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Burlington, Vermont


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, Vermont's iconic white steeples and rolling hills that spill down toward a lively, green 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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Quick Facts About Burlington

County: Chittenden
Latitude / Longitude: 44.48 N / 73.22 W
Zip Code(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 Top Employers: IBM Corporation, Fletcher Allen Health Care, University of Vermont, Ben & Jerry's, People's United Bank, GE Healthcare, City of Burlington, UTC Aerospace Systems (formerly Goodrich Corp), Verizon, Green Mountain Power
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 September

Smokey Bear & Woodsy Owl: Home Sweet Home 5/30/15 - 9/13/15
We all know that famous furry face, now join Smokey Bear along with Woodsy Owl and their forest friends to care for the natural resources we rely on to survive! This traveling exhibit, created by the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum in collaboration with the U.S. Forest Service, will be at ECHO until Sept. 13. Harbor young woodland stewards through on-the-job forest ranger training, a puppet stage, forest trail, fishing vessel, and more. Every other Friday from 10 a.m. to noon the Burlington Fire Department will join us to lend a hand working to prevent fires locally.


Burlington Edible History Tour 7/2/15 - 10/10/15
Part food. Part history. Get a taste of Burlington with the Burlington Edible History Tour. This 2-mile leisurely walking tour takes you back in time to connect the history of Burlington's early immigrant groups to their food traditions when farm to table was a way of life. Sample dishes at 5 restaurants committed to serving farm-fresh foods. Through stories from original research, discover the various cultural groups that built the Queen City. Tours are scheduled for Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 1 - 4PM, through October 10. Tickets must be purchased by 1PM the day before at the FlynnTix Regional Box Office or the Tour's website http://www.burlingtonediblehistory.com. Burlington Edible History donates 10% of profits to the New Farms for New Americans project helping new refugee groups stay tied to their culinary traditions. History never tasted so good!


Burlington Edible History Tour 7/17/15 - 10/10/15
Part food. Part history. Get a taste of Burlington with the Burlington Edible History Tour. This 2-mile leisurely walking tour takes you back in time to connect the history of Burlington's early immigrant groups to their food traditions when farm to table was a way of life. Sample dishes at 5 restaurants committed to serving farm-fresh foods. Through stories from original research, discover the various cultural groups that built the Queen City. Tours are scheduled for Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 1 - 4PM, through October 10. Tickets must be purchased by 1PM the day before at the FlynnTix Regional Box Office or the Tour's website http://www.burlingtonediblehistory.com. Burlington Edible History donates 10% of profits to the New Farms for New Americans project helping new refugee groups stay tied to their culinary traditions. History never tasted so good!


ARTSRIOT Truckstop 7/17/15 - 10/16/15
Every Friday, rain or shine, heat wave or cold snap, we bring you the Truck Stop. Food trucks of Vermont unite! Starting at 5PM you can find trucks selling everything from pork belly and barbecue to Malaysian street food and vegan noodles. We try to keep the variety different by rotating trucks, but you will find our fan favorites almost every time- including but definitely not limited to Dolce VT, the Hindquarter, Southern Smoke, Hawker Stall, One Hearth, Bessery’s, Nikos Soulvaki, Phantom Food Truck, and Wooden Spoon Bistro. And, of course, our bars are hopping! Outside in the main Truck Stop bar sponsored by Fiddlehead Brewing, we offer Fiddlehead IPA, specialty Fiddlehead brews, Citizen Cider, and wine. Inside are normal full bar is open- and our frozen mojitos there have been quite popular! read less


Lake Champlain Free Chocolate Factory Tours 7/19/15 - 10/19/15
resh, delicious and fun for the whole family. Come experience the sights and smells of gourmet chocolates made right before your eyes. Enjoy free samples while discovering what makes our chocolate so irresistible and learn about the family-owned company. Free factory tours are Monday-Friday, June-October, 10-2 pm, tours start on the hour and self-guided tours start at 3 pm. On the weekends, we offer free chocolate tastings, drop in anytime between 11-4 pm, to learn the flavor profiles of four different chocolates, and a chance to win a free chocolate gift basket. The store features caramels, clusters, truffles, almond butter crunch and much more— including lots of factory seconds and free samples. Stop by and take the sweetest tour in town! Check our website for winter tour hours and events. read less


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