Burlington, Vermont is the state’s largest city at just over 42,000 residents. This beautiful, city in the country sits on a hillside on the eastern shores of Lake Champlain, nestled between western Vermont, eastern upstate New York, and the Canadian border.
What to Do In Burlington
Assuming you’ve travelled to Burlington in your car, SUV, or pickup (or that you already live there), there’s lots to explore from the seat of your OYAMA folder—and given the hilly nature of Burlington, you’re more than likely going to want to explore using an OYAMA ebike for that all-important pedal assist.
Church Street Marketplace—This award-winning, brick-paved pedestrian mall sits at the heart of downtown Burlington. If you’re looking to shop, dine, or have an adult beverage, this is the place to be. Only pedestrian traffic is allowed in this open-air space, so you’ll need to leave your OYAMA folder behind. But that’s OK. The marketplace is imminently walkable, and once inside its easy-to-discern boundaries, you’ll find street entertainers, music, sidewalk sales and festivals, art galleries, and more than 100 places to shop and dine. If you do nothing else in Burlington, go here.
Lake Champlain Ferry’s—Lake Champlain Transportation Company operates three ferry crossings across Lake Champlain and a marina at the Burlington waterfront. This is a great way to cut hours of travel time by taking you and your car across Lake Champlain to or from Burlington. Of course, fees apply. It costs $30 for automobiles under 19-feet, plus $8 per adult passenger (there are discounts for children and seniors). The crossing from Burlington to New York State takes about an hour and offers some spectacular views.
Heady Topper—While not made in Burlington itself, if you spend any time there, you will no doubt experience the phenomenon of “Heady Topper.” Not a person, this is a much sought after beer brewed by The Alchemist brewery, which according to an article in the Boston Globe, puts out around 50,000 “16-ounce cans of the double India Pale ale each week.” Since this self-proclaimed “best beer in the world” is only distributed within 20-miles of where it’s produced, and every can sells (local legend has it that someone once flew in from Africa to get a can), Burlington residents and visitors alike consider themselves lucky to be near enough to get their share. So, if you happen to see lines of patrons outside Burlington establishments where beer is sold, chances are people are queued up for a chance to get some Heady Topper.
Spot on the Dock—The Spot on the Dock restaurant sits right behind the Ferry Dock Marina on the waterfront. It serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and cocktails. This is one of the best locations on the waterfront to see the sunset, and a hot spot for locals and visitors alike who want to unwind after a day at work or a day touring the city.
Hen of the Wood—Located on the ground level of the Hotel Vermont, this restaurant serves world-class cuisine and craft cocktails. The menus change regularly and feature many small plates showcasing locally grown and produced food items. Not to be missed are the Parker House Rolls.
A Single Pebble—Located in what looks and feels like a cozy, old home, the classic Chinese cuisine served at this restaurant features vibrant flavors and fresh ingredients, many of which are locally grown. Meals are served family style.
Trattoria Delia—Trattoria Delia features authentic, expertly prepared Italian cuisine. Located in the historic Vermont House (originally a turn of the century hotel), the restaurant interior was once a working sugar house that’s been relocated from nearby New Hampshire.
The Farmhouse Tap & Grill—This farm-to-table gastropub serves award winning burgers and features a world class craft beer menu.
University of Vermont—Burlington is home to three colleges and a university, including the University of Vermont, a Public Ivy and top 100 research university which features one of the 10 most selective medical schools in the United States.
Explore More with OYAMA
Burlington also boasts a large population of artists and craftspeople, whose works you’ll see in the many galleries and studios throughout the city and surrounding towns—all of which you can explore with your OYAMA folding bike. OYAMA ebikes (such as the OYAMA CX E8D and CX E8D Version II) fold up small enough to go wherever you go, are big enough to offer a safe and comfortable ride, and all models come with a set of rear racks, so you can carry some shopping treasures along too.
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