Smackdown: Vermont vs. New Hampshire

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.

To tell the truth, as a child I couldn’t tell them apart. I knew that the two states compose a rectangle, more or less, with the Connecticut River splitting them rather roughly into two triangles. Sort of. But which was which?

I now have it memorized. Vermont’s on the left, which is west if you want to get all technical about it. It’s the one that’s wide at the top and narrow at the bottom. New Hampshire would, of course, be the other one: narrow at the top and wide at the bottom.

Here are other differences:

Nickname Granite State  Green Mountain State
Coastline Briefly No
Official State
Saltwater Fish
Striped bass None
Skiing Yes Yes
Hippies Not so much Yes
Congressional Districts 2 1
Coolest city City? Burlington
Covered bridges Yes Yes
Ronald McDonald theft  None reported Yes
Moose Yes Yes
Public nudity No Seasonal

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