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Old 08-19-2012, 09:36 AM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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I am curious to hear about people's favorite small towns and villages throughout New England, whether they be destinations, where you live, or places you just pass through. Many towns, especially in Southern New England, have grown beyond that archetype small New England town with the white steeple church, etc. due to urban sprawl and population growth, but I'm curious in the places that are still out there that have remained relatively unscathed by these developments. I can start.

Little Compton, RI
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My daughter attended the language school last year at Middlebury College in Vermont. Now there's a town straight off of a New England calendar. The white-steepled church, the granite works, the little main street with shops.

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Old 08-19-2012, 09:58 AM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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Wellfleet on Cape Cod


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Old 08-21-2012, 07:04 AM
 
Location: south central
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My daughter attended the language school last year at Middlebury College in Vermont. Now there's a town straight off of a New England calendar. The white-steepled church, the granite works, the little main street with shops.

Middlebury, Vermont*
Very true Mightyqueen the towns in Vermont are really classic New England. I've been to a Stowe, VT which was absolutely beautiful and I loved their old town center. I've always wanted to visit Middlebury and Montpellier and others because I don't get up to Vermont nearly enough. The pictures just on the government website alone are gorgeous.
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Old 08-21-2012, 07:22 AM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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Very true Mightyqueen the towns in Vermont are really classic New England. I've been to a Stowe, VT which was absolutely beautiful and I loved their old town center. I've always wanted to visit Middlebury and Montpellier and others because I don't get up to Vermont nearly enough. The pictures just on the government website alone are gorgeous.
That was my first trip to Vermont last year to take her to the language school (as a sidebar, cool school--it's an eight-week immersion program, you sign a pledge and can actually be expelled for speaking English. She's a Mandarin major and went to China for the fall semester, so she wanted to move her Mandarin up a level before she went.)

From New Jersey, I drove straight up through New York State, which is similarly beautiful, but there was an immediate difference as soon as we crossed the border into Vermont, and it took a little while to figure out what it was. The difference is that NY State allows huge billboards and signs EVERYWHERE. Advertisements for Lake George tourist sites, Billy-Bob's fishing tackle and bait shop, whatever, and Vermont has no signs or billboards along the way except for directional information and maybe a local business or two, but small and in good taste. It's very clean and natural. Lots of cows, and those lovely little towns.
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