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First Half Impressions of Basin Harbor Club



The season is more than half over and I'm first blogging about the Basin Harbor Club. June wasn't all that great, but it wasn't bad either. It rained on 21 of the 30 days of June and the other nine it just looked like it was going to rain. Basin Harbor is a get-outside kind of place, and if your inside all the time, it does kind of get a bit boring. It never rained enough each time to cause the flooding conditions of the midwest, just usually right when I'd get off of work for an hour or two, then again in the evening.

The first half of July was fairly nice weather, a bit steamy, but livable. This last half has so far been similar to June...as in time to upload some photos and time to blog.

I'm the 'Ranger Room Breakfast Buffet Chef de Partie' and I have always believed that the longer the title, the more they believe the job is worth more money...but that's not in the budget so just tack on another word. Basin Harbor Club is on the American plan and one of the guest's options for breakfast during the social season is the buffet in the Ranger Room. It's not a cheap place to stay, many of the guests are paying up to $500/night...and we put out a very nice spread. I get to make sure of the quality of everything on the buffet, hot and cold sides, do some direction of the hot and cold line runners, make sure everything is prepped for the next day, and the fun part of the day is I get to man the omelette station. We do about 225-300 guests everyday from 7-10 am. It would be nice if they were all spread out over the three hours, but cooks can dream...We do a 50-75% of the crowd between the hour 8:15-9:15.

My work day starts a few minutes before 5 so my first alarm is beeping at 4:15. What is nice is I'm usually done sometime between 12 and 1 pm. I can golf for free, kayak on Lake Champlain, or just go back to my room and nap. My room is in one of the houses near the harbor on the second floor. Since I have to get up so early, and I'm a bit older than the average seasonal worker, I'm in one of the quiet houses. I have a room to myself, but share a bathroom. The employee dining varies. There are many banquets...weddings and business functions...with buffets...along with the Ranger Room's lunch buffet...guess where the leftovers go. Actually for the most part the food is excellent, the worse part is that I'm trying to take off a couple of pounds and the best way to refresh leftovers is with cream and cheese...

Many employees from the international scene..South Africa, Jamaica, Poland, Russia, Moldova, England, New Zealand. There are also quite a few locals, including some University of Vermont students on their summer break. We're about 25 miles south of Burlington.

The place is family owned and operated. Actually it's been in the same family since the beginning 122 years ago. For those of you out there in the corporate run businesses...it's nice to know ALL the decisions are being made here by people who really know what's happening and not by some number cruncher in a cubicle thousands of miles away.

Right now what I suggest people come here? Yes, I would. The only thing I have to whine about is the weather. I'm not sure how 'normal' the rain is here for the average summer. The last summer I was in Wisconsin, they were talking about possible record dry year, the next year in the Tetons it was dryer than average, in Idaho it was so dry wildfires were springing up all around me. Then I spent 7 months in the Sonoran desert and was spoiled with all the sun. So the clouds and the rain has been a bit of a shocker, and a bit of a downer. But otherwise I have fully enjoyed the Basin Harbor Club.

Oh, one thing could be better...there is no ATM on or near the property. You have to go all the way into the city 7 miles away. All of the outlets take plastic, but for laundry and if you just want to pick up a candy bar, it's nice to have a little cash.

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Comment by James A Brennan IV on May 22, 2009 at 5:00pm
I am 26 and looking to make some money and meet some new people. Would you say there is a lot of socializing that goes on between staff? Since I am single,lol, how were the young ladies that worked there? was there a lot of international staff? I think you know kinda what I'm looking for, can you help at all? thank you much!
Comment by reggiecohen on August 25, 2008 at 9:53pm
do they have the option like to put half on your checking account and the other half to check so u can have money i know they do that at yellowstone and deniali
Comment by Keith Larson on August 25, 2008 at 10:41am
This area of Vermont in general does not seem to be fond of the cash terminals. Other than the banks, I've only seen one at the airport and one at a gas station. Most stores, including grocery, restaurants and bars do not have ATMs.
Comment by reggiecohen on August 24, 2008 at 9:05pm
maybe u could suggest for next season that could add an atm machine
Comment by Keith Larson on August 24, 2008 at 8:20pm
Forgot about some of the countries...Bulgaria, Philippines, and Costa Rica. I'm not sure whether to count Guatamala and Vietnam...they are from there, but immigrated earlier than this season.
Comment by reggiecohen on July 20, 2008 at 6:11pm
so on a scale of 1-10 would u come back next season i hasnt herd anything bad about the place would be something would consider next summer

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