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Though only hours from major metropolitan areas, Vermont is considered the most rural state in the Lower 48. There are about as many maple sugar makers as lawyers, and three one-room schoolhouses remain in operation.  
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Vermont is the top producer of maple syrup in the U.S. Sugar maples aren't ready for syrup production until they are 40 years old, and it takes 40 to 50 gallons of sap to make just one gallon of sticky, sugary heaven.  
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In 1894, locals began vacationing at Groton Pond, disembarking at one of two railroad stations that served the logging industry and rowing to their camps along the shore.  
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Coined by Vermont Senator George Aiken in a 1949 speech, the phrase 'Northeast Kingdom' refers to the state's vast northeastern region. Only 58,500 residents live in this 2,000-square-mile area.  
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Vermont is Eden for winter-sports enthusiasts. The 'Green Mountain State' contains more mountain ski resorts and ski areas than most states in the country.  
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The famous flavors of Ben & Jerry's ice cream were created in Burlington, Vermont. Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield blended their first delicious batches in a renovated gas station.  
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The French named Vermont for the peaks that run the state's entire length—Vermont literally translates to 'green mountain.'  
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