Burlington, Vermont: One of the Best Small Cities in New England
Church Street Marketplace, Burlington Vt. Photo credit: By Beyond My
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by Eric Hurwitz. Article updated on 11/30/16
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Burlington is known as the "Queen City," and I couldn't
agree more. New England is, no doubt, true travel royalty and
Burlington reigns right near the top as a terrific small city.
Sometimes called a "mini San Francisco," the aesthetics of this small
city never fails to amaze. The combination of the leafy, hilly college
town vibe of the University of Vermont, a colorful pedestrian-friendly
downtown, beautiful Lake Champlain, and the mountains on the western
shore make for a truly appealing travel destination.
You've heard of anchor stores at shopping malls? Well, Burlington does
it another way with The Church Street Marketplace serving as the anchor
to its downtown. With more than 100 places to shop and dine (including
outdoor cafes), brick-paved walkways, fountains, historical
architecture lending substance and character, and street musicians and
other creative types adding a layer of personality and entertainment,
this downtown district is surely one of New England's best.
Annual events at Church Street Marketplace include the Burlington
Festival (starting the first Friday in June and lasting 10 days), the
Sidewalk Sale, and the
Festival of Fools (street theater during the second week of August).
There's also the Marketfest during the Friday after Labor Day that
focuses on entertainment, arts, and crafts, and Halloween Parade and
Trick-or-Treating. Be sure not to miss, also, the Church Street Santa
Parade and Lighting Ceremony. You can find the dates for these events
at the Church
Street Marketplace web site.
But wait, there's more. The Burlington Waterfront -- just a hop, skip
and a jump from Church Street Marketplace -- is an urban outdoor
enthusiast's dream-come-true with parks, cruise boats, ferry crossing,
events, as well as some restaurants. The views across the water to the
Adirondack Mountains in New York make for some of the best scenery I've
seen in New England -- especially at sunset. What an ideal place for a
stroll and such a bonus as a true oasis in the heart of the city!
There's a whole lot more to Burlington, so I recommend checking out the
Regional Chamber of Commerce web site for more information. Hope
you get to Burlington, it's really one of the "must-see" small cities
in new England!
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