A Weekend in Burlington, VT

14th June 2009

I visited Burlington, Vermont this weekend for the first time and absolutely fell in love. It’s a quaint, friendly town with beautiful views in every direction. I was also fortunate to visit during the annual Jazz Festival – filling the streets with live music all-day, everyday.

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Sleep

Staying downtown definitely makes it easy to get around in Burlington. I would recommend the new Courtyard Marriott on the water. It’s reasonably priced and within walking distance to everything. However, if you’re looking for a quiet weekend away, I would suggest staying at the Inn at Shelburne Farms (pictured above) which is about 15 minutes from Burlington. The farm is an old Vanderbilt estate – needless to say, it’s absolutely beautiful and still perfectly maintained.

Eat

I was fortunate enough to eat most of my meals at Shelburne Farms – all fresh, local produce and meat – completely amazing. The farm even produces it’s own cheddar cheese – to die for!

If you’re in town, I would suggest Mirabelle’s for breakfast – a lovely, little spot on Main Street. But, expect a wait – this place is no secret. And, if you’re in town on a Saturday, go to the local Farmer’s Market for a roaming meal. I wished I waited to eat there – everything looked amazing!

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See and Do

Burlington is a great destination for anyone who loves the outdoors, but as I learned, it’s also a great destination for those who don’t want to spend their days hiking in the woods. The highlight of downtown is the Church Street Marketplace – a pedestrian street filled with shops, restaurants and bars. My favorite shops were Trinket and Sweet Lady Jane. And for an evening out, I’m told Red Square is the place to be. It was too crazy during the Jazz Festival, though.

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