Seven Days is here to show you around. Because to truly appreciate Burlington’s tech scene, you’ve got to see how it fits into the bigger picture.

Vermont’s largest city is jam-packed with award-winning food and beer, family-friendly activities, world-class outdoor recreation, and stellar nightlife options. And it’s just a quick drive to a few other towns not to be missed. So let your local Tech Jam tour guides spread the love for Vermont. Follow our picks for a perfect weekend getaway to Burlington — and beyond.

Bite Into Burlington

Breakfast sandwich on a maple biscuit at August First Bakery (Melissa Pasanen)
Breakfast sandwich on a maple biscuit at August First (File: Melissa Pasanen)


August First

Strike up a conversation with a neighbor over the flaky croissants, maple biscuits and breakfast sandwiches at this community-focused café near Lake Champlain. The ovens turn out stellar freshly baked loaves, including seven grain, seeded baguettes and focaccia.
149 S. Champlain St., Burlington

City Market, Onion River Co-op

Burlington’s grocery cooperative has it all, from local produce to some of the best people-watching around. Get a breakfast sandwich or bagelwich with local eggs, Vermont cheddar, and all the meat or veggie add-ons your heart desires.
82 S. Winooski Ave. & 207 Flynn Ave., Burlington

The Skinny Pancake

Steps from Waterfront Park, crêpes are griddled before customers’ eyes; get ’em sweet or savory, depending on your mood. Breakfast items — the adorable-sounding Blueberry Frumple Cake among them — are served all day.
60 Lake St., Burlington

Zero Gravity Beer Hall

Breakfast at a brewery? Why not! The casual neighborhood beer hall opens early to serve buttery, brioche-like yeasted waffles and coffee from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
716 Pine St., Burlington

A Double Stack Smash Burger and hand-cut fries from Burlington Beer Co. (File: Daria Bishop)


Burlington Beer

Open daily for lunch and dinner, this historic brick building taps inventive brews, from Strawberry Whale Cake cream ale to It’s Complicated Being a Wizard, a double IPA. Sip a beer flight alongside your local beef burger and superlative shoestring fries.
180 Flynn Ave., Burlington

El Cortijo

In a former diner, this hip taqueria spices up midday routines with tacos, burritos, enchiladas and award-winning nachos. Go loco for the killer margaritas.
189 Bank St., Burlington

Pho Hong

Head to the Old North End for noodle soups, grilