72 hours in burlington

i’ve been seriously overwhelmed with the process of moving (yes, we’re moving. to winooski. THIS saturaday, ah!) and attempting to learn everything there is about this new job of mine. oh and my mom came to visit. which came at a perfect time for a little mini-staycation. i’ll have lived in burlington for the last 9 years come august and my parents visit for holidays and typically one or two other times during the year. needless to say, we’ve done the “burlington tour” a time or two. this time when my mom came we made an explore different places in chittenden county. here’s a little recap of our weekend. and if you’ve never come to burlington before, here’s your go-to guide.

first activity was a cruise along the burlington bike path to the new north end. we didn’t make it to the causeway (as we couldn’t rely on mother nature to hold out) regardless, it was fun to go for a little spin. my parents still live in colorado and being the land-locked state that it is, my mom is always wanting to be by the water. it could’ve been a downpour and she would’ve had fun. 😀

next stop was citizen cider for a couple afternoon cocktails. it’s a great little place in the south end art district on pine street. i’m not a huge fan of the cider (only because i don’t love overly sweet drinks) but i certainly love their cocktails mixed with the ciders – particularly, the cold fashioned. the poutine from the snack menu is insanely good. be sure to check out their menu for their weekly specials!

IMG_0652we ventured out to shelburne inn for breakfast sunday morning. if there’s one place you shouldn’t miss when you’re here, this is it. it’s seriously gorgeous at any time of the year. while only open during the warm months (half of spring, summer and early fall) that certainly doesn’t mean you can’t or shouldn’t check it out in the winter. if you don’t go for a meal, that’s fine too. park at the front gate and walk along the grounds back towards the inn or drive and park at the inn to explore from there. IMG_0653

summer in burlington isn’t complete without spending a couple of hours at a local berry farm. we picked raspberries and strawberries at sam mazza’s farm in colchester with the intention of using them for some sort of baked good – we failed at baking [didn’t even start the process…] i’ve been to a couple different farms and personally have no strong feelings towards one over another, just get to one before the season is over. Processed with VSCO with c1 preset

growing up we could always find my mom in her garden up to her elbows in dirt. nothing has changed now that we’re officially “up” she still loves to spend her time tending to the flowers. as kids, we would gripe and moan when she took us to the nursery because we knew we’d be there for at least 2 hours. you can imagine her surprise when i was telling her how amazing this nursery in colchester was. i figured that she had to see the place in person. we weren’t shopping for anything in particular and she fit right in. good thing we had an agenda otherwise we might still be there…E5762EFA-9A96-4318-B256-A781F459FD10.jpg

the spot has been one of my favorite lunch places in burlington – great menu, easy to get in, and super nice owners – added bonus, we can walk from our house. the spot opened up a lovely “spot on the dock” right on the water and it’s awesome. i will say that putting your name in under the “yelp” app is highly encouraged as they’ve had long lines but worth the wait if you can handle it! again, another spot on the water is an A+ in my mom’s book so we just chilled in the sun while waiting for our table which certainly didn’t make for a bad afternoon.

another place to eat and drink [shocker] that is worthy of mentioning is waterworks, located in the champlain mill along the winooski river. they’ve got a great bar and ambiance if you’re looking for a place to have a girls night but they, also, have really good food.

and, certainly, her trip wouldn’t be complete without the infamous trip to tiny thai where we are most certainly NEVER disappointed. it was such a fun time having her here – we’ll have to do some more exploring the next time she’s back.

oh, and i’ll be sure to keep you posted on the move. as long as i don’t go crazy before then…


experience bvt.

experience bvt.

spring is right around the corner here in burlington and you all know what that means…. springtime means lighter, later. springtime means seeing people you haven’t seen in a while. springtime means pasty arms breaking free in t-shirts that haven’t been worn all winter. springtime means greener grass and budding flowers. springtime means chirping birds. springtime also means mud season. for those of us who haven’t experienced mud season, let me elaborate. mud season varies greatly on how mother nature treated us during the winter season. the snowier and colder, the worse the mud. so this year, we might not have mud at all! 😀 regardless, mud season is typically late march/ish-mid/ish may. and it is exactly what you think – muddy and sloppy. break out your rain boots, your waterproof boots, and the boots you don’t care about. keep your fryes, your jeffrey campbells and all your suede in for the next few weeks here.

spring in burlington is hard to beat. come and experience spring here in burlington with us. for those of you who do exactly as i say, good job and see you soon, but for those who need a bit more coaxing, here is a list of my all time favorite spring-time activities to help lure you in. oh and this picture might help you too…


you’ll need somewhere to sleep – hotel vermont OR lakeview B&B – both downtown burlington. disclaimer: i’ve actually never stayed at either of these places. but i really want to! one is obviously a hotel with a great trendy little bar and amazing restaurant downstairs. the B&B will give you the expansive lake views with a gorgeous backyard.

they say breakfast is the most important meal of the day…

first stop – penny cluse cafe – downtown burlington. if you’re an early bird, good for you, and you’ll thank yourself. if you visit during the week, good for you. but if you go anytime between 830-11, expect to wait for a while. hard to miss this place as everything on the menu is amazing. their specials are to die for.

things you shouldn’t miss there: one of their famous biscuits, their coffee, their tangerine juice.

shopping on church street – downtown burlington. church street is 7 blocks in total, but 4 of those blocks are strictly a pedestrian mall located a few minutes from the lake. boutiques, restaurants, food carts and street performers fill the street – especially when it gets warm. the perfect place to spend a few hours – putzing around, people watching, or even grabbing a bite to eat!

places you shouldn’t miss there: stella mae, jess boutique, frog hollow, leunigs bistro, crow bookshoptons of other places to check out, these are just a few of my favorites.

renting bikes and biking out to the causeway – start by riding down the bike path towards colchester. after a while, you’ll be riding on a path in the middle of the lake. it’s super flat, and great for a big group. will take a bit with younger kids, but totally doable!

drinking at citizen cider – downtown burlington in the south end arts district. great place to go for a few lite bites, and a drink mid afternoon. throughout the week they have specials on select items – be sure to check a menu when you get inside! nothing beats a warm sunny day, sitting on the deck, listening to live music with a drink in your hand, right?!

check out a show at the flynn – depending on the schedule that’s out, you’ll be able to see a traveling show, or something local. it’s a great way to see some “culture” while you’re in town.  it’ll help split up the over induling eat/drink/shop road that i’ve sent you on.

i’ve given you a ton of ideas, and this is only an eighth of what you could actually do while you’re here. trust me and just plan a visit to burlington. all of burlington is accessible without having a car. all of the ideas i’ve given you are easy to get to without renting a car – should you be car rental scared or just want to park your car for the weekend.

hope to see you soon!