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Guidebook for Burlington

Gregory

Guidebook for Burlington

Getting Around
This local car rental company is a nice option if you'll need access to a car while you're here. They are less than a mile from our home.
Majestic Car Rental Group
616 S Willard St
This local car rental company is a nice option if you'll need access to a car while you're here. They are less than a mile from our home.
Essentials
City Market is our awesome food co-op! You can go here for groceries, custom-made sandwiches and local Vermont treats. This is a great option for folks who like having more local and organic options while they are shopping, but the store does a great job offering something for everyone whatever your budget may be.
City Market/Onion River Co-op
82 South Winooski Avenue
City Market is our awesome food co-op! You can go here for groceries, custom-made sandwiches and local Vermont treats. This is a great option for folks who like having more local and organic options while they are shopping, but the store does a great job offering something for everyone whatever your budget may be.
Food Scene
This is our favorite breakfast and brunch spot. Everything is good here, and they have classic breakfast options as well as unique things you don't find many other breakfast places (gingerbread pancakes, eggs benedict, tofu scramble, chicken liver toast, etc.)
Penny Cluse Cafe
169 Cherry Street
This is our favorite breakfast and brunch spot. Everything is good here, and they have classic breakfast options as well as unique things you don't find many other breakfast places (gingerbread pancakes, eggs benedict, tofu scramble, chicken liver toast, etc.)
Verita is only abut a 4 minute walk from our home, and is delicious! They offer traditional Italian charcuterie and flatbread style pizzas that will knock your socks off. Their flavor combinations are creative and delicious. We sometimes just go for the drinks and appetizers, but this is also a great option for a full sit-down dinner.
Pizzeria Verità
156 Saint Paul Street
Verita is only abut a 4 minute walk from our home, and is delicious! They offer traditional Italian charcuterie and flatbread style pizzas that will knock your socks off. Their flavor combinations are creative and delicious. We sometimes just go for the drinks and appetizers, but this is also a great option for a full sit-down dinner.
One of the most well known restaurants in Burlington, and for good reason. Awesome flatbread style pizzas, salads, and a great beer selection (they run their own brewery). This is a great option for larger groups and families.
American Flatbread Burlington Hearth
115 Saint Paul Street
One of the most well known restaurants in Burlington, and for good reason. Awesome flatbread style pizzas, salads, and a great beer selection (they run their own brewery). This is a great option for larger groups and families.
Duino offers a creative menu and a funky vibe. My favorite thing to get here is their Volcano Fries: A mountain of hand-cut frites & sweets with black beans, house-pickled onions & jalapeños, avocado, pineapple salsa & butternut squash gravy. If this doesn't entice you, I don't know what will!
¡Duino! (Duende)
10 North Winooski Avenue
Duino offers a creative menu and a funky vibe. My favorite thing to get here is their Volcano Fries: A mountain of hand-cut frites & sweets with black beans, house-pickled onions & jalapeños, avocado, pineapple salsa & butternut squash gravy. If this doesn't entice you, I don't know what will!
Delicious home made gelato! Creative and classic flavors you're sure to love!
Shy Guy Gelato
457 St Paul St
Delicious home made gelato! Creative and classic flavors you're sure to love!
They know coffee... and love dogs. What more could you want!? Great offering of local pastries and Counter Culture coffee in a bright, open space in the Karma Bird House gallery.
Maglianero Cafe
47 Maple Street
They know coffee... and love dogs. What more could you want!? Great offering of local pastries and Counter Culture coffee in a bright, open space in the Karma Bird House gallery.
The food is incredible! Great menu options, carefully prepared by a professional staff in a warm, inviting space. Our suggestion: get one of everything!
Drifter's Cafe and Bar
156 N Winooski Ave
The food is incredible! Great menu options, carefully prepared by a professional staff in a warm, inviting space. Our suggestion: get one of everything!
While the menu is on the smaller side, we still come here often for a quick, tasty bite. Located just a block from our house, it's a perfect option when you want to eat great but don't want a long wait. We also recommend calling for take-out, since you can walk and the food is still hot when you get home!
