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Guidebook for Burlington & Winooski

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Guidebook for Burlington & Winooski

Food Scene
Pingala is a vegan café in the Chace Mill that is a quick walk from River House. Our good friend Trevor Sullivan runs it, be sure to say hello! Excellent views of the Winooski River, beautiful decor and delicious vegan food. Definitely try the Green is Good smoothie. Expensive but the fresh ingredients are worth it. Check out the lovely mural by Tara Goreau too: https://www.sevendaysvt.com/vermont/tara-goreau-leaves-her-mark-at-pingala-cafe/Content?oid=2325941 5 minute walk from River House
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Pingala Cafe & Eatery
1 Mill Street
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Pingala is a vegan café in the Chace Mill that is a quick walk from River House. Our good friend Trevor Sullivan runs it, be sure to say hello! Excellent views of the Winooski River, beautiful decor and delicious vegan food. Definitely try the Green is Good smoothie. Expensive but the fresh ingredients are worth it. Check out the lovely mural by Tara Goreau too: https://www.sevendaysvt.com/vermont/tara-goreau-leaves-her-mark-at-pingala-cafe/Content?oid=2325941 5 minute walk from River House
Tiny Thai is one of my favorite restaurants on the Winooski Circle, and a ten minute walk from River House. Delicious, fresh, affordable cuisine. Bring your own alcohol, no fee, and they will provide the glasses. Only downside is that Tiny Thai is so good that it is always packed! Expect a wait even when getting take out. They have a great lunch special too. Try the Drunken Noodles or anything on the back page of their authentic thai street food menu if you can handle spice. - 10 minute walk from River House
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Tiny Thai Restaurant
24 Main Street
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Tiny Thai is one of my favorite restaurants on the Winooski Circle, and a ten minute walk from River House. Delicious, fresh, affordable cuisine. Bring your own alcohol, no fee, and they will provide the glasses. Only downside is that Tiny Thai is so good that it is always packed! Expect a wait even when getting take out. They have a great lunch special too. Try the Drunken Noodles or anything on the back page of their authentic thai street food menu if you can handle spice. - 10 minute walk from River House
Misery Loves Company is a family run restaurant that will make you feel like you were transported to Brooklyn. The cocktails are to die for and the food is a colorful carnival act. You get a front row seat as the chefs prepare wild, locally sourced, rich dishes. The atmosphere is warm and loud. The fried chicken dinner for 2 will knock your socks off. - 10 minute walk from River House
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Misery Loves Co.
46 Main Street
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Misery Loves Company is a family run restaurant that will make you feel like you were transported to Brooklyn. The cocktails are to die for and the food is a colorful carnival act. You get a front row seat as the chefs prepare wild, locally sourced, rich dishes. The atmosphere is warm and loud. The fried chicken dinner for 2 will knock your socks off. - 10 minute walk from River House
Sneakers is one of the best breakfast places in the area. It is next to Tiny Thai on the Winooski Circle, a ten minute walk from River House. Always check out their specials as they are decadent and fun. In the mood for a sassy afternoon cocktail, this is the place. They also have good lattes and fancy coffee drinks. Try the California Eggs Benedict if you like portobello mushrooms. In addition to delicious breakfast fare, they also serve salads and sandwiches. They are not open for dinner and can be very busy on the weekends. - 10 minute walk from River House
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Sneakers Bistro
28 Main Street
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Sneakers is one of the best breakfast places in the area. It is next to Tiny Thai on the Winooski Circle, a ten minute walk from River House. Always check out their specials as they are decadent and fun. In the mood for a sassy afternoon cocktail, this is the place. They also have good lattes and fancy coffee drinks. Try the California Eggs Benedict if you like portobello mushrooms. In addition to delicious breakfast fare, they also serve salads and sandwiches. They are not open for dinner and can be very busy on the weekends. - 10 minute walk from River House
Papa Franks is CHEAP, decent Italian food. The atmosphere is cozy and it is run by a family. Try the garlic bread and calzones. - 10 min walk from River House
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Papa Frank's Italian Restaurant
13 West Center Street
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Papa Franks is CHEAP, decent Italian food. The atmosphere is cozy and it is run by a family. Try the garlic bread and calzones. - 10 min walk from River House
Waterworks is all about the atmosphere. It’s worth a trip just to see the space, it is large and glorious, recently remodeled, with sweeping views of the falls. In fact, you can see their merry lights across the water from River House! There is often live music and a hopping bar scene. Summer is a great time to enjoy their outdoor seating with specialty cocktails and flatbreads. The food is ok but you are really paying for the beautiful space and views and that is more than worth it. Waterworks is right next to the Winooski Falls Riverwalk which has seating, picnic tables and nice spots to hang out and enjoy the falls. Where ever you end up eating, enjoy a stroll after your meal!
