Although I don't live in Vermont, my brother lives there (in Burlington) and I visit often. Here's some information about Burlington that I put together for a class webpage project:
Best known as the home of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, Burlington is a wonderful small northeastern city enjoyed by both visitors and residents. Despite the fact that it is the largest city in Vermont, Burlington is in essence a hippie college town. Burlington hosts several colleges including University of Vermont, Burlington College, and St. Michael’s College. As a result much of the city is geared towards this age group. Downtown there are many interesting shops, restaurants, and bars all centered around Church Street. From Thanksgiving until Christmas there are also free carriage rides on Church Street sponsored by the city.
For people visiting Burlington, there are many interesting things to do year round, especially company tours. Favorites for people of all ages are the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory and the Ben & Jerry’s Factory, where you can also sample all the ice cream they make. Of interest to those visitors over 21 is the Magic Hat Brewery, where you can also sample their products!
Burlington also abounds with outdoor activities. Located in the Green Mountains alongside Lake Champlain, there are many options year round. Mountain biking, hiking, sailing, fishing, and waterskiing are all popular throughout the summer. In the winter, skiing, snowboarding, and snow shoeing are popular at either nearby Bolton Valley Ski Resort or Stowe, which is less than hour away.
In town there are numerous restaurants and bars. There are many small concerts in town both at the bars frequented by Phish early in their career and at the colleges. The following are some suggestions of places to go in town:
Restaurants: Five Spice, Sakura
Bar: Three Needs
Live Music Venue/Bar: Higher Ground