Meet Vermont’s Crankiest Airbnb Host

One-time "Vermonter of the Year" is unhappy about the winds of change blowing through his Green Mountain State.

It’s sort of like the guy who yells “Get off my lawn!” in the same breath inviting strangers to spend time… on that very same lawn.

In a highly entertaining and somewhat unusual interview, Waterbury Record contributor Matt Mientka spoke with famed 81-year-old Vermont photographer and writer Peter Miller about the fact that Miller has listed a room in his Colbyville home on the popular rentals website. Miller’s home is near the Ben & Jerry’s plant.

Throughout the article, Miller echos his blog post from 2014, criticizing Vermont’s cold winters, urban gentrification and tax rates. From the piece:

Miller, the celebrated author of nine books – including five documenting classic rural Vermont lifestyles – has now jumped the shark. With a zoning permit application in Waterbury and a listing on Airbnb, the 81-year-old is now reprising the role of Bob Newhart as a classic Vermont innkeeper — but with a modern twist.

Asked to explain his business plan via Airbnb, Miller hits hard. “You’re a reporter, aren’t you? Google it and get with the program – they’re all over the country!”

Some of Miller’s photographs adorn the room for rent. Although, all downhill skiing things considered, the proprietor suggests to Mientka that would-be visitors would be better off choosing Vail.

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