Growing up in Vermont, I couldn't wait to leave. I hated the rainy, cloudy state (Vermont averages 80-days of sun per year) and the long winters. When Matt took me away from Vermont five years ago, I kissed it goodbye and said, "good riddance!"
Looking back, I really took the state for granted. I was too young and immature to realize that Vermont is a great place to raise a family. From downhill and cross-country skiing, to hiking, camping, water sports on Lake Champlain, apple picking and leaf peeping in the Fall, to farmer's markets (I was pleased to see that many Vermonters now encourage "buy local" and the state is "greener" than ever), bike paths galore, arts and so on, the state has a lot to offer. Like Shelburne Farms, for instance.
Olivia milking a cow
Shelburne Farms is a great place to spend the day with the family. Children of all ages can run around the children's farmyard. So much to see: Hens, bunnies, goats/kids (see Lila below), sheep, pigs/piglets, riding toy tractors (see Cyprien), a reading room, and so much more. We've been twice since Olivia was born and each time, we saw and did something different. The kids had to be practically dragged out of the farm. I highly recommend a visit when you're in Vermont.
While I still don't miss the long winters, clouds and rain, I have started to wonder if I could, someday, make Vermont my home once again...