The Burlington Bike Path is one of the earliest adapters of the rail trail bike path movement, and it is easy to see why it is one of the most popular. There are over fourteen miles of serene settings as the path plays peek-a-boo along the Lake Champlain shoreline. It carries you through neighborhoods, backyards, parks, woods, beaches and wetlands. The path comes to a spectacular stop with the end of a jetty in the middle of Champlain. During the late spring and summer, a ferry service is provided to transport you over to the beautiful Champlain Islands where you can pick up the path again and carry on.
It is very rare to encounter something as odd and magnificent as Shelburne Farms. It is hard to call something this spectacular a ‘farm,’ but that’s what it is, replete with cows, chickens, pigs, tractors and hay rides. Members of the Vanderbilt family commissioned park landscapist extraordinaire Fredrick Law Olmstead and architect Robert Henderson Roberts to transform these 3,800 acres into a magical wonderland of farm and forestry. The centerpiece of the estate is a farmhouse that has more in common with a castle. The grounds are palatial, filled with magical rolling hills that never seem to end. Sitting high atop a hill overlooking the farm and Lake Champlain is simply heavenly.
Burlington is your basecamp to the great outdoors. All your skiing and winter sport needs can be easily found at Stowe Mountain Lodge, Sugarbush Resort and Jay Peak Resort. All are just short drives away. There is also plenty of hiking trails throughout the state and the region. The Long Trail, the oldest long distance trail in the US, is nearby. Camping grounds can be found as close as in Burlington itself — the North Beach Campground has many camping options and is centrally located to everything in town.
Stowe Mountain Lodge, 7412 Mountain Road, Stowe, VT, USA +1 802 253 3560
The Intervale Center is one of the largest inner-city cooperative farms in the nation. It encompasses over 350 acres of city land. Its mission is to create a local community food system that not only produces food but also educates. They delve into subjects on new farm incubation, farm business development, agricultural market development and land stewardships, the education of the viability of farming, sustainability and the working to create synergies with local stores and open-air green markets. They also have a super cool red barn to rent out for special occasions.
Intervale Center, 180 Intervale Road, Burlington, VT, USA +1 802 660 0440