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Waterworks Food + Drink
20 Winooski Falls Way
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Waterworks is all about the atmosphere. It’s worth a trip just to see the space, it is large and glorious, recently remodeled, with sweeping views of the falls. In fact, you can see their merry lights across the water from River House! There is often live music and a hopping bar scene. Summer is a great time to enjoy their outdoor seating with specialty cocktails and flatbreads. The food is ok but you are really paying for the beautiful space and views and that is more than worth it. Waterworks is right next to the Winooski Falls Riverwalk which has seating, picnic tables and nice spots to hang out and enjoy the falls. Where ever you end up eating, enjoy a stroll after your meal!
Our House is up Main Street past Sneakers. They have lunch and dinner and serve an eclectic fare of higher priced comfort food. Think fried PBnJ dipped in chocolate sauce for dessert. Yum. - 10 min walk from River House
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Our House Bistro
36 Main Street
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Our House is up Main Street past Sneakers. They have lunch and dinner and serve an eclectic fare of higher priced comfort food. Think fried PBnJ dipped in chocolate sauce for dessert. Yum. - 10 min walk from River House
Enjoy creemees (that’s Vt for soft serve) in the summer and affordable fried food all year round. This old fashioned 50s dinner will delight with its classic decor and delicious french fries. - 10 min drive from River House
Al's French Frys
1251 Williston Road
Enjoy creemees (that’s Vt for soft serve) in the summer and affordable fried food all year round. This old fashioned 50s dinner will delight with its classic decor and delicious french fries. - 10 min drive from River House
My favorite restaurant in Burlington, Fresh, delicious, amazing service. This is the place to go but careful, there are crowds on the weekends. Open for breakfast and brunch - no dinner. My favorite meal is the veggie reuben with a side salad- and it is enough for two!
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Penny Cluse Cafe
169 Cherry Street
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My favorite restaurant in Burlington, Fresh, delicious, amazing service. This is the place to go but careful, there are crowds on the weekends. Open for breakfast and brunch - no dinner. My favorite meal is the veggie reuben with a side salad- and it is enough for two!
Delicious baked goods and cakes, tasty food and yummy coffee drinks. Stop in for something sweet or just to gawk at their amazing pastry and cookie display. #nomnom
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Mirabelles
198 Main Street
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Delicious baked goods and cakes, tasty food and yummy coffee drinks. Stop in for something sweet or just to gawk at their amazing pastry and cookie display. #nomnom
Check their website for their hours as they are not always open. Delicious baked goods and healthy lunches.
Blossom Whole Food Kitchen and Catering
25 Winooski Falls Way
Check their website for their hours as they are not always open. Delicious baked goods and healthy lunches.
Delicious and affordable Vietnamese food. A bowl of pho will keep you warm through the winter. We also love the spring rolls and egg rolls. - 10 minute drive from River House
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Pho Dang Vietnamese Cafe
215 Main St
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Delicious and affordable Vietnamese food. A bowl of pho will keep you warm through the winter. We also love the spring rolls and egg rolls. - 10 minute drive from River House
A nice place for coffee drinks, people watching and baked goods. Plus, try their delicious homemade ice cream! - 10 min walk from River House
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Scout & Co.
