Vermont Woods: Living Deliberately in Addison County


There is something poetic about autumn in Vermont. There’s a kind of energy, a deliberation. It’s almost a mix between Ella Fitzgerald’s version of Moonlight in Vermont and Nat King Cole’s Autumn Leaves. Soulful and a little bit melancholy, but peppered with optimism. While the Fall Foliage is mostly still hidden in green, the glimpses of the fiery tinge we all love make me want to seek out poetry about the Vermont woods and about Fall.

O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.
The crows above the forest call;
Tomorrow they may form and go.
O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow.
Make the day seem to us less brief…
~ Robert Frost


Cooking by Waters: A Non-Elegy
The birch’s skin curls up like an ancient letter.
The sweet smoke makes my breathing harder.
On a streamside fir three goldfinches teeter.
Late sun makes a tumult along their feathers.
In an hour the hermit thrush will have begun.
I accept the bittersweet gift of the weather in fall.
The air’s so clear the only haze is inward.
How did I learn these names and calls?
I can’t be sure. They simply gathered…
~ Sydney Lea, Vermont Poet Laureate


“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately… I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow.” ~ Henry David Thoreau


Here are some wonderful Addison County properties that might bring you a bit closer to living deliberately, or at least quench your yearning for the Vermont woods. Click each tiny image for the full listing details. Happy Fall.
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Lake Street, Addison: 142-acre property with glorious views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountain high peaks to the west. Smith Street, Shoreham: 100 acres with 2000 feet of Lake Champlain shore frontage. Hancock: 69 acres of beautiful woods, meadows/pasture, ponds, brook and stone walls. Unsurpassed views with protected shared national forest borders and the property’s own ridge line. Lemon Fair Road, Weybridge: Over 13 acres of mature woods and broad frontage afford total privacy.