By Anna Wickham
Tucked away in this little New England state are so many treasures to uncover. From the unbeatable fall foliage to America’s favorite ice cream, Vermont is in some ways the prototypical American locale. But some of these quirky facts about Vermont prove that the state does things on its own terms. In this month’s Hammock Pack, peek inside Vermont and discover all it has to offer.
1. Winter Sports
Vermont is considered an important location in the development of snowboarding. Vermont’s challenging terrain and weather turned out to be the perfect location for testing the early snowboard. Today, snowboarders continue to flock to the mountains to shred some powder.
If snowboarding isn’t your thing, don’t worry. Skiing is idyllic in Vermont. With great ski locations such as Stowe, Sugarbush Resorts, Stratton, and Killington, there are plenty of slopes to choose from.
2. Covered Bridges
Vermont has more than 100 covered bridges, more per square mile than any other state. These structures serve to protect the bridges from winter weather that can be dangerous for drivers, but they are a beautiful sight to see year round.
3. Happiness and Health
The relatively small state of Vermont scores huge in studies of both overall health and happiness. According to the United Health Foundation, Vermont is consistently among the healthiest states in the country, and Vermont also has one of the happiest populations in the country.
4. Ice Cream
If you can’t live without a pint of Ben & Jerry’s every now and then, you can thank the great state of Vermont. The world-famous ice cream is still made in the Green Mountain State. And if you’re a true addict, maybe you should consider a job there: employees get to take home 3 free pints of ice cream everyday!
5. Road Trips
In order to preserve the natural beauty of the state, Vermont took an unusual step in the 1970s: they outlawed all billboards along highways. We sure are glad they did, because a drive through the state makes for one of the most gorgeous road trips in the country.
Vermont is a place where farms are plentiful. As home to almost half of the dairy farms in New England, dairy is the main source of agricultural income in the state (not to mention the source of some great cheese and Ben & Jerry’s!). But more than the product they cultivate, Vermont barns are a beautiful historic icon of the state and the region.
7. Maple Syrup
Vermont is America’s top exporter of maple syrup, with 35% of all American maple syrup coming from the state. In fact, Vermont produces more maple syrup than the next 4 American producers combined! While there are large producers of maple syrup in the state, there are also many small boutique producers, making it the perfect gift to bring home from your vacation there.
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Images via Flickr users csessums, theimpulsivebuy, and sterlingcollege.
By Anna Wickham
Each month, we go straight to the source and find the best authentic products from various destinations. Last month, we journeyed to Georgia, where we found some fabulous products that we simply couldn’t get enough of. From sweets to body salts, you’ll have everything you need to get some R&R Georgia-style. Here’s an example of the treats that will arrive on your doorstep each month when you subscribe to Hammock Pack.
Made in the heart of Savannah, Georgia, Salacia Salts is a line of bath and beauty products inspired by the salty ocean breeze of the Georgia coast. Made with real ocean salts from the Atlantic Sea, this lip scrub is especially reminiscent of the incomparable taste and feel of the ocean. There are at least 3 reasons why we adore this lip scrub:
- It’s 100% natural. Ingredients come directly from the earth and include coconut oil, sea salt (of course), and our favorite, Georgia stone ground white corn grits.
- It’s delicious. With those ingredients, why wouldn’t it be? After scrubbing, there’s no need to remove with water or a cloth. Just lick it off!
- It will make your lips as soft as can be. Who doesn’t want soft, supple lips, all without added chemicals?
For totally kissable lips, ‘Kiss My Grits’ is the perfect way to experience the Georgia summer year round, no matter where you are.
A malvi (short for “malvavisco,” the Spanish word for marshmallow) is a sweet dessert made in Atlanta, Georgia. A malvi is like a marshmallow but 100 times better. Each malvi is perfectly packaged between two shortbread cookies, and they’re the perfect size to take with you anywhere. Malvis come in lots of delicious flavors, including peppermint chocolate, raspberry hibiscus, and spiked espresso.
