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Standing on emerald green grass as lush as a thick-piled carpet, a breathtaking view surrounds you … a crystal blue lake, ringed by sculpted mountains alight with blazing reds, shimmering oranges, and luminous golds. It is fall in Burlington, Vermont … and since you’re renting an apartment here, you’ll get to enjoy breathtaking scenes such as this all autumn long, with even more beauty waiting in the wings when fall turns to winter, then spring, and finally summer.
From the soaring mountains to Lake Champlain, Burlington is simply exquisite. Forbes magazine once named Burlington one of the prettiest towns in the country – but that’s not the only thing that makes this city special. If you find yourself in the very enviable position of looking for an apartment in Burlington, first – congratulations! Now, here’s everything you need to know about this stunning jewel of Vermont.
Things to Do in Burlington:
Lake Champlain is a natural freshwater lake that is 125 miles long and 14 miles wide. It is a popular resort area for the entire region. Burlington, the largest city on the lake, is on the north end, while Ticonderoga, New York is on the south end. Part of the lake extends into Quebec. Vacationers come to the lake for boating, swimming, and world-class fishing of lake trout, bass, and Atlantic salmon. The lake also features several lighthouses, many of which are historic. The one closest to Burlington is the Juniper Island Lighthouse. It is the oldest light station on the lake, built in 1826, and it is the nation’s oldest surviving cast iron lighthouse.
If you are considering renting an apartment in Burlington, stroll down Church Street Marketplace and be convinced. The four-block pedestrian mall is a beautiful place to shop, stroll through galleries, enjoy the restaurants, and attend the many festivals held here throughout the year. The Marketplace was named one of America’s “Great Public Spaces” and it’s easy to see why – historical architecture, more than 26 outdoor cafes, street entertainers and music, boutiques, and even a stunning mural.
For outdoor adventures, Burlington has just about everything – skiing, snowboarding, mountain climbing, hiking, fishing, kayaking, bicycling, golfing, horseback riding, and even hot air ballooning. Nearby Mount Mansfield State Park contains Mount Mansfield, the highest mountain in Vermont. It is one of very few locations where true alpine tundra that dates back to the ice ages still survives.
The east side of the mountain contains Stowe Mountain Resort, a popular ski resort that sees an average snowfall of about 333 inches. Mount Mansfield, when viewed from the east, resembles a sleeping giant’s face, with a forehead, nose, chin, and Adam’s apple. In addition to the ski resort, Mount Mansfield features several hiking trails. The Long Trail began construction in 1910 and is the oldest long-distance trail in the US. The trail covers 272 miles and traverses almost all major summits in the Green Mountains.
As Burlington is one of the nation’s prettiest cities, so goes the University of Vermont as one of the nation’s most beautiful college campuses. The university was founded in 1791 and features some amazing historic architecture, including the University Green, the Fleming Museum of Art, and the Dudley H. Davis Center. The oldest building on campus is Old Mill – the cornerstone was laid by Marquis de Lafayette in 1824.
The UVM Catamounts participate in NCAA Division I as part of the American East Conference. The hockey teams participate in the Hockey East Association. You can cheer on the Catamounts hockey teams at Gutterson Fieldhouse, the largest indoor arena in Vermont. An impressive 36 former UVM athletes have competed in the Olympics for a combined six Olympic medals.
To truly appreciate the history of Burlington, be sure to visit some of the historic sites in the area. The Ethan Allen Homestead is a great place to start – it is home of Vermont’s founder, Ethan Allen, and his wife Fanny. The home was built in 1787 and provides a unique glimpse into life during the 18th century. Take the tour, which begins in the colonial tavern, and then enjoy a picnic by the river, walk the trails, or tour the exhibit galleries.
From there, visit the Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History. It is the oldest community-based museum in the US and offers three different spaces. The 1829 Judd-Harris House contains a variety of artifacts that depict life in small-town Vermont in the 19th century. The Water Cerf Gallery has a variety of changing exhibits, and the Steward-Swift Research Center contains an archival collection that documents the region’s history.
