Tucked away in the northwest corner of Vermont, the cozy city of Burlington truly is one of New England’s best kept secrets. The city is renowned for its regal Victorian architecture and artisan culture, with a plethora of arts and crafts boutiques offering all manner of unique and imaginative wares. But the most regal gem in the Queen City’s crown is the breathtaking shoreline of Lake Champlain, upon which the port of Burlington is built.
Burlington offers a complete package that few other small cities can match. On the surface, the city enjoys a gentle beauty that folds historic buildings with tree-lined streets and lakeside vistas, a winning combination that led to Forbes voting Burlington as Prettiest Town in America in 2010. The city is also consistently heralded as a leaf-peepers paradise for its arboreal prestige come fall, with the skyline taken over by an eye-catching explosion of red, yellow and deepest persimmon. Yet there is more to Burlington than its handsome veneer, for beneath the visual charm lies a sophisticated atmosphere characterized by wineries, chocolatiers and brewpubs, as well as all manner of watersports held on Lake Champlain. The city’s history is also worth exploring, with a number of tours on offer that cover everything from the Colonial period, all the way up to the present day. Looking further afield, Burlington is located 50 minutes from the Canadian border, while those keen to see moose and bear can explore the stunning wilderness of the Green Mountains a couple of hours south.
Like all of New England, it is always worth visiting Burlington in the fall months of September and October, with the prime foliage weekend falling around October 10 every year. Not only is the city at its most colorful, but the heat of the summer will have cooled off and visitors can enjoy the romantic feeling of wrapping-up warm and exploring all the festivities leading up to Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.