St Paul Street Gastrogrub
205 St Paul St
While the menu is on the smaller side, we still come here often for a quick, tasty bite. Located just a block from our house, it's a perfect option when you want to eat great but don't want a long wait. We also recommend calling for take-out, since you can walk and the food is still hot when you get home!
Part bar, part restaurant, part gallery and music venue... all awesome! This place has it all, and in the summer... FOOD TRUCKS every Friday! These guys know how to execute a menu, serving up delicious plates of varying styles and sizes. They also host unique dining experiences such as Ethiopian Night, where guest chefs prepare excellent offerings for you and your party (reservations required). Check their website for their changing menu and event calendar!
ArtsRiot
400 Pine Street
Part bar, part restaurant, part gallery and music venue... all awesome! This place has it all, and in the summer... FOOD TRUCKS every Friday! These guys know how to execute a menu, serving up delicious plates of varying styles and sizes. They also host unique dining experiences such as Ethiopian Night, where guest chefs prepare excellent offerings for you and your party (reservations required). Check their website for their changing menu and event calendar!
Our favorite new restaurant in town! This place features eastern mediterranean small plates, and everything we've had there has been outstanding. Visit during Honey Time (4-5pm) for deals on drinks and food, or visit for dinner. We recommend making a reservation, as this place books up fast. You will not be disappointed!
Honey Road
156 Church St
Our favorite new restaurant in town! This place features eastern mediterranean small plates, and everything we've had there has been outstanding. Visit during Honey Time (4-5pm) for deals on drinks and food, or visit for dinner. We recommend making a reservation, as this place books up fast. You will not be disappointed!
Parks & Nature
This is an easy hike along one of the bays off Lake Champlain. You don't gain much elevation on this, so it may be more of a walk in the woods than a hike. Perfect for the whole family!
Shelburne Bay
This is an easy hike along one of the bays off Lake Champlain. You don't gain much elevation on this, so it may be more of a walk in the woods than a hike. Perfect for the whole family!
Head to Burlington's waterfront park to access the bike path, where you can bike, jog, skateboard or walk along the lake. You can head either direction along the water and will get great views along the way! In the warmer months, you're sure to find athletes, romantics, artists and tourists alike, all enjoying this special place. The long, green lawns are perfect for a picnic and blanket or a game of frisbee!
Waterfront Park
20 Lake Street
Head to Burlington's waterfront park to access the bike path, where you can bike, jog, skateboard or walk along the lake. You can head either direction along the water and will get great views along the way! In the warmer months, you're sure to find athletes, romantics, artists and tourists alike, all enjoying this special place. The long, green lawns are perfect for a picnic and blanket or a game of frisbee!
This hike is short but gets steep at points. You can reach the top by hiking through the woods, or walking up a road. At only 25 minutes out of Burlington, this is a nice option for anyone looking to get their heart-rate up and catch some views of Chittenden County.
Mount Philo
This hike is short but gets steep at points. You can reach the top by hiking through the woods, or walking up a road. At only 25 minutes out of Burlington, this is a nice option for anyone looking to get their heart-rate up and catch some views of Chittenden County.
Drinks & Nightlife
This is downtown's most popular music venue. Nectars is known for hosting Phish back in the day, and attracts folks from all ages. They offer 1/2 priced burgers on Wednesday nights, and are less than a 10 minute walk from our home. Check their events calendar when you're in town to see what music they've got going on during your stay!
Nectar's
188 Main Street
This is downtown's most popular music venue. Nectars is known for hosting Phish back in the day, and attracts folks from all ages. They offer 1/2 priced burgers on Wednesday nights, and are less than a 10 minute walk from our home. Check their events calendar when you're in town to see what music they've got going on during your stay!
The bar at Hotel Vermont is as classy and Vermonty as it gets. They have a fireplace inside and a fire pit outside on their patio, with Vermont-made flannel blankets to keep you warm! This is a nice spot to grab a drink somewhere that doesn't feel like a bar on Church St. We love the cocktails here!
Hotel Vermont
41 Cherry Street
The bar at Hotel Vermont is as classy and Vermonty as it gets. They have a fireplace inside and a fire pit outside on their patio, with Vermont-made flannel blankets to keep you warm! This is a nice spot to grab a drink somewhere that doesn't feel like a bar on Church St. We love the cocktails here!
