What to do in Burlington, Vermont

Burlington is more town than city, but it is still awesome town. I spent the summer of 2000 staying at the University of Vermont where I was a camp counselor. My information here could be a little dated, but it should be accurate for the most part.

Check out Church Street first and foremost. You’ll find tons of restaurants and bars, from simple to more trendy. Sweet Tomatoes (Church Street) is a decent and inexpensive Italian place if you like that. If you’re interested in a drink at a trendy bar try “Wine Works” near Church Street (may be called Wine bar now…not sure).

If you like karaoke in a dive bar check out JPs Pub. The waterfront is the place to be for sunsets. They have a bike path that you can walk or bike along shore. If you like hiking check out the “Stowe Pinnacle” about 45 min away from Burlington. About a 2 mile hike with a huge payoff.

You can’t go wrong with the nightlife in Burlington. Decent bars = Wine works, Halversons, Red Square. The Magic Hat Brewery has good beer and a very generous tasting room. Leunig’s has great food, on the corner of College and Church. RiRas is a decent Irish pub with good bar food.

If instead of the nightlife you like getting up early and eating a good breakfast try “Sneakers” in Winooski, the next town over from Burlington. It’s near St. Michael’s College and is a small place w/great food. I recommend getting there early (certainly before 8:30AM on weekends).

Other tourist stuff includes Shelburne Farms, Vermont Teddy Bear Factory, and the Sunset cruise/day cruise on Lake Champlain (I think it’s called the Spirit of Ethan Allen). Also on Lake Champlain you can do kayaking (you need to arrange this in advance, probably by looking in the phonebook or online), or cliff jumping (some of the cliffs are high and scary so while I’ve done it, I certainly don’t recommend it).

A short drive away is the Ben & Jerry’s factory. Tours are pretty fun and typically end in eating some of the best ice cream I know of.

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