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    Burlington Farmer's Market

    by blueskyjohn Updated Oct 24, 2015

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    Burlington is home to one of the best Farmer's Market I have ever been to. The market is year round, held on every Saturday. During the spring, summer and fall, the market is held in the Burlington City Hall Park next to the Church Street Market. Clothing and pottery from local artisans are here as well as organic produce, meat and poultry. Dessert and lunch vendors are also here with some great food.

    This is a must see and experience if you are in Burlington on a Saturday. During the winter, the farmer's market moves indoors to the Burlington Memorial Auditorium.

    Address: City Hall Park, Burlington, VT

    Directions: In the winter the location is 250 Main St, Burlington, VT.

    Phone: (802) 310-5172

    Website: http://www.burlingtonfarmersmarket.org/

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    Everyone Loves a Parade!

    by blueskyjohn Updated Oct 24, 2015

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    "Everyone Loves a Parade" is the name of this large mural located on a wall in Leahy Way. This alley is dedicated to Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy for all his contributions to the Market Street area. The mural depicts characters and events from the last 400 years. The custom-designed was painted in 2012 by is by renowned Canadian muralist Pierre Hardy.

    This is a very impressive piece of street art work. Take the time to explore and enjoy.

    Address: Leahy Way, Church Street, Burlington

    Directions: In the heart of the Church Street Marketplace.

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    Church Street Marketplace

    by blueskyjohn Updated Oct 24, 2015

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    Church Street is a haven for pedestrians in the city of Burlington. The idea for a pedestrian mall came about when architecture student Bill Truex experienced Copenhagen's Strøget pedestrian mall in 1962. Truex was on the planning commission for Burlington in 1969 and presented the idea. With funding from the federal government and Burlington, the mall was completed in 1981.

    The pedestrian area is from Pearl Street to Main Street. Between here, Church Street crosses over Cherry, Bank and College Streets. Along Church Street are numerous stores and restaurants. In the evenings different street performers can be found playing music and preforming shows and comedy.

    This is a great place to spend the evening, walking and eating.

    Directions: Between Pearl and Main street.

    Phone: (802) 863-1648

    Website: http://www.churchstmarketplace.com/

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    Vermont Brewers Festival

    by Tom_Fields Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Attention beer drinkers! This is the event for you in Burlington. You can sample a huge assortment of micro-brews produces in Vermont and other northeastern states. This includes the Boston Beer Company (brewer of Samuel Adams), Dogfish Head Draft Brewery, Brown's Brewing Company, Harpoon Brewing Company, Magic Hat Brewing Company, the Portsmouth Brewery, the Shed Restaurant and Brewery, and many more. The lines can be long, but that gives you enough time to absorb what you're already drinking. Food is available, too.

    Held each July. Admission is $25.00 for all you can drink, but for those under 21, and designated drivers, it's only $5.00. You receive a 6-oz glass, which is yours to keep. It begins at 12:00 noon, and again at 6:00 pm.

    Address: 142 Kirk Meadow Rd, Springfield, VT 05156

    Directions: At Burlington's Waterfront Park, on the lake shore north of the King St Dock. Cabs and shuttle buses are available (see website for details). The address is for the Vermont Brewers Association, Inc.

    Phone: 802-760-8535

    Vermont Brewers Festival Visitors sample a variety of brews Lines are long, but it's worth the wait
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    Church street is the happening place.

    by tvdandy Written Oct 12, 2010

    Church Street is a cobblestone street which is in a closed off section of downtown. This street if the heart of the restaurant/entertainment district. This area has an excellent vibe. Street musicians and jugglers, bohemians and yuppies, young and old, all make for fantastic people watching. Of course this is also the main section for most of the restaurants and bars located downtown. There is a wonderful variety of both.

    Directions: right off of main street in downtown Burlington.

    Website: http://www.churchmarketplace.com

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    A beautiful drive on the Lake Champlain Byway

    by tvdandy Updated Oct 12, 2010

    Head up Hwy 2 North from Burlington and you will be heading to a wonderful and scenic lake side drive which spans the various islands off of Lake Champlain. Along the way you will be treated to serene vistas and classic New England small towns complete with country stores with long porches that serve hot cider in the fall. Just a nice place to relax and let the lake breeze flow through your hair as you reflex on the more important things in life:)

    Website: http://www.lakechamplainbyway.com

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    a stroll through the University of Vermont

    by tvdandy Written Oct 12, 2010

    The University of Vermont is a wonderful place to take a stroll, especially in the fall. This university is somewhat spread out so take your walking shoes. Some examples of wonderful architecture is everywhere, as is nice walking paths with great plant and flower life. Can't beat the vibe and energy walking in the path of the youth.

