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.
Yeah, yeah, we know: Wisconsin. Well, we’ll see them their silly foam hats and raise them a sharp white raw-milk cheddar from the Green Mountain State. Cabot Creamery is the big name here, but the Vermont Cheese Trail is awash in washed rinds and many other cheese types -- 46 different cheesemongers populate the trail, churning out artisanal cheddars, fresh chevres, blues, and more. Do the cheeses pair well with the state’s numerous craft brews? There’s only one way to find out.