I never cease to be amazed at Vermont. In some respects, it's pretty much colonial America...very, very rural and agricultural and devoted to early American values - but also maybe the most liberal group of folks between the Atlantic and Pacific.
When I go there, I only seem to see the traditional side. In the really small towns, folks are anti-urban sprawl and anti-growth of any kind...and pro-small town and family values.
But regardless, Vermont's beauty is hard to express in words. And autumn in the Green Mountains will make your eyes hurt.