Life in Vermont


Unlike the clamor of the urban centers of New York City or Boston, Vermont is a place where, once you are here, you realize you truly are living in a postcard. The covered bridges, the farms, the clear, and cool swimming holes surround us, reminders of how special life is among the Green Mountains. Whether you have lived here before or visited for a vacation, buying a home in Vermont is an entirely different experience. With a home in Vermont, you will become part of the community fabric and realize the depth of cultural and recreational opportunities in the region. Below is a sample of events and institutions that we enjoy throughout the year and hope you will as well.

Rutland Paramount Theater — Built in 1912 and completely restored in 2000, the Paramount hosts a wide range of cultural events and performers in their 850 seat theater. Nationally-known performers grace the stage and relish the intimacy often lost in larger halls. Regardless of who you see at the Paramount, this jewel will dazzle you as much as the stars on stage.

World Class Ski Areas — Vermont is known throughout the world for the variety of ski areas gracing the slopes of our Green Mountains and, as a resident, you will have the opportunity to explore them all. From the small family run Cochran Ski Area to the six-mountain wonderland of Killington, you will find a mountain that is perfect for you within an hour of home. Prefer the challenge of cross-country skiing? Trail centers and tour guides abound throughout the state.

Café Provence — Owned and run by former New England Culinary Institute Executive Chef Barral, Café Provence in Brandon is a prime example of the astounding quality of restaurants in our small state. The strong dedication of Vermont chefs to use locally-sourced products is evident everywhere you eat. While Chef Barral is a culinary icon in the region, once you are here, neighbors will help you discover the many other truly delicious eateries and talented chefs right around the corner.

Sandy's Books and Bakery — No one can say exactly what inspired the incredible growth of coffee shops here, but nor will anyone complain. Nearly every small town in Vermont fosters a coffee shop much like a modern version of the general store. Although a few coffee chains do reside in the state, one of our favorite coffee shops, Sandy's Books and Bakery, serves fresh pastries, sells books, and acts as a center of the community where neighbors gather to chat. Once settled it, it won't take long before you find your favorite spot.

Festivals, Fairs and Concerts — While some Vermonters ski and others hibernate to get through the winter, once the spring sun warms the ground, every weekend is full of activity. From the Tunbridge Worlds Fair to the Quechee Balloon Festival, there is always another unique event to explore in the Green Mountains, making the summer ripe for road trips. Come explore the state under blue bird skies and discover a few of these festivals for yourself.

Farmers Markets — As numerous and pure as the swimming holes, many of the towns in the state hold a weekly farmers market on the village green. The sights, smells and tastes of locally grown meats & produce mingle with delicious food stalls selling authentic gyros, samosas, tacos, and more. By shopping at the farmers market each week, residents meet and mingle with their friends and neighbors while supporting the community. For a map of the weekly markets in your area, visit the Vermont Department of Agriculture's website.

It's impossible to describe all of the little things that make each Vermont town unique or list the places you should visit once you've settled it. Even if you have lived here before, there is always another winding back road beckoning you to explore, another scene of breathtaking natural beauty to behold, another moment that makes living in Vermont so special. No matter where you ultimately decide to buy a home in the Green Mountains, Brooks Barron at Four Seasons Sotheby's International Realty will help you make a smooth transition to the Vermont style of life. Call us when you are ready to visit.

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