1 East Allen Street
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A nice place for coffee drinks, people watching and baked goods. Plus, try their delicious homemade ice cream! - 10 min walk from River House
Affordable, tasty and simple. There is often a wait at this popular spot but you can enjoy craft beers by the fire until your table is ready. The pizza is always good (sausage is my favorite) and you can watch it being cooked nearby. Try the original Flatbread in Waitsfield if you are up for a drive and you can enjoy their frozen pizzas at home too. - 10 min drive from River House
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American Flatbread Burlington Hearth
115 Saint Paul Street
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Affordable, tasty and simple. There is often a wait at this popular spot but you can enjoy craft beers by the fire until your table is ready. The pizza is always good (sausage is my favorite) and you can watch it being cooked nearby. Try the original Flatbread in Waitsfield if you are up for a drive and you can enjoy their frozen pizzas at home too. - 10 min drive from River House
Fine dining and beautiful decor set this space apart. Top of every Best of Restaurant List, Eric and Will run a fine joint and have the very best team in town. Watch meals being prepared by talented chefs, enjoy the fireplace and artful space. Sit at the bar and enjoy crafty cocktails and oysters - this is an expensive and memorable treat. - 10 min drive from River House
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Hen of the Wood - Burlington
55 Cherry Street
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Fine dining and beautiful decor set this space apart. Top of every Best of Restaurant List, Eric and Will run a fine joint and have the very best team in town. Watch meals being prepared by talented chefs, enjoy the fireplace and artful space. Sit at the bar and enjoy crafty cocktails and oysters - this is an expensive and memorable treat. - 10 min drive from River House
Drinks & Nightlife
The Monkey House is a bar up the street from Sneakers on the Winooski Circle. Great place for drinks and local music - they bring in exceptional talent from NY, Canada and Boston. They also have pool tables and a casual crowd of regulars. The best place to see music in Winooski, they have an eclectic mix of out of town bands and locals. - 10 min walk from River House
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Monkey House
30 Main Street
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The Monkey House is a bar up the street from Sneakers on the Winooski Circle. Great place for drinks and local music - they bring in exceptional talent from NY, Canada and Boston. They also have pool tables and a casual crowd of regulars. The best place to see music in Winooski, they have an eclectic mix of out of town bands and locals. - 10 min walk from River House
The Mule Bar is a great place to hang out and kick back with a cocktail, some local craft beer and some good eating. They have burgers, poutine and salads too. They often play the big games if you are into that. They are up Main Street past Our House. - 10 minute walk from River House
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Mule Bar
38 Main Street
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The Mule Bar is a great place to hang out and kick back with a cocktail, some local craft beer and some good eating. They have burgers, poutine and salads too. They often play the big games if you are into that. They are up Main Street past Our House. - 10 minute walk from River House
This boutique hotel was beautifully designed with VT in mind. It is a cross between Hollywood and Burlington with majestic details, a hopping bar and restaurant named Juniper and snazzy outdoor seating. - 10 min drive from River House
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Hotel Vermont
41 Cherry Street
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This boutique hotel was beautifully designed with VT in mind. It is a cross between Hollywood and Burlington with majestic details, a hopping bar and restaurant named Juniper and snazzy outdoor seating. - 10 min drive from River House
The Radio Bean is one of the most happening spots in town and it's right next door is the Light Club Lamp Shop which offers tasty food and a scene of its own. A hearty nightlife, eclectic cuisine, live music, and scensters a plenty. If you are very lucky, you might catch a glimpse of local chanteuse Kat Wright behind the bar or performing on stage.
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Radio Bean
8 North Winooski Avenue
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The Radio Bean is one of the most happening spots in town and it's right next door is the Light Club Lamp Shop which offers tasty food and a scene of its own. A hearty nightlife, eclectic cuisine, live music, and scensters a plenty. If you are very lucky, you might catch a glimpse of local chanteuse Kat Wright behind the bar or performing on stage.
