Howard Street Guest House

153 Howard Street, Burlington, Vermont, 05401, United States
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coming to visit labor day weekend

by vantheman1

Never been to Burlington
first time vistor, what is there to do there?

Re: coming to visit labor day weekend

by zuriga

This website may give you some ideas. Burlington is a fairly artsy town.. right on the water. There's usually an artists fair going on - you can check their city calendar.

Re: coming to visit labor day weekend

by JeanneP

There is a boat tour of Lake Champlain and a fine university

Re: coming to visit labor day weekend

by GraydonWilson

As with everything, it all depends upon your age, your interests and how much time you have.

Both the state's website ( and the city's ( are useful resources.

Burlington is set on the eastern shore of Lake Champlain, so there are all the usual water activities that you would expect. Sailing, kayaking, swimming, beaches, boat tours and so forth. And it's fairly close to the Green Mountains, too, so hiking or just driving around looking at the scenery are easy day trips. And overnight camping is available at North Beach (inside Burlington, right on the lake) or at several state parks ( nearby.

There are a number of good restaurants --- both fine dining and casual, of a wide (but not comprehensive) variety.

Quite a lot of music going on, too. Several clubs (Red Square, Metronome, Nectar's, etc.) have bands of all sorts playing. Several restaurants (Leunig's, Avenue Bistro, etc.) have jazz and cabaret music. Higher Ground ( is a concert venue that's large enough to attract great acts and small enough to feel intimate. Take a look at the Seven Days newspaper ( or look at

As far as museums and the like go, there's the Fleming Museum at the University of Vermont, the Shelburne Museum nearby (about 7 miles south of Burlington) and the Echo Center (on the lake, downtown). Apart from museums, there's a vary active arts community in Burlington and shows everywhere.

The Flynn Theatre ( is always busy. And there's the Vermont Stage Company (, Main Street Landing ( and acting companies at UVM, St. Michael's College, Waitsfield (about 25 miles away) and other places.

Burlington is also a really great place for bicycling, with a paved bike path that starts at the southern end of the city and runs about fourteen miles northward up into the lake, with a ferry boat that crosses over to the islands. Local Motion ( actively promotes biking and operates the ferry. They also rent bikes, as do a couple bike shops, North Star Cyclery ( and Ski Rack (

Travel Tips for Burlington

Lake Champlain

by Goner

Burlington runs along Lake Champlain which seems to set the mood of Burlington. It's nearly always windy which makes the lake rough and reminiscent of the ocean. It's a very moody lake; it can be in a dark mood -- but when the sun comes out from behind the clouds it becomes bright and cheery. I really think Lake Champlain draws people to Burlington.

We spent a lot of time on...

by AlitanLH

We spent a lot of time on Church Street visiting the various shops and enjoying the activities. There was a wonderful Alcohol free New Year's Eve celebration downtown. The snow was light and fluffy and the people downtown were very friendly. For our picture we asked a stranger walking down the street to pose with us so we would have a real Vermonter in our picture and he agreed!

Like urban places where you...

by nesinomalo

Like urban places where you will see people take a walk to downtown just to relax. There are not many cars because the city is small and people like nature. One main street with many cafes, restaurants and stores. If you like Mediteranian cities, you will be certainly pleased to visit Burlington twice.

Waterfront Bike Path

by sarahandgareth

Burlington is one of those really livable smaller cities, with a great range of leisure resources nearby. We made use of a wonderful bike/running path that hugs the eastern side of Lake Champlain for many miles, and which had plenty of running traffic even on a chilly late-March morning during which we saw a few flakes of snow. The path extends several miles north of the city, crossing a number of bridges, and it's a really scenic way to both exercise and explore the surrounding area. Although it's called a bike path, calling it a multi-use path would really be more appropriate. Bring your own running sneakers, walking shoes, roller blades or bike and don't forget to wear comfortable clothes!

Good Bike Ride or Walking Trail

by Goner

There is a 13-mile bike ride called the "Holy Grail of Rail Trails". Starting fromthe Burlington bike path, you can continue along the gravel Colchester Causeway Trail, ending 3 miles out in Lake Champlain. A unique ferry shuttles walkers and cyclists across the Winooski River for a dollar each way. It's also a great walking path with great views of the lake and you can always stop at White Caps Cafe and Grill located at the end of College Street and enjoy food and drink on their deck overlooking the lake. There are four parks on the route; Oakledge Park on one end, then you'll pass Boathouse & Waterfront Park, Ethan Allen Park, and before the end of the route there is Starr Farm Park. You can rent from Local Motion - see listed website address.


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