The perfect itinerary in Burlington
Burlington is the largest city in Vermont. However don’t be fooled: it’s also very convenient for a short stay, as everything that you want to see is located within walking distance. This dynamic college town is compact, beautiful, home to creative entrepreneurship, great shopping, a gorgeous waterfront public area and the vibrant Church Street Marketplace.
On the first day, you must get acquainted with the town centre. On Church Street you will find a brick-paved pedestrian mall, historic buildings ranging in style from Victorian to Art Deco and, of course, Church Street Marketplace. Local shops and restaurants as well as cultural venues, outdoor cafes, street vendors, and entertainers keep things lively all day long in this public marketplace. After a day of exploring, shopping and art-peeking (check out the Burlington Arts Center), check in at the stylish, locally designed Hotel Vermont, the only boutique hotel in the area. Modern yet rustic, this incredible property—located in the heart of the action—is the only place you’ll want to stay during your Burlington escape. All public spaces and rooms are “Vermont-inspired”: a lobby living room with fireplace, the excellent Juniper Restaurant/Bar, an outdoor terrace, and a green roof. This hotel will make you feel like a local without ever compromising your comfort.At night, why not try the second location of the Hen of the Wood restaurant, which recently opened on the Hotel Vermont premises, then call it a night with trivia games near the lobby fireplace?
In the morning, a short walk from the hotel will take you to one of the best bakeries in the country, August First, while a brand-new coffee tasting bar, Onyx Tonics (located nearby), will please all the coffee geeks.Vermont is a foodie state, known for its coffee, cheese, beer, ice cream, and chocolate; this is your chance to explore! After a quick bite, head to the nearby waterfront where you will find lakeside parks, a gorgeous boardwalk, and a 12.5 mile walking/bike path that connects to the Lake Champlain. Bicycles, rollerblades, kayaks, and sailboats are all available for rent to better experience the views across the spectacular lake. On the way back home, you have to stop at one of the many Burlington-area farms & markets to pick and choose your own fruits and vegetables and see what Vermont is all about: food and friends, both authentic and inspiring.