Without knowing too much about Vermont, could we pare down the regions into a smaller list? The current list is:
- Islands and Farms Includes the Islands on Lake Champlain and North Hero and St. Albins.
- Stowe/Smugglers' Notch This is the resort area of Stowe and Smugglers' Notch
- Northeast Kingdom The remote sparsely populated area of the Northeast. Take a trip back to the 1950's.
- Lake Champlain Valley The valley area along the lake and includes the cities of Burlington and Shelburne.
- Central Vermont The Capital City area of Montpelier and Barre. You can visit and capital and also see the covered bridges of central Vermont.
- Mid Vermont for All Seasons Includes Middlebury with classic 18th and 19th Century buildings.
- Crossroads of Vermont The Rutland and Killington areas of Vermont.
- Eastern Vermont Gateways
- Southern Windsor County
- Green Mountains
- Southern Vermont
Which I think could be reduced to:
Lake Champlain and other regions could then be made into sub-regions of the three parent regions. Does that make sense, or is the geography/tourism in the state such that it should be done differently? For instance, is there a need to create a Northeast Kingdom and a corresponding region for the northwest? And should the region names be something other than just North, South, and Central? -- Ryan 18:01, 17 Dec 2005 (EST)
- Vermont is a very small state, I think you are right. I was just using the Regions that the tourism department set up. I think your idea is good. We could include the tourism regions in each of the main area regions and not do a seperate breakout on each one. I will go ahead and do that. Xltel 18:42, 17 Dec 2005 (EST)
- Great, thanks. We don't always follow what a state's department of tourism uses, and may instead use anything from Dmoz to Wikipedia to (and especially) local knowledge to come up with a set of regions that are most relevant for tourists and also maintainable. One problem we've had has been specifically defining what is contained within a region (see Talk:Bay Area (California) for one example), and we've yet to come up with a good solution, so any suggestions are welcome. -- Ryan 18:55, 17 Dec 2005 (EST)
- Made the changes, but I may go back and split the Northern region into Northeast and Northwest Kingdom as these two areas are quite different. The Northeast would have the largest city in Vermont and the lake Champlain shore line, while the Norrthwesk Kingdom is very remote and sparsely populated, but does have some things that would make it interesting as a seperate region. Your thoughts? And thank you very much for your help and comments, I am very new at this and the help is very much appreciated -- Xltel 19:10, 17 Dec 2005 (EST)