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The Condo Guy Weekend Recap: Episode 4

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Although the Vermont Condo Market moves ever onward the dwindling final days of summer are upon us. Nights are getting cooler, The College Kids are coming back and the mountains are turning rusty. We're all asking "where did the summer go?" And with any luck, you'll be able to summon amazing memories of recent months that answers the question.

The Kids Are Back in Town: Burlington, Vermont Hotels and People Watching on The Church Street Marketplace

An old UVM friend of mine was visiting from the west coast this past weekend. He was eager to see what Burlington looked like these days and wanted to be near the action so he booked a room at The Downtown Burlington Hilton Garden Inn. Unbeknownst to my friend, it was welcome week for UVM and Champlain College. Due to the influx of visitors, prices were on the high end everywhere in town and he was happy to find one of the few vacancies left. When living in a town one has little reason to visit hotels. Although the "New" Hilton has been around for a couple years it was the first time I'd set foot in the hotel on the corner of St. Paul and Main Streets in Burlington. I'll admit that I was surprised when I walked in to find such a Metropolitan Hotel hiding in plain sight in my little Queen City. The Lobby, reception, and bar offer sophisticated space with a warm variety of textures highlighted by local art. I met my old classmate and we made it up the well-worn cobblestones of Church Street to one of Vermont's most famous icons, Ben & Jerry's. The line extended all the way to the entrance but moved quickly. We chatted as we waited for sweet treats, surrounded by eager new first-year college students experiencing a right of passage. By some miracle of time, the students grow younger as I remain the same age. It occurred to me as I received my fresh waffle cone filled with Coffee Coffee Buzz Buzz that it had been 20 years since our first days at UVM. We sat outside and watch the people pass on a beautiful summer night as we reminisced.

Over the years we've had many clients purchasing Burlington Vermont Condos for their student and grad student children. Some of the more popular condominium projects for this use are Riverwatch Condos, Vermont House Condos, Ledgewood Condos, Stratos Condos, Millyard Condominiums in Winooski, among many others.

To The Woods: A Night at New Discovery in Groton State Forest:

After an albeit mellow night on the town, I was ready to seize one of the last summer weekends and escape to the woods. My companion and I met with another old College friend and made our way to The Groton State Forest where we'd reserved a beautiful tent site on Osmore Pond at New Discovery State Park an incredible facility on beautiful Osmore Pond. On our short 20 hour trip, we packed in fishing by canoe on the pond where we faced numerous, ferocious 2 inch Perch, an amazing campfire meal and a sweet hike to Owl's Head Mountain where stunning views in every direction bring awe and calm. If you look out across the expanse over Kettle Pond, you can see Camel's Hump in the distance. I'd love to spend another night in this beautiful place with old friends, but it's time to get on back to school and back to VT Condos.

What I'm Reading: Tools of Titans by Tim Ferris

A Compilation of lessons learned from interviewing over 200 world class performers in every field imaginable. There's something for everyone in this book and the format makes it easy to skip around. A key takeaway for me has been the prevalence of meditation as a common practice of some of today's best thinkers. 


"After the solitude of night comes the companionship of morning"

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