24 Hours in Burlington

Christine Mitchell Adams December 08, 2015

What better time to visit Vermont than the holidays? There are plenty of restaurants and bars to cozy up in, the inns are charming, and our ski resorts are a blast (more so when we've got tons of snow!). Feeling an inkling to hop north? We've put together a guide to three iconic locales in our fine state - Burlington, Stowe, and Mad River Valley. First up, the Queen City!


Hotel Vermont: Located in the center of downtown Burlington and a stone's throw from Lake Champlain, the hotel is ideally situated. Upon entering the lobby and rooms, Hotel Vermont is just as contemporary as it is cozy and Vermont-y. During your stay, we recommend taking a guided beer tour or enjoying locally-sourced dishes at their restaurant Juniper. 


Ri Ra's Santa 5K Run: A great way to see the city is to run around it. And what's more fun than doing it in a Santa costume. Come up in early December and you'll catch it. Registration includes full Santa getup and Irish breakfast at Ri Ra's post run. 

Burlington City Arts: Hungry for some culture? The BCA does a brilliant job exhibiting works from national and local contemporary artists. Located right on Church Street, it's the perfect respite from a day full of shopping.

Echo Lake Aquarium and Science Center: Have kids with you? They'll love the aquarium situated right on the waterfront. With 70 species of fish, amphibians, invertebrates, and reptiles, and over 100 interactive activities the kids will be anything but bored.

Nectars: This local live music venue and bar is a great place to catch some live music and sip a local brew. One of its claims to fame? It's one of the original stomping grounds for local (and international famous) band Phish.

Eat + Drink

Hen of the Wood: Next door to Hotel Vermont, is this gem of a fine dining experience. With amazing dishes and an warm atmosphere you won't regret spending some time - and money, the dishes are on the pricier side - here. It's also worth stopping in just for their bar which has incredible service and a delicious cocktail menu. 

American Flatbread: We often celebrate team birthdays here. The Power to the People (buffalo chicken) pizza is one for the books, and the beer list is nothing to scoff at. It's the perfect spot for a group meal or a casual meal after a day walking around the city or hitting the slopes. 

Citizen Cider: A choice stop for anyone who enjoys cider and for the avid beer drinker. Their list of beer on tap is always great and you can customize a flight of cider so you can taste all the ones you want. It's a nifty space too with expose brick and beams and large windows that open up to a wrap-around deck in the summer. 

Penny Cluse: If you're a brunch enthusiast then look no further than hot-spot Penny Cluse. The menu is anything but your basic diner menu with scrumptious twists to classics like gingerbread french toast with apple compote. Be prepared for long waits during the popular brunching hours. We recommend getting there on the earlier side. 


Common Deer: One of our local retail partners, Common Deer is chock-a-block with great USA-made brands. From home goods, to apparel, to jewelry, you're bound to find the perfect gift for that someone on your holiday shopping list. 

Vermont Farm Table: The folks at Vermont Farm Table make some of the finest furniture in the country, let alone the state. The space is beautifully merchandised with their furniture and small home goods. You'll likely find yourself walking out with a custom order for a new stool and some jugs of local maple syrup. 

Outdoor Gear Exchange: If Burlington was a store, this one might be it. The OGE shop is chock-a-block with all the outerwear and outdoor gear you could possibly need for your outdoor adventures, no matter what season. The consignment section and bike and ski repair shop in the basement is an added bonus.

Bonus! Our Stellar Shave Set features the topography of Burlington on the custom belly band designed by our design firm Ptarmak making it the perfect tag-along for your trip, or gift for that someone on your list who is a big fan of Vermont's Queen City.


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