Located in western Vermont near the New York border, Middlebury, Vermont is home to one of America's top liberal arts colleges, Middlebury College. It has to be one of the top settings for a college town of anywhere, and has attracted many baby boomers who are making it their retirement community. The population is about 7,000.
Two of the big attractions of Middlebury are it writers conferences and summer language programs. For example, annual Bread Loaf Writers' Conference is the oldest writer's conference in the U.S. Others would argue that its pretty scenery in the hills of the Champlain Valley and small town setting are tops.
The Middlebury campus is on a hill west of the village of Middlebury. Students at Middlebury refer to it as "Club Midd." There are quads and open spaces along with views of the Green Mountains and the Adirondacks. Old Stone Row is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The postmodern architect Robert Venturi said, "Middlebury looks like what everyone thinks an American campus should be but seldom is."