- Echo at the Leahy Center1 College St, Burlington, VT 05401recommended Echo at the Leahy CenterInteresting educational aquarium/ecological center right on Burlington's waterfront. Great stop for kids.
- Penny Cluse Cafe169 Cherry St, Burlington, VT 05401recommended Penny Cluse CafeBurlington's most popular breakfast/brunch spot deserves its stellar reputation. The fantastic, extensive menu sometimes means you're in for a long wait before a table becomes available. But if you ... read morecan show up early, or if you have time to spare, make sure to put Penny Cluse on your Burlington dining itinerary. If the line is out the door, head a few blocks West to Magnolia instead for a meal that's just as good.
- Cheese Traders1186 Williston Roadrecommended Cheese TradersOne of my favorite Burlington institutions, Cheese Traders is a wonderfully unpredictable food shopping experience. They sell all kinds of snacks, cereals, and, yes, cheeses at ridiculous discounts. ... read moreMost of their stuff is either about to expire or will expire soon, hence the discunts. So if you have a family to feed and will go through a gallon of milk in two days, you can still beat the expiration date... probably for 25 cents. Ben and Jerry's and Cabot Cheese get rid of overstock through Cheese Traders, too. You can easily walk out of here with a box (yes, they have boxes because shoppers tend to get carried away) full of snacks for under $10. There's also an extensive wine cellar downstairs.
- A Single Pebble133 Bank St, Burlington, VT 05401recommended A Single PebbleA unique Chinese restaurant with great faux-meat options for vegetarians. Just a block off of Church Street.
- Dobra Tea80 Church St, Burlington, VT 05401recommended Dobra TeaAfter a day of exploring Lake Champlain and Burlington's pedestrian mall on Church Street, take a break at Dobra. Inspired by tea houses in Prague, employees take a rigorous course in teas from around ... read morethe planet, and can answer any questions you may have about the thick novel that serves as their menu. And you just might bump into Phish's Mike Gordon.
- Church StreetChurch Streetrecommended Church StreetThe commerical and social center of Burlington, Church Street is a bustling pedestrian mall in the middle of downtown. Lined with great dining and shopping options, Church Street is a perfect place to ... read morewander away an afternoon. The city's Mardi Gras parade and marathon both swing through here, and winter means you may see ice sculpting contests during your stroll. Highlights along (or just off of) Church Street include Penny Cluse cafe, A Single Pebble Chinese restaurant, Dobra Tea, and the weekend Farmer's Market behind City Hall.
recommended BurlingtonOne of my favorite cities in the Northeast. Between Lake Champlain, bustling Church Street, a lively music scene, the nearby mountains, and a great bike path, there's plenty to keep you busy with a ... read morepretty impressive backdrop. Check out the website for Seven Days (http://www.7dvt.com/), VT's great alternative newspaper for a calendar of events (and pick up a free copy when you're in town). Summer and autumn are, of course, the ideal times to visit, but winter has its perks here, too. Even if you don't ski, Burlington's Mardis Gras and ice sculpting competition are both great fun. As for good eats, and there are plenty here, make sure you stop by A Single Pebble (fantastic, unusual Chinese food), Dobra (Prague-style tea house), RadioBean, and Penny Cluse Cafe (breakfast/brunch).Evan Roth-Howe
Check out the website for Seven Days (http://www.7dvt.com/), VT's great alternative newspaper for a calendar of events. If you're lucky, you'll be in town for Burlington's Mardis Gras or ice sculpting competition.
- Shelburne Museum5555 Shelburne Rdrecommended Shelburne MuseumThe Shelburne Museum is a unique museum outside of Burlington that features Americana from the 17th-20th centuries. Buildings, a covered bridge, and a steamboat from around New England and upstate New ... read moreYork were moved to the grounds of the museum. Visitors walking around the grounds are able to go inside many of these buildings, where artifacts and artwork are now housed. The museum has done a great job of making history accessible.
- Vermont Teddy Bear Company6655 Shelburne Road, Shelburne, VT 05482-6500recommended Vermont Teddy Bear CompanyA Vermont must-do for families! I remember enjoying the tour and the little flat teddy bear shape they give you during the tour. It's a lot of fun for kids and not too boring for the parents.Katie Pierce
Another fun place to check out (again, you may need a car to get here)! The Teddy Bear Factory is a great place to bring kids. I remember really enjoying the tour when I visited during my childhood.
- Lake Champlain Chocolates65 Church Street, Burlington, VTrecommended Lake Champlain ChocolatesI always prefer eating local and I love chocolate, which makes Lake Champlain Chocolates one of my favorite stops in Burlington. They have all sorts of goodies that appeal to my sweet tooth!Katie Pierce
If anyone in your family likes chocolate, this is a great stop!
- Trapp Family Lodge700 Trapp Hill Rd, Stowe, VT 05672