Explore Vermont

Welcome to Paradise—Our Home, Vermont

Can we talk about Vermont? Not only is it gorgeous and full of exciting things to do in every season. This state is at the forefront of a farm-to-table revolution. Farmers, artisan cheese makers, brewers, wine makers, composters, organic seed producers, managers of CSAs, distributors, resort and restaurant owners—students at NECI become part of a growing community of food activists changing the way food tastes; the way it is grown, produced, and distributed.

Vermont is where you learn the true value of the best ingredients. Tradition and scale—small farms and artisanal producers—contribute to a food philosophy that honors creativity and sustainability. Using seasonal foods, creating artisanal foods, and cooking from scratch have been practiced here for generations, and form an important part of the Vermont economy. There’s no such thing as homogenous or generic in Vermont.

We are Located in Montpelier, the Capital of Vermont.

This small but bustling town offers a fun downtown scene and boasts a wide variety of locally owned establishments including eateries and pubs, independent bookstores, boutiques, intimate theaters, sporting events, and other entertainment options within walking distance of campus. Central Vermont offers a wide range of accommodations for prospective students and their families from established hotels to beautiful bed and breakfasts for your stay during your visit to NECI! 

Fishing in a Vermont streamActivities & Events

Have we mentioned that Vermont is also stunningly beautiful? Pick your season and your favorite way to relax. You name it, we’ve got it: Skiing, kayaking, hiking, canoeing; biking, woods, mountains, lakes, and rivers.

We encourage students to be vocal and suggest activities or special interests! We look for student generated ideas each term. Some past or sample activities, events and groups have included:

Apple/Berry Picking
Games Night
Cooking Competitions
Discover Vermont field trips
Student vs. Faculty/Staff Athletic Contests (basketball, wiffleball, kickball, etc.)
Farmers Market trips
Food & Wine field trips
Hike for Hunger Fundraiser & Hike
Holiday Dances and Themed Events
Movie Night
Montreal and Boston field trips
Career/Internship Fair
Hiking/Biking/Rafting trips
Palate Challenge              
Recipe Contests
Ski/Snow Boarding field trips

Special Interest Groups

American Culinary Federation(ACF)
Artisan Bread
Uncorked! (wine tasting)
NECI Alliance (diversity)  
Breakfast Club (philosophy)
Say Cheese (production, tasting, etc)
Culinary Interest Research Group & Demos (CIRG)
Gastronomy Tech
On Tap (beer brewing/tasting)
NECI Slow Food (sustainability)
Student Council (Student Government)

*All student events are communicated via NECI email and the NECI Calendar of Events.

Area Interests

Here are links to popular attractions in and around Vermont.

Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream factory tours   
Cabot Creamery
Green Mountain Club
Lake Champlain Ferry rides
Magic Hat Brewery
Montreal – various city attractions
Morse Farm
Mount Hunger– hiking
Otter Creek Brewery
Shelburne Farms – cheese making
Shelburne Museum
Smuggler’s Notch Ski Area
Snow Farm Winery
Stowe Mountain Ski Area
Sugarbush Ski Area
Vermont State Parks
Vermont Teddy Bear Factory
Vermont Tourism Network