At this open-air mall in the heart of downtown Burlington, street performers and more than 100 shops and eateries fill a four-block stretch of cityscape. Browse, stroll, and take advantage of the free public Wi-Fi to update your Instagram feed with the highlights from your ramblings.
Although not located within Burlington’s city limits, this award-winning shop in nearby Shelburne is a worth a visit. Featuring more than 40,000 titles and knowledgeable staffers who have seemingly read every single one, the Flying Pig makes its home in the former Shelburne Inn.
The “ECHO” in the name stands for Ecology, Culture, History, and Opportunity — and this waterfront resource delivers on all counts. America’s “Sixth Great Lake” is the focus here, and visitors will come face to face with Lake Champlain’s denizens as they also learn about the area’s ecological history, shipwrecks, and legendary monster “Champ.”
Burlington’s burgeoning South End Arts District hosts a bustling flea market on the third Sunday of each month from May through October, featuring antiques, handicrafts, artwork, brewery tours and tastings, and lots of food.
Cyclists skirt the city shoreline, cross the Winooski River, and connect with suburban Colchester’s own bike trail. The fun really begins as the route heads out onto Lake Champlain along a 3½-mile former railroad causeway. A seasonal bike ferry links with scenic roads threading the Champlain Islands.
Refreshed by an extensive 2016 renovation, the art and anthropology museum of the University of Vermont houses the state’s most broad-ranging collection of painting, sculpture, decorative arts, and cultural artifacts from civilizations ranging from antiquity to the contemporary U.S. The cache of some 20,000 objects includes African masks; an Assyrian bas-relief; works by Corot, Goya, Rodin, Homer, and Warhol; and an Egyptian mummy in its coffin. The book-filled museum shop also has a pleasant café serving snacks and desserts.
In the state that appreciates the “go local” movement more than just about any other, this legendary farmers’ market, now nearing its fifth decade, is not to be missed. Every Saturday from late spring through autumn, 90-plus vendors fill City Hall Park with seasonal produce, flowers, prepared foods, and more. You won’t leave disappointed (or hungry).