Vermont is truly the Green Mountain state. Yet, it is noted for varying scenery, climates and ecosystems that allow opportunities for different lifestyles and work styles and varying housing situations in close proximity to an enormous number of sporting, historical and cultural activities.
The area throughout the northern half of the state west of the Green Mountains is considered the Champlain Valley. With Chittenden County to the North of I-89, Addison County to the South of the highway, and Rutland County in the central part of the state, the Champlain Valley is more temperate than the mountainous areas and the Valleys to the east including the Mad River Valley.
Read below about our surrounding counties, or view detailed information about towns.
Nestled in the heart of Vermont you can discover the quaint towns and villages that make up Addison County, an area of great scenic beauty. From the grandeur of the Green Mountains to the shores of Lake Champlain, travel the back roads as small, friendly communities welcome you to their parks and village greens, restaurants and friendly shops. Enjoy a host of cultural opportunities, from concerts to strawberry festivals. Addison County invites you to pack a picnic basket and visit our swimming holes and beaches, nature trails, boating, fishing, camping and superb scenery. Delight in golf and tennis in the summer and skiing and snowshoeing in the winter.
Images above: Bristol Bandstand (left) and Mt. Abraham at sunset.
THE MAD RIVER VALLEY
Classic old-world charm describes The Mad River Valley, located midway between Stowe and Middlebury. Energize yourself as you relax! Ski the mountains, hike the paths, canoe the rivers or visit one of the many galleries. Come discover one of Vermont’s best-kept secrets while you enjoy a natural playground!
Image: The Mad River Valley offers some of the best skiing in the Northeast.
Centered in the southern Champlain Valley, Rutland County is a place to see. While the city of Rutland is the second largest city in the state the county boasts several private, peaceful rural towns and the Killington, Pico and Okemo ski resorts. Enjoy a drive to one of Rutland County’s 8 excellent golf courses, 7 original covered bridges or it’s thriving historic downtown for worldclass shopping and dining.
Vermont’s metropolitan Burlington area features quintessential charm and unparalleled vitality! Enjoy diverse cultural activities, magnificent mountain views, world-class food, superb shopping, exciting nightlife and a variety of outdoor recreational activities in all four seasons. There’s always something to do, whether it’s enjoying the shores of Lake Champlain, soaking in a Vermont Expos baseball game on a warm summer evening or strolling down the Church Street Marketplace. The possibilities are endless! The Lake Champlain Valley… a year round destination!
Image: Camel’s Hump, Vermont’s second highest peak, can be viewed from many areas in Vermont.
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