Artex Steps Forward South Burlington, VT

Nov 06, 2020

Welcome to South Burlington, VT

The 13th stop in our walk around the world.

We’ve arrived in Burlington, Vermont! This is the 13th stop on our Artex Steps Forward journey. Since leaving Chicago we’ve walked 749 more miles in our 27,969 mile walk around the world.

Mary Desranleau, senior vice president – captives, for Artex North America leads our seven-person team in Vermont, who specialize in captive management for captives domiciled in Vermont, Washington DC, Delaware and several other states. When we asked Mary what she enjoys about her job, she said, “Vermont was one of the first domiciles to enact captive legislation, so we have a rich history within this field. I enjoy what I do because I get to work with many talented people, both within our office but also among our clients, who are located across the U.S. and are often well-known, highly successful companies.”

Like many Vermonters who are avid outdoor enthusiasts, Mary is physically active and likes to vary up her routine. In the summer, you can find her biking and walking. In the winter, she enjoys walking, hiking and occasionally downhill skiing. The state is well known for its four seasons and many visitors come to see the changing colors in the fall. Mary, like many others, cooks to feed her two sons (so it isn't exactly a passion for her), however she is known to grill all year round, including when its 20 degrees or colder outside.

Fun facts about Vermont:

  • Vermont is the leading producer of maple syrup in the United States, producing more than 500,000 gallons a year. It takes a sugar maple about 40 years to grow large enough to tap, which is about 10 inches in diameter. It takes 40 gallons of sap to produce a single gallon of syrup.
  • Remember the Von Trapp family who inspired The Sound of Music movie? They moved to Vermont in 1942 and their family still runs the ski lodge in Stowe.
  • Here in Vermont, soft serve ice cream is called “Creemee” or “Creamee.” You will never see a sign saying soft serve ice cream, instead the store will be referred to as a Creamee stand.
  • Vermont is home to some big brands ― Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, Orvis outdoor recreation, Burton snow boards and Bernie Sanders! However, you'll never see any billboards for them or any other brands. Vermont is the second state to have banned billboards, which folks believe has boosted tourism to the state.
  • It’s a well-known fact that when you see a Robin in Vermont, they are the herald of spring and the weather will soon change to a new season.
  • The state’s official rock is Marble, and their state mineral is Talc. They are the United States #1 and #2 producer of each one, respectively.
  • Vermont is one of the most progressive states in the United States. They were the first to grant women partial voting rights, abolish slavery and legislate same-sex marriages.
  • Vermont and its people are very independent. They were their own country back in 1777 and became the 14th state in 1791, the first one admitted after the 13 colonies.
  • It’s said that Vermont may have their very own Loch Ness Monster. It is said that Champ is the monster who lives in Lake Champlain, a 125-mile fresh water lake. Champ is a big draw for tourists visiting Burlington. Mary’s great-grandparents often fished on the lake, and her great grandmother once saw something in the water that reflected Champ’s image – before he became so popular!


Looking for some fun family activities?

  • We love this website Virtual Vermont. You can purchase Vermont products; take a virtual family vacation complete with tours of famous sites, cooking and color activities; listen to some Vermont music; and even download a virtual Vermont background. 
  • This is a great way for us to visit The Green Mountain State, its nick name which is derived from the French phrase, “vert mont” meaning green mountain. You can even see it on their license plates!


Follow our journey, including our milestones, as we trek nearly 28,000 miles around the globe here.