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Travel Guide: Burlington, VT

Friday, April 1, 2016









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If you follow me on Instagram, you'll know that Mike and I went up to Burlington, VT last weekend to celebrate my birthday! We had never been there together and neither of us had spent time there to just do whatever we wanted. The weekend was awesome, full of shopping, eating, and exploring! I've put together a little travel guide if you are looking to plan your own weekend in Burlington! Read below to see where we shopped, ate, stayed, and tips on what to do!

SHOPPING:
We started the weekend on Friday afternoon, shopping down Church Street. I ended up getting this jumpsuit at the cutest boutique called Sweet Lady Jane. I said while we were in there, if I were to open a boutique, I would stock my store with all the same products. From cupcakes + cashmere to Free People to B.B. Dakota, they had everything I love! We also stopped by Monelle which had all the Lilly Pulitzer and Vineyard Vines you could want! Couldn't help picking up a sweet VV dress from last season on super sale. If you are looking for a place with good shopping, Burlington definitely hits the mark!

EAT:
Trattoria Delia - We ate here the first night (make sure to make reservations) and it's a quaint little Italian restaurant buried in a super old building! The restaurant was full of charm and the food was top notch! The bruschetta that came with the antipasto was the best I have ever had, and I've had a lot! I wasn't sure what to order but after chatting with our waiter, I decided to go with a truffled gnocchi dish that isn't even on the menu! If you like truffle, you must get this! My mouth is watering just thinking about it! 

Skinny Pancake - We ate here Saturday morning after reading and hearing so much about it! It's a creperie that has tons of options for breakfast and lunch, both sweet and savory! It was very hard to make a decision on what to get, everything sounded so good! 

 


Hen of the Wood - This was Saturday night's destination for dinner (again, make a reservation!) and I had the best appetizer/dinner I have ever had in my life (dramatic? maybe). My only complaint is the service was definitely rushed. We got our app in 5 minutes of sitting down and dinner shortly after that. We hadn't even gotten our drinks by the time dinner arrived. Dinner for me is an experience and I don't like when it's rushed or food comes out super quickly. BUT the food was SO good, I will give it a pass. We loved our appetizer so much, we may have order it again for dessert....if you're wondering, it was the Jasper Hill Moses Sleeper cheese with the homemade maple crackers! They rotate their cheese so they don't always have that kind but if they have it, you must get it! 

The Doughnut Dilemma - Sunday morning donuts, is there anything better? These donuts were fresh, delicious, and super filling! I got the vanilla frosted and when I bit in, I was surprised to see it was a funfetti batter! How appropriate for my birthday! 

TO-DO:
Spa at the Essex - Mike surprised me with a couples massage at the Spa at the Essex which was obviously great! I love a massage and if I won the lottery, I would totally get a weekly one! We also had lunch at the Tavern at the Essex, which I would give a 7 out of 10, but I have pretty high standards when it comes to food. However, they had a bakery that we skipped out on but it smelled amazing!


Earth Clock - After breakfast at the Skinny Pancake, we decided to walk to the Earth Clock. It's essentially a life size sun dial! It was pretty cold but we wanted some fresh air so we made the 45 minute-ish walk along the water to see the clock. Of course it was overcast so we couldn't play around but it was still really cool to see! 


Waterfront - Burlington is on Lake Champlain so it has an awesome waterfront. While we couldn't take full advantage since it was only March, in the warmer months you can boat, kayak, paddle board, swim, etc.! My favorite part was the boardwalk that had swings, instead of park benches! You can see me swinging up above! We made many trips to these swings, they were so fun!

STAY:
Hilton Garden Inn - Mike travels a ton for work so we were lucky enough to stay at the Hilton using his points but I would totally stay here again! It was the perfect location, 5 minute walk to Church Street, 5 minute walk to waterfront. The hotel was also built into an old factory so it was really cool looking from the outside. They also had champagne waiting in our room so needless to say, the service is amazing! 

I know this post is super long but I really enjoyed putting together this travel guide, if you want to see more of these, let me know! We are always doing weekend getaways and I'd love to share more! 



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