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Whoever it was who said something about “you can’t go home…..” definitely was not a Vermonter. Although I am not a native Vermonter, I know that after living here for nearly 30 years it really soothes my soul when I return home after a trip out of state. And don’t even get me started on my kids! They grew up here and truly have Vermont in their DNA. Our daughter, Kerstin, went to college in New York City and graduate school in Boston, and although she has continued to live out of state with her Scottish husband, Stephane, they come back to Vermont often for the well- deserved respite that our beautiful environment offers. Last week was a particular treat. Kerstin came for a visit with the newest addition to the family, Golden Retriever puppy “Maple.” (You see what I mean about Vermont being imprinted in their genetics?)  Well, for those of you who knew our simply amazing inn mascot for 16 years, Bailey (also a beautiful Golden Retriever), you can imagine the joy of a little déjà vu with the appearance of charming Maple, if only for a few days. And we know we will be seeing her quite often here at the inn.

But it gets better.

Our son, Tom, left the state for undergraduate school at the University of Virginia, got married to another “ Killingtonite”,” resettled in Boston for graduate school, where he remained with his wife and growing family for 16 years. Last winter they revealed their growing desire to return to Vermont, and in very short order found jobs, sold their house, are in the process of buying a house near Burlington and will relocate here this week! It is such a tribute to the inestimable value of the quality of life Vermont offers, and such a special treat for us. Here’s a toast to the magnetic state of Vermont that helps keep the family ties strong!

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