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Loads to learn about the Green Mountain State
I read Vermont Off the Beaten Track by Robert Wilson last year and thoroughly enjoyed it, which is what prompted me to pick up Vermont Curiosities. That said, I was worried that Vermont Curiosities would simply be feeding me information I already knew, especially since I've visited the state half-a-dozen times, but I'm pleased to say that I couldn't have been more wrong.
Vermont Curiosities takes you off the beaten path and a little bit further again, guiding you through all the wonderful quirks of Vermont and introducing you to the most unique places that state has to offer. Wilson steers his readers away from the commercialized areas of the state and introduces them to some of the state's hidden gems. With chapters like "Indian Carvings that may or may not be Prehistoric" it's immediately obvious that you're not reading your usual guide book.
I was pleased to find that the book was organized geographically opposed to alphabetically as this made it much easier to plan my upcoming trip and saved me having to skip frustratingly through chapters. While Wilson's writing painted a wonderful picture of the state, the lack of color pictures what a bit of a let down for me. Overall though, his writing is engaging and at time downright hilarious, making the book as entertaining as it is useful. If you are planning to visit the Green Mountain State any time soon, I'd highly recommend this book as some of the stories Wilson tells and the things he teaches you are not to be missed.