5 Reasons You Need to Visit Burlington

June 1, 2015,

It’s no secret – I love road trips and one of my FAVOURITE road trips to take is to visit Burlington, Vermont. Burlington is a small and beautiful city that feels like the perfect small town. I have visited on countless occasions and by some sort of miracle, every time I visit the weather has been perfect, whether it be a warm, sunny summer day or a cool, breezy (and still sunny!) autumn day. Burlington has a special place in my heart and I am going to give you 5 reasons to visit Burlington (and hopefully you’ll fall in love with it, too!)

Visit Burlington : My Little Cupcake The food
This city (and the state of Vermont for that matter) knows good food. I actually road trip here primarily for the abundance of delicious vegan and vegetarian food. Not only is the food delicious but ingredients are almost always local, organic, fresh and homemade.

Visit Burlington : Church streetWalkability
Burlington is the perfect size. You can spend the day exploring downtown Burlington by foot and see everything: from Church Street Marketplace, to the waterfront, to the ivy league-esque university campus. And every route is the scenic route. To park and forget about the car for the day, visit any of the paid parking lots (most are less than 5 USD a day). 

Visit Burlington : waterfrontThe waterfront
Burlington makes a great day trip because it has all the fun stuff that a city offers (tons of restaurants, boutiques and shops) but what I think makes the city all the more special is Lake Champlain. When making a trip to Burlington, I like to end the day by watching the sun set over the lake, strolling along the walking path at the edge of the waterfront (before squeezing in the last meal!). There is a big, green space at the lakefront where you can picnic or just sit and take in the view. A trip to the city is not complete without a visit to the waterfront, even in wintertime!

The locals
People in Burlington are happy and they share their bliss with you. Be it store clerks or owners or a friendly passersby, people are always willing to help you out, answer questions, give advice about their city or just offer a sincere smile. Every time I visit, I can’t help but feel like I’m part of something very special and quite magical.

Visit Burlington : Boutiques Unique boutiques and finds
I love shopping in Burlington, which is interesting since I don’t usually enjoy shopping. Church Street and the side streets have a number of great boutiques that are independently owned and have beautiful and good quality clothing. Some of my favourite shops are Stella Mae, Bella Boutique, Whim Boutique and Vermont Flannel. Downtown also has a handful of great, fun second-hand shops like Downtown Threads. I also like visiting spiritual and fair-trade locales including the Peace and Justice Store (near the waterfront) and Spirit Dancer Books & Gifts. I am always sure to find something special and meaningful

This truly is a magical little city. You can also read more about why should should see more of Vermont and road trip the state in my recent post

Now it’s your turn… Have you visited Burlington? Would you visit Burlington? What are some of your favourite New England towns or cities?The 5 Reasons You Need to Visit Burlington, Vermont // at happiestwhenexploring.com

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  • Reply Celia June 3, 2015 at 1:03 am

    I’m sold! I want to see and visit Burlington; NOW.

    • Reply happiestwhenexploring June 3, 2015 at 3:48 am

      Yessss! Perfect timing for this post it seems 😀 See you Sunday 😉

  • Reply Laura June 5, 2015 at 12:17 am

    I LOVE BURLINGTON! My fave is Pingala Cafe and walking by the water…. and the boutiques… and the coffee at Uncommon Grounds… and the cute hotels… darn I love EVERYTHING!

    • Reply happiestwhenexploring June 14, 2015 at 3:11 am

      Hehe, yes its VERY hard to choose. LOVE it ALL. <3

  • Reply Antonietta di ioia August 10, 2015 at 10:51 am

    Ciao Erica leggendo il tuo blog mi sono trovata a pensare se io avessi mai fatto un viaggio da sola e di colpo mi e venuto in mente quando potevo avere piu o meno 10-11 Anni e ho preso la corriera dal paese alla nostra casa di campagna, cioe masseria,e cosi mi sono rivista con i soldi in mano per pagare il bigglietto e ho preso posto vicino al finestrino e cosi ho potuto vedere tutto il paesaggio che non avavo mai visto prima perche spesso si andava dal paese alla masseria ma a piedi e accompagnata sempre da un adulto, dunque per me e stata un avventura quella prima volta che ho preso la corriera ( da sola) e scorrazzare per un paesaggio che conoscevo bene ma lo scoprivo differente da dietro il finestrino della corriera. Grazie per questi bei ricordi che hai suscitato in me

    • Reply Happiest When Exploring August 21, 2015 at 11:40 pm

      Ciao Nonna! Grazie per il vostro messaggio. Sono contento che avete avuto questo ricordo. Ma il più bello è che l’avete condiviso con me.

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