You have to have a taste for cold weather and rural living in Vermont. Riding is a 3 season sport for many horse folks here. The largest cities, all 3 of them, aren't even properly cities by most urban standards. It's also an eccentric, politically progressive state.
If you live on either the eastern or western border you have closer access to NH and NY, both offer much more in the way of conventional shopping opportunities.
It's horsey and beautiful, everything is 30 minutes away unless you live in town, the taxes are high, housing and land are expensive, and I wouldn't live anywhere else in the world.