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A Non-Skier Finds Quaint, Quirky Fun In Vermont

A Non-Skier Finds Quaint, Quirky Fun In Vermont

NORWICH, VT — I hate winter.

Thank you, but I'll pass on the slopes, rinks and trails. The lure of cocoa at a lodge can't compare to a pina colada on a Caribbean beach in February.

So the thought of spending some time recently in central Vermont filled me with the dread of winter.

I like Vermont, in theory. After all, it produced Ben and Jerry's, Cabot cheese and Bernie Sanders. But I was pleasantly surprised that I liked discovering there's more to winter in Vermont than skiing, skating and sledding.

It's now become one of my favorite destinations for weekend escapes. It's just over two hours straight up I-91, from Hartford, Conn., to Hartford, Vt. — to what is...