Welcome to the Green Mountain State!


 I took this photo at Smuggler's Notch ski resort about five years ago.  I know many of you are still enjoying summer and the last thing you want to see is snow at this point.  This post will compare photos at the same area in Vermont during the summer and the winter.  All photos on this blog were taken by you's truly.


Or maybe I should say the "white mountains" since depending on the season their color changes.  I lived in the "Green Mountain State", also known as Vermont until I graduated from college.  I've lived in four states and have now lived in the Tampa Bay area of Florida for the past seven years.  Both Vermont and Florida have their own albeit very different natural beauty.  Vermont has four seasons and the gorgeous mountainous landscape while Florida has palm trees, flowers all year and the beaches.
86566386People used to ask me which state I lived in until Ben and Jerry's became famous - seriously!  This photo was taken on Church Street in Burlington Vermont.  This store is not far from their original "shop" that they started in a garage about thirty years ago.
86566386Here are a few more photos taken on Church Street in Burlington at various times of the year.  There are many designer boutiques and fine places to eat on Church Street.  The "Church Street Christmas Tree", however, is well known and people visit Church Street just to see this tree.
86566386I was pleasantly surprised to see the beautiful decorations when I visited in February.  It was below zero when I took these photos.  I was sitting inside the the Church Street Tavern trying to stay warm.  I would run out for sixty seconds or less over and over again trying to capture the scene.
86566386Here are a couple of photos of my Alma Mater the University of Vermont.
86566386The University of Vermont is known for it's beautiful campus as well as it's academic standing.
86566386The following is a lovely colonial style home that is very representative of the architecture you will see around the state of Vermont.  I was able to capture it in the sunlight and during some very cloudy weather before a storm.  I personally love taking photos with dramatic looking clouds.  I get many chances to take photos of some pretty sensational cloudscapes in Florida.
86566386The photo above and below were taken at the "Mark Reeves Memorial Park" in Jericho.  The park was created in memory of a young boy who passed away.

Vermont-630243_1280Vermont is known for it's covered bridges.  This particular bridge can be seen in Underhill, Vermont at the Mills Riverside Park.
Vermont-630243_1280I do wish more of the bridge was visible the summer photos, but I suppose the green and red look good together.
Vermont-630243_1280 DSC00779The above is a view from inside the covered bridge - in the summer time of course!

Covered-bridge-630242_1280Thank you so much for stopping by.  Do you prefer the wintry photos of Vermont or the ones taken in the summer?  I personally prefer most of the ones taken in the winter as I never get to see snow where I live.  Most of my friends in Vermont prefer the summer scenes which I understand completely!  Have a great week everyone!


Why It's Nice to Visit Vermont: The Green Mountain State

"When I was in high school I moved from the big city to a tiny village of 500 people in Vermont. It was like The Waltons!" ~Daphne Zuniga

I lived in Vermont until I finished my Bachelors and Masters degrees in Education.  I left when I was 24 years old and moved to Virginia.  I return at least two times a year to visit family including my 93 year old grandmother :)  I love the lush green mountains and the seasons.  I love visiting when there is a big snow storm!  It's fun sitting in front of a fireplace watching the snow fall drinking hot chocolate, but driving on icy roads and getting bundled up - NOT so much!

My grandmother and I:

Pano (1 of 1)-390View from a Condo in Smuggler's Notch ski resort about 3 years ago:

Vt1While in Vermont I had many friends and family to visit fortunately I made it down to Church Street and the Burlington waterfront which I think is stunning this time of year.  

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Pano (1 of 1)-415Here is Church Street a few weeks before Christmas this past year:

Cs1A view of downtown Burlington from the top of a parking garage:

Pano (1 of 1)-402 Here is a picture of Ben & Jerry's ice cream which I think helped put Vermont on the map.  Until they became famous people used to ask me which state Vermont was in. 

Pano (1 of 1)-417  I found some photos of some graffiti that I actually thought was beautiful.  I am usually not a fan of any form of graffiti, but I thought this was well done and seem to fit in in the Church Street area. 

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Here are some photos of the University of Vermont which is my Alma mater.

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The Echo Lake Aquarium is a great place to visit if you are in the Burlington area on the waterfront:
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 Pano (1 of 1)-437Pano (1 of 1)-440The Lake Champlain waterfront in Burlington:

Pano (1 of 1)-436This covered bridge is in Wolcott, Vermont in an area known as the Northeast Kingdom:

VtA few more photos of the Vermont countryside.  That is Mount Mansfield in the distance:

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Pano (1 of 1)-437The following photos were taken in the fall of 2012 at Smuggler's Notch with a cell phone:

Thanks so much for visiting.  Please feel free to leave any comments or questions.  Have a wonderful week!