Burlington, Vermont: One of the Best Small Cities in New England
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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 Adirondack Mountains of New York 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.
Church Street Marketplace at night.
Annual events at Church Street Marketplace include the Burlington
Festival (May 31-June 9, 2019), the
Festival of Fools (street theater during the first weekend of August) and the Sidewalk Sale, Aug.7-9, 2019.
There's also the outstanding Burlington Farmers' Market with
more than 90 stands held every Saturday from late spring until autumn
at Burlington's City Hall Park right off the Church Street Marketplace.
Be sure not to miss, also, the Trick-of-Treat Street Halloween
event on Oct. 27, 2019, Church Street Santa
Parade and Lighting Ceremony on Nov. 29, 2019. You can find the dates for
at the Church
Street Marketplace web site.
But wait, there's more. The Waterfront Park area
-- just a hop, skip
and a jump from Church Street Marketplace is an urban outdoor
enthusiast's dream-come-true with the Lake Champlain Sailing Center,
Community Boathouse, ferry crossing, music and food festivals, and a
bike path, as well as some restaurants, shops and the ECHO Lahey Center
for Lake Champlain -- -- a museum to inspire scientific discovery, nature and the care of Lake Champlain. The views at the waterfront of 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!
Waterfront Park in Burlington.
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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