We have been renting houses through VRBO all over the country for the past 5 years, and the Simon house was another beautiful find. We had never been to Vermont, so Paul was helpful early on when I asked for hiking, biking and canoeing suggestions. His recommendations of hiking Mount Wantastiquet in New Hampshire and biking/hiking the West River Trail were helpful, and he also suggested the Brattleboro Farmers Market on Sundays.
The Simon house is near the quaint town of Brattleboro, where we found Mocha Joe's for coffee every morning, as well as a couple of bakeries; for dinner, we enjoyed Top of the Hill Grill, Three Stones (Mexican), TJ Buckleys, and we would have tried other restaurants in town if the Brattleboro Food Coop didn't provide wonderful fresh food that enabled a family of 7 to prepare a couple of dinners in the immense, fully-stocked kitchen in the Simon house.
The Simon house is also situated in a location that day trips are easily accessible from. We visited Manchester, Vt., where the Hildene estate of Robert Todd Lincoln was available to tour, as well as the uniquely unusual Northshire Bookstore, and the fabulous Silver Fork Restaurant , which requires reservations several weeks in advance. Near Manchester is the Bromley Mountain Adventure Park, which is another full day trip. In addition, we happened to be in Vermont during the Marlboro Summer Music Festival, and we saw a compelling concert our last evening in Vermont.
Now, for the Simon house. We were greeted by the caretaker, Craig, who presented a very clean house and provided detailed instructions in the operation of the house. He also called midweek and came out to refill/repair a couple of minor items. The way the house is designed, each bedroom provides ample privacy. My son and his wife pretty much had their own suite on the second floor, on one side of the house, and the 2 bedrooms on the 3rd floor were perfect for my daughter and sister-in-law on the other side of the house.
Every day, we noticed something unique about the house. The two outside patios provided great reading/knitting atmospheres during the day, and the fireplace,tiki lights and outdoor stereo added to our night time enjoyment. I loved the wall tile installation on the 2nd and 3rd floor bathrooms, and the fireplace wall. I also loved the light fixture in the 2nd floor bedroom which created designs on the walls and ceiling. Unique house!