2017 Vermont Summer Bucket List

Now that school is officially over and summer is upon us, we’ve compiled this “Vermont Summer Bucket List”. It’s sure to have something for everyone to keep you (and the kids) entertained for the next 8 weeks of summer vacation.

1. Watch a Sunset from the Burlington Waterfront

2. Visit the Ben & Jerry’s Waterbury Factory and Try a New Flavor
Take the tour and try a flavor of ice cream you’ve never tried before. It will be difficult to not go for their top 3 flavors: (1) Half Baked, (2) Cherry Garcia, (3) Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough – but you need to try something different!

3. Visit 5 Vermont Covered Bridges
There are over 100, so this should be fairly easy. In for a little bit of a spook? Visit Emily’s Bridge in Stowe at night… it’s haunted. Click here for a complete list of bridges.

4. Visit Dog Mountain and the Dog Chapel in St. Johnsbury
Dog Mountain and the Dog Chapel was created by renowned artist Stephen Huneck in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. “Dog Mountain is set on 150 acres on a private mountaintop spot in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. The grounds are always open to people and their dogs. Stephen Huneck and his wife, Gwen, bought the property in 1995. They turned the barn into studio space. After Stephen’s unique visionary experience, the Dog Chapel soon followed. The Dog Chapel opened its doors Memorial Day weekend of 2000. The unspoiled haven is covered with hiking trails and dog ponds. Wildflowers abound in the summer and snow-shoeing is a favorite activity in the winter. Year after year, the Dog Chapeland the Stephen Huneck Gallery get more and more visitors from all over the world. There is no leash law on Dog Mountain. Dogs are not just welcome here, they are cherished! Dogs are free to run, play, swim and best of all meet other dogs! It’s great to hear from tourists and local residents alike how much Dog Mountain means to them and their dogs.”

5. Go to the Sunset Drive-in
The Sunset Drive-in on Porters Point Road in Colchester has been a local landmark for nearly 70 years. There’s no better way to watch a movie than being as comfortable as possible; Sunset Drive-In allows you to enjoy the latest movies in the comfort of your own vehicle. They offer stadium style-seating, 4 colossal screens playing double features of the latest movies with all night entertainment, and snack bar. “Sunset Drive-In is perfect for date nights or family nights by offering entertainment under the stars from the comfort of your cars.”

6. Swim at the Alburgh Sand Dunes
The Alburgh Sand Dunes are a 625-acre state park and may be one of Vermont’s best kept secrets. “It is named for the sand dunes near the center and western end of the south-facing, natural sand beach. This beach is amongst the longest beaches on Lake Champlain. The beach and dunes together make up what is known as a barrier island, geologically similar to coastal formations more common along ocean shorelines. At Alburgh Dunes, the sand has come from a layer of glacial till- the soil that was left atop the low bluffs southeast of the beach when the last glacier melted. The bluffs have eroded over thousands of years, and the soil carried off by lake currents. Sand from that soil settles out in the pocket between the rocky “Point of Tongue” to the east and “Coon Point” to the west, forming the beach. ” Click to learn more

7. Visit ECHO Aquarium
Located on Burlington’s Waterfront, ECHO is a nationally acclaimed lake aquarium and science center. ECHO houses more than 70 species of live animal ambassadors in Vermont’s first LEED certified building. The innovative science center and aquarium displays life in the Champlain Basin and inspires visitors to positively impact the world around them. Check out the current exhibit on display

8. Visit Hildene
Hildene, the Lincoln Family Home is the former summer home of Robert Todd Lincoln and his wife Mary Harlan Lincoln, located at 820 Hildene Road in Manchester, Vermont. The estate, now a museum, and gardens are breathtaking. It is the quintessential Vermont destination. Click to learn more

9. Visit Jay Peak Resort
There’s a plethora of things to do at Jay Peak this summer! The Pump House Indoor Waterpark is a place where you can surf, climb, float, slide, or leisurely swim. Back for the 4th year, the Jeezum Crow Festival will be held at the Stateside Amphitheatre July 14th & 15th. They’ll have 9 bands across 2 days! Additional Jay Peak activities include the Championship Golf Course, Disc Golf Course, Raised Jay Summer Camps, Raised Jay Wilderness Camps. Click to learn more

10. Hike Mount Philo
Mount Philo State Park is a 237-acre park. Climb Mount Philo for amazing views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains to the west.

11. Explore one of Vermont’s National Historic Landmarks – The Ticonderoga at Shelburne Museum
The steamboat Ticonderoga was built in 1906 and operated as a day boat on Lake Champlain, serving ports along New York and Vermont shores until 1953. Today, the remarkable Ticonderoga is on display at Shelburne Museum and portrays life on board in 1923 with guest rooms, table settings, newspapers, cars and more. Take a 3D interactive tour created by 3D Vermont

12. Attend a State Fair
State fairs are sometimes just what you need on a warm summer night – the Ferris wheel, fried dough, live music, and the dunk tank!

