A Hilton With a Vermont Twist

by Gray Cargill on August 27, 2014

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Burlington, Vermont is a great place to live for a variety of reasons. But if you can’t tolerate our six months of winter every year, it’s also a great place to visit. If you’re going to visit Burlington, I’ve always felt there’s only one place you should stay: Downtown, in the heart of the action.

I was recently hosted for an overnight stay at the Hilton Burlington downtown. They’ve made recent renovations to the property and wanted to get the word out. I accepted, as it was an opportunity for me to see what it feels like to be a tourist in my own home town. I’ll write more about that another time. But today, I want to talk about the changes that have been made at the Hilton and what my stay there was like. …Keep Reading!

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