    Directions: Route 2 (Williston Road, which becomes Main Street) to campus

    Website: http://www.uvm.edu

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    Lake Champlain Cruises

    by Tom_Fields Written Oct 17, 2009

    Throughout the history of colonial America, Lake Champlain was the main artery of transportation between Canada and the thirteen colonies to the south. During the War of Independence, it was an invasion route for the British Army, coming from Canada to put down the rebellion. The defeat of the British at the Battle of Lake Champlain gave the Continental Army a respite.

    Lake Champlain is no longer as strategic as it was, in the age of the railroads and interstate highways. It's used mainly by pleasure craft, although it remains connected to the extensive system of inland waterways. It is one of America's most beautiful lakes, perhaps second only to Lake Tahoe in California.

    Lake Champlain cruises aboard the Northern Lights combine sightseeing with historical narratives (great stories!), and a chance to just relax. They last about an hour and a half. Lunch, brunch, and special cruises are also availabe. See the website for more details.

    This is Burlington's best attraction; if you have time for just one thing here, then this should be it. But don't expect to see the monster that is said to live here. At least I didn't.

    Address: 1 King Street, Burlington, Vermont 05401

    Directions: Follow King St directly to the waterfront. Parking is directly in front of the ticket sales office. Departures are at 2:00 and 4:00 pm daily.

    Phone: 802-864-9669

    Website: http://www.lakechamplaincruises.com/

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    ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center

    by Tom_Fields Written Oct 17, 2009

    In 2003, the Lake Champlain Basin Science Center was renovated and the name changed to ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center. The acronym ECHO stands for Ecology, Culture, History, and Opportunity. This is where one can learn all about Lake Champlain and its ecosystems. Senator Patrick Leahy and his wife Marcelle played a pivotal role in bringing this about, so the building has been renamed the Leahy Center.

    Inside are exhibits on the plants, animals, geology, and history of the Lake Champlain region. It's a really good place to learn about what it has to offer, and how to respect this habitat. There are numerous aquariums, relics of old boats that sank on the lake, and educational exhibits on the lake's watershed.

    Address: One College St. Burlington VT 05401

    Directions: At College and Battery Streets, on the Lake Champlain waterfront. There is also a bike path running past the building, with racks to lock your bike nearby. Hours: Daily, year-round, 10:00-5:00, except Christmas, Christmas eve, and Thanksgiving.

    Phone: 802-324-6386

    Website: http://www.echovermont.org/

    The Leahy Center Some of the exhibits A brook trout A pair of turtles Remnant of an old shipwreck
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    Magic Hat Brewing Company

    by sarahandgareth Written Jul 1, 2008

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    Magic Hat is one of the older and better-known New England craft breweries: they've been around since 1994, and as well as brewing fine beer they have memorable brew names and art work (examples include Circus Boy, Blind Faith, Hocus Pocus and the less exciting but no less memorable Magic Hat #9). We visited Magic Hat on a previous trip to Burlington, and came away loaded with information and branded gear, as well as renewed enthusiasm for their products, which aren't hard to find locally (or indeed across New England). They normally do brewery tours, but in Spring 2008 they began a major expansion - good for them - and the tours have been suspended until the work is complete. We would recommend checking back on their website because they are a very enthusiastic bunch and it's a fun place to visit.

    Address: 5 Bartlett Bay Road, South Burlington

    Directions: This is in South Burlington, a few miles from Burlington center.

    Phone: 802.658.2739

    Website: http://www.magichat.net

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    Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream Factory

    by sarahandgareth Written Jul 1, 2008

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    Ben and Jerry's factory isn't right in Burlington, but it's a very quick drive from town. The factory is one of the biggest attractions in the entire state, and even in that in-between winter and spring season, there were plenty of people visiting. While you can wander around outside a little bit, the big draw is the factory tour. It's a working factory five days a week, but things are quiet on the weekend, and while you get good explanations of what happens at each stage it would probably have been even more fun to see the workers actually pouring in great vats of chocolate chips and so forth! The tour is pretty candy-colored, with the goofy writing so familiar from the ice cream packets, and there's a brief movie, too, though that feels a bit corporate now that Ben and Jerry's is part of a much bigger conglomerate. In other parts of the factory, there are display cases full of great memorabilia from the early days of Ben and Jerry's; it's a really fun history of the company and its unusual ethos (they are big believers in corporate responsibility and giving back to the community - from before those things were fashionable!), though every now and then you find yourself thinking it would have been awfully to go to the original store way back when, instead of to the big factory! You also get to taste some ice cream, of course, and if the samples aren't enough there's a place to buy a cup or a cone outside. The tours cots $3 for adults ($2 seniors) and children under 12 are free.

