Destination Burlington Vermont

Located on the eastern shore of Lake Champlain, Burlington, Vermont is the epicenter of destinations for a day away from the hustle and bustle of a nine-to-five job.

Whether it is a romantic getaway for two, a family outing or a rugged weekend adventure you seek, they can all be found within a short drive of Vermont’s largest urban center.

Take a short drive to Shelburne and spend the day poking through the collections of quilts, artwork and other memorabilia at the Shelburne Museum. Want a break from the traditional museum fare? Then the Shelburne Museumis the place for you. Wander through the museum’s extensive collection of period buildings, including the Ticonderoga, a 220-foot steam ship that once cruised the waters of Lake Champlain.

Visit a lighthouse and spend some time examining the construction of the Round Barn, one of the 37 buildings included in the museum’s collection. Take a moment to enjoy the miniature, hand carved circus and take a ride on the museum’s antique carousel. Admission is pricey at $20 per adult, but a family package tops out at $50 for the parents and their children 4-18 years of age. The admission price is well worth the chance to make history come alive.

If museums are your special destination, visitors must stop at the Ethan Allen Homestead and Museum. Allen and his famous Green Mountain Boys were instrumental in claiming the territory that now includes the state of Vermont. The homestead is a reconstructed replica of Allen’s original home on the banks of the Winooski River. Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for children ages 3-6 years old. The museum grounds offer hiking trails and picnic spots. The grounds are open year-round. There is charge to enjoy the trails on the museum grounds.

Want to spend a weekend in rugged activity? The Burlington area offers that as well. Whether you want to hike, bike, cross country ski, or test your skills at rock climbing, they are all available in the Burlingtonarea. Bredeson Outdoor Adventures offers private, public and self-guided hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, and snow-shoeing treks for a fee.

Want to strike out on a mountain trail on you own for an afternoon of communing with nature? Not a problem. Grab a trail map, a good pair of hiking boots and start walking. Remember to wear your boots a bit before hitting the trail. Otherwise blisters and sore feet may be waiting for you at the end of the day.

Looking for a quiet, romantic get-away? A multitude of quaint bed and breakfast inns are clustered in and around Burlington. Spend some time at the Inn at Bucks Hollow Farm in Fairfax. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before hiking the trails on the 400 acre farm or sitting by the pool, depending on the season when you visit. To find other bed and Breakfast inns in the area, visit www.bedandbreakfast.com/vermont for a list of small, intimate lodgings.

Still haven’t touched on your favorite get-away-from-it-all activity? So shopping is your preferred way to spend your free time. Never fear, Burlington can help with that pass-time too. Spend the day browsing through factory outlets from big name clothing manufacturers such as Ralph Lauren and Brooks Brothers at the Essex Shops and Cinema in Essex. The shopping center is a short drive from Burlington and offers food as well as lodging for the enjoyment of the shopping crowd.

Whatever your interest, you can find it in Burlington and the surrounding countryside.