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Old 05-02-2011, 03:29 PM
 
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These are both appealing cities to me. How would you compare them in terms of ammenities, performing arts, liberal attitude, mild temperatures, natural beauty, farmer's markets/locally grown produce and walkability?

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Old 05-02-2011, 07:37 PM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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They are both very similar. The only things I can really discern between the two is the obvious. One being a seaport with a harbor, and the other being on a big lake by the mountains. I guess the question might be what kind of topography do you prefer? Also Portland is 2 hours to Boston and Burlington 1.5 hours to Montreal, Do you have a preference for either of those big cities striking your fancy for day trips/weekends?
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Old 05-02-2011, 09:21 PM
 
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Thanks, CaphillSea77. Both Montreal and Boston are very appealing to me. I do, however, have a sister near Boston, so I have to give some thought to the convenience of popping over to Boston to see her.
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Old 05-03-2011, 12:41 AM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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Thanks, CaphillSea77. Both Montreal and Boston are very appealing to me. I do, however, have a sister near Boston, so I have to give some thought to the convenience of popping over to Boston to see her.
Burlington is about a 3.5 hour drive from Boston. I would honestly say Burlington is probably tipping the scales a bit more left on the liberal side of things. It's a very quintessential hippy and environmentally conscious college town. Portland is still fairly liberal, but Burlington is just famous for it. I think Burlington is also a bit more scenic, the sunsets over the Adirondacks and Lake Champlain are stunning. Although I do love the ocean and the Maine coast, but I think Burlington gets a few more points for having both the Lake and the mountains on its cityscape. This matchup is almost a coin toss though.
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Old 06-18-2011, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Boston/Cambridge area, Massachusetts, USA
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This is just my humble opinion due to personal observation. Portland, Maine is a MUCH friendler city than Burlington, Vermont! Burlington, VT is the kind of place (a mini Cambridge or Greenwich Village) where people have the initial veneer of being ultra-liberal and 'earthy-crunchy,' but are some of the most hypocritical people (for a city of its size) I've ever met. The attitude is "I know all about global warming and am passionate about the Tanzanian Rhinocerous, so there is no need for me to be NICE to anybody!).

The drivers in Burlington (and Vermont in general, some of the WORST tailgaters anywhere, and I've driven in France and Germany) are selfish. Being cut off by a 15-year old Saab or Subaru with a "Mean People Suck" bumper sticker is commonplace.

The best thing to come out of Burlington is I-89. Montreal is only two hours to the north. However, if you wish to live in the US but relatively close to Montreal, I would suggest St Albans or Swanton, Vermont, even if you have to commute to the People's Republic of Burlington.
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Old 06-18-2011, 01:42 PM
 
Location: Jersey City
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^ That's the opposite from my experiences in Burlington. I've always found people to be quite friendly there. Portland too. I can't give points to one over the other.
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