Reintroducing: The SoloFriendly Burlington, VT Pages

by Gray Cargill on September 17, 2014

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Those of you who have been reading this blog for some time probably know that when I’m not traveling solo, I make my home in the Burlington, VT area. I am passionate about this town, because I’ve had the past 24 years to get to know it and discover all its fabulous qualities. So I am always a bit enthusiastic about publicizing–okay, bragging–about those qualities every chance I get. (And no, I don’t get paid by the Vermont Tourism Council to do this.) I’ve even persuaded three different blogger friends to make a stop in Burlington on their New England road trips over the past few years.

When I created SoloFriendly in 2008, one of the first things I did was create my “SoloFriendly Burlington Vermont” pages on why and when to visit, and lodging, dining and activities available in the region. Not a comprehensive list, mind you (that would be exhausting to maintain), but my recommendations as a local. Aside from the occasional deletion of a closed restaurant or minor update on price of something, I haven’t touched those pages since then.

Oh the shame. …Keep Reading!

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