Burlington, Vermont

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Burlington, Vermont is located on the eastern shore of Lake Champlain, just 45 miles south of the US-Canadian border. Burlington is the largest city in Vermont. As of the 2010 census, the metro area of Burlington housed approximately one third of Vermont's total population.

With the University of Vermont (UVM), Burlington College, and Champlain College all located in Burlington, visitors can really enjoy college-town sophistication with idyllic rural beauty. Whether you're visiting for a day or a week, or planning to live in Vermont, Burlington has a little something for everyone.

Hotels in Burlington and Dining in Burlington

Burlington has a wide variety of choices for your vacation in Vermont, from luxury Burlington VT hotels to cozy bed and breakfasts in Burlington. There are also many wonderful restaurants in Burlington, from fine dining to small cafes to family restaurants. Checkout our Burlington Dining Guide for some great suggestions. Whether you are in town for business or pleasure, you'll enjoy your stay in beautiful Burlington, Vermont.

Burlington Weddings and Conferences in Burlington

If you're planning an event in Vermont, Burlington has a lot to offer. The city's breathtaking scenery makes a destination wedding in Burlington VT an ideal choice, and the many amenities allow for Burlington Conferences of various sizes. Whether you're looking for a reception hall or a conference room, you'll find the perfect location to host your events in Burlington Vermont.

Burlington Real Estate

If you can't get enough of the Lake Champlain Valley, Burlington VT real estate may be just what you're looking for. The city has a reputation as a safe and favorable place to live, with quality schools, health care and overall cleanliness.

In 2006, Men's Health Magazine rated Burlington as the ninth-best city to live in, according to health, quality of life, and fitness. In 2009, Children's Health Magazine rated Burlington as the best city in the country to raise a family. And according to an article in the Burlington Free Press, Burlington had the 6th lowest unemployment rate of all metro areas in 2011 at just 4.8%.

Things to do in Burlington

There are many fun things to do in Burlington and the surrounding Lake Champlain Valley area. The lake itself provides many opportunities for summer fun in Burlington, in addition to Burlington's waterfront parks. Winter fun can be found just a short drive away at nearby Bolton Valley Resort (45 minutes east), and Stowe Mountain Resort and Smugglers Notch Resort are both only about an hour away!

Shopping in Burlington Vermont

Burlington Shopping is a favorite past time for visitors and locals alike. Forbes Magazine featured Burlington as one of the "prettiest" towns in America in 2010, mentioning the popular Church Street Marketplace, a four-block pedestrian mall in downtown Burlington. "Burlington has it all," says Sarah Tuff Dunn, co-author of 101 Best Outdoor Towns. Dunn says the town's charms include "a brick pedestrian marketplace,vVermont's iconic white steeples and rolling hills that spill down toward a lively,vgreen waterfront on Lake Champlain." (Forbes Magazine)

As you can tell, no trip to Vermont is complete without a visit to Burlington.

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Burlington Discover Jazz Festival
Burlington, VT - The Burlington Discover Jazz Festival is a celebration combining incredible local talent with jazz legends from every corner of the globe. This 10-day event has become a tradition, a chance for the community to revel in jazz’s spectrum of different forms and an opportunity for fans to learn from and meet the world-renowned artists who have inspired them for years. The 2016 Festival is June 3rd thru June 12th - See You There!
Shelburne Camping - Your Vermont Destination
Shelburne, VT - Camping is one of the most economical ways for a family to spend vacation time together. If it's relaxation and peacefulness that you crave, Shelburne Camping Area is the place to be. Your family and friends will be pleasantly surprised that such a great vacation spot is near.
Basin Harbor Club - On Lake Champlain, Vermont
Vergennes, VT - There is no other place like Basin Harbor for a celebration, whether you are just beginning your life together or gathering generations together for a family reunion. After all, families have been marking their special occasions with us since 1886. The stunning panoramic views of Lake Champlain and the natural beauty of our gardens supply the perfect setting.
Comfort Inn & Suites Burlington, Vermont
Comfort Inn & Suites South Burlington is a great choice for your next Burlington stay. Great location - only one mile to downtown Burlington and adjacent to shopping and dining. Great value - free 24 hour airport transportation, free breakfast buffet, free WiFi PLUS a wide range of amenities. Pleasure or business, short term or extended stay, choose Comfort Inn & Suites in South Burlington.
Burlington Limousine and Car Service
Burlington Limousine and Car Service - Offering the most comprehensive fleet of luxury vehicles in the Burlington area. Our extensive fleet and years of professional service combine for a winning team which can handle all of your personal transportation needs in style and luxury.
The Essex - Vermont's Culinary Resort & Spa
ESSEX - The Essex, Vermont's Culinary Resort & Spa is just minutes from downtown Burlington and the area's only AAA Four Diamond hotel. Set on 18 acres and offering such amenities as fine dining, cooking classes, tennis, golf, and a full service spa. Something for every member of the family. Even the family dog is welcome.