Parks & Nature
In the summer, it is all about creemees (this is what we call soft serve in VT) at the Waterfront. A stroll, a meal, a brew, a picnic, a bike ride, a paddleboard or boating adventure - you can find it all down at the shore of Lake Champlain. 10 min drive from River House, 2.3 miles
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Waterfront Park
20 Lake Street
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In the summer, it is all about creemees (this is what we call soft serve in VT) at the Waterfront. A stroll, a meal, a brew, a picnic, a bike ride, a paddleboard or boating adventure - you can find it all down at the shore of Lake Champlain. 10 min drive from River House, 2.3 miles
The Winooski Circle is a ten minute walk from River House. In the summer it is hopping with lots of outdoor seating. After eating, why not take a stroll on the Winooski Falls Riverwalk which runs alongside the river. If you’d like a longer walk, take the loop through the woods through the Casavant Natural Area - trail has some steep sections, wear good shoes.
Casavant Natural Area
The Winooski Circle is a ten minute walk from River House. In the summer it is hopping with lots of outdoor seating. After eating, why not take a stroll on the Winooski Falls Riverwalk which runs alongside the river. If you’d like a longer walk, take the loop through the woods through the Casavant Natural Area - trail has some steep sections, wear good shoes.
The Winooski Circle is a ten minute walk from River House. In the summer it is hopping with lots of outdoor seating. After eating, why not take a stroll on the Winooski Falls Riverwalk which runs alongside the river. If you’d like a longer walk, take the loop through the woods through the Casavant Natural Area - trail has some steep sections, wear good shoes.
Winooski Falls Way
The Winooski Circle is a ten minute walk from River House. In the summer it is hopping with lots of outdoor seating. After eating, why not take a stroll on the Winooski Falls Riverwalk which runs alongside the river. If you’d like a longer walk, take the loop through the woods through the Casavant Natural Area - trail has some steep sections, wear good shoes.
Shopping
A lovely little gift shop with a variety of VT made crafts such as bags, belts, cards, calendars, jewelry, clothes - anything you could ask for! All of it is sweet and handmade, carefully displayed. Looking for something special and VT-y to bring home - this is the place! The store is run by a local crafter named Nicole and she is often there working on her Nicole’s Threads scarves so say hello! - 10 min walk
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Birdfolk Collective
17 East Allen Street
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A lovely little gift shop with a variety of VT made crafts such as bags, belts, cards, calendars, jewelry, clothes - anything you could ask for! All of it is sweet and handmade, carefully displayed. Looking for something special and VT-y to bring home - this is the place! The store is run by a local crafter named Nicole and she is often there working on her Nicole’s Threads scarves so say hello! - 10 min walk
Essentials
Boutique grocery store, nice veggies, cheese, wine and baked goods. Small with a lot of options. 10 min walk from River House
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Commodities Natural Market
65 Winooski Falls Way
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Boutique grocery store, nice veggies, cheese, wine and baked goods. Small with a lot of options. 10 min walk from River House
2 locations, Pine St and downtown A trip to City Market is not to be missed. You will run into everyone you know in town and be amazed by the options, deli, hot bar, prepared foods, wine, baked goods, etc. Everything you need is at the Coop and we are all member/owners so that makes it even better.
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City Market/Onion River Co-op
82 South Winooski Avenue
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2 locations, Pine St and downtown A trip to City Market is not to be missed. You will run into everyone you know in town and be amazed by the options, deli, hot bar, prepared foods, wine, baked goods, etc. Everything you need is at the Coop and we are all member/owners so that makes it even better.
Wash your clothes and maybe clean your car while you wait? They also do car detailing in the business next door.
Wash Spot
207 Riverside Ave
Wash your clothes and maybe clean your car while you wait? They also do car detailing in the business next door.
If you are in need of pampering, try a massage, facial or many other blissful treatments at Absolute Wellness. Colleen will take care of you and make you feel brand new again!
Absolute Wellness Healing Spa
4050 Williston Rd
If you are in need of pampering, try a massage, facial or many other blissful treatments at Absolute Wellness. Colleen will take care of you and make you feel brand new again!
