We all know the Vermont stereotypes about the long hair, plaid shirt, maple syrup loving, farmer, ski bum who smokes a lot of pot. We also know that these stereotypes aren’t always accurate. Let’s take a look at the flip side for a moment, shall we? If it’s so easy to know a Vermonter when you see them, is it just as easy to spot a tourist? While there is always a shred of truth to every rumor, what exactly makes a tourist stand out as an out-of-towner? Be sure to share your thoughts and keep the conversation going!
1. You'll find tourists lurking around covered bridges taking pictures.
Tourists (herein referred to as "they") all try to create their own postcard-worthy shot of every covered bridge they see. Since Vermont has so many picture-worthy bridges, we really can't blame them for trying.
2. They are drinking generic beer.
Nothing against domestic beer in theory, but Vermont is craft beer territory.
3. After ordering their domestic beer they ask…
“What’s a Heady Frogger?" I've heard this many times, believe it or not.
4. They have bags from all the gift stores on your town’s main street.
And they likely contain maple syrup in maple leaf-shaped glass jars.
5. They will be driving very slowly during foliage.
Don’t get me started on Leaf Peepers…
6. They’ll be taking pictures of deer.
Oh, they look so soft and cuddly! They would NEVER eat my flower garden! (Yeah, right.)
7. They ask where they can see moose.
This may be much easier to answer if you’re in the NEK.
8. They have cartoon maps.
From mountain trails to downtown shops, these free maps get a lot of mileage.
9. They are impatient when it comes to dinner.
They want their burger with American cheese, and they want it NOW!
10. They go to Ben & Jerry’s AND the Cabot Cheese outlets in the same day.
The same day being the giveaway.
11. They have no idea what to do at a 3-way intersection.
Stop, wait your turn, go. It’s not rocket science.
12. Despite their top of the line skis and brand new outfits…
They will be skiing on the bunny slope. No duct tape holding their ski pants together by the end of the season for them!
13. Their cars aren’t muddy.
Vermonters know there is a period of time when a car wash is just pointless. Just take this shiny red car in Greensboro for example. For Pete's sake, embrace the mud season!
14. They have a healthy glow.
When Vermonters come out of a cold winter and shed their layers of clothes, their skin goes into shock. Tans are nothing but temporary vacation souvenirs.
15. They get speeding tickets.
Maybe it’s just me, but it seems like white license plates get more tickets than green plates…
16. They drive straight through crosswalks.
It’s as if they’ve never seen one before.
17. They Honk their car horns…
Sometimes at people walking across the street in a crosswalk. Seriously. I’ve seen it happen.
18. But at the end of the day...
People are visiting because they love Vermont. This makes them a friend... er... make that "Phriend."
How do you spot a tourist in Vermont? Like this if you can spot them and share it with someone who would stand out!