Vermont is a lovely place to discover covered bridges, mountains and quaint towns. Places like
Woodstock, Putney and Stowe are lovely with so much to offer, but if you’re looking for a place that has more peace and quiet, look no further. These 17 small towns in VT have got you covered.
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This community has no zip code of its own. Mail to Walden addresses is routed through the West Danville and East Hardwick post offices.
Writers are known for loving peace and quiet, and this little town of 588 hosts the annual Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. Jessica Ravitz of CNN referred to Ripton as "the kind of place where cell service fails more often than it works and the country store is really just that....Tibetan prayer flags wave outside a weather-worn home, and the fog lifts to reveal a white horse grazing in a field.” We think that’s pretty accurate!
3. South Pomfret
When towns are small and their surrounding areas are sparse, general stores have to carry just about anything a person could need. The Teago store in South Pomfret has, among other things: groceries, beer, wine, homemade soups and salads, as well as sandwiches made to order. They also make copies, send and receive faxes and provide notary service. They have ice, ice cream, fresh produce, maps, mops, cards, coffee, newspapers, a full deli, frozen foods, motor oil, cleaning supplies, charcoal, maple syrup, a picnic area across the street along Pomfret Brook, the world’s best cheddar, film and a trivia question everyday that can get you a free beverage. They also give directions.
Pictured is a school in the quiet town of Brookline, but you won't believe what happened at the lookout schoolhouse many years ago! Check out
When a post office is this small like this one in Granby, you can expect a fair amount of peace and quiet.
6. Isle La Motte
Until around 1970, the island was on the main route from New England to Montreal via Route 2 until traffic was rerouted via the Interstate 89. Now you can expect much more solitude.
This town may hold the Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Site, but this town of less than 800 has quiet places and miles of peaceful views.
This little town may only have 483 residents, but it was named after Ira Allen, brother of Ethan Allen, who fought with the Green Mountain Boys of the Revolutionary War.
The 112 residents of Brunswick live in the town that is home to six mineral springs that made the town a popular resort destination in the 19th century. The land the springs are on is now owned by the Abenaki people.
Originally known as Bromley, the town name was changed to Peru by the land grantees as a way of attracting land buyers to an area that had been described as 36 square miles of "trees and bears."
In 2007, the citizens of Tinmouth debated about switching from town meeting to the Australian ballot, where the ballot is secret and anonomous. Two separate votes were held, both close, but ending in the decision to make the switch. The first vote was 97–95 in favor of the switch, the second was 112–104.
This town in Rutland County is the site of the annual Pittsfield Snowshoe Race.
Just looking at the Roxbury Free Library, you know this town is quiet and charming.
The town is named for Eleazar Wheelock, founder of Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. Through an old provision of the college, any full-time resident of Wheelock who is accepted as an undergraduate at Dartmouth may attend the Ivy League school tuition-free!
One great place to go in Hancock to get away from it all is the stunning Texas Falls waterfall. Additionally, Hancock is home to the Middlebury College Snow Bowl, which has 17 trails and 3 lifts, offering access to more than 110 acres of terrain. In 2006, it became the first carbon-neutral ski area in the United States.
Woodford's town center lies at an elevation of 2,215 feet above sea level, the highest of any town in the state of Vermont. Not too many folks up there!
Waltham, a town of 486 people, does not have its own school. The children of Waltham in grades K-6 are sent to Vergennes Elementary School, and the children in grades 7-12 are sent to Vergennes Union High School.
So if you see a homemade sign like this in a store window...
You can be sure that you're in a place where technology comes second because people come first.