Some of the best things to do in Vermont:
- Skiing and snowboarding at Stowe Mountain Resort on Mount Mansfield
- Mount Mansfield and Smugglers Notch
- Sailing around Lake Champlain
- Camping or hiking in Green Mountain National Forest
- Visit Bennington Battle Monument and Museum
- Stowe Winter Carnival
- Magic Hat Mardi Gras Parade
- Tour Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory
- Tour the Vermont Ski Museum
Ranked 2nd in the Top 10 Safest States
If safety is a concern, Vermont was ranked #2 in the top ten safest states to live in according to an article on US News and World Report. With all the craziness going on in the world right now, many people are opting to trade the big city experience for the peace and quiet of country living. The violent crime rate is low, as well as the property crime rates, making it the perfect place for families with children, retirees, and anyone looking to escape the rat race. In the country, life moves at a slower pace. You’ll find life in Vermont to be a little different from in New Jersey.
More Focus on Food
Vermont’s residents love to eat and socialize, whether it be at home or at a local restaurant. While everyone loves fast food occasionally, the favorite fare in Vermont is chicken and biscuits, beef chili, pot roast, strawberry rhubarb pie, pancakes with maple syrup, sugar on snow, an
assortment of cheeses, cider doughnuts, funnel cakes, elephant ears, and other fried dough foods served at the State Fair. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes in Vermont to go to for a date night or for a family meal. Some popular places to eat in the state are Cask and Kiln in Wilmington, The Farmhouse Tap and Grill in Burlington, The Silver Fork in Manchester, and Mojo Cafe in Ludlow.
Besides food restaurants, Vermont is the home of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream. If you love the product, you can tour the factory located in Waterbury, VT. The factory has temporarily suspended tours until 2021, but the Scoop Shop is open daily from 12:00 to 6 pm.
One of the Few States with Covered Bridges
There are about 1600 covered bridges remaining worldwide. In the US, Vermont is one of the few states with an abundance of lovely, historic covered bridges. There are 106 to be exact, second only to Pennsylvania which has 219. The covered bridges were built around the 1800s to protect the wood framing of the bridges from moisture (from rain and snow) and decay. It also helped people cross the bridge in horse-drawn wagons because some horses are afraid of water. The Cornish-Windsor Bridge is the longest wooden covered bridge in the United States. It was built in 1866 and is 450 feet long. The oldest covered bridge is the Pulp Mill Covered Bridge, built in Middlebury in 1820.
Low Unemployment Rates
If you’re planning a move from New Jersey to Vermont, you will want to know about the unemployment rates and the types of jobs to be found here. The unemployment rate decreased to 4.2 % since September. The most common professions in Vermont include teachers, salespeople, cashiers, cooks, bakers, doctors, library assistants, carpenters, aircraft mechanics, machinists, truck drivers, landscapers, and etc. See the list of the Fastest Growing Jobs in Vermont to find out which jobs are in demand currently.
Beautiful Old Houses
Vermont home styles range from Colonial, Victorian, and classic Farmhouse design. The homes in Vermont are some of the largest, and oldest homes in existence. If you have a large family and want something with a lot of bedrooms, then this is the place for you. Whether you’re looking to rent or to buy, the homes in Vermont are big and spacious with enough room for your family and your furry friends. Many of the houses here were built in the 1800s and are still in great condition. The average rent for a 4 bedroom house in Vermont was $1,500 in 2018.
The Best Schools for Primary and Secondary Education
Vermont focuses very heavily on academics and education for children 6 years to 16 years old. If you want to give your children the best possible education, Vermont was ranked #8 in the top 10 most educated states. They have some of the best high schools and universities in the country. Educators are committed to making sure that each student achieves their highest goals with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
Vermont has so much to offer families with children in terms of housing, jobs, and recreation. It has a thriving economy and some of the best schools in the country. If you’re looking for a higher quality of life, you’ll definitely find it here.