When you think of Vermont, what comes to mind?
People will say Vermont reminds them of Ben & Jerry’s, fall foliage, maple syrup, or even Bernie Sanders. I love all those things, but Vermont is so much more. In fact, it’s the unusual places in Vermont that make the state so special.
I’ve lived in Vermont for a good chunk of my life. For five years, I was the Director of Communications for the Vermont Tourism office. In that job, I spent a lot of time pitching stories and fielding calls from the media about things to do in Vermont.
More often than not, I would tell the media things like: Summer is typically Vermont’s busiest season, or that Vermont is the nation’s leading producer of maple syrup, or that there is no exact date for when peak fall foliage arrives.
But it was always the details about unusual places in Vermont that was the most fun to share—like the number of shipwrecks at the bottom Lake Champlain, or a covered bridge in Guilford where people used to get their mail, or what movies were filmed right here in Vermont.
In this podcast episode, I share scenic and unusual places in Vermont, along with a few personal stories about Harrison Ford, high anxiety, and a small city’s fight against McDonald’s.