13. Play with Animals at Your Local Shelter (or Donate)
Stop by your local Humane Society or shelter and see if they have any animals who could use some play time or cuddling. If not, they usually have a “wish list” on their website with items that they need donated. You could drop a couple items and feel good about helping.

14. Take a Stowe Gondola SkyRide
For an amazing view and fun ride, take a Stowe Gondola SkyRide. From the top of Mt. Mansfield, you can access hiking trails, shop at the Summit gift shop, or enjoy lunch at the Cliff House Restaurant. Click to learn more

15. Make a Summer Scrapbook
There are so many apps that make it easy to order photos right off of your phone, but Costco is incredibly easy as well. You can print 100 photos for under $15.

If you have any questions about buying and selling real estate contact Mike Conroy at 802-363-3356 or mike@conroyandcompany.com.

Conroy & Company is a Keller Williams Vermont team of Realtors located in South Burlington, Vermont. Our mission is to serve our clients with the highest level of personal commitment to helping them reach their goals. Our focus is to bring the latest technology and marketing skills to our clients, and do so in the most personal, hands on way possible. Our collaborative, strength in numbers approach to exceeding your expectations, has helped keep us in the top 2% of Vermont agents/teams ever since 2003.


Realtors cavort for good cause

At the Monster Bash, a fabulous annual fund raising costume party and haunted house in Charlotte, a couple hundred Halloween revelers showed up to have a good time and to benefit an incredibly worthwhile cause. They were joined by three of our own Conroy & Company crew – Margo Trotier, Debbie Jensen and Rita Lafontaine.

The event is the only annual fundraiser for the Mahana Magic Foundation, a local non-profit organization which offers support to children coping with the fear and uncertainty of a having a parent with cancer. Our own Margo Trotier was closely connected and helped in the early days, and Mike Conroy served as a founding board member in 2009, with his real estate partners Greg Couture and John Nichols.  So many of our friends in the business have been great supporters since its start – and we love to see the photos every year!

If you’ve never been, if you love an outrageous ‘Dress Up, Let it All Hang Out’ night of dancing and merriment, then mark it down for next year and make the scene!  And help support this annual event!

You can also check out photos from last year’s event here »

Debbie Jensen
Debbie Jensen
Barb McHenry
Barb McHenry


Monster Bash - a benefit for the Mahana Magic Foundation
Monster Bash – a benefit for the Mahana Magic Foundation
Debbie Jensen, Rita LaFontaine
Debbie Jensen, Rita LaFontaine

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June 12, 2013-Spotlight on Burlington's Fletcher Free Library



What’s better on a rainy day than curling  up with a good book? We just love the Fletcher Free Library at 235 College Street in Burlington, VT.  This is one of the community staples here in Burlington. The Library offers more than just an abundance of books and media. There are many programs for young and old and everyone in between!

2013 Summer Reading Program begins Monday, June 17th! Sign up and begin your summer reading! – for students entering K-8th grade. – Free

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40 College St, #413: Beautiful sunny condo has an open, south facing floor plan overlooking the historic Follett House. Look to the right from your covered porch for beautiful sunsets over Lake Champlain. Only minutes to the waterfront, bike path, and Church Street.

2 Assid Drive, Swanton: Classic colonial, nice yard, very well maintained, waiting for you!

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5 Keeler Bay, South Hero: Unbelievable opportunity to buy a beautifully renovated farm house with a thriving specialty nursery business and a barn with store front, artist studio and a 20′ x 30′ apartment complete with kitchenette and full bath!  All this just steps away from Lake Champlain!

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Elderpreneurs Check it out

May 2012 will bring the first Elderpreneur Award to the our area in Northwestern Vermont and the Champlain Valley.  What is the Elderpreneur Award you ask – check out their awesome website! We are proud sponsors of this Event, and encourage you to participate, and nominate if you like.

Conroy and Company brings our years of experience in the area’s real estate market to our clients, and more and more, that means working with people over age 50 transitioning to a new phase of life. Downsizing, right-sizing, investments in second homes or condos, and more – once over 50, there is a new set of housing and real estate choices to think about.  It’s exciting, as is much about this time of life.  MySilverPages.org and their staff are a natural fit for us – and may hold some interest for you.  Their Housing Pages may provoke some thought and discussion.  Check them out.

Let us know what you think about MySilverPges.org, the Elderpreneur Award and their new business idea.  You can check out other content here and read a little about the founders and their vision.