If you’re lucky enough to call the Lake Champlain region home, then every day has the potential to feel like a holiday. Follow these insider tips and tricks to spend at least one day of your vacation in the area like a Vermonter who has lived here for decades.
In The Morning
Start the day off right at Kountry Kart Deli, affectionately referred to as “KKD”, to pick up the local haunt’s most popular breakfast sandwich – the Shiner – featuring a fried egg and your choice of meat layered with hash browns and served on a toasted poppy seed bulky roll. Even if you’ve slept in, it’s no excuse to skip the most important meal of the day which is served an impressive 20 out of 24 hours. Just across the street in City Hall Park is where the Burlington Farmers’ Market has been held every Saturday since 1980 from late spring through autumn. More than 90 stands overflow with seasonal produce, flowers, artisan wares, prepared foods, and more. The market continues every other Saturday from November to April in the Dudley H. Davis Center on the University of Vermont campus as a common morning gathering place for families and friends.
Through the Afternoon
One of the most bustling sandwich counters in the area is tucked inside City Market, Onion River Co-op, the consumer cooperative selling wholesome food and other products in a sustainable manner. The sandwich bar at both the downtown and South End locations serves up made-to-order and signature sandwiches, including customer favorites the North Country Melt and the Firehouse. Once you’re fueled up, it’s time to get to work. Sign up for a boatbuilding or metal arts workshop at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum (LCMM) in Vergennes to learn a new craft, or join the community rowing club for a workout on the water. Adult rowers gather every Wednesday evening at Perkin’s Pier or Thursday evening at LCMM’s North Harbor from May through October – and the first rowing session is free of charge so you can get a feel for the water.
And Into The Night
Through early September, head on out to the ballpark to cheer for the state’s only professional sports team, the short-season A class minor league Oakland Athletics-affiliate Vermont Lake Monsters who play at Centennial Field on the University of Vermont campus. The regularly scheduled games are one of the most affordable family attractions in the area with tickets starting at $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for children. Catch a Friday evening game, then finish the night off at the ArtsRiot Truck Stop to get a taste of Burlington’s vibrant food truck scene. There are also musical acts, community events, and fundraisers held other nights of the week at this hip performance venue, gallery, and café featuring New American eats plus craft cocktails and local beer.
Did you know?
The minor league baseball team in Vermont, previously known as the Expos, has only been an Oakland A’s affiliate since 2011 and called the Lake Monsters since 2005. In fact, the franchise was the last professional baseball team to carry the Expos name after the MLB Montreal club announced its move to Washington, D.C. in 2004. Vermont’s current team name references Champ, the legendary Lake Champlain monster that has been the team’s official mascot since its beginning in 1994.