Set on the shores of historic Lake Champlain and boasting an 18th century university campus, an award-winning pedestrian marketplace, hundreds of restaurants, specialty shops, and venues for culture and the arts, Burlington, Vermont is a unique destination just a 90-minute drive from our cabin in the Vermont Green Mountains.
The heart of the city and the central area for Burlington, Vermont shopping is the Church Street Marketplace, four blocks extending south from the elegant 1816 Unitarian church. An array of street performers makes the marketplace a unique place for shopping combined with the Burlington Town Center with over 50 stores to choose from. Funky homegrown stores and used bookshops alternate with national chains. The region also boasts factory outlets at Essex Shoppes & Cinema, the University Mall, and the hub of chain stores and restaurants in Taft Corners, Williston. No matter what your style, Burlington shopping is sure to be an experience to remember.
From summer festivals of music and food, to striking autumnal foliage, a wonderfully endless ski season, and spring’s first taste of maple syrup, visitors can have it all, no matter the weather. A mix of hip nightlife and plenty of family fun make Burlington the perfect place to unwind or wind up. A model for convenient vacations, sophisticated boutiques and bistros are within minutes of world-class museums and gently sloping mountains fit for trekking. Go to Burlington's tourism Website.
Here are a few Burlington, Vermont area attractions:
Don't miss this!!! This 1,400-acre working farm is a nonprofit environmental organization and National Historic Landmark located along the shores of Lake Champlain in Shelburne, Vermont. The farm welcomes visitors to explore its walking trails, milk a cow in the Children's Farmyard, see its farmhouse cheddar cheese being made or tour the historic landscape and buildings (including their majestic barns). You'd think that you have arrived at Queen Elizabeth's courtyard! The Inn at Shelburne Farms offers dinner by reservation. Tours and the Inn are available mid-May through mid-October. The Welcome Center and Farm Store, open year-round, features a slide presentation and farm products including Shelburne Farms farmhouse cheddar cheese.
With 150,000 works of art, Americana, and design located in Vermont's beautiful Lake Champlain Valley, Shelburne is one of New England's most diverse and unconventional museums, exhibiting everything from French Impressionist paintings to American folk art. The museum's includes 45 scenic acres and 39 historic buildings.
Robert Hull Fleming Museum
Houses Vermont's most comprehensive collection of art and anthropology. Exhibits of European, American, Asian & Middle Eastern art & paintings by 20th c. Vermont artists are ongoing.
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum at Basin Harbor
Discover why Lake Champlain is considered the most historic body of water in North America. Explore the vibrant history and characters of the Champlain Valley through its military, commercial and regional periods. Step back in time - climb aboard the 54' replica gunboat Philadelphia II. 10am-5pm Mid May - Mid October.
Visit Rokeby Museum, a 90-acre historic site and National Historic Landmark, and discover the Underground Railroad in Vermont. Tour the fully furnished house and 8 historic farm buildings. Meet the remarkable Quaker family who lived here for nearly 200 years. Hike the trails or stroll the grounds.
Lake Champlain Shoreline Cruises
Vermont's cruise ship and floating restaurant
offers creative cruises and culinary delights for all.
ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center
Discover 70 live species of fish, amphibians, invertebrates and reptiles, daily feedings, changing exhibits and films.