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December 12, 2008

Travels in TV Land, Part 3: Springfield, Vermont

The Simpsons Movie trailer.

by Beata Loyfman

As promised in Travels in TV Land, Part 2, this week we bring you travel deals in the Springfield of The Simpsons. Daily Traveler reader greggo72 guessed that the home of the animated family is actually Springfield, Vermont. Here's why:

"Springfield, Vermont, hosted the premiere of The Simpsons Movie on July 10, 2007. It has just under 10,000 people (animated Springfield is also quite small). The mayor has a Boston-esque accent like JFK and Massachusetts isn't too far from Vermont. Also, animated Springfield seems to be culturally/socially up to date like a northeast city (not like cities in the Midwest) and isn't far from airports or the ocean."

Well, greggo72, you make a compelling argument. And so in the spirit of giving, here are some suggestions for your next trip to Vermont's machine tool capital (betcha didn't know that):

Check into a cozy room at Hartness House, a 1904 mansion converted into a charming B&B. Rooms are decorated in traditional early twentieth-century florals and antiques. Some even have fireplaces. A unique aspect of the house: It has a telescope observatory. Lucky for you, rates start at just $99.

If you're eager to check out the movie theater where The Simpsons Movie premiered...well, you can go online and look at pictures because it was burned down by a disgruntled tenant last summer. D'oh!

After you're done exploring Springfield's other attractions, such as the Eureka Schoolhouse built in 1790, drive two hours north to visit Burlington, the healthiest city in the U.S. Maybe you could figure out what makes these residents so fit.

Further reading:
* Travels in TV Land Parts One and Two
* Boldface: Celebrity Travels


I'd pay any your readers $100 bucks for a photo of them drinking a "Flaming Homer" in the Hartness House (and to also tell me what's in a "Flaming Homer" or "Flaming Moe" if you will)!

To clarify, I will pay "The First" reader $100 bucks for the photo..... We are in a global recession you know!

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