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Burlington, VT

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For those who choose to visit, it will be no secret why Burlington is often considered one of the most popular small towns in the country to call home. Burlington attractions, like summer sailing and winter skiing, draw droves of outdoor enthusiasts to Vermont’s largest city.

The Burlington Community Boathouse at Lake Champlain rents 19-foot-long sailboats to visitors looking to spend a relaxing afternoon on the lake. Relaxation aside, travelers remain on the lookout for Champ, Lake Champlain’s purported lake monster. The legend dates back to 1609 when French explorer and the lake’s namesake Samuel de Champlain spotted the sea creature during a battle with the Iroquois, but the details of this historical account remain sketchy. Just like the Loch Ness monster in Scotland, Lake Champlain’s most famous inhabitant draws speculation—and plenty of curious visitors.

Twenty-five miles east of Burlington, winter sport enthusiasts enjoy the powder slopes found at Bolton Valley Resort. With 61 downhill ski trails, Bolton Valley is a perfect day trip to take with the family. Sticking closer to home, renting bikes and pedaling down the Burlington Bike Path is one of the best things to do with kids in Burlington. The path guides cyclists through parks and beaches along the shores of Lake Champlain. Venture off the path and explore downtown Burlington attractions, restaurants and galleries.

The Church Street Marketplace is an open-air mall located downtown and home to some of the top Burlington restaurants and shopping outlets. Italian, Asian and Mexican options are available from the likes of Hong’s Chinese Dumplings, Ken’s Pizza and Pub, and Boloco. For visitors looking for a spot to kick back with a beer and watch the game, Ake’s Place delivers with two 42-inch plasma televisions that show all the top games and matches. Boutiques like Sweet Lady Jane and Downtown Threads intermingle with chains Banana Republic and Macy’s. From vintage jeans to the latest fashions, Church Street Marketplace is an irreplaceable fixture in downtown Burlington.

Head indoors and enjoy a meal at one of the top restaurants in Burlington. Leunig’s serves upscale fare in what was formerly an A&W root beer shop. The restaurant’s weekend brunch features apple cider French toast casserole and a wide selection of Vermont cheeses like Doe’s Leap Chévre, Boucher Family Goredawnzola and Vermont Butter & Cheese Bijou.

For a taste of art and culture, travelers can head to the Shelburne Museum, which is known for its collection of American folk and decorative art. 39 buildings on the 45-acre campus exhibit over 150,000 works from the 17th to the 20th century. Collections include American paintings by Andrew Wyeth and Winslow Homer; Impressionist works by French painters Gustave Courbet and Jean-Baptist-Camille Corot; and 500 circus posters dating back to as early as 1870. Children enjoy Shelburne’s vast collection of European and American dolls, vintage toys and automata. Outside the museum, visitors can stroll through 20 gardens on the surrounding property.

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