If you’re interested in moving to Vermont, now is the perfect time to do it — and the state wants to help you get there.
Earlier this year, the state of Vermont announced its new Stay to Stay Weekend program, aimed at encouraging tourists to consider relocating to Vermont by giving them a taste of what it’s like to live there.
But what is it really like to take part in one of these relocation “test drive” programs?
Vermont was kind enough to invite me up for the weekend to experience the August Stay to Stay Weekend for myself. And while I wasn’t planning on relocating to Vermont, I’d be lying if I told you I hadn’t been daydreaming about working remotely from an artisan coffee shop overlooking Lake Champlain since the moment I got back home.
The Stay to Stay Weekend is basically a way turn any visitor’s Vermont weekend into a well-rounded preview of what it’s like to live there. You choose what region of the state you’d like to explore (current options include Burlington, Manchester, Brattleboro and Rutland), and the state, along with the local chamber of commerce, helps you connect with potential employers and experiences that give you a taste of real life in Vermont.
Here’s the play-by-play of what the weekend is really like — and heads up: the next Stay to Stay Weekend is in October, so if you’re even slightly curious about living in Vermont, I’d highly recommend gifting yourself a weekend getaway and signing up.