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Quick Facts About Burlington

County: Chittenden
Lat / Long: 44.48 N / 73.22 W
Zip(s): 05401, 05402, 05405, 05406
Incorporated: 1865
Population (2010): 42,417
Elevation: 113 feet | Land Area: 10.6 miles
Town Clerk: 802-865-7000
Nicknames: The Queen City
Major Hospitals: Fletcher Allen Hospital
Major Airports: Burlington International Airport
Amtrak Stations: Burlington-Essex Junction
Colleges/Universities: University of Vermont (UVM), Burlington College, Burlington Technical Center, Champlain College, Woodbury Institute at Champlain College
Tourist Attractions: The Burlington Waterfront, The Arena Ice Skating Rink in Leddy Park, ECHO Lake Aquarium & Science Center, Church Street Marketplace, Champlain Ferries. Nearby: Shelburne Museum, and Vermont Teddy Bear Factory are only about 15 minutes south of Burlington.

Birthplace of: John Dewey (1859-1952), philosopher; Ralph Abraham (born 1936), mathematician.

Fun Fact: Burlington Vermont was a filming location for the movies Me, Myself & Irene (2000) and What Lies Beneath (2000).


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Nearby Cities and Towns:

Region 4: Lake Champlain Valley | Colchester (2.0 miles NNE) | Winooski (1.5 miles NE) | South Burlington (1.7 miles SE) | Lake Champlain

Vermont Events in December

Sleigh Belles by Paint: A Drag Cabaret 12/10/16 - 12/10/16

Now that the holidays are here the queens of Paint: A Drag Cabaret are back for their one year anniversary special, Sleigh Belles! Baby, it’s cold outside but things are about to get hot in here! So wrap up your box, stick a candy cane in your mouth and come celebrate the holidays with your favorite queens in the only way we know how, by being naughty. The Paint gurls are an all professional drag troupe with 15 years of experience between them. They’ve excited audiences from the Hudson Valley to Central and Upstate NY and all over Vermont. Hosted by the very merry Persephone Pétrin. With performances by your friendly neighborhood makeup sorceress Marjorie Mayhem, the queen of burlesque Nikki Champagne, liquid lipstick connoisseur Farrah Foxx, Emoji Nightmare of Britmoji fame and our very, VERY special guest, all the way from Providence, RI, Annie B. Frank! Burlington’s most fierce and fabulous Queens are back for a night of cheeky holiday cheer, sizzling performances, and we’ll probably give away a couple door prizes too! Meet the Queens after the show for photos and dance until 1am with DJVU, spinning all your favorite tunes.

OrchestraChorusPalooza 12/11/16 - 12/11/16

The VYOA orchestras and chorus gather to perform this annual favorite. The program has something for everyone with works by Johann Sebastian Bach to the Beatles. This year’s senior soloist is Vermont Youth Orchestra percussionist Connor Zwonik (Colchester High School) performing Michael Colgrass’ Timpani Concerto. Other works include excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s beloved Nutcracker Suite and Rimsky-Korsakov’s exciting Capriccio Espagnol. Enjoy traditional choral song as the Vermont Youth Chorus performs Giovanni Battista Martini’s Domine, ad adjuvandum me festina before joining the combined orchestras to perform Leroy Andersen’s ever-popular Sleigh Ride and Irving Berlin’s classic White Christmas.

Naughty or Nice Beer-Infused Cocktail Party! 12/15/16 - 12/15/16

Were you naughty or nice this year? Join us Thursday, December 15th from 5-8PM during our beer-infused cocktail party. We're pairing up with Stonecutter Spirits to bring you an array of 'naughty' and 'nice' cocktails to help you choose.

Holiday Beer & Chocolate Pairing in the Tap Room at Switchback! 12/16/16 - 12/18/16

Join us in the Tap Room for our all-day and self-guided beer and chocolate pairing! Gift sets to-go also available for purchase and make for great holiday gift ideas. Enjoy Switchback Ale, Citra-Pils Keller Bier, Roasted Red Ale, and Dooley's Belated Porter paired with luscious Lake Champlain Chocolates. December 16th-18th or while supplies last!

Green Mountain Cabaret's 4th Anniversi-tease 12/17/16 - 12/17/16

Green Mountain Cabaret has been teasing and titillating for 4 years now. Come down to Club Metronome to Enjoy the View with the Sugar Shakers, Peepers, and their guests as they celebrate their 4th Anniversi-tease the only way they know how, entertaining their fans! 18+ Raffle Sponsor: We're excited to have COTS VT as our raffle sponsor this month! Buy raffle tickets, win fun prizes, and support a local non-profit in your area! Costume Contest: Typically the 4th Anniversary gift is either Fruit/Flowers or Appliances. So dress up in your best 4th Anniversary present themed costume to win a fabulous prize. General Admission, VIP, and Party Packages available. All priced per person, door availability not guaranteed

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