Top 10 Things to Do in Burlington, Vermont

Although Burlington, Vermont is usually thought of as the tree hugger’s paradise, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream mongers and Phish-head potsmokers; there is a multi-faceted tranquil European style. After surviving only one winter in this Siberian-esque wonderland, the summer is like that long awaited Yes Pecan! Obama Ice Cream.

  1. Absorb the peaceful Lake Champlain waterfront, especially breathtaking at dusk with the view of the Adirondack Mountains.
  2. Walk, bike, run or hopscotch the 7.6 mile bike path along the waterfront . Don’t miss the hike up to the Batter Park along the way for a “top of the city” view of the lake.
  3. Drink local! Frequent Vermont roasted coffee shops like Speeder & Earl’s, Muddy Waters, Uncommon Grounds…Starbucks beware! This is some good joe.
  4. Better breakfast! Vermonters love their breakfast fast & fresh. Check out Penny Cluse Cafe on Cherry St. for biscuits & green gravy made from the fresh herbs grown locally.
  5. Go native! Be a locavore and shop the farmer’s market at City Hall park on Saturdays.
  6. Visit Paris in Vermont! Leunig’s Bistro is a true delight for all the senses. Lounge on Church St. while listening to the street musicians and sipping a lovely chardonnay.
  7. Beer it up! Vermont Pub & Brewery has their own microbrewery in their basement with delectable flavors.
  8. Visit the infamous Nectar’s nightlife, where Phish began. Don’t forget to try their fries w/ gravy.
  9. Steam along in the train ride from Burlington to Middlebury. Inhale the breathtaking views of cows, cows and more cows. Check out the local artists in all the mom & pop stores.
  10. Ethan Allen is more than just furniture! Take the boat tour at the Waterfront Park to learn more about this fierce man & maybe get a peak at old Champ, the local Loch Ness.

 

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