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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 vibrancy 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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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 - 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
Burlington, VT - 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 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 2019 Festival is May 31st thru June 9th - See You There!
PJ Library in Vermont provides monthly Jewish books and music CDs to children
Burlington, VT - PJ Library in Vermont invites families with children 6 months through 8 years to sign up for a free monthly gift of a Jewish book or music CD from the Jewish Community of Vermont. Check www.pjlibrary.org for more information and to sign up!
3rd Alarn Charters & Guide Services
Lake Champlain - 3rd Alarm Charters, owned and operated by Captain Matt Trombley, is the best choice for guided fishing on Lake Champlain and Vermont's many rivers and lakes. Years of experience and education will insure a safe and fun trip whether you are a novice or expert. Groups of 2-6 and a variety of vessels available depending on the season and location. Makes a unique experience for bachelor/bachelorette parties, wedding or event guests. Perfect for fall foliage.
The Essex - Vermont's Culinary Resort & Spa
Essex, VT - Just minutes from downtown - Burlington area's premier Resort & Spa. The Essex, Vermont's Culinary Resort & Spa features 18 acres and offers such amenities as fine dining, cooking classes, on-site tennis and golf, and a full service spa. Something for every member of the family - you can even bring the family dog. Welcome to The Esssex.
Vermont Gatherings
Vermont Gatherings produces a number of annual events each year, including the Winter Renaissance Faire (February 1, 2020), Vermont Sci-Fi & Fantasy Expo (April 25, 2020), and the Vermont Renaissance Faire (June 27, 2020).
 

 

 

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

 

Vermont Events in August


VIRTUAL VOICING ART POETRY READING: Shifting Sands 8/15/20 - 8/15/20

Poets and poetry-lovers share reflection and community by voicing verse virtually in our changing times. Gather together online for this ongoing poetry reading series to hear new works by poets exploring the theme of “SHIFTING SANDS” in response to the “earth art” of Yusuke Asai. And bring along any poetry you love or have written that is helping you get through this time to share with us all. See poartry.org/voicing-art for more information. Submission date for poets: August 14 to poartryproject@gmail.com.


Writing an Art-Inspired Poem: Experience the Joy of Ekphrastic Poetry! 8/27/20 - 8/27/20

If you love words and art, the ancient form of “ekphrastic” (art-inspired) poetry is a rich field of inspiration and collaboration for telling our stories and describing our experiences through poems. As a Vermont-based poet, visual artist and founder of The Poartry Project, instructor JC Wayne’s special mission is making poetry accessible by helping people find the “poet within” that lives inside all of us. Taking a painting as our muse, we’ll open the door to creative inspiration and unblock common beliefs that poetry is intimidating, hard or takes some kind of almost magical natural skill that can’t be learned by writing a poem inspired by the art of Gallery 46 Vermont-based artist, Cynthia Rosen. As a special bonus, Cynthia will be in attendance to answer questions and share her inspiration and creative process around the painting we’ll be writing about. Through concrete examples of different types of ekphrastic poems, the rare gift of being able to speak with the artist whose work is serving as our muse and the unique opportunity to engage with poetry in an accessible way, you will come away from this workshop with the joy and confidence of having written a poem that celebrates both words and art through your unique perspective and voice.


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