Byrd’s is an institution in Savannah, Georgia, and for good reason: the Byrd family has been making their famous cookies from scratch for an unbelievable 90 years. (Seriously, read about their history here!) Locals know that nothing beats the taste of Byrd key lime cookies, the company’s best seller. But Byrd has gained a reputation beyond Savannah and all over the world. Try some of the other unique flavors available, like benne wafers and jalapeno, or tried-and-true classics like chocolate chip and ginger snaps.
The perfect complement to Malvi and Byrd’s cookies, Rev Coffee is inspired by good old-fashioned Southern hospitality. When you visit Rev Coffeeshop, you are greeted with helpful baristas who are dedicated to making your coffee experience exceptional. Likewise, each Rev coffee bean is carefully sourced directly from farmers, then roasted to produce just the right aroma and flavor.
When you subscribe to receive a Hammock Pack each month, not only do you get to taste distinct flavors from around the country and the world, but you get a chance to try products that you may never have discovered otherwise. Plus, it’s a great way to support local businesses. Subscribe today to start taking a monthly vacation without even leaving your home!
By Anna Wickham
Savannah, Georgia has long been a destination for the curious traveler seeking a unique place to explore and relax. With historic architecture, a friendly atmosphere, and a great art scene, Savannah, Georgia has a lot to offer. It wasn’t easy, but we’ve narrowed it down to these 10 reasons to visit.
1. A rich history
Founded in 1733, Savannah is the oldest city in Georgia. It played a part in several major events in US history, including the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, and the Civil War. Take a trip back in time by visiting Old Fort Jackson, the historic Mercer House, or Colonial Wormsloe. For a little guidance, join one of the daily tours of the city’s historic sites.
2. Slow down for a while
If you’re accustomed to the hustle and bustle of a city like New York, Washington, DC, or Los Angeles, get ready to take life much slower than usual. Savannah just doesn’t get in a hurry about things, making it an ideal place to relax a little.
Maybe Savannah’s slower pace is due to the fact that everyone stops to say hello as they go about their lives. A recent survey named Savannah one of the friendliest cities in the country, and we’d have to agree.
4. The bed and breakfasts
This city may be the quintessential place for bed and breakfast enthusiasts. But even if you’re not a regular bed and breakfast-er, Savannah is the ideal place to experience it for the first time. Spend some time getting to know the local owners, and don’t forget to have some biscuits and gravy for breakfast!
An unforgettable getaway that is also affordable is the perfect combination, and you’ll find it in Savannah. The cost of living in Savannah is slightly below the national average, meaning that dining out, accommodation, and transportation are all reasonable.
6. 20 minutes from the beach
Some say the only reason you’ll need to leave the city during your stay in Savannah is to visit Tybee Island, just 18 miles outside of town. Enjoy a day in the sun, eat at a delicious beachside restaurant, or stay overnight in one of the many beach resorts.
7. The perfect weather
Mild weather for three quarters of the year is Savannah’s reward for the unbearably humid summer. If your area has a harsh winter, escape the ice cave to thaw out in Savannah, which rarely dips below 40 degrees.
8. The art scene
As the home of SCAD, Savannah College of Art and Design, the city is the perfect place for art lovers. Dozens of art galleries line the streets of Savannah, but Savannah is also home to special art events such as the Sidewalk Arts Festival.
9. Delicious Southern cuisine
When visiting Savannah, you can’t pass up ordering some home cooking at Paula Deen’s famous restaurant, The Lady & Sons. Order Southern classics like fried chicken, fried okra, and shrimp and grits.
10. Easy and convenient transportation
From buses to streetcars to the occasional horse-drawn carriage, getting around in Savannah couldn’t be easier. Less time spent figuring out transportation means more time for exploring!
Visiting Savannah is a breath of fresh air compared to more run-of-the-mill destinations. If you want to take a trip that stands out from the regular escapes, Savannah may be just what you’re searching for.
What’s your favorite reason to visit Savannah? Share with us in the comments.
Image via Flickr user Scott Oves
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