The central part of the state, ranging from the narrowing waters of Lake Champlain in the west to the Connecticut River in the east, provides a dynamic cultural cross section of the state.
In Middlebury, one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country drives a classic New England downtown, with quality dining, arts, and a delightful mix of retail. In the historic Statehouse in Montpelier, government affairs are conducted by a citizen legislature, with a premium still placed on civility and respect for the “Vermont way.” In places such as Rutland and White River Junction, community spirit sparks reinvention, as it does in Waterbury, now the symbol of Vermont’s thriving craft brew scene. Woodstock exudes genteel charm. And in the Green Mountains, winter sport meccas include the legendary slopes of Mad River Glen, as well as Killington, Sugarbush, and Okemo.