Vermont is rustic, yes, but it also has a refined side. A day spent climbing Camel’s Hump, an iconic peak shaped as its name suggests, can be paired with an evening enjoying chamber music. If you want timelessness, you can be sure that much of Vermont is the same as it was years ago. Of course, this doesn’t mean you need to live exclusively in last-century circumstances: Vermont has everything more populated areas have, such as reliable cell phone service, malls, great schools, and a devotion to the arts. Vermont represents the best of both worlds, with world-class skiing included.


Vermont has no access to the ocean, but Vermonters have Lake Champlain, a large freshwater lake that forms part of the state’s western border with New York. Burlington, Vermont’s largest city, graces the lake shore, and along with the city’s suburbs, create an urban area. Burlington prides itself on being open to diversity and progressive. Several colleges and the University of Vermont are located here. Each year, Burlington has a Gay Pride parade.

Northern Vermont

Champlain Valley

Burlington and environs form the largest part of the Champlain Valley. However, beyond the city, the rest of the Champlain Valley is devoted to open land and agriculture. The area runs from the lake to the base of the Green Mountains. Skiing, boating, and hiking are some of the recreational pursuits found here. Close proximity to the Metro Burlington area allows the more rural areas to access to LGBT support and resources.


Lake Champlain is dotted with islands. Vermont’s main islands are connected by roads, causeways, and bridges. Five main towns belong to Vermont’s Islands’ region: Alburgh, Isle LaMotte, Grand Isle, North and South Hero. The area is home to wineries, farms, and farmer’s markets.  Tourism is another part of the Islands’ economy, with visitors enjoying boating, fishing, swimming, and relaxation. The area is an hour from Montreal, and easily accessible from Burlington. It is a great place to visit and a beautiful place to live.

Northeast Kingdom

The Northeast Kingdom is perhaps the quintessential example of Vermont. It lies in the northeastern corner of the state, abutting Canada and near the place where the Connecticut River begins. It is a thickly forested area, but with its share of lakes, the most dramatic of which is Lake Willoughby with its shoreline flush with steep mountains. St. Johnsbury is the region’s largest city. The Northeast Kingdom is home to many picturesque villages and dramatic panoramas. Recreation is year-round and includes skiing, snowmobiling, biking, swimming, and mountain climbing. The arts flourish here, as do specialty farms and dairies.


North Central Vermont

This region includes the capital of the state, Montpelier, and its twin city, Barre. The capitol building in Montpelier is a destination in itself, with its brilliant gold dome and beautiful setting.   Barre has granite quarries and beautiful granite sculpture in cemeteries and throughout the town. World-renowned skiing is found in Stowe, and Waitsfield, and Plainfield is home to the arts. Central Vermont offers recreation year-round from skiing to hiking, and camping. Life here is rural, with winding rivers and beautiful views of Camel’s Hump. Barre and Montpelier offer an atmosphere of a small city, each with a different character.


Eastern Vermont

Orange County

Orange County is rural, with spectacular mountain vistas and valleys to the southeast of Barre and Montpelier. The eastern portion includes the resort town of Fairlee along the Connecticut River. In winter, nearby Lake Morey is the home of the longest groomed ice skating trail in the country.  The quaint town of Chelsea has two town greens, and unique architecture. Randolph is settled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

Windsor County

The town of Sharon lies in a valley and is visible from Interstate 89, with the white steeple of a church as a focal point. Skiing, hiking, and fishing on the Connecticut River are highlights of recreational opportunities here. White River Junction, as its name suggests, is a junction of the White and Connecticut Rivers, and is a junction between two main highways, with New Hampshire directly across the river. Woodstock is Vermont personified, with its green pastureland and fine inns and dining.

Western Vermont

This region is bordered by New York to the west, and includes Rutland, a small city carved out between the Green Mountains. The city boasts a newly rejuvenated business district. Marble is quarried in nearby Proctor. The area is a premier location for outdoor pursuits year-round: skiing, snowboarding, fishing, biking, mountain biking. Hiking is represented by the Long Trail which traverses Vermont along the ridges of the Green Mountains, and passes through the region. A leg of the Appalachian Trail comes through the region as well.

Southern Vermont

Southern Vermont borders New Hampshire on the east, Massuchusetts on the south, and New York to the west. Several world-class ski resorts are in the area, as are towns, such as Manchester, that offer shopping and fine dining. The college town of Bennington is viewed as gay-friendly. Brattleboro has a famous cow festival, based on Spain’s running of the bulls. Instead of gore, a parade of cows in flowers traverses Main Street.