36 Hours in Burlington, Vermont

August 19, 2015

36 Hours | By JEREMY EGNER | New York Times

"Burlington, Vermont’s largest city at just over 42,000 residents, comes alive in summer. The deep aquamarine Lake Champlain thaws and Waterfront Park, built on industrial land reclaimed in the 1980s during Senator Bernie Sanders’s tenure as the city’s mayor (he announced his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination there in May), teems with students and families. Kayaks and skiffs dot the water’s glassy surface while runners and bikers fill shoreline paths. Abundant recreational opportunities along with the city’s high walkability factor — you can stroll from the postcard-pretty downtown to the burgeoning arts scene in the South End — mean foodie tourists can burn off calories as quickly as they pack them on. (It’s a nice thought, at least.)"

My wife and I have enjoyed wonderful meals at Hen of the Wood, A Single Pebble, Henry's Diner, Leunig's Bistro & Café; and others, of course. We regularly explore and shop at the Church Street Marketplace; and, we've explored the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center. We've also been treated to a weekend 'in town' at the Hotel Vermont

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When in Burlington, the Hotel Vermont will be our Address

Our room with a view

Our room with a view

With all the positive press garnered by the new Hotel Vermont since it opened in June, my wife and I went to the big city to see for ourselves. And, of course, we absolutely had to dine at the new, and 2nd location of Hen of the Wood (read the very recent Seven Days review), which is somehow associated with the hotel, despite it being next door without an interior connection.

Well, I'm here to tell you we have found our new and best close-to-home getaway. The hotel was immaculate; our room couldn't have been better; and, the staff was attentive, polite, and efficient.

Going to Burlington for an afternoon to poke around before lunch or dinner is no longer just a day trip, but rather an opportunity for an exceptional 1-night vacation. And while we may not eat at Hen of the Wood every time, the Hotel Vermont will be our Burlington address.

I found this review that is consistent with our own:

Hotel Vermont: It's So Vermonty!

Burlington's Eco-Chic New Hotel Has True Vermont Style in Every Detail

By Kim Knox Beckius | About.com New England Travel

When a state governor stands in the lobby of a new hotel and pledges support to ensure it is "sold out every night," you know this is no ordinary establishment. Hotel Vermont (check rates at Kayak.com) is the state's first independent hotel to open in 40 years, and it's more than a hip place for Burlington visitors to rest their heads. Owned by entrepreneurial Vermonters and built with environmental sensitivity and a commitment to local producers of everything from furniture to flannel robes to food, Hotel Vermont is a vibrant showcase for all that makes Vermont singular among the nation's 50 states.

At Hotel Vermont's June 25, 2013 grand opening, Governor Peter Shumlin also vowed to be at the first table when acclaimed Vermont Chef Eric Warnstedt opens his second Hen of the Wood farm-to-plate restaurant on the premises in late August 2013, an addition that will cement the hotel's status as the destination for an authentic Vermont experience.

Read the rest of this review here.

Taste Test: Hen of the Wood Burlington

Taste Test: Hen of the Wood Burlington

Two weeks ago my wife and I went to the big city for a Saturday night stay-over. Burlington is an hour away — we stayed at the new Hotel Vermont and had dinner at the new and 2nd location of one of northern Vermont's most acclaimed restaurants: Hen of the Wood. We're in a minority of those who still have not yet dined at the original, and still thriving, Waterbury location. Best to call days and days ahead for a reservation. We didn't. We waited an hour and 40 minutes for a table, and we would do it again. Here's the Seven Days review, hot off the presses:

BY CORIN HIRSCH [11.13.13] SEVEN DAYS

"Burlington’s Hen of the Wood was arguably the city’s most eagerly anticipated restaurant this year. HOTW’s first location, in a former Waterbury mill, carries a certain mystique; wildly atmospheric and challenging to diners seeking reservations, the place has long been popular for special-occasion dinners. Chef Eric Warnstedt, a multiple James Beard Foundation Award nominee, is behind its resolutely seasonal dishes."

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