An Autumn Weekend in Burlington, VT

I visit Burlington at least once a month to get away from New York City. Every time I land at the airport via Jetblue or US Airways, I take a deep breath and immediately know I'm not in Manhattan anymore. The air is just SO much cleaner here and I can always relax for two to three days before facing the concrete jungle again.


An Autumn Weekend in Burlington, VT

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by ext212 on October 3, 2003

Vermont is a beautiful state and Burlington is a good town to explore because it's younger and has more to offer than its smaller towns. I have been visiting Burlington every two to three weeks for the past year (2002-2003) to get away from New York City. ${QuickSuggestions} Leave New York City behind for a weekend and breathe the fresh air in Burlington, Vermont.${BestWay} Burlington is a good five hour plus drive from New York City and only a two hour drive from Montreal, Canada. You definitely need your own car to get around. But I usually fly to Burlington from New York's La Guardia airport via US Airways or Jetblue (from NYC's JFK airport) for about $100-$150 roundtrip for an hour flight. Book your flights early to avoid the steep prices of more than $300!

The Waiting Room

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by ext212 on October 16, 2003

The Waiting Room is one of a kind only because Burlington is a college town and it's hard to find a place you can call "fine dining." It tries to be a restaurant from a bigger city, and I think they pretty much succeed because they charged me $4 for six pieces of asparagus. There's a well-stocked bar and decent background music that make the young clientele stand in line outside on a Friday night to get in for drinks. Living up to its name, I see.

The food selection is pretty decent. We had their oven roasted duck breast and their herb crusted halibut with fava beans, and they were both delicious.

The Waiting Room is a very good excuse to skip Olive Garden when you're in Burlington. They are open everyday except Mondays from 5:30pm for dinner until 10pm, but the bar is open until 2am.

The Waiting Room
156 Saint Paul Street
Burlington, Vermont, 05401
(802) 862-3455

Wine Works Bar

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by ext212 on October 16, 2003

Every city needs a decent space to enjoy wine. When I'm done with drinking the best of Burlington's brews, I head to Wine Works Bar for some wine. It's a good place to go after dinner and an excellent first stop if you plan to go bar-hopping all night. They also have some liquor if you're not in the mood for wine.

There's a live DJ who spins some good house beats, but it's not too loud where you have to scream at your friend's ears in order to talk. The couches are comfortable and it's a great place to go to when you have a group of friends looking for a place to chill for a couple of hours.

Wine Works Bar
133 Saint Paul Street
Burlington, Vermont, 05401
(802) 951-9463

Magic Hat Brewery

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by ext212 on October 16, 2003

Burlington's very own brewery, Magic Hat, offers a tour of their space for free from Wednesday to Friday (3:30pm, 4pm, 4:30pm, 5pm) and on Saturdays (1pm, 1:30pm, 2pm, 2:30pm).

They also have a small bar inside where you can taste all their beers on tap, shot by shot, free! They have the Humble Patience, Mother Lager, Blind Faith, Fat Angel, and of course, the No. 9.

You can also buy your favorite elixir by the gallon for $6--return the glass gallon to get your $2 bottle deposit back!


Shelburne Museum

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by ext212 on October 16, 2003

The Shelburne Museum grounds are a must see in Burlington. It has 39 galleries and 25 nineteenth century structures, including a 220-foot restored steamboat, lighthouse, and covered bridge.

It's so easy to spend a whole day here. The $17.50 entrance fee for adults will even cover your return trip the next day. You might need another day to make sure you've got all the grounds covered!

On their website they list all the current exhibitions.


Autumn Leaves

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by ext212 on October 16, 2003

Driving around Burlington shows you one of the reasons why you should live on the east coast. Autumn is my absolute favorite season--it's sunny but a li'l chilly, a perfect time to wear a light sweater without worrying about the snow that comes a few weeks later. Drive around Shelburne Road or I-89 and you won't be able to resist stopping just to take some photos of the view and the rich colors of orange, brown, and red. Watch out for the raccoons and the skunks crossing the roads!

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