I wasn't able to go to the new travel center official opening a week ago, but I did make it out there the next day despite the windy, dull day. I wanted to be present on the opening day because I wanted to shake hands with Governor Shumlin.

The fine building will have information for travelers and it was officially opened the day before. It is truly a portal to the Green Mountain state.

As you look off in the distance Mt. Anthony rises in the east and when the sun peaks over that mountain you can see the layout of the first town in southern Vermont.

Some fits and starts kept the building from being dedicated sooner, but it finally happened and a proper dedication carried out.

A sizable crowd inspected and marveled at the very latest tourist assistance available. A fine effort has been made on supplying information about this area and the state, with scenic views and pictures of industries in our state.

If I were a first time visitor to Vermont and stopped at the center I would want to drive down into the little town in the valley and look it over.

I must say a good word for the crew of Chamber of Commerce personnel who were there that day. They were helpful with their information and praise of our special Vermont city.

I'll be going out to the center again just to look at the view of Mt. Anthony and to be greeted by those enthusiastic guides. They will do a good job to introduce our area to travelers who might be seeing the Green Mountain state for the first time.

Take a ride out and see for yourself what a special site on which this center has been established.

Harriette Leidich is a Banner columnist.