Visiting Vermont (Burlington)
September 29, 2013 6:17 PM Subscribe
I am trying to visit a friend in Westfield, Vermont, which is up near the border, and then another friend in Montreal, but I'm having a hard time figuring out the logistics.
posted by small_ruminant to travel & transportation around Vermont (23 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Here is (was?) my plan:
Fly from San Francisco to Burlington
Rent a car
Drive rental car to cheapish motel and stay the night
Drive to Westfield,VT and stay with Friend A for 2 nights.
Drive to Montreal and stay with Friend B for 2 nights.
Drive from Montreal to Burlington, turn in rental car, and fly home.
I'm having a hell of a time pulling it off for a reasonable amount of money, mostly because flights coming in from the west coast get there late in the evening (after 9:30 pm) and it SEEMS like most things shut down early in Burlington- reviews suggest that even car rental places that say they're open late don't always bother.
If I'm getting in so late, I should stay one night in Burlington Friend A's place is a convent and they turn in by 8:30pm.
It's already complicated because it's much cheaper and the times are more convenient if I buy a ticket from the west coast from Delta but the ticket home from US Airways.
1) Any suggestions about making this easier?
2) Is it time for a travel agent to get involved? Would that help?
3) Can craigslist help with things like getting a ride that late at night or finding a cheap place to stay?
4) Is it okay to take a rental car across the border? I haven't been to Canada since 1991, when a drivers license was good enough. I will bring a passport but is there anything else I should know?
Any suggestions welcome. I have really ventured to the east coast before, except a weekend in Chapel Hill and one in Ft. Lauderdale, and it feels very ... foreign.