Chocolate lovers … if you still need convincing that an apartment in Burlington is right for you … three words: Lake Champlain Chocolates. You can – get ready for it – tour the factory and watch as truffles, caramels, and other chocolate delights are made. You can also enjoy free samples … and even make your own chocolate bars! That’s right – you can sign up for a chocolate-making class and make some chocolate bars. Or, you can purchase some discounted seconds to take home and enjoy.
If you’re still not “sweet” on the idea of moving to Burlington, perhaps chocolate isn’t your thing. Perhaps cute, cuddly, and furry is what you’re searching for. Burlington has you covered there, as well! This is the home of the Vermont Teddy Bear, and you can take a tour of the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory and Bear Shop! If you have a little one, the factory even has birthday party packages that include a private tour, a private party space, and (depending on the package) adorable bears – and even outfits for the bears!
If neither chocolate nor bear has you packing, then perhaps Ben & Jerry’s will! That’s right – Ben & Jerry’s is headquartered in South Burlington. The factory is in nearby Waterbury, Vermont – and it is well worth the 30-minute drive! There’s the 30-minute factory tour, a delicious scoop shop with specialty items as well as traditional favorites, a gift shop, and a “Flavor Graveyard” where visitors can lament those delicious but long-gone retired flavors. The Flavor Graveyard is at the end of a 45-minute, guided snowshoe tour that leads through the woodlands behind the factory.
Chocolates, teddy bears, and ice cream – if you aren’t off packing and are still reading, then let me mention the wineries, brew pubs, and breweries! Be sure to take a Burlington Brew Tour, where you can sample craft breweries and artisan beers – and the fantastic food that goes along with it!
What to Consider When Moving to Burlington:
Burlington has a strong economy with companies that range from G.S. Blodgett Company, one of the oldest oven companies in the country, to General Dynamics, General Electric, and the Vermont Teddy Bear Company. The largest employers are the University of Vermont Medical Center and the University of Vermont. Burlington has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation.
In addition, Burlington is considered one of the nation’s healthiest cities due to it having one of the nation’s best rates for exercise and one of the lowest rates for obesity and diabetes. It was also rated one of the best cities for raising a family.
Burlington offers a pedestrian-friendly downtown, an amazing quality of life, and the beautiful Church Street Marketplace. After choosing an apartment in Burlington, you’ll be able to shop at the Burlington Farmers Market for fresh, local produce and handmade products, spend an evening enjoying a show at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, or sailing on Lake Champlain.
Why Burlington Apartments Are Hot:
Burlington is at or near the top of every list: auto safety, green living, healthiest city, best city to raise a family, prettiest city. It is home to the University of Vermont, one of the original eight “Public Ivy” universities. It has a strong economy with a low unemployment rate, and it is Vermont’s largest city. It is filled with things to do, from outdoor adventures to shopping to dining in some of the region’s best restaurants to museums and theaters. But above all – apartments in Burlington are hot because this city is simply stunning – come for a visit and you will fall in love.
- Ski resorts, hiking – including backcountry hiking – biking, camping, boating, golfing, and hot air ballooning.
- Exciting tours include the Queen City Ghostwalk, dogsledding tours, and snowmobile tours.
- Tour the Vermont Teddy Bear Company, the largest manufacturer of handmade Teddy Bears in the US.
- Great parks with everything from dog parks to a skate park to a fishing pier, a boathouse, and a marina.
- The historic Ethan Allen Homestead Museum, built by Vermont’s founder in 1787, features tours, trails, and events.
- In addition to the University of Vermont, Burlington is also home to Burlington College and Champlain College.
Lake Champlain Lighthouse
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Vermont's beautiful historical architecture includes Italiante, Queen Anne, and Gothic styles.
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Church Steeple in Downtown Vermont
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Sunset Over Lake Champlain
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Vermont Hillside in Fall
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- University of Vermont
- Burlington College
- Champlain College
- Saint Michael's College
- New Eng Culinary Institute Essex