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.


Burlington Party Series-host a Floating Party!

privatechartMountain views, calm waters and stunning sunsets make Lake Champlain party goers paradise. In the search to make a memorable event you may look outside the standard backyard BBQ. Why stay ashore when you can take your fiesta to the open water.  Give your guests an event they will remember and party the night(or day) away! Even the Landlubbers among us will enjoy a floating party offered by these nontraditional venues.

Wakefield Room at the Boathouse front row seating for all the events on the lake!

The Spirit of Ethan Allen hop aboard this fabulous party boat and you won’t stop smiling!

Northern Lights you and your guests will love cruising the lake in your own private yacht!

Interested in living close to the action on the Lake? We can help you with that. Call us anytime at 802.863.9100.  And don’t miss our latest Lake Champlain listing (photo below). Happy Sailing!



July 17,2013- Vermont Summer Festival Horse Shows Start TODAY!



There are many Horse Lovers in Vermont and in the summer months those who ride like to showcase their skills. A great set of shows to catch are the Vermont Summer Festival Horse Shows . You’ll see top New England equestrians compete in various categories over the course of six weeks at Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset. $3-7. The shows kick off today!



Stoweflake 27th Anniversary Hot Air Balloon Festival, July 12-14, 2013

activities_balloon_festivalIt’s a bird…it’s a plane…it’s more than 25 hot-air balloons!!

Keep an eye on the sky at the Stoweflake 27th Anniversary Hot Air Balloon Festival, July 12-14, 2013 and you will see why this is a summer highlight!

The festival kicks things off  on Friday July 12 at 4 p.m. you won’t want to miss the twilight balloon launch at 6:30 p.m.  On Saturday earlybirds will enjoy  sunrise launches at 6:30 a.m. and  Sunday, July 14, and a second twilight launch at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. Morning launch viewing is complimentary for all visitors. Evening admission to the festival events is $10 (free for children 12 and under).

Attendees are welcome to take to the air; hot-air balloon rides are  $275 per person, plus tax. Reservations  recommended. Tethered hot-air balloons rides may be available for $10 per person. Reservations are not required.

For more information, call 802.253.7355, ext. 5538.

Friday Night at the MAGIC HAT Brewery-Amazing Music for an Awesome Cause!!!

July12 MagicThis Friday, July 12 5-8:00pm  MAGIC HAT Brewery  welcomes Kat Wright and the Indomitable Soul Band! 

Kat Wright is one of the most talented musicians in Vermont and we can’t recommend seeing her perform enough! Take a listen and you’ll see why!

Bring the family to this outdoor beer-garden and enjoy dancing great drinks and eats from Skinny Pancake .

And just in case you were worried about partying away a Summer Night know that $1 from every pint sold during the show will go to his Lance’s Room charity. This charity helps folks with autism achieve their dreams, attend college, receive vocational training and more. As an added bonus Lance Rice,  a gifted beer historian with autism will be visiting. Lance’s dream is to travel to the nation’s greatest breweries and write a book about the history and culture of American beer-Lance’s Brewery Tour is to be an experience!

Enjoy the synergy of the beer, sun and soul!


FILM: 'Williston Revisited’ to Premiere

1-WillistonDVDCover 0522113-001Local filmmaker Jim Heltz’s  brings one of our favorite towns to life in  Hi-Def wide screen  images.   Catch the show tonight Friday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Williston Central School Auditorium. You just might see a neighbor in the film!

Copies of the film will be available for purchase at the premiere  for $20

Community Events and Festivals

Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, Burlinton VT: May 31- Jun 9. This year the annual Burlington Discover Jazz Festival celebrates it’s 30th anniversary celebrating amazing live music in Burlington, Vermont. In 1983 the Festival gave Vermont’s flourishing jazz community the recognition it deserved – a celebration combining incredible local talent with jazz legends from every corner of the globe.
Click here for artist line up

34th Montreal Jazz Festival: June 28- July 7: A litle more than a hours drive from Burlinton, The Montreal Jazz Fest holds the 2004 Guinness World Record as the world’s largest jazz festival. Every year it features roughly 3,000 artists from 30-odd countries, more than 650 concerts (including 450 free outdoor performances), and welcomes close to 2.5 million visitors (34% of whom are tourists) as well as 400 accredited journalists
Artist line up

Stoweflake Resort and Spa Annual Hot Air Ballon Festival, Stowe VT July 12-14: Get Ready, Set, Launch!More than 25 hot-air balloons will soar through the sky during Stoweflake 27th Anniversary Hot Air Balloon Festival, July 12-14, 2013. One of Vermont’s most popular summer celebrations, Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa will once again host the spectacular three-day event

Vermont Festival of the Arts:
Aug 1- Labor day. A month long celebrationf the arts.

Burlington Festival of Fools, Burlington, VT Aug 2-4 The Festival of Fools is a curated festival of street theater devoted to community engagement through the celebration of circus arts, music and comedy for family audiences. In accord with Burlington City Arts’ mission to make the arts accessible in greater Burlington, the Festival of Fools offers free events, open to the public and appropriate for all age groups.

Stowe VT Classic Car Show, Stowe VT: Aug 9-11 A 2 celebration of the automobile. Come see all type of cars from vintage to classic to speedsters. They have em all!

Lake Champlain Maratime Festival, Burlinton VT: Aug 16-18 Boating, food, music and the Lake Champlain Sunets. A must do event when visiting Burlington in August.
Click here for event info

Champlain Valley Fair:  Aug 24- Sep 2 A two week long country stle fair with rides, games, music, food with a backdrop of camals hump and the Green Mountains.