Building In Vermont

A Vermont Icon - The Barn

The Vermont Barn

The Vermont Barn is one of the most readily identified manmade objects on the Vermont landscape. It is symbolic and representative of Vermonts heritage as an agricultural based economy. For the earliest settlers in Vermont, the barn was the most important structure to be built. In most cases, the first generation barn far eclipsed the residential structure in terms of quality. Indeed, it was necessary for the storage of feed for the animals as well as their housing. 

As agricultural practices changed, so changed the needs and designs of the barns. Alternative practices led to such designs as the round barn. All the while, the Vermont barn served as the anchor for all that took place on the farm. Over the last 200 years, the uses of the barns have ranged from continuance of agricultural practices, to equestrian gentleman farm needs to a general catch all for the owner. 

The state of Vermont has fully recognized the importance of preserving the natural landscape and has also understood the necessity of preserving the barn as a symbol of our heritage. All people coming to visit as well as those of us living here have come to expect the barn as a vital element of our pristine landscape. As such, in 1992, the state of Vermont through the Agency of Commerce and Community Development established the Barn Grant. This program is responsible for the preservation and maintenance of hundeds of barns throughout the state. Assuring the future of our favorite icon. 

Posted by Wade I. Treadway

 

The Vermont Experience from the Other Side

Burlington's Hotel Vermont

Every once in a while it is good to step out of the box and look at what we see from the perspective of someone else. As a real estate broker, it's always interesting to get a clients reaction to an experience here in Vermont that is common to us who reside here but new to them. Conversely it is important and prudent for me to see Vermont through the eyes of a visitor.

Such was the case this weekend when we traveled to Burlington to attend the Banff Mountain Film Festival, an annual event that is well worth the trip. As has been our custom, we head up Friday afternoon, get a room for the night, have an early dinner and attend the festival. This year I decided to try the newest of Burlington's hostelries, the Hotel Vermont. The Hotel Vermont is locally owned and opened for business in April 2013. The theme is distinctly Vermont oriented from the construction, decor, amenities and the personnel. The basic premise could definitely be an easy setup for a cheese ball experience. Fortunately it has been pulled off exquisitely.

After checking into our room with it's great view of #Lake Champlain, we headed the Hotels restaurant, Hen of the Wood. This proved to be one of the best dining experiences we have had in a very long time. Locally sourced farm to table ingredients combined into imaginative dishes that were delightful. Once again, #Vermont themed decor and an outstanding staff. The next morning, we chose to have breakfast at Juniper, the hotels bar/restaurant. Once again we were treated to an exceptional meal.

I don't usually gush about such experiences, but I was greatly impressed by all that I saw of the Hotel Vermont. This is definitely a high recommendation for my clients visiting the Burlington area. Once they have experienced this, they will not want to leave. Can't help but boost business. And all you Vermonters, you owe it to yourself to reaffirm why Vermont is so special.

Posted by Wade I. Treadway