Burlington Journals

Slice of Summer Heaven in Vermont

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An April 2003 trip to Burlington by Ellum Enopee

Shelburne Museum Photo, Shelburne, Vermont More Photos
Quote: Vermont is well known for winter sports, but a summer visit can be even more enjoyable.

Howard Johnson's - Not That Bad!

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Hotel

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When I was about ten years old, my dad took my sister, her best friend, and I to lunch at Howard Johnson’s. I had long found the bright orange roof a source of fascination; a momentary roadside distraction on long car trips. What could possibly lie within that was deserving of such a noticeable exterior? The lunch was undoubtedly a last-minute whim of my father’s, but for me, it was an opportunity to satisfy my long-simmering curiosity. Inside, we found a largely ordinary restaurant with one noteworthy exception; they sold salt-water taffy. Now, at the time I considered myself an aficionado of candy and an expert on all things sucrose-filled. I had never seen salt water taffy before and the name, ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 8, 2003

Howard Johnson's - Not That Bad!
1720 Shelburne Road
Burlington, Vermont 05403
(802) 860-6000

Gillian's Restaurant

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Restaurant

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It doesn’t get much homier than Gillian’s, where lace half-curtains float in the windows and "home made Vermont breakfast" is served until noon. Wood slatted booths create cozy dining nooks, while brown and white checked tablecloths and stencils on the walls leave little doubt that you’re in a friendly, family kind of place. We tried reading through the menu, but could barely keep our attention on the brunch items listed there. Beyond our table was the dessert display case-–full of home made treats like apple pie, mixed berry streusel, and muffins in every size and shape. We promised each other not to order too much, so we’d have room for dessert. This turned out to be a broken promise. We...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 8, 2003

Gillian's Restaurant
97 Falls Road
Burlington, Vermont 05482
(802) 985-2830

Shelburne Museum

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Attraction

Shelburne Museum Photo, Shelburne, Vermont
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I’ve been to museums in New York, London, Paris, Cairo, Amsterdam, and Los Angeles, but I have never seen one quite like (or quite as expensive as) the Shelburne Museum. It’s the largest museum in Vermont, and statistics don’t lie, right? 39 buildings/structures, 44 acres of grounds, 400 bushes and trees, 150,000 objets d’art-–and on the day we visited, about 1,000 girl scouts in little brown vests festooned with patches and pins. Yes, it was a girl scouts convention, and the museum had opened early just for the girls in brown. Shelburne Museum takes a unique view of what is and isn’t museum-worthy. It’s an interactive cross-section of Americana, taken through time. Boats, entire buildings, even a...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 8, 2003

Shelburne Museum
5555 Shelburne Rd
Shelburne, Vermont 05482
(802) 985-3346

Burlington Sights & Attractions

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Burlington Sights & Attractions Photo, Burlington, Vermont
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Woodstock, Vermont is nothing like Woodstock, New York. No hippies past or present, and no rock bands. It’s an historic town, with a proud village green lined with well-preserved, beautiful brick buildings. Just outside of town is the Charles Shackleton Furniture and Miranda Thomas Pottery gallery. We were there for the furniture, having seen Shackleton’s work in Manhattan and spent many years coveting his gorgeous cherry four-poster beds, elegant breakfronts, and other glorious but expensive items. We were disappointed, although not surprised, to find that they’re just as costly in Vermont as in the city. Miranda Thomas is Shackleton’s wife – her work is less expensive, but less interesting i...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 9, 2003

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Ellum Enopee

Ellum Enopee
New York, New York