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Old 05-10-2013, 08:30 PM
 
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My husband and I are in the middle of making a relocation decision now that our house has sold down south. Our families are spread out between CT and NY, so I am trying to see if there are any VT towns (aside from Burlington, as it is just too far north for us) that might fit the description of what we are looking for in no particular order (knowing that we likely won't find a place that will hit ALL of these, but maybe most??).

Progressive/Sustainable
Eco Friendly, “Go Green”, good recycling program
Health Conscious
Family-friendly
Farmers Markets
Organic/natural food store
Outdoor activities like kayaking, skiing, biking, hiking
Green space-parks, trails
Culture-library, theatre, concert space, galleries, live music, bars
Safe, low crime rate
Pedestrian friendly
Historic-brick buildings, old architecture
“Foodie” environment-fun, ethnic places to eat
Community events-fairs, parades, seasonal activities, festivals, historic events
Cute main street with shops, bookstore, ice cream, walkable, cafes, coffee shop
Good schools/sports teams
Close proximity to a lake

Thanks in advance for your feedback!
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Old 05-11-2013, 06:23 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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Brattleboro fits that description.
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Old 05-11-2013, 07:41 AM
 
Location: Inis Fada
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Chester is much smalller than Brattleboro but touches on a number of your points. It is relatively close to some of the other things. The school district is supposedly good, but small.
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Old 05-11-2013, 04:35 PM
 
Location: Vermont
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Montpelier although I don't know about the schools.
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Old 05-11-2013, 06:39 PM
 
Location: Windham County, VT
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Bennington & Brattleboro would fit those descriptors (both in the south, nearer to borders with other states such as NY/CT)
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Old 05-12-2013, 03:33 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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I'd guess Middlebury could also fit it.
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Old 05-12-2013, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Vermont
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Middlebury. Someone mentioned Chester, but you may find them very cool to outsiders. It is a very clique-y town. I grew up there and still live 10 minutes away.
Middlebury is a vibrant town that meets all your requirements, even parks, which are not so common in VT since the whole state is a park. At least in the sense of parks in other states. 1/2 between Rutland and Burlington, awesome college, a great foodie place, and safe and friendly.
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Old 05-12-2013, 06:10 PM
 
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Brattleboro fits that description.
Was going to say Brattleboro, too.
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Old 05-12-2013, 07:29 PM
 
Location: Inis Fada
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Middlebury. Someone mentioned Chester, but you may find them very cool to outsiders. It is a very clique-y town. I grew up there and still live 10 minutes away.
Middlebury is a vibrant town that meets all your requirements, even parks, which are not so common in VT since the whole state is a park. At least in the sense of parks in other states. 1/2 between Rutland and Burlington, awesome college, a great. foodie place, and safe and friendly.
Funny you say that. I came to Chester as an outsider and have felt welcomed and warmly received. Is it possible that as an outsider I had the advantage of starting from square one as opposed to someone whose family might have had issues over the course of time?
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Old 05-14-2013, 10:25 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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Funny you say that. I came to Chester as an outsider and have felt welcomed and warmly received. Is it possible that as an outsider I had the advantage of starting from square one as opposed to someone whose family might have had issues over the course of time?
You imply we had issues fitting in. But no. As locals we were fine. But I have seen time and again the treatment of new people, adults, kids in school. It can be rough. Socially, it can be a very tough place. I'm glad you had a good experience.
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