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Local Spotlight: The Islands

Weekly Local Spotlight

Having been born & raised in Chittenden County & a top trusted name in real estate for over 39 years, I would like to continue our new series of spotlighting different local towns each week. Whether you’re looking to relocate to Vermont or explore your home state – I hope to provide great insight & resources.

The Islands

With so many unique, quintessential Vermont attractions along with stunning lake views visiting the Islands makes a great day trip for anyone! If you choose to visit Grand Isle, North Hero, or South Hero this summer, which I recommend, there are countless activities you can still enjoy while following proper social distancing guidelines.  

Hero’s Welcome

Located in North Hero, this iconic old General Store has everything you could want between the gift shop, deli & the rentals. During the summer they offer rentals on Kayaks, Canoes, Bikes, Paddle Boats & more. Grab a sandwich from their deli & you are ready to enjoy a day on the lake! https://heroswelcome.com/

Parks & Beaches

What better social distancing activity in the summer than going to the beach? The islands have some amazing beaches. Whether you are looking for a day trip to the beach or to camp for the weekend at Grand Isle State Park – they have something for everyone with views that won’t disappoint!

Allenholm Farm

Allenholm Farm in South Hero is great to visit all year long! Their Maple Creemees & Farm Store with delicious baked goods are always worth a stop. They also provide bike rentals which is a great way to explore the islands. They even provide guided routes! Fall will be here before we know it & you’ll want to enjoy those nice warm fall days before winter comes. Allenholm offers apple picking in the fall which along with their petting zoo makes a great fall family outing. https://www.allenholm.com/

Outdoor Eateries

The Islands have some great outdoor eateries to enjoy a good meal while social distancing. A family favorite is Seb’s Snack Bar in South Hero.  With outdoor order windows & following the 6ft guidelines, Seb’s is a great option for a meal while up in the islands. Whether its enjoying an ice cream, exploring their unique gift shop or Bakery  – Seb’s makes for a great stop! http://www.sebssnackbar.com/

Local Spotlight: Colchester, VT

Weekly Local Spotlight

Having been born & raised in Chittenden County & a top trusted name in real estate for over 39 years, I would like to continue our new series of spotlighting different local towns each week. Whether you’re looking to relocate to Vermont or explore your home state – I hope to provide great insight & resources.

Colchester, VT

Colchester provides the best of all worlds – charming village, beautiful lakefront beaches, & quaint farms! There are plenty of activities to enjoy these wonderful attributes while still remaining safe & following proper social distancing – here are a few of my favorites:

Parks & Beaches

Colchester has many beautiful parks & beaches that are open for you to enjoy a new scenery while keeping a safe distance from others. Park amenities such as tennis/pickle ball courts & basketball courts are available for use with proper social distancing. For more information of Colchester’s parks & beaches & safety protocols visit: https://colchestervt.gov/DocumentCenter/View/6151/Parks

International Sailing School

Looking for a creative & safe way to enjoy Mallets Bay this summer or interested in picking up a new hobby? Enjoy discovering Mallets Bay & learning to sail – a great activity for the whole family! For more information or to register: https://secure.rec1.com/VT/colchester-vt/catalog?fbclid=IwAR1dPiiwp3FQ-0hOxIq1NaCdaKoBFoOMeZQbBHcKLSPZXdWkU8UjEjyfguI

Sunset Drive-In

What better social distancing activity than a night at the Drive-In? Sunset Drive-In is a local treasure with so few drive-in movie theaters left & now creating a fun, safe outing for the whole family from the safety of your own car. Sunset has put procedures in place to ensure the safety of its patrons including; tickets can now be purchased online, spaced out parking, & face masks required at restrooms & snack bar. For a weekly schedule of Movies:  https://www.sunsetdrivein.com/

Mazza’s Farm & Market

Visiting Sam Mazza’s Market & PYO Fields is a local favorite! “Pick Your Own” is a great way to enjoy the beautiful weather & get some tasty in season fruit. Currently they are picking blueberries & raspberries. Don’t forget to stop by the petting zoo! Mazza’s is putting proper safety procedures in place to make sure that its patrons remain safe while still getting to enjoy the freshest fruit ripened by the sun including wearing facemasks, hand washing before entering the field, & following proper social distancing guidelines. Their classic Vermont farm market has everything you could want from a delicious bakery to fresh produce! They are now offering online shopping with curbside pickup. Visit their website for updated safety guidelines, picking information & online shopping for curbside pick-up: https://sammazzafarms.com/

Local Spotlight: Burlington, VT

Weekly Local Spotlight

Having been born & raised in Chittenden County & a top trusted name in real estate for over 39 years, I would like to start a new series of spotlighting different local towns each week. Whether you’re looking to relocate to Vermont or explore your home state – I hope to provide great insight & resources.

Burlington, Vermont

Burlington has everything you could want from a City. Charming downtown area with great shopping & restaurants, beautiful lakefront beaches with mountain views, parks & trails for the whole family, bike path & more! In these challenging & changing times, there are still plenty of ways to enjoy Burlington safely.

Parks & Beaches

Burlington’s Parks & Beaches are open for the summer & are a great place to enjoy a new scenery while remaining a safe distance. Don’t forget to follow Burlington Park & Rec Department on Facebook for updates on closures & safety protocols: https://www.facebook.com/BTVParks

Burlington Farmers Market

A local favorite, Burlington Farmers Market, is still running this year & have put many procedures in place to ensure the safety of both the vendors & shoppers. It will be taking place every Saturday through October 17th from 10am – 1pm with special hours from 9am – 10am for high risk shoppers at 345 Pine St in the South End. This year most vendors are offering pre-ordering to make your shopping experience as safe as possible. You can find the list of vendors to pre-order from here: https://burlingtonfarmersmarket.org/preorder

Grazin’ on the Greenway: Food Trucks in the Parks

Looking to get out of the house for a good meal with gorgeous scenery? Burlington will be hosting many different food trucks in some of it’s beautiful parks all summer long! Trucks will be located at Waterfront Park, Oakledge Park, Leddy Beach & more! Perfect way to enjoy a picnic with the family. Check out their schedule for what trucks will be located where each week: https://enjoyburlington.com/event/grazin-the-greenway/