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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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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.
Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront
Burlington, VT - The Burlington Department of Parks, Recreation and Waterfront oversees 35+ parks, 550+ acres of open space, 4 public beaches, the North Beach Campground, Community Boathouse Marina, recreation programs and events, plus much more.
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!
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Burlington, Vermont
Burlington, VT - The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Burlington, Vermont supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and families, including providing housing for families with seriously ill children under treatment at University of Vermont Children's Hospital.
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.
 

 

 

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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 December


Volunteer for a research study! 1/4/19 - 12/31/19

We are looking for volunteers participating in a nutrition intervention study conducted at the Clinical Research Center (CRC) at the University of Vermont seeking to better understand the potential benefits of dairy fat against type 2 diabetes. Qualified participants must be: Men and women ages 50 to 65 with prediabetes (condition with slightly elevated blood sugar higher than normal) and a BMI between 25 and 40, Having consistent dietary habits that include dairy products, and Available for 8 consecutive weeks . $1,000 compensation is provided if you qualify and complete the study. For more information and to schedule a screening, please call: 802-656-9422 and leave your name and contact number or email debourne@uvm.edu (Email is preferred).


Holiday Beer & Chocolate Pairing 12/6/19 - 12/8/19

Join us for our annual all-day & self-guided beer and chocolate pairing in the Tap Room! Enjoy four Switchback brews paired with four luscious Lake Champlain Chocolates. $13 gets you all four chocolates and four 4oz pours. Chocolate pairing gift sets to-go also available for purchase and make for great holiday gifts! Available all weekend or while supplies last.


Burlington Glassblowing Challenge: Winter Edition 12/7/19 - 12/7/19

Ever been interested in trying out glassblowing? Now you can FOR FREE! Bern Gallery's next "Burlington Glassblowing Challenge," A glassblowing competition for everyone, is on December Third! Free to enter, participants have 3 min to gather the largest clear marble they can! Winner takes home an awesome prize AND a trophy!


South Burlington Rotary's UGLY SWEATER 3 12/8/19 - 12/8/19

UGLY SWEATER 3 – FUN RUN & WALK Date: October 28, 2019 Event Date: Sunday, December 8, 2019 Start time: 10:00am -- End Time: 1:00pm Location: Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School, 500 Dorset Street, South Burlington Entrance fees: $35 for Adults / $15 for Youth 12-17 / FREE for kiddos under 12 Rotary Club of South Burlington’s 3rd Annual Ugly Sweater FUN Run & Walk Fundraiser It’s almost that time of the year again! From dancing snowmen to dangling jingle bells, those once-fashionable-now-outrageous sweaters are making a comeback! “Not on the RUNway, but in a FUN way!” -- at the Rotary Club of South Burlington’s 3rd Annual ‘Ugly Sweater Fun RUN & Walk’ being held on Sunday, December 8th, at the Fred H. Tuttle Middle School in South Burlington. The event is scheduled 10am – 1pm. The beneficiaries of this annual fundraising event are the Rotary Club of South Burlington’s local charity initiatives; and, also, we are proud to partner with the South Burlington Academic Boosters Fund. Academic Boosters supports both students and teachers who seek to engage in extended learning opportunities. We encourage you to come out for a day of fun and exercise while proudly wearing your tackiest, craziest and UGLIEST sweaters. Bring the whole family! Participants will enjoy complimentary food and beverages, a snapshot from our photo booth and a commemorative winter hat! As always, prizes will be awarded to the Ugliest Sweaters! To register for the Ugly Sweater 3 -- Fun Run & Walk, visit the Rotary Club of South Burlington web site: https://www.southburlingtonrotary.org/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SouthBurlingtonRotaryClub/ For further information about the event and information for publication, please contact: Jay Pasackow, Ugly Sweater Committee Email: jaypasvt@gmail.com


VSO Holiday Pops - Burlington 12/14/19 - 12/14/19

The VSO is thrilled to welcome Chelsea Tipton as guest conductor for a program of musical comfort and joy! The concert features the Bronze Ambassadors, the award-winning student bell ringers from Newport who captured our hearts in 2017. Maestro Tipton’s program ranges from classic (Corelli’s Christmas Concerto) to clever (Christmas à la Valse) to quirky (Minor Alterations) to just plain fun (Tintinabulations). AND the audience has a chance to sing along with the handbells! Get in the mood for the season by ringing in the holidays with your VSO. For venue accessibility information, please call the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts at (802) 863-5966.


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