One of the state’s special charms is just how much everyone loves their pups -- which means they love your pup too. Your four-legged family member is allowed pretty much anywhere, from coffee shops to hiking trails to breweries. Pet stores like The Quirky Pet in Montpelier raise pet ephemera to the next level, and hotels such as the Stowe Mountain Lodge dedicate significant resources to make sure Ozzy Pawsborne is walked, fed, groomed, and coddled -- even if Mr. Pawsborne is a 140lb Mastiff banned everywhere else.
Snow or shine, Vermonters never stay indoors for long. And it makes sense -- no matter the calendar month, the state remains pristinely beautiful. In the winter and spring, locals and visitors can ski, snowboard, snowshoe, and dogsled the Green Mountains. Come summer and fall, they turn their attentions to hiking, biking, running, and horseback riding. Trust us: anyone who’s visited has daydreamed at least once about ditching city life, settling into a remote cabin, and becoming an outdoor warrior.