Burlington Journals

December week in Northern Vermont

A December 2000 trip to Burlington by susanf

Quote: We just returned from a wonderful, relaxing week in northern Vermont.

December week in Northern Vermont

Overview

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Christmas shopping on Burlington's Church Street.

A visit to the Shelburne Museum.

Skiing at Smuggler's Notch.

A day trip to Montreal.

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Smugglers' Notch Resort

Hotel | "Smuggler's Notch Resort"

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Smuggler''s Notch Resort is a 5 star ski resort located about 35 minutes east of Burlington, in the Green Mountains. The condominiums are sold as timeshare units. You can trade into them if you own an RCI-affiliated timeshare, or you can rent units from the resort.

The condos are wonderful! We stayed in an enormous 2 BR, 2BA unit with a full kitchen, fireplace, and a jacuzzi in the master BR. The building was located right next to a chairlift that provided skiing access to all three mountains.

The unit was well maintained, nicely decorated, and probably better equipped than our home. It was a very pleasant place to spend a week.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 11, 2000

Smugglers' Notch Resort
4323 Vermont Route 108 South
Smugglers' Notch 05464
(802) 644-8851

Leunig's Bistro

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Restaurant

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This place was a real find. It's a charming, European-style bistro on Burlington's main downtown shopping street, which is a pedestrian mall. Sunday through Thursday nights they offer a Bistro Dinner for Two: a choice of salads, selected entrees, desserts, and coffee for $30 (that's $30 for two people!) The food was quite good--salads were great, pasta entrees ranged from acceptable to wonderful, and we loved our desserts. We added a very nice $30 bottle of wine from the Leunig's well-chosen wine list, making a memorable dinner for a modest price. The atmosphere is busy and the staff is friendly. On a cold Wednesday night in early December, we were seated immediately without reserva...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 11, 2000

Leunig's Bistro
115 Church St
Burlington, Vermont 05401
(802) 863-3759

Skiing at Smuggler's Notch Resort

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Attraction

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During the first week in December, two lifts and about 15 trails were open. There was a 10-15" base, and the snowmaking equipment operated continuously, plus nature added another 6 inches during the week. We had the lifts and slopes virtually to ourselves, and the skiing was great! Most of the open runs were green or blue levels of difficulty. But Smuggler's does have its share of double and triple black diamond runs as well. The ski school has consistently been voted #1 in the United States by readers of Ski Magazine. Full-day ski camps are available for kids from age 3 on up. They also offer a variety of adult classes and snowboarding lessons. If I had to argue wi...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 21, 2000

Skiing at Smuggler's Notch Resort
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Burlington, Vermont 05464
(802) 644-8851

Shelburne Museum

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Attraction

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The Shelburne is a museum dedicated to the preservation of traditional Vermont life. Its large and beautifully landscaped grounds contain preserved (or reconstructed) buildings typical of the region, including a round barn, a Lake Champlain lighthouse, a traditional stone cottage, a jail, and even a Champlain steamboat, the Ticonderoga. The buildings house a variety of collections--antique toys, folk art and artifacts, and reconstructed rooms with typical furnishings. The Havemeyer art collection (most of which is part of the permanent collection in the MOMA in New York) is nicely displayed in a unique setting. The interior of the Havemeyer's New York apartment were dismantled and re...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 21, 2000

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