Here’s how it all went down. Over in Vermont, some consultant for the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce put out some smack about New Hampshire, which was definitely a mistake. You can’t expect a turn-the-other-cheek kind of reaction from a state with the motto "Live free or die."
So now there’s some kind of tourism smackdown going on, where you can send in comments and vote for your preferred state. If you are fuzzy about the differences between Vermont and New Hampshire, you may want to continue reading for my unbiased guide to what we flat-land New Englanders think of as the pointy states.