1. 802 Is Way More Than Just An Area Code

30 Things People From Vermont Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners
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Vermont is one of the few states in the U.S. where everyone has the same phone area code. But it’s about a whole lot more than your phone number. It’s about native Vermonter cred, which of course makes you automatically more cool than all your transplant friends.

2. Vermonters Have A Superhuman Tolerance To Cold

30 Things People From Vermont Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners
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So stop judging every time it’s 40 degrees and you see a Vermonter wearing a t-shirt and shorts. They can handle it, okay?

3. Vermonters Know The Next Craft Brewing Revolution Is Hard Cider

30 Things People From Vermont Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners
Source: Woodchuck Cider Facebook
Craft beer is having its moment right now, but Vermonters are just patiently waiting for the day everyone realizes hard cider is the beverage of the future. In the meantime, they’ll be sipping happily on a bottle of Woodchuck.

4. But That Doesn’t Mean They Don’t Know Good Beer

30 Things People From Vermont Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners
Source: The Alchemist Facebook
Vermont might not be the first place you think of when you think about craft breweries, after all they do hard cider so well. But The Alchemist, Lost Nation Brewing Company, and Trapp Lager Brewery are still leading the pack.

5. If You Don’t Call It A Creemee, Vermonters Will Fight You

30 Things People From Vermont Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners
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Why don’t Vermonters just call it soft serve ice cream like everyone else? Because creemees are infinitely better. The original creemees had a higher butterfat content and were therefore automatically tastier. Now, it’s the maple syrup drizzled on top that makes it so undeniably good.

6. Vermonters Were Wearing Flannel Before All The Hipsters

30 Things People From Vermont Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners
Source: The Vermont Flannel Co. Facebook
Flannel was the height of fashion in this state long before the waxed mustache crowd picked it up, and it’s still totally acceptable as business casual or sometimes even formalwear.

7. No Outfit Is Complete Without A Parka

30 Things People From Vermont Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners
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Weather can be super unpredictable in Vermont, so anyone who isn’t just another flatlander knows you should never leave home without a trusty parka.

8. That Sugar Water You Buy At The Supermarket Is So Not Maple Syrup

30 Things People From Vermont Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners
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Maple syrup comes from a tree. The stuff you’ve been eating comes from a whole lot of artificial flavoring. You’d never be able to fool a Vermonter with that swill.

9. Everyone In Vermont Knows A Farmer Or Is A Farmer

30 Things People From Vermont Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners
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Small farms and farmers’ markets were big in Vermont long before the locavore movement took off. Vermonters are basically the original locavores.

10. Those Moose Crossing Signs Are No Joke

30 Things People From Vermont Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners
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Really, pay attention. Vermonters can tell you horror stories about near misses in car vs. moose accidents.

11. It’s Normal To Pay Your Respects At The Ben & Jerry’s Graveyard

30 Things People From Vermont Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners
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Vermonters have tried just about every Ben & Jerry’s flavor ever, and they’ve lost a few beloved flavors that were near and dear to them. So, yeah, visiting the factory in Waterbury to remember the good times and say goodbye is normal. Totally not weird at all.

12. The T In Mountain Is Silent

30 Things People From Vermont Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners
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Okay, forget for a second that the even the abbreviation of mountain uses the T. Forget every time you’ve ever heard mountain pronounced with the T. In Vermont the T is silent. They’ve got enough mountains to know, right? End of story.

13. You Can Eat Goat Cheese On Absolutely Everything

30 Things People From Vermont Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners
Source: Flickr user LearningLark
With jam on toast, on a salad, with apple pie, in soup, on a burger… on everything. If you have access to the best goat cheese in the world, naturally you pile it on all of your food.

14. There’s An Etiquette To Leaf Peeping

30 Things People From Vermont Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners
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Out-of-towners tend to drive at ten miles an hour on forty mile per hour roads to gawk at Vermont’s admittedly gorgeous foliage, which drives locals crazy. It’s not a crime to look, just take the back roads or get out of your cars like everyone with common sense does.

15. Flatlanders Are The Only Reason Traffic Exists

30 Things People From Vermont Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners
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Fall and summer bring an influx of tourists (AKA flatlanders) to Vermont who cause traffic jams with all their leaf peeping and map reading. Otherwise, Vermonters rarely run into any problems on the road.

