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Transplanted local and former Stowe business owner, Joni was born in Alabama but grew up in the coastal community of Jamestown, RI. After graduating from the University of Rhode Island with a degree in business management and communication, she first set her sights on world travel, embarking on an exciting career in the yachting industry.
Over a five year period, Joni's work titles ranged from First Mate to Chef to Hostess, and she sailed on private yachts in the Atlantic, the Caribbean, and the Mediterranean Oceans. Darting in and out of mysterious ports of call and working for the likes of Nelson Doubleday, McGraw-Hill and others, Joni learned how to work under pressure, cook in small places, and deliver a job well done in any situation. She made friends from all over the globe, and during land adventures she traveled with some delightful characters through the South Pacific islands of New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, French Polynesia.
After so long from home, our intrepid traveler determined that while life in the yachting industry was sublime, it was time to settle down a bit. So, instead of welcoming folks aboard a yacht, Joni used her hospitality skills in the lodging industry. First, she worked as an innkeeper at the renowned Snow Village Inn in New Hampshire. Following that, Joni helped to restore a 1792 federal colonial mansion which then opened as a luxury B&B in Newport, Rhode Island.
In September 1994, Joni Gaines made Stowe, Vermont her home. This time she combined her hospitality experience with her undergraduate business degree. Following an exhaustive search of commercial real estate opportunities throughout the mountain areas of New Hampshire and Vermont, Joni bought the Logwood Inn on Edson Hill Road. After a 6 month restoration period, it reopened as the WalkAbout Creek Lodge & Billabong Pub. Joni owned and operated this historic 16 room lodge & pub for five years, hosting guests from all over the world and catering weddings and parties for groups ranging in size from 12 to 300 people. The stories and experiences were endless!
Then it came time to wear just one hat--her own, instead of the other 99 that she was often required to wear as an innkeeper, the lodge was sold to the Didomenico family who have renamed the lodge Winding Brook. Joni explains, "It was time for me to move on with my life and explore new career avenues. It was time for a change, but Stowe has become my home. I love Mount Mansfield, the lifestyle here, the winding roads and the variety of houses and businesses, so I am putting my love of meeting new people and my knowledge of the area to work!" Joni is very happy to work at Pall Spera Company Realtors, and she looks forward to assisting you in finding the right property or business that meets your needs & desires.
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