Burlington has a comfortable mix of urban sophistication — museums, theatre, music, clubs and restaurants — and small-town intimacy. All of the usual outdoor seasonal activities are readily available. Several ski resorts are only a short drive away, with the Green Mountains a few miles to the east and the Adirondack Mountains across the lake in New York. It's a two-hour drive to Montréal, Canada and three hours to Boston. There are several bicycle shops here that rent bikes. Burlington has a great bikepath along the lake and biking is very common all over Vermont.
Ski Resorts (Stowe, Smugglers Notch, Bolton Valley, Sugarbush, Mad River Valley, Jay Peak) with year-round recreational amenities — Lake Champlain for boating, beaches, swimming, fishing, etc. — Green Mountains National Forest — Long Trail for hiking — Church Street Marketplace — broad range of excellent restaurants — numerous live music venues year-round and Jazz Festival in June — Shelburne Museum, Fleming Museum — Flynn Theatre, Lyric Theatre. Plenty of bars, too.
Burlington is a virtual beehive for art. There's the South End Art Hop every September. There's First Friday every month. Many restaurant feature work by local artists, generally rotating on a monthly basis. There are numerous galleries, of course, and there are always ad hoc shows, like the Winooski Pop-Up Galleries in June and July 2011.
For lodging, there are numerous hotels available, ranging from pretty basic up to 4-stars. There's also a new hostel that opened on Main Street. North Beach has a big campground for tents and RVs. If you're into camping, there are several state parks that offer great campsites at very reasonable prices. And, of course, there are a number of B&Bs.
There are plenty of websites that you could look at. Here are a few:
Fondest memory: My greatest enjoyment is a simple pleasure — sitting on my back deck in the summer, watching the sunset across Lake Champlain and behind the Adirondack Mountains, enjoying a wee nip of something else or another and reading a book.
And then there are the magnificent Vermont winters....
In this day and age you can sit any where and watch people going about their every day lifes or gaze at senic wonders on the other side of the world. Web Cams are almost every where and sometimes of high resolution. Your can even take control of the remote and pan and zoom all from the comfort of your arm chair.
Web Cam Weather Site
If you're a runner like me, a walker, a biker or an inline skater, you are going to love the Burlington Waterfront Bikeway. It is a paved rails-to-trails path with incredible views of the Lake Champlain waterfront. Here are some links to check out for more information:
TrailLink.com - Photos & Descriptions
Fondest memory: I had so much fun at the Vermont Expos baseball games, shopping at the Church Street Marketplace and just wandering around the University of Vermont campus, but the ultimate for me was the early morning runs on the Burlington Waterfront Bikeway. For most of my runs, it was just me and the path (and the mosquitos - don't forget to bring bug spray because those things are HUGE and they're HUNGRY).
Burlington, located in Northern Vermont, has some beautiful mountains to see. There is no other place like this in the United States that I have found.
Fondest memory: The snow covered mountains and the Canadian snow geese that fly around during the dead of the winter. Ever seen a white Christmas?? Visit Burlington and you just may make that dream come true :)
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.
Fondest memory: I really think Lake Champlain draws people to Burlington.
The slow pace or going where you want and doing what you want while taking your time. No rushing! We even went to a park concert right up the street, sat on a park bench and listened to a local band. Many families were there enjoying the music as well ... using their lawn chairs, blankets or a bench. It was nice!
Here's a view of Lake Champlain at Sunset , altho the reflection from the window shows up, you can still see the view from the Radisson Hotel that we had.
Fondest memory: Getting up each morning and taking a stroll to the Pedestrian Mall and Marketplace on Church Street. No traffic ... just walk from place to place. We would stop for breakfast at a different place each morning and then visit some shops before going back to the Hotel and planning our afternoon or evening. Very relaxing!
Church Street is a must for any visitor. Church Street is where the old Burlington and the new mix and co-exist. You will find at one end of Church Street Burlington's historic City Hall and on the other you will see one of the many churches which give this street its name. You will find a one of the largest concentrations of churches in a small space in the world. All of them with their own unique character and style.
Within Church Street, you will find a nice assortment of restaurants, pubs, as well as shopping venues. When you're finished shopping and eating, you can drop by Ben and Jerry's and have a scoop or two of some of the best ice cream in the world.
Fondest memory: My fondest memory must be of the people of Burlington. They are a nice and polite lot. It is one of the few places in North America where you can cross the street and not have to worry about being hit by a car - they will stop for you.
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.
Fondest memory: One main street with many cafes, restaurants and stores. If you like Mediteranian cities, you will be certainly pleased to visit Burlington twice.
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.
Fondest memory: 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!
The Pedestrian Mall on Church Street in downtown Burlington. This 1/4 mile long area is secured for pedestrians only and has tons of shops, restaurants, and stores. Put your car away in a parking garage, walk down the stairs and you're in the midst of a very special place. You'll see families, struggling artists, magicians, painters, musicians, and people of all types and personalites. It is within walking distance (10 minutes) of beautiful Waterfront Park.
Fondest memory: My favorite place from April-October is Waterfront Park. It has 900 feet of lakeshore, a boardwalk, and benches make this a great place to sit and watch some of the beautiful sunsets that Burlington has to offer. The waterfront also has access to the Bike Path, a festival site, which is host to a number of major events throughout the year, and a two
lane boat launch.
The bike path is a 7-mile wide beautifully paved track for bikers, joggers, and skaters. During the summertime, it is nearly impossible to get a parking spot here because of the popularity of the events. You'll have to park in downtown Burlington (10 minutes up the street).
Favorite thing: With Lake Champian, Green Mountains and the Adironrack Mountains in New York State forming the opposite shoreline, Burlington is gloriously located.
Favorite thing: Normally a busy place summer and winter, but on this coldest day of the year empty. This is the center of Burlington. with many shops, restaurants and coffee shops.