Creemees are not soft serve, and other things I’ve learned in Burlington
Last month, I moved from Boston to Burlington to join KSV as a copywriter. In my first week, my KSV coworkers taught me important facts about Burlington life. Chiefly: creemees are NOT soft serve. They are a distinct Vermont novelty with higher fat content than regular soft serve, making creemees unarguably superior and more delicious.
For my fellow flatlanders, here are five other things to know if you migrate north:
- People here are friendly. It’s not uncommon for a stranger in line at the store, walking down the sidewalk, or sitting near you in a coffee shop to say hello. If they have something friendly to say about your hair or what you’re drinking, they’ll say it. Smile and accept this or forever be doomed to Masshole purgatory.
- Speaking of Massholes: there are different driving rules in these parts. Keep your hot hands away from the horn. Unlike Boston, the horn is reserved only for situations of extreme mortal danger. Additionally, Vermonters are diligent about using highway lanes appropriately. Left lane is for passing only. Right lane is for driving.
- There is not a Target store in Burlington, which may come as a shock if you’re from metro Boston. If you want to go to one, you have to hop aboard the ferry to New York. Another mass-retailer factoid: the closest Ikea is in Canada.
- The people of Burlington have strong opinions about beer. Most everyone I’ve met has told me what the best Vermont brewery is and why. Be prepared to have never heard of the beers they mention and just jot the names down. Also know that if you hear of an intriguing beer, it will probably be extremely hard to get (e.g. Heady Topper by The Alchemist and Edward by Hill Farmstead).
- Don’t think Vermont is only made up of sleepy farmtowns. This is a vibrant, inspiring place. My first weekend in Burlington, I had dinner with a didgeridoo/cat puppet street performer (it’s true, he plays the didgeridoo with cat marionettes attached to his feet). There’s a cool, funky energy in this city. And it doesn’t hurt the inspiration factor when you can see Lake Champlain outside your office window.