Tips for Planning Your Winter Excursion
1) Make reservations: You will need to plan your accommodations early, as it's one of the most popular times to visit Vermont. Research and make reservations at restaurants ahead of time to be sure you will dine in style! Some of our busy area restaurants require over a week's notice to get in on weekend evenings.
2) Try the local flavor: Vermont is known for it's wholesome, locally sourced food scene, so be sure to stop at Farmers' markets, try the restaurants, breweries and wineries, and pick up some treats at Lake Champlain Chocolates, Ben & Jerry's or Cabot Creamery.
3) From local boutiques to national retailers, the Greater Burlington Area has something for everyone. Make sure you spend some time on Church Street, Vermont’s best open air mall. You can find more information on shopping options and holiday deals here.
4) Be sure to book your spa appointments and treat yourself to your own holiday gift!
5) Check out our local calendar of events and take part in the pre-holiday festivities.
6) Don’t leave Vermont without some made in Vermont gifts, blocks of cheese, or local spirits.
Top Selfie Spots With or Without the Snow:
It’s okay to be #HumbleBrag about spending time in Vermont. With so many gorgeous places to see, it’s nice to share your experiences with friends and family. You might just inspire them to come with you next time! Also, when seen in person, you’ll quickly understand why many posts of the Green Mountain State have #NoFilter: it’s just naturally that lovely!
• Along the Church Street Marketplace: Amid the colorful shops, entertainment and public art, it’s hard to find a bad angle here. The beloved Leap Froggers and Big Joe Burrell sculptures are perennially photogenic.
• Sunset at Waterfront Park: This crowd-pleaser shared on social via #VTSunset almost daily, offers up dynamic light across Lake Champlain, with the Adirondacks enhancing the perfectly picturesque scene. Tip: don’t just come in good weather. Overcast and dynamic clouds and ice and snow on the lake offer contrasts that make for excellent pics!
• In motion on the Colchester Causeway: Along this pedestrian path, cycle, walk,ski or snowshoe while being literally surrounded by Lake Champlain and the beauty of the lake in winter.
• Atop Mount Philo: One of the beautiful Vermont State Parks. This easily accessed perch offers expansive panoramic photos of the Lake Champlain Valley.
• Take a horse drawn sleigh ride at Shelburne Farms: the 1,400 acre working farm, forest and National Historic Landmark. Can you say “cheese”??
• At the Historic Ethan Allen Homestead overlooking the Winooski River. Strike a pose in front of this modest farmhouse, the last home of General Ethan Allen, Vermont’s revolutionary hero.
PC: George Robinson
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