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Old 07-02-2014, 04:56 PM
 
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We're planning a trip to take a look at some towns as potential place to live. We've visited VT a fair bit, but have see it through the eyes of tourists, and we tend to do outdoor stuff rather than really looking at the towns. So this jaunt will be a little different, allowing us to narrow it down a bit with each trip up that way.

Would be super grateful if any VT folk could name some favorite towns in the top half, I'm thinking Middlebury and north from that. Southern part of the state and Burlington don't appeal to us. Burlington is a lovely town, but too big. We do not need to be near shopping or good schools, but like neat, cohesive communities. In case you also happen to know of any homeschool concentrations, that would be a plus!

Much appreciated!
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Old 07-02-2014, 05:48 PM
 
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Depending on how far away you want to be from convenience, I'd suggest either Milton, Georgia, Fairfield, Bakersfield/Jeffersonville/Cambridge, Hyde Park, Morrisville, Hinesburg, Richmond, Shelburne, Williston, Lincoln/Bristol...ok I think those are enough
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Old 07-02-2014, 06:03 PM
 
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Thanks! Convenience isn't an issue. I'm used to driving to stock up. Local CSAs would be lovely, though, but when we've been up there, they all seem to be a stone's throw away from most any place.
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Old 07-02-2014, 06:03 PM
 
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I guess it depends on what part of the state. In the central part I might look at towns like Northfield, Roxbury and other towns in that general area. If you're open to the NEK maybe Groton, Peacham, Danville and some others in the vicinity of those. Personally, I like about anywhere in Essex County but that might be a tough place for you to make a living...
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Old 07-02-2014, 06:35 PM
 
Location: Vermont
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Check out Middlebury for sure. Probably my favorite town in Vermont. Others I'd check out (may be repeats from above):
Bristol
Vergennes
Hinesburg
Richmond
Shelburne
Montpelier
Rochester
Waitsfield/Warren
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Old 07-02-2014, 07:39 PM
 
Location: Vermont
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In my opinion Montpelier is the best place to live in Vermont. It has everything you say you're looking for.
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Old 07-02-2014, 07:46 PM
 
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Thanks a bunch, folks! We're coming with a job - can live anywhere - so that's not an issue. NEK is my favorite spot in VT, but never really made it too far into the region, as we tend to find a glorious spot and not want to get back into the car and drive farther.
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Old 07-02-2014, 07:49 PM
 
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Why do folks either love or hate Montpelier? Seems there is very little in between when I've asked.
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Old 07-02-2014, 08:38 PM
 
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lol. Funny you ask that cause I am in the second group(not for nothing I did not mention Montpelier in my reply).

Personally, if I did not need to be close to Burlington, I would have probably gone with Bakersfield. I really like that place. But that's if jobs and stuff like that didn't matter.

Montpelier is just...not my style. Hate the roads there(you would think they would try and fix the roads of the capital a little better), can't stand the traffic or the drivers(better even in Burlington)...many reasons really.
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Old 07-03-2014, 03:39 AM
 
Location: in a cabin overlooking the mountains
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Montpelier? That's where all the bureaucrats live who are out of touch with the rest of the state. Wouldn't touch it with a ten foot barge pole.
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