Exploring Burlington, Vermont

WHAT TO SEE IN BURLINGTON, VT

Church Street: Spanning approximately seven blocks, this open-air pedestrian market place is the absolute heart and soul of the city. You can find everything you need here, from local shops and big-name stores to excellent restaurants, intriguing sculptures, street performers and an endless array of innovate food carts. Be sure to allow enough time to fully enjoy the Church Street appearance, as you can never be too sure of what you will see or who you may meet!

Higher Ground: Located on Shelburne Road, this former movie theater is now the site of some of the hottest live music performances in all of New England! Shows sell out quickly, so book early, and be sure to arrive early if you have limited mobility, as there are not many places to sit during the show.

Shelburne Museum: With over 45 different acres and multiple buildings to explore, you will want to dedicate at least one whole day to exploring the grounds here. Boasting everything from a lighthouse to a steamboat that was actually transported to its current location from Lake Champlain, the entire family can enjoy a day of participating in historical recreations and unusual displays from Vermont’s past.

The Spirit of Ethan Allen: Named after the founder of Vermont’s Revolutionary War militia group, this boat departs on a regular schedule for nighttime cruises along the picturesque shores of Lake Champlain. For the best experience, be sure to book one of their dinner cruises, where you can explore the beauty of the lake in style while enjoying a deliciously prepared buffet dinner combined with live music, cocktails and dancing!

Best Places to Eat in Vermont

Bluebird Barbeque: (317 Riverside Avenue) Widely heralded as one of the best barbeque restaurants in Vermont, the unassuming yet welcoming surroundings drawn you in while the delicious food will keep you coming back! Begin the evening with a serving of perfectly fried Brussel sprouts or a half dozen classic smoked wings before selecting from a simple yet flavorful menu of main courses. Pick a protein option, such as the fifteen hour smoked brisket or turkey and pair it with whatever sides suit you best to create the perfect meal!

The Farmhouse Tap and Grill: (160 Bank Street) This restaurant prides itself on its farm to table approach, utilizing only the freshest local ingredients wherever possible. The craft beer list is impressive, as is the down-to-earth atmosphere, impeccable service and incredible food. This is one of the few places in a landlocked state that you can sample fresh, raw oysters, but if you are looking for something more classic, a cup of the thick cheddar ale soup paired with the black pepper quinoa cakes makes for a hearty yet healthy meal.

El Gato Cantina: (189 Bank Street) Unquestionably one of the best places for Mexican food in the entire state, this is also the go-to spot for tequila aficionados, with more than twenty-five different selections available.  The margaritas here are absolutely fabulous, as is the selection of authentic, delicious food. Be sure to pair the different salsa selections with your food choice, depending upon the level of heat you like. The ceviche is an absolute standout, as is the tortilla soup. But if you are going to eat here, you simply must indulge in a taco or two. The selections are sure to please anyone, as you can get fillings ranging from crispy fried fish to beef shoulder or even a simple black bean and avocado mixture.

Penny Cluse Café: (169 Cherry Street) This is the absolute best place in the entire city of Burlington to gather with friends and family for an unforgettably delicious late brunch. Offering everything from gingerbread pancakes to sourdough French toast and a spicy yet balanced take on heuvos rancheros, this is a spot where you may have to wait in line for a moment, but it is well worth it in the end!

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