Burlington sits on the eastern shore of Lake Champlain (a vast lake that runs along the Vermont/New York border). Burlington often experiences sudden and heavy snowfall and extremely cold temperatures in the winter.
Burlington is often considered a "hip" city that fuses the cultures of Canada to the north and Boston to the south. The downtown area is known for its artsy boutiques, trendy restaurants, eclectic shops and quirky street performers.
The popular ski resort town of Stowe and Smuggler's Notch Recreation Area are just a short drive directly east for a great day trip, or take a maple syrup tour and experience Vermont's most famous export.
Hikers, bikers, boaters and skiers will find everything for an outdoor Vermont vacation nearby. Burlington offers gorgeous views of the Green Mountains over the crystal clear Lake Champlain, with the Winooski River winding through it all.
- South Burlington is home to the famous Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory where visitors can watch the whole process from above, then move on to the Flavor Room for samples.
- Burlington is the smallest U.S. city to be the largest city in its home state.
- The alternative band Phish, which has a Grateful Dead-like following (though much younger!) has its roots in Burlington, VT.
- Magic Hat Brewing Company
Visit this iconic American brewery full of tasty beer and crazy artifacts. Come in for free samples of a variety of Magic Hat beers on tap, as well as an informative and free (the best part) guided tour.
The brewery carries the mystique of blending alchemy with modern day science to create the best tasting beer on the planet. Keep your eyes open to spot some of the magical (and slightly weird) trademarks of the company while on the tour.
- Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
This art-deco theater seats 1,453 and is home to over 100 world-class acts annually. Shows include Broadway musicals, dramatic theater, dance productions and family performances.
In addition to hosting all of the "big acts," the Flynn has a gallery with rotating exhibits featuring local Vermont artists.
- Church Street Marketplace
Once called "the most beautiful place in a small city," the Church Street Marketplace is Burlington's hub of shopping, dining and events. This outdoor mall is a cultural melting pot featuring over 100 different stores and restaurants.
Special events and festivals are held in the marketplace throughout the year, including sidewalk sales, holiday festivals and farmers' markets. Surround this with the natural beauty of Vermont, and you've got a picture perfect memory to take home.