Weekend Getaway in Vermont

I think at some point everyone just wants to get away from it all.  For those living in an urban area, an escape from the city noise, computers, and hustle & bustle is all that one could want for a few days.

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Keep a close eye for the “Rushford” sign on the road. It’s very small, and you can easily drive right by the driveway if you’re not paying attention.

For my friends and I, we decided to take a recent “escape” trip to Burlington, VT.  Now I know what you’re thinking, and yes it was kind of random.  The reasoning was that A) Memorial Day was a good time for all of us to reunite, and B) a friend of ours was running the Vermont City Marathon in Burlington so we figured – why don’t we all just go up?  So we rented a house on Lake Champlain, about 20 minutes outside of Burlington, VT.

If you’re looking for a really nice getaway place, I’d recommend checking this house out.  It’s got three bedrooms with queen beds, one bedroom with two full sized beds, and one bedroom with a full size bed and two bunk beds.  There is also a random bedroom with a queen bed out in the driveway on its own, sort of like an annex (to this day, I’m still not totally sure how and/or why there’s a single bedroom/hut out there…).

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The canoe ride on the lake is really pleasant on a nice day

The house is fully furnished with a kitchen, porch, gas grill, and two bathrooms.  There is only one shower (and a shower outside), and although we thought that would be a problem for the 8-10 of us, it ended up not really being an issue.  The hot water for the shower stayed good and heated for several back to back showers as well.  DirecTV and wireless internet are available as well.

The one thing to keep in mind, the house doesn’t have heating.  There’s a nice gas fireplace on the first floor, but for the nights upstairs it can get chilly.  That being said, there were A LOT of blankets available so you can bundle up.

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Plenty of yard space for all sorts of games

Easily the best amenity of the house is its rock dock with fire pit.   Out there you can cook up some s’mores, take out the available canoe or motorboat, or try and get lucky with the fishing equipment.  Along with that there are available bikes to take out, as well as plenty of yard space for bocce or cornhole. The yard also includes a volleyball net and a horseshoe court.

The house is perfect for any group bigger than 5-6 or for a family vacation.  As for the pricing, for the long Memorial Day weekend we had the place for $1,200 pre-tax, $1,308 post-tax for the Friday through Thursday (these prices do probably fluctuate based on the season).

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Family dinner
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Late night s’mores at the fire pit

Here’s the contact information if you’re interested in renting out the house:

Marcia Rushford
dmrushford@aol.com
263 W Shore Rd
South Hero, VT 05486

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