Retire in Burlington

Meet Ruth

Want to know what it's like to retire in Burlington?

I was raised in Burlington, attended schools there and then left for the big city of New York where I studied and performed in theater.  I returned to Burlington to raise my children, who are city kids now, Boston and New York.  I spent some years in radio, government relations, and the last 15 years of my work life ran a chamber of commerce and an economic development office.  But I knew I wouldn't go back to NYC.  I love this small city on Lake Champlain!

So Ruth, what about Burlington initially appealed to you?

I grew up here, left but returned to raise my family.  It is a great city, not too small, not too big, just right.  I also like seasons – it is so great to look forward to spring when the flowers start to pop, or the summer when everyone is so thrilled to be warm!

What is an aspect of the area that you, or other retirees may dislike?

Winter!  Winters are cold and snowy.  It is still easy enough to get around, but the winters are really long.

What is an aspect of your daily life in the area that you weren't expecting before you moved?

I didn’t realize how easy it is to get to know people, to find so many things that you enjoy, and to spend time doing all the things you like without traveling too far.  Everything seems to be right here.

If you ever left Burlington, what would you miss the most?

The beauty.  This is a lakeside city and views of the lake pop up everywhere – rooftops, coming down a steep hill.  It is gorgeous in all seasons, breathtaking.  I would also miss the food – we have a devotion to high quality localvore eating that I don’t find other places.

What advice would you have for people moving to this community?

Once you get moved in, come down to Church Street and enjoy walking around.  Find a couple of groups to volunteer with or hang out, and you will make friends in no time.  No need for fancy clothes either.  We are very informal here, and very welcoming.

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