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.

 

Handsome Colchester home

Sitting back from the road, with a huge flat front lawn, this handsome contemporary home has ample room for work, play, entertaining, and everything else. The updated kitchen is super convenient and features recessed lighting, gas range, electric wall oven, and stainless steel appliances. It’s situated in the middle of activity with an adjoining dining area, a sizable walkout deck and a large storage pantry.

The most compelling feature of the house is a huge family room with vaulted ceilings, terrific eastern light and warm woodwork throughout. A cozy loft above the family room makes a great retreat and can be used for an office or playroom. The fieldstone fireplace looks rustic, but is decidedly useful, and can be accessed from both the family room and the living room.

Boasting a first floor laundry room, plenty of finished and unfinished basement space, a large deck off the kitchen, and a good-sized mud room, this home is the ideal fusion of style and comfort.

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Easy, comfortable, and convenient

This townhouse is conveniently located very near a hike-and-bike path that runs to Bayside Park and Lake Champlain, and a quick drive to shopping and downtown Burlington. Special features of this townhouse include a bonus room (for hobbies, working out, a home office, or whatever). The moldings and fixtures have been updated throughout the house. A comfy deck overlooks a nice lawn and wooded lot. There’s an attached garage, so you’ll be protected from the elements when you head to work in the morning. There’s also an association playground to keep the kids, or grandkids, busy. To sum up, this home might be for you if you’re looking for something easy, comfortable, and convenient.

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125 Hollow Creek Drive Dining Room Bedroom Bedroom Upstairs Bath Near Bayside Park

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Charming. Cozy. Convenient.

These are the “buzz words” that fit this 3 bedroom home in Colchester, VT. Close to hip, new-and-improved downtown Winooski—and just a hop to Burlington’s busy downtown—this bright and sunny house includes an extensive back yard (almost a half acre!) that overlooks the Intervale and the Winooski River. Improved over the past few years, you’ll love the new appliances, bamboo and oak hardwood, new pile carpeting upstairs, fresh paint and more. You’ve got a first floor bedroom and sitting room, western facing living room that opens to the deck for awe inspiring sunsets. This home offers a tremendous number of features you’ll be thrilled to find at the price … check it out and see for yourself.

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Burlington Vermont Elementary Schools

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School is OUT! But if you are a parent looking at making a move it is on your mind!

Summer has arrived and school is out-and the last thing on the minds of many. For parents considering a move school is heavy on their mind. If you are a parent considering a move to Burlington Vermont relax a bit-we’ve got you covered!

Here are a few key details to paint the picture of schooling in Burlington VT. School choice is great benefit of living in the Queencity! Residents of Burlington Vermont are free to choose the Elementary School their child/children will attend. We have wonderful Traditional Schools and even a couple of  unique Magnet Schools. Enrollment is ultimately determined by school capacity. Below are links to Burlington Elementary Schools which will help you to establish what  your school choice will be.  CLICK HERE For additional information on how to register for any of Burlington VT’s schools.

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Edmunds Elementary School

JJ Flynn Elementary School

Champlain Elementary School

C. P. Smith Elementary School

Burlington Magnet Schools-Elementary

Magnet schools are schools of choice with an   academic/social focus on a chosen theme.

Integrated Arts Academy at H.O.Wheeler

Sustainability Academy at Lawrence Barnes

More details at Burlington School District

 

Who Doesn't Love The Tiny House?

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‘Twas a busy Holiday weekend for us, and we hope for you as well.  In between some turkey sandwiches, family time and a football game or two, I still had time to read some fun real estate news.

Came across this ‘Tiny House’ story and link, for a 220 square foot designed Tiny House, by the folks at Yestermorrow. The home is actually in western Massachusetts now, and I’d love to see it someday.  Check it out and marvel at how living can be ‘rethought’ in such a small space.

Might offer a thought shift on your part for your current home, or your next place!  And if you’d like to build one up here in our neighborhood – let’s talk about how to get it done.  Love to participate with you to make it happen!

"Public Ivy" in Burlington VT!

UVM1For those of us who call Burlington Vermont Home the great colleges here are no secret.  The student population makes quite a POP in the city population. We notice the change in traffic patterns in the fall during move-in weekend. In spring, we see families out celebrating graduations at Church Street restaurants.   This article from the Atlantic gives a fresh perspective on our local colleges, Saint Michael’s College , The University of Vermont and Champlain College, and their ties to the character of  Burlington Vermont. Below is an expert from John Tierney’s full article which poses an interesting question…

There’s an intriguing chicken-or-egg kind of question that emerges when you look closely at Burlington and its colleges: is the distinctive character of this small city a consequence of the college’s presence and contributions, or is there something intrinsic and native to the city and its residents (an earthy, Bohemian temperament?) that imparts to the colleges their special flavor? People smarter than I might be able to answer that. I can’t. But even I can see that there is a remarkable symbiosis that enriches the city and its colleges and infuses both with a strong sense of community (about which Jim will be writing more soon). The dominant values of the townsfolk give the colleges a special vibe that gets magnified on campus and then shot back out through the larger community in various ways. READ MORE

 

 

OCT 12, 2013-Burlington VT area Students to race their hand-built Longboats!

LCMM_wakefield_row_1_t670 (1)We love Burlington Vermont and Lake Champlain is a big reason why!  We also  love to encourage young boaters. If you feel the same be at the  Burlington Boat House on October 12th to cheer on these awesome local student racing their hand-built Longboats! The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum offers  incredible hands-on, innovative programming for youth; and this one is especially cool! MORE INFO

Sculpture John Brickels- Art Hop Sept 6-8, 2013

IMG_0386[1] Vermont Artist John Brickels  is an award-winning sculpture.  Both private and corporate collectors have flocked to his unique work. His sculpture has been exhibited in prestigious shows and galleries including the Smithsonian Institute.  Ceramic Monthly, American Style Magazine, The Boston Globe, Art and Perception, and The New York Times are among the publications that have featured his work.

This weekend Sep 6-8 his wonderful falling barn sculptures, tittering urban row houses, amusement park scene, robots and more will be available to view during the South End Art Hop in Burlington  in his gallery:

 

Brickels Gallery

802-825-8214

The Soda Plant, 266Pine Street, Suite 104-A

Stop by and you may even catch the master at work.

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What to do Labor Day Weekend????

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This may just be the most event saturated weekend in Vermont. With so much to choose from we can only point out a few highlights.  To see a detailed event schedule check out the Online Event Calendar from our friends at Seven Days.