The per­fect itinerary in Burling­ton

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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.

Ho­tel Ver­mont

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