A Day Trip to Burlington, Vermont

Vermont Bridge - day trip from boston

We’ve explored two day-trip destinations south of Boston, Newport, Rhode Island and Nantucket.  Today, pack your tote with day-trip essentials, as we are headed north to Burlington, Vermont – a perfect day trip from Boston (or weekend getaway).

Burlington borders Lake Champlain and is just 45 miles south of the Canadian border.

When to go:

Burlington is beautiful throughout all four New England seasons, but the best time to visit is from late spring through early fall –  hello, foliage! Jazz lovers should head to Burlington in June for the annual Discover Jazz Festival, while beer lovers may want to plan a trip in July for the Vermont Brewers Festival.

What to do:

– Stroll Church Street t0 window shop, people watch, and t0 experience the Burlington culture.

– Take a “brewery crawl” (with a designated driver, of course) to Magic Hat, Citizen Cider, and Switchback Brewery Co.

– Bike the Burlington Bike Path for lakeside views.


Where to eat:

Great Harvest Bread Co. – for your bakery fix.

Farmhouse Tap & Grill – for Vermont grown farm to table and craft beers.

Hen of the Wood – the chef was a 2013 James Beard Award finalist for the northeast and the menu changes daily!

Where to shop:

Sweet Lady Jane – cute boutique of women’s clothing and accessories.

Crow Bookshop – locally owned bookstore that has been in business for 20 years.

Homeport – home decor and kitchen supply shop with unique items.

And if you’d like, where to stay overnight:

Hotel Vermont – high end, rustic and modern hotel that was recently renovated.

Hilton Burlington – good location with lake views.

Made INN Vermont – if you like B&Bs.

Jaime shares fun day trip ideas – be sure to keep an eye out for her other posts (read them all here!) as you adventure around New England. Catch up with Jaime on her blog, La Vie Jaime, and on Twitter and Instagram.

Photo credit: 1 / Natalie Chassaigne Kurtzman, 2/ Jaime Ganson

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