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The only New England state with no coastline along the Atlantic Ocean, Vermont is notable for the Green Mountains in the west and Lake Champlain in the northwest. It is bordered by Massachusetts to the south, New Hampshire to the east, New York to the west, and the Canadian province of Quebec to the north. The state is famous for its scenery and dairy products, and it is the leading producer of maple syrup in the United States. For those who want the quaintness of a New England retirement, Vermont is a relative bargain. Costs of living are considerably lower than in neighboring New Hampshire, New York, and Massachusetts.
Retirees go to Vermont for the laid back lifestyle and simplicity. There are no billboards on the farm-lined roads; Vermont is a state that takes pride in preserving its small-town charm. You'll find vintage New England surroundings, towns lined with red and orange fall foliage, historic brick buildings, and churches. Vermont is the kind of place where retirees might go to open up an independent shop, learn to make ice cream, or just enjoy life's simple pleasures.
Vermont isn't known as the “Green Mountain State” for nothing. There are hundreds of acres of farmland and forest that are lined with creeks, rivers, and lakes. Many residents enjoy sailing, canoeing, kayaking, and skiing for fun.