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Vermont: An Explorer's Guide, Eleventh Edition Paperback – June 5, 2006
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That book (the Maine guide) is the best I've ever seen for that state, yet the publishers let down their standards for their home state of Vermont. This is a good book, and an up-to-date guide. It's a good "where to sleep, where to eat, where to shop" book, but the historic and cultural contexts that make the Maine guide so good are largely lacking here. You'll need a companion volume of Vermont history to get the most out of your trip. This book won't be enough.
The maps are totally inadequate. A travel guide needs to give its users GPS quality or BETTER to meet the requirements of a modern traveler.
Don't let the flaws in this book put you off Vermont. It's a magnificent state, worth a journey to explore. But try to supplement your traveling literature with some heftier material. The history of Vermont is interesting and important to the United States. Stick with your GPS until the maps get better (in a future edition).
This book is well-written and is near comprehensive for restaurants and places to stay. There are interesting facts scattered throughout and clearly the authors have a love of Vermont and the places therein. But there are a few buts, and with regards to the maps is a deal breaker for me.
The maps are frankly abysmal. They are the worst city and town maps anywhere without helpful things like restaurants, museums etc marked! It is annoying to have to use a second guide or additional maps because the large Vermont guide is not up to the job.
I did not like the lack of a clear section on the history of Vermont, its geography, politics etc. When history is mentioned it is in a very edited format with large jumps in the timeline. I like to know the history of something when I visit it to put all into context.
There is a slightly odd, slightly arbitary division of restaurants/cafes into 'dining out' and 'eating out'. It would have been more helpful to just divide places by cost of meal like every other guide in the known universe.
Ultimately I cannot say that there is a better Vermont guide out there as I did not use any other. However I would be amazed if there is not a guide with better maps. Suffice to say I will be wary before using an Explorer guide again.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Purchased this Kindle book prior to a Vermont vacation. I actually used it very little. I found the pamphlets and maps that we picked up on the trip were much more helpful.Published on January 24, 2013 by Suze R
This book is wonderful and very informative on guiding through the hills and places to see in VT. I would recommend it to anyone.Published on September 22, 2011 by Beemer
Having lived in Vermont for 17 years, we are still learning about all the nooks and cranies worth exploring. Read morePublished on February 4, 2011 by Dr. Terry W. Dorsett
My husband and I chose this book for our honeymoon to Vermont, after pouring over several others. Great for planning your trip to Vermont: hits all the key "must see" places to... Read morePublished on July 13, 2010 by new explorer
The Explorer's Guide was a fabulous reference for anyone considering visiting the charming state of Vermont. Read morePublished on September 9, 2008 by J. Faust
I bought this for my trip to Vermont and read it for the most part. It provided useful information for the most part. However, I did find that a few things were hyped up somewhat. Read morePublished on October 27, 2007 by Reviewer
We used this guide exclusively for our Vermont leaf peeping adventure, October, 2007.