Chipman Inn Owner Talks Trading NYC Job For Vermont

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Chris Bullock. (Karyn Regal/WBZ NewsRadio)

RIPTON, Vt. (WBZ NewsRadio) — In the small Vermont town of Ripton, Chris Bullock gets up at dawn to run the historic Chipman Inn.

A weekend during the fall at the Vermont inn sounds like a relaxing one, but Chris has a lot to do — including cooking dinner, making breakfast, and even baking apple crisp.

Chris used to be the director of finance for Marriott and Hilton International, working in Manhattan with a two-hour commute each way.

Then, he made a change.

Chris loves running the Chipman Inn. When he left New York, he was literally coming home. His mother, Joan Bullock, first purchased the inn in 1978, and then ran it until 1985.

“I moved here when I was 16, and I left when I was 22,” Bullock said. “I never thought I would be back. And I bought it back 30 years later.”

Joan, with Chris, purchased the inn again in 2012 because of “the fond memories of Ripton and its people, the Inn’s guests who had enjoyed her stories and her cooking, and her love of taking care of people drew her back,” according to the inn’s website.

The building was first constructed 1828 by U.S. Rep. Daniel Chipman, from Vermont. It was later converted into an inn and public dining room in 1974.

WBZ NewsRadio's Karyn Regal (@Karynregal) reports

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