Vermont inns, verdant landscapes and farm-to-table cuisine lend much to the character of the state, the very embodiment of an idealized New England.
As with wineries and distilleries, artisan cheeses are best appreciated where they are made. We enjoyed seeking out local Vermont dairies on our trip.
In addition to the new properties I discovered on my recent trip to Vermont, I heartily recommend these three Harper Classics resorts and inns.
A celebration of American folk art, the Shelburne Museum is a "collection of collections" displayed in 39 buildings on 45 acres in the hills of Vermont.
From Hen of the Woods to Doc Ponds, six Vermont restaurants have made a name for themselves by creating inventive menus featuring locally sourced ingredients.
The entrepreneurial impulse to create artisanal products is strong in Vermont. The state currently has 19 distilleries in operation.
The American Museum of Fly Fishing, in Manchester, Vermont, collects, conserves and exhibits the largest group of angling-related items in the world.