16. It’s Impossible To Go Out Without Running Into Someone You Know

30 Things People From Vermont Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners
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Vermont has the second smallest population of any U.S. state, so going to the grocery or dropping off a package at the post office means a Vermonter is going to run into at least four people they went to high school with, three former employers, an ex, and a second cousin.

17. You Don’t Need To Go Europe To Check Out Nude Beaches

30 Things People From Vermont Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners
Source: Flickr user bcpnyc
Nude swimming in Vermont is perfectly socially acceptable at many of Vermont’s nude beaches and swimming holes. No tan lines!

18. There’s Something Missing—It’s All The Billboards

30 Things People From Vermont Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners
Source: Flickr user alex1961
There’s no way Vermonters would pollute their gorgeous highway views with big, gaudy billboards.

19. Vermont Has The Most Beautiful Seasons On Earth

30 Things People From Vermont Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners
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Vermont has it all, picturesque—albeit freezing—snowy winters, long summer days, and gorgeous foliage in the fall and spring. But for all good things there’s a price…

20. But Mud Season Is Payment For All Of The Other Gorgeous Seasons

30 Things People From Vermont Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners
Source: Flickr user redjar
Between winter and spring Vermonters suffer through a few weeks of mud season, when every dirt road or grassy knoll suddenly becomes a giant pile of soggy, sopping, disgusting mud.

21. Vermont Is A Hippie Paradise

30 Things People From Vermont Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners
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You’re bound to see a lot more tie-dye in Vermont than any other state. The place is a haven for all the Baby Boomers who stuck to their ideals, skipped the new BMW, and produced awesome baby-hippie offspring.

22. Vermonters Swear By Their Champ Sighting Story

30 Things People From Vermont Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners
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Don’t you dare tell a Vermonter that Champ, the lake monster of Lake Champlain, doesn’t exist. It’s like telling a child that Santa isn’t real. Sure, they might know on some level, but it’s just way too fun to pretend.

23. It’s Not Unusual To See More Cows Than People On Any Given Day

30 Things People From Vermont Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners
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Cows, cows, everywhere. If you go anywhere in Vermont, you can probably look across the street and see a field full of cows.

24. Bringing Up War At A Vermont Dinner Party Is Always A Bad Idea

30 Things People From Vermont Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners
Source: Flickr user frankenhut
It doesn’t matter what war the United States is currently involved in (and boy, are there a lot to keep track of), Vermonters are most likely really really opposed to it.

25. Don’t Count On Getting A Snow Day, Ever

30 Things People From Vermont Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners
Source: Flickr user kwbridge
Okay, maybe Vermonters got that one snow day… once… in like, fifth grade. But school and work is almost never cancelled for snow, even massive amounts of it.

26. Mosquitoes Will Be Your Number One Nemesis

30 Things People From Vermont Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners
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“Are mosquitoes really that bad in Vermont? Come on, that must be an exaggeration.” Yes they are, and no it’s not.

27. If You Have To Ask What Meat You’re Eating, It’s Probably Venison

30 Things People From Vermont Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners
Source: Flickr user nosha
Deer hunting season is a big deal in Vermont since the population tends to surge (and suddenly deer are all over your back yard and school parking lot) if people don’t hunt. So, if you get invited over for dinner and the meat doesn’t taste familiar… well, it’s probably pretty fresh.

28. “Through The Covered Bridge” Is Always A Part Of Giving Directions

30 Things People From Vermont Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners
Source: Flickr user 125006583@N05
This would maybe be kind of helpful if there weren’t an enormous amount of covered bridges in Vermont that only locals can tell apart.

29. Everyone Works In Tourism (Or Knows Someone Who Does)

30 Things People From Vermont Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners
Source: Flickr user churchstreetmarketplace
Their friend’s mom owns a B&B, they work at a souvenir shop, their dad gives sight-seeing tours. Flatlanders aren’t just the people that invade Vermonters’ roads and beaches—they’re also the people that give them grief over the leaves not being orange as they expected this week at their jobs.

30. Independence And Community Aren’t Mutually Exclusive

30 Things People From Vermont Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners
Source: Flickr user fabulousfabs
These might seem like mutually exclusive values to out-of-towners, but Vermonters value both. They know how to fix their own car, but they’ll snow blow the neighbor’s driveway in the morning when they have a little extra time. If you can’t do something yourself, your neighbor will teach you how. What do you have to explain to out-of-towners about Vermont? Tell us in the comments below!