This is probably the bar we frequent the most. Definitely more of a locals kind of spot. This is a good option for late night drinking if you don't mind a more energized crowd, a louder environment, pool tables & foosball. They do late night pizza here, too, which is often a much appreciated addition to any time spent out on the town here.
Three Needs
185 Pearl Street
This is probably the bar we frequent the most. Definitely more of a locals kind of spot. This is a good option for late night drinking if you don't mind a more energized crowd, a louder environment, pool tables & foosball. They do late night pizza here, too, which is often a much appreciated addition to any time spent out on the town here.
It's a dive. Cheap drinks and free pool on Main St. Stop in just for one or stay til last call, either way, we recommend an Emily Fell Off The Wagon. Don't say we didn't warn you.
ESOX
194 Main St
It's a dive. Cheap drinks and free pool on Main St. Stop in just for one or stay til last call, either way, we recommend an Emily Fell Off The Wagon. Don't say we didn't warn you.
Stop in for a flight or grab a growler and go! We love the people here and they've just expanded their taproom! A must if you're here for the beer!
Zero Gravity Brewery
716 Pine St
Stop in for a flight or grab a growler and go! We love the people here and they've just expanded their taproom! A must if you're here for the beer!
If beer isn't your thing check out Citizen Cider! Great menu and daily specials! Great place to meet friends, hear live music and enjoy some unique cider offerings and cans to-go. Open patio and special events all summer, too! (Location is 316 Pine St, Burlington, VT not Essex, VT)
Citizen Cider
316 Pine Street
If beer isn't your thing check out Citizen Cider! Great menu and daily specials! Great place to meet friends, hear live music and enjoy some unique cider offerings and cans to-go. Open patio and special events all summer, too! (Location is 316 Pine St, Burlington, VT not Essex, VT)
The bar at Hotel Vermont is as classy and Vermonty as it gets. They have a fireplace inside and a fire pit outside on their patio, with Vermont-made flannel blankets to keep you warm! This is a nice spot to grab a drink somewhere that doesn't feel like a bar on Church St. We love the cocktails here!
Juniper Bar & Restaurant
41 Cherry St
The bar at Hotel Vermont is as classy and Vermonty as it gets. They have a fireplace inside and a fire pit outside on their patio, with Vermont-made flannel blankets to keep you warm! This is a nice spot to grab a drink somewhere that doesn't feel like a bar on Church St. We love the cocktails here!
Entertainment & Activities
This is our cute locally owned movie theater! Great option for a rainy day or a chilly evening.
Merrill's Roxy Cinema
222 College Street
This is our cute locally owned movie theater! Great option for a rainy day or a chilly evening.
Interested in Yoga? This studio is close to our home, offers a variety of yoga, massage and physical therapy, and they even offer a community class for just $5. We love this inviting space, and appreciate the kind, knowledgable and welcoming staff.
Evolution Physical Therapy and Yoga Studio Inc.
20 Kilburn Street
Interested in Yoga? This studio is close to our home, offers a variety of yoga, massage and physical therapy, and they even offer a community class for just $5. We love this inviting space, and appreciate the kind, knowledgable and welcoming staff.
Sightseeing
Battery Park offers spectacular views of Burlington's waterfront and the Adirondack Mountains across the lake. There is a bit of history to be learned from this spot and you can often find a food truck and live music in the summer. Be sure to catch the sunset for an unforgettable Burlington memory!
Battery Park
Battery Park Extension
Battery Park offers spectacular views of Burlington's waterfront and the Adirondack Mountains across the lake. There is a bit of history to be learned from this spot and you can often find a food truck and live music in the summer. Be sure to catch the sunset for an unforgettable Burlington memory!
A close walk from our home, Perkins Pier offers a playground, seasonal restrooms and the Maritime Burlington Exhibit via the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. This is great stop along the Burlington Bike Path!
Perkins Pier
1 Lavalley Ln
A close walk from our home, Perkins Pier offers a playground, seasonal restrooms and the Maritime Burlington Exhibit via the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. This is great stop along the Burlington Bike Path!