Southern Vermont shares the pastoral mix of old farms and green mountains that defines the Vermont landscape. The advantages of the key Southern Vermont communities centered around Manchester are relative ease of access to the metropolitan areas of New York, Connecticut and New Jersey combined with an abundance of recreational and cultural opportunities in a stunning natural environment. From mid-town Manhattan, you can be in Manchester in 3-4 hours.
Farmland of the fertile Mettowee River Valley winds through the Taconic Mountains with the Green Mountains in the background. 19th Century physicians had recommended this clean, cool environs as restorative havens from the crowded polluted cities. By the early 1900s, artists were gathering here to capture the landscape on canvas while enjoying the peace and quiet of the countryside and the wholesome fare offered at the farms and Vermont country inns. Dorset, Weston, and Landgrove are classic Vermont towns anchored by a central village green, with area real estate characterized by charming Vermont farmhouses, historic homes, old hill farms, horse farm properties and country estates. The Merck Forest, an educational center dedicated to sustainable management of forest and farmland, covers 3,162 acres of adjoining Green Mountain National Forest. Nordic and Alpine skiing is available within 15 minutes of any town, with the full service resorts including Stratton, Okemo, Bromely and Mt. Snow.
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