the state from the south to the north. Heney Realtors has been serving central Vermont since 1956. Our agents look forward to helping you find your very own town to call home and welcoming you as a new neighbor in our lovely state. We love the food, the arts, and the great outdoors. We think you will too. Here are five of the best things about living in Vermont.
1. The Scenery: From the breathtaking views of the Green Mountains in Vermont to the beautiful waterfront views of Lake Champlain, overlooking the NY Adirondack mountains and bordering Vermont on the west and running 124.9 miles to the north as it peeks into Canadian territory in the province of Quebec, you will be surrounded by natural wonder. Whether on your daily commute or enjoying a little respite after your work week is over, you can enjoy some of the peaceful effects of forest bathing (commonly called Shinrin-yoku, named in a 1982 nature campaign from the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries) every day in Vermont!
2. The Green Mountains: Not just another pretty face. Of course, you will benefit from witnessing the majestic mountains on your daily travels, but to get the full impact of forest bathing you’ll want to step in a little closer. You can enjoy the Green Mountains all year long. In the winter you can enjoy the well manicured slopes of some of New England's best ski areas from Killington, Stratton, Smuggler’s Notch, Sugarbush, and Stowe to other sweet little spots like Cochran’s Ski Area (a great place for the 4 year old budding snowboarder or skier in your family to learn their chops). There are plenty of opportunities on, and off piste…as well as skinning, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling across the state. When the snow melts you can return to the mountains by foot, or mountain bike, and enjoy it all over again (and if you pack a little fly rod for your hike you’re sure to reel in a handful of native brook trout on a crystal clear mountain stream). How’s that for a little four season Shinrin-yoku in Vermont!
3. The Lakes: In addition to Lake Champlain, there are hundreds of smaller lakes and ponds to explore in Vermont (for a more intimate water adventure). Waterbury Reservoir, Lake Groton, and Joe’s Pond all provide excellent kayaking, fishing, and swimming opportunities for a peaceful interlude in your weekly routine. Vermont takes excellent care of her land and wildlife while providing many opportunities for mountain and lake adventures at 55 Vermont State Parks.
4. The Food: We like to eat! We eat well! We have excellent farms providing vegetables, poultry, eggs, and meats to farmer’s markets, general stores, and larger grocery stores all around the state. We also produce a lot of delicious prepared foods and beverages. Vermont is home to Cabot Cheese, Misty Knoll Chicken, Ben & Jerry’s, and Bove’s alongside thousands of specialty food and beverage producers. You are never far from a tasty meal at home, or when dining out, with so many delicious ingredients on hand in Vermont…farm to table. A trip to a local apple orchard with the family to pick your own apples is a great way for youngsters to gather respect for where their food comes from and if they’re good maybe they can have a cider donut from the apple stand!
5. The Culture: There are a wide variety of cultural opportunities peppering the state including exhibitions from the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center in the south to monthly exhibitions and music organized by BCA further north. The high respect for land and farm is an integral part of Vermont’s cultural life and is presented exquisitely at Shelburne Farms. The farm is an upscale educational center including a 1,400 acre working farm established in 1886 by descendants of the Vanderbilt family. The architecture of the farm is immaculate and inspiring. The farm supports a herd of over one hundred Brown Swiss Cows whose milk is used to produce the award winning cheese made on the farm. The farm is a unique high end agricultural experience for your family. There are a wide range of events from summer camps, and 4-H, to forest bathing, butter making, ballet, and the annual Harvest Festival to enjoy.
Contact Heney Realtors when you are ready to live in a culture that values farms, fine art, and forests with equal enthusiasm and respect. We will be proud to call you neighbor and welcome you home!