The city of Burlington, Vermont, is a vibrant destination known for its progressive values, college town atmosphere and breathtaking fall foliage. Travelers eager to stay in Vermont for their next getaway will have a variety of accommodation options to choose from, including hotel alternatives like charming inns, quiet guest houses and welcoming bed and breakfasts in Burlington. Many of these properties are on spacious grounds, giving guests the chance to enjoy the magnificent scenery, mingle over a full breakfast each morning or even stay on working farms bursting with life.
Burlington is known for its many outdoor activities. A popular way to spend time in Burlington is by renting a bike and exploring the nearly 8-mile bike path that runs through the city and connects to the nearby city of Colchester. Those with a love of hiking can trek up to the top of Mount Philo, or those in search of a bigger challenge can tackle the hike up to Camel''s Hump. Though the hike may be tough, the rewards include stunning views over the Champlain Valley below. You might also want to try Nordic skiing during the winter, or you could venture just outside of Burlington for downhill skiing opportunities.
Burlington has a strong heritage, a rich history and a college-town atmosphere. Thus, it''s no surprise that the city boasts a staggering number of world-class museums to choose from.Fleming Museum of Art
This museum, which is located on the University of Vermont Burlington campus, is a collection of more than 25,000 pieces of art and anthropological pieces. Some of the most fascinating and impressive pieces on display include Native American textiles that are 1,200 years old, Aboriginal paintings from Australia, 19th-century African sculptures and even tomb figures from the Tang Dynasty.Ethan Allen Homestead
Visitors to this historic landmark can see the former home of Ethan Allen, a hero of the Revolutionary War. There is also an adjacent museum explaining more about Vermont''s role in the American Revolution.ECHO: Leahy Center for Lake Champlain
This science-focused museum might ostensibly be for kids, but it is a fun activity for adults as well. You''ll find animals, virtual reality exhibits and displays reflecting the ecosystem of Lake Champlain.
Burlington has a thriving food scene, and you''ll find everything from authentic Thai cuisine to artisan cheeses at farm-to-fork eateries. The pedestrian mall on Church Street is a top spot for finding independent eateries as well as street vendors selling favorites ranging from gourmet hot dogs to vegan pastries. Burlington also offers a growing craft beer and microbrewery scene, so finding locally brewed ales on tap is easy to do. Some breweries in the area even offer tours to curious visitors, and many tours conclude with a delicious tasting.
Burlington boasts four distinct seasons, which means that the landscape is constantly changing and providing new and beautiful views. Summers are warm and humid, boasting average high temperatures of 79 degrees Fahrenheit. Between December and March, snow is common, and temperatures can reach average lows of -12 degrees Fahrenheit.
There is truly no bad time of year to visit Burlington. Summers are sunny and warm, winters are ideal for snow-covered views and spring boasts beautiful flowers. However, autumn is the most popular time of year thanks to the stunning colors of the fall foliage in Burlington, Vermont, and throughout New England.
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