Sightseeing
Hands down my favorite spot in Vermont. Whether you are walking on their expansive trails, meeting farm animals or enjoying dinner at their inn, this is a scenic and historic spot in VT not to be missed. 20 min drove from River House, 8.6 miles
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Shelburne Farms
1611 Harbor Road
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Hands down my favorite spot in Vermont. Whether you are walking on their expansive trails, meeting farm animals or enjoying dinner at their inn, this is a scenic and historic spot in VT not to be missed. 20 min drove from River House, 8.6 miles
The Island Line Trail was once an old train track and now it is a bike and walking path boasting amazing views, water on both sides and loads of people enjoying the outdoors. You can even take the bike ferry across to the islands for a creemee but check their schedule as they are not always running. https://www.sevendaysvt.com/vermont/the-return-of-the-bike-ferry-314/Content?oid=2291514
Causeway Bike Path Parking
178 Mills Point Rd
The Island Line Trail was once an old train track and now it is a bike and walking path boasting amazing views, water on both sides and loads of people enjoying the outdoors. You can even take the bike ferry across to the islands for a creemee but check their schedule as they are not always running. https://www.sevendaysvt.com/vermont/the-return-of-the-bike-ferry-314/Content?oid=2291514
Charlie and Chris Auer (brother and sister) have been running the boat house for decades. Their parents bought the scenic chunk of land where the Winooski River meets Lake Champlain back in the 20s and hoped to share the view with others. It isn't fancy but tourists from all over the world have stumbled upon the sweet spot and fallen in love with it. You can rent boats and canoes at the boat house and get some light snacks but the real treat is spending time with Charlie and Chris. Both of them are beloved local fixtures and part of Burlington's history. Say hello and tell them I sent you! https://www.sevendaysvt.com/vermont/charlies-boat-house-177/Content?oid=2251031
Auer Family/Charlie's Boathouse
3181 North Ave
Charlie and Chris Auer (brother and sister) have been running the boat house for decades. Their parents bought the scenic chunk of land where the Winooski River meets Lake Champlain back in the 20s and hoped to share the view with others. It isn't fancy but tourists from all over the world have stumbled upon the sweet spot and fallen in love with it. You can rent boats and canoes at the boat house and get some light snacks but the real treat is spending time with Charlie and Chris. Both of them are beloved local fixtures and part of Burlington's history. Say hello and tell them I sent you! https://www.sevendaysvt.com/vermont/charlies-boat-house-177/Content?oid=2251031
Entertainment & Activities
This is a 10 minute drive from River House but parking may take some time. Church St is closed off to traffic for a chunk of downtown and you can stroll down its cobblestone street, grab an ice cream, coffee, shop, eat a meal or people watch. In the summer there are street festivals and you will always find plenty to do. Hours will pass by quickly on the marketplace and everything you need is right there.
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Church Street Marketplace
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This is a 10 minute drive from River House but parking may take some time. Church St is closed off to traffic for a chunk of downtown and you can stroll down its cobblestone street, grab an ice cream, coffee, shop, eat a meal or people watch. In the summer there are street festivals and you will always find plenty to do. Hours will pass by quickly on the marketplace and everything you need is right there.
The Roxy is the place to go to see indie films and some bigger blockbusters too. I used to be the Projectionist at this theater so say hi to Merrill if you see him! :)
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Merrill's Roxy Cinema
222 College Street
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The Roxy is the place to go to see indie films and some bigger blockbusters too. I used to be the Projectionist at this theater so say hi to Merrill if you see him! :)
Laughing River Yoga is down the hall from Pingala in the Chace Mill. It’s a nice place to drop in for a restful yoga class with views of the river. There are difficult (Vinyasa and Kripalu) and chill (Yin) classes - my favorite teacher is Emily but her classes fill up quickly. 5 minute walk from River House
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Laughing River Yoga
1 Mill Street
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Laughing River Yoga is down the hall from Pingala in the Chace Mill. It’s a nice place to drop in for a restful yoga class with views of the river. There are difficult (Vinyasa and Kripalu) and chill (Yin) classes - my favorite teacher is Emily but her classes fill up quickly. 5 minute walk from River House