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Burlington is Vermont's largest city and is situated by Lake Champlain. It is an important commercial centre and college town known for its intimate atmosphere, free thinking and liberal environment. The best time to visit the city is in fall when Burlington streets are adorned in bright colours.
Many of the city's historic sites and buildings are listed on the National Register and it has an impressive 17 different historic districts. Downtown Burlington is home to the well-known Church Street Marketplace. The area also has a diverse mix of restaurants and shops.
The Lower Main neighbourhood of Burlington is funky and quirky, boasting some of the city's best establishments. Throughout the neighbourhood are local stores like Little Pair, The Green Life and Anjou selling quirky collectibles and antiques and locally made house wares.
Along Lake Champlain's shore is the Burlington waterfront with biking and walking paths and swings. The ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Centre is located in the state's first ever Certified Green Building along the waterfront. The centre is home to more than 70 species of reptiles, invertebrates, amphibians and fish.
Burlington organizes dragon boat races each year on the lake for charity. Since 1982, the city has also celebrated New Year's with a First Night celebration. The House of LeMay, the city's drag troupe, performs many shows each year and also hosts an annual event for charity.
Burlington is located close to Stowe as well as various other towns in the Green Mountains, making it a base for visiting north-western Vermont.
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holidays - Top Places To Go
|1. Ethan Allen Homestead and Museum
1 Ethan Allen Homestead
|What is it? One of Burlington's earliest inhabitants,
Ethan Allen, was a charismatic backwoodsman-turned-statesman
originally from Connecticut. In capturing Fort Ticonderoga during
the Revolutionary War, and as the leader of the Green Mountain
Boys, he secured his position as a folk hero in Vermont. A man of
many talents, Allen was also a philosopher and Deist, publishing
Reason the Only Oracle of Man. Interestingly,
Ethan Allen's brother Ira was founder of the University of Vermont
in 1791. Visitors to the homestead can enjoy a wander through the
18th-century home, interesting exhibits and access to the beautiful
Hours of Operation: Daily 1pm to 4pm (May); tours available Monday to
Saturday from 10am to 4pm and Sundays from 1pm to 4pm (June to
Phone:(801) 865 4556
|2. Lake Champlain Chocolates
750 Pine Street
|What is it? What could be more tempting than the thought
of delicious, handmade chocolates and the chance to enjoy free
samples? Lake Champlain Chocolates are all made on location in
small batches and visitors can see how chocolates are made and
enjoy the tastes and smells of the factory. Tours are
Hours of Operation: Factory store and café: Monday to Saturday 9am to
6pm; Sunday 12pm to 5pm. Factory tours are every hour on the hour
from 9am to 2pm
Phone:(801) 864 1808
|3. Lake Champlain Cruises and Ferries
Northern Lights Cruises: 1 King Street
|What is it? Perhaps one of the best ways to enjoy the
USA's sixth largest lake is to take a cruise with Vermont's top
Luxury Cruise boat, Northern Lights. There are a number of
different options available, from themed Dinner cruises (June to
August), brunch or lunch cruises daily, or scenic cruises (June to
October). Enjoy local music provided by live bands and enjoy a
dinner/dance on an entertainment cruise, or simply soak up the
beauty of the lake and its surrounds. Another option (though more
pedestrian) is to catch a ferry; see www.ferries.com or call
(801) 864 9804 for more information.
Hours of Operation:
Phone:Northern Lights Cruises: (801) 864 9669
holidays - Top Events
|1. Champlain Valley Fair
|What is it? Now in its 85th year, the Champlain Valley
Fair is a fun and affordable 10-day feast of live music from top
performers, shows, exciting rides, commercial exhibits,
agricultural displays and more. A particularly fun event for
families, the fair also includes food stalls and educational
activities for kids. It is possible to get right in the mix by
camping on site.
Where is it? Champlain Valley Exposition, 105 Pearl St, Essex
|2. Vermont Brewers Festival
|What is it? Running for over a decade, the Vermont
Brewers Festival is a chance for brewpubs and microbreweries from
Vermont, New York State and New England as a whole, to showcase
their craft brews. Set in the beautiful Waterfront Park, a tent
village plays host to hundreds of litres of the regions finest.
Entertainment, good food and plenty of beer are the order of the
day, celebrating not only America's Beer Month, but also the fact
that Vermont has more breweries per capita than any other state.
Specially printed tasting tickets are needed to sample the various
Where is it? Waterfront Park