Bucolic and beautiful, Vermont is universally appealing, inspiring many a daydream of moving to a mountainside farm with the perfect town square and general store nearby, where folks gather and share stories of quiet, country life. Year-round Vermont residents are well aware of how fortunate they are, but for the rest of us, a Vermont vacation will have to do. Cold-weather aficionados flock here for alpine and Nordic skiing, followed by cozy evenings around a roaring fire, while hikers and mountain bikers find miles upon miles of thickly forested trails available come summer. Then, of course, there’s fall, for which the state is perhaps the most famous, when kaleidoscopic, almost surreal, foliage colors blanket the region’s trees in hues of gold, scarlet and russet. From the placid waters of Lake Champlain to the renowned slopes of Stowe, from historic Bennington to college-town Burlington, Vermont is a four-season playground that never fails to disappoint and forever holds a place in the heart of those who visit.