Vermont is one of the coldest and least populated states in the United States. In fact, second only to Wyoming, Vermont is the least populated state. Much of the land here is wide open and widely used for agricultural and hunting purposes. However, for tourists seeking excitement and activity, Vermont offers some of the best skiing and snowboarding on the east coast.
Many of the souvenirs found in Vermont will be located around the many ski resorts such as Bromley Mountain, Killington Resort, and Okemo Resort. These souvenirs will be your typical souvenirs - clothing, glassware, keychains, and postcards. Most all of these will reference the ski resort, or mountain that you are visiting. Some travelers will even look to purchase their own skiwear at the resorts as many of the top brands are generally prevalent around these resorts.
The Sweet Side of Vermont
An interesting fact about Vermont that many travelers may not know is that it is the United States' largest producer of maple syrup. Typically, each year, Vermont produces over 25% of the maple syrup made in the U.S.A. It should go without saying that if you visit Vermont, you'd be doing a disservice to yourself to not purchase some maple syrup, or maple syrup products before you head home. When traveling to Vermont, you should make a point to visit one of the many sugarhouses throughout the state. These maple syrup producers are found all over the state and each pack their own personality. Some are small and traditionally located deep in the wilderness, while others may be more modern, high-tech, easily visible and inviting to travelers driving by. As a result of the large number of maple trees found throughout the state, you can rest assured that Vermont's maple syrup is of the highest quality and made 100% natural with no additives. Outside of the traditional syrup that can be purchased, travelers are encouraged to try some of the other maple products such as maple sugar, maple cream, maple fudge, and maple cakes.
Honey and Beeswax
In addition to the large production of maple syrup, Vermont is also known for its sizable production of honey. The Vermont Beekeepers Association claims that from the 9,000 registered hives in Vermont, 700,000 pounds of honey is produced each year. With all that honey around, it shouldn't be hard for even the casual tourist to have the opportunity to purchase some natural, organic Vermont honey. Additionally, there is a multitude of other natural souvenirs available from the beekeeping practice in Vermont. There is honey bar soap, body scrub, and even shampoos and conditioners. Also, much of the beeswax produced in the hives is used in making balm and lotion. All of these products can be found throughout Vermont's grocery and convenience stores.
Arts and Crafts
Outside of all the natural products that travelers can take home from Vermont, this small state has a lot of art available as souvenirs, most notably, its pottery. Much of the pottery in Vermont is handmade and wood fired. Don't be surprised if you notice a reoccurring trend throughout much of the pottery and art. Vermont is proud of its natural beauty and a lot of the art will depict this. A lot of the art will depict wildlife such as moose, fish, or the state buttery, the Monarch. Additionally, going back to the maple connection, a lot of the pottery will depict maple leaves and the paintings will have maple trees present in some form within the picture.
Vermont may not have big cities and bright lights to offer tourists like its northern neighbors in New York and Massachusetts, but what it lacks in concrete jungles, Vermont makes up for with its calm and beautiful nature. Should you get the opportunity, you'd be remiss not to venture up north and take part in some of the best skiing the U.S.A. has to offer and while you're at it, pick up some maple syrup!