    Address: Waterbury, VT

    Directions: Take Exit 10 off I-89 and go north on route 100 towards Stowe. Ben and Jerry's is on the left after about a mile: there is no way you can miss it!

    Phone: 1-866-BJ-TOURS (258-6877)

    Website: http://www.benjerry.com/scoop_shops/factory_tour/

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    Cabot Visitors Center

    by sarahandgareth Written Jun 26, 2008

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    Cabot is one of the best-known cheese brands in the US, especially the Northeast, with a reputation for extremely high quality cheddar in particular. Unlike some other big food brands, Cabot has remained independent, and is still run on a co-operative basis, with many smaller farms participating in the business. When we visited the creamery, they showed a brief film about the creamery's history and then we got a very decent tour of the plant, which smelled suitably agricultural. We had the impression that our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable about cheese and the business, though we didn't test her very hard! Afterwards, we were able to sample as much cheese as we wanted: they had more than a dozen varieties, from their flagship aged cheddars to flavored cheeses, and we also sample some of their other dairy products. They also produce cheese elsewhere now, but this was a very interesting reminder that at least some of the cheese is still produced right in the heart of Vermont dairy country - and very beautiful countryside it is.

    Address: 2878 Main Street, Cabot, VT

    Directions: Cabot is about a one hour drive east of Burlington, but well worth the trip. From I-89. take exit #8 at Montpelier onto Rte. 2 East. At Marshfield, go left on Rte. 215 and continue 5 miles to Cabot Village.

    Phone: 1-800-837-4261

    Website: http://www.cabotcheese.com/f1.php?left=menu-visit.html&right=visitus.html

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    Church Street

    by sarahandgareth Written Jun 7, 2008

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    The heart of Burlington, Church Street, is a three block, pedestrianized shopping and eating district. Shopping options range from an average mall to an incredible used book store to Vermont local art. For eating venues, there is everything from coffee shops to Irish bars to a Ben and Jerry's scoop shop (of course). For food, there is everything from from tasty, gourmet food to hearty, pub fair to large quantities of pasta.

    The only way to see Church Street is to take the time to wander its length enjoying great people watching and tempting window shopping.

    Address: Church Street

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    Lake Champlain Chocolate factory tour

    by davecallahan Updated Feb 25, 2007

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    These chocolates are some of the smoothest, gotta-have-some-more pieces of mouth watering delights you have ever tasted. You can see how it is all made in a short one-half hour, impromptu tour. (large groups need to request time ahead of their visit).

    They start you in the store where all the goodies are. They have over one-hundred varities to choose from. Then you sit (or stand) in front of a large glass window, behind which the workers are making the candies in super-clean condition. The tour guide has a spiel and hands out some samples as he is talking. There is a story board of the harvesting of cocoa and the processing of the bean into chocolate. And then you are taken back into the store area where all the goodies are waiting to be bought. This is guaranteed to make you want to buy. (and we did)

    Address: 750 Pine Street

    Directions: I-89 to the I-189 exit, take I-189 west to Ethan Allen Hwy (US7), go north on US7 to Birchcliff Pkwy and then Birchcliff west to Pine Street. jog south on Pine and you are there

    Website: http://www.lakechamplainchocolates.com/

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    First Night Burlington

    by Osmun79 Written Mar 28, 2006

    Like other cities, Burlington has a First Night or New Years Eve celebration open to the public. For the cost of around $10 Kids and 15 adult, you can wander around the city going to concerts, comedy shows, juggling, shops, art galleries, Taiko Drumming (my fave) and other activities from 3 to Midnight. There is a big parade near midnight and a HUGE fireworks display down by the waterfront. While you DO have to contend with drunken kids from UVM and St. Michael's, they are usually not that big of an issue.

    Be aware that you'll want to bundle up.. the temp is usually below zero or damn close for NYE!

    You can buy buttons at all the local banks and also at many restaurants including Ri Ra's and Nectar's.

    Address: In Burlington.

    Directions: All over Burlington.

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