With the gorgeous Lake Champlain as your backdrop and a city full of delicious food, Burlington is a great spot for a New England weekend getaway. It has something for everyone whether you are a foodie, outdoor lover, or just want to shop around. I am going to highlight the best spots to explore and eat in Burlington that you can fit in just one weekend! Burlington is within a few hours drive from both New York City and Boston which makes it a great weekend getaway spot!
Where to stay?
We stayed at the Essex Resort which served as a great home base on a beautiful property. The Essex Resort is Vermont’s Culinary Resort and boasts amazing food. There are restaurants on site at the Essex too, we tried The Tavern while we stayed there and enjoyed our Dinner and Brunch!
I made a video recap of our wonderful long weekend in Burlington over the summer, including all of the delicious food and beautiful sights that are all around Burlington. I loved that there is a mix of things to do there whether you like shopping, outdoor activities or hanging out at breweries.
Where To Eat:
This restaurant is located at the Essex Resort, there is indoor, patio, and outside seating. While we dined there was live music while we watched a beautiful sunset sitting on the patio. This resort is known for being a foodie destination and the food (& cocktails) proved that!
Zero Gravity Brewing
Since moving to New England my craft beer taste buds have bloomed so we always find ourself at breweries with every new city we visit. We have drank Zero Gravity brews for a long time so getting to visit the brewery in person was awesome! We had Banh Mi sandwiches and friend cheese curds for a light afternoon lunch.
Black Flannel Brewing
This was probably our favorite meal of the trip, Black Flannel Brewing has such a creative menu with unique dishes and cocktails. I tried my first spicy margarita and am now a big big fan (how did I not try these sooner?!)
Things To Do:
Check out the Shops and Restaurants on Church Street
Walk Around The Burlington Waterfront Park
Check Out Uncommon Coffee
The aesthetic of this coffee shop is UNMATCHED. The books, the comfy chairs, the ambiance..we had a nice slow start to our morning just sipping cappuccinos here. It is a part of an area called the “Essex Experience” which holds different restaurants and shops (including Black Flannel which I mentioned earlier).
Honorable Mention: Lunch Cruise on Lake Champlain
Even though we did not get to do this on our trip to Burlington I wanted to include it because I was so excited for it! Ours was cancelled because the winds were too strong that day for us to safely be on the water.
We are already planning our trip back to Burlington because there is so much to see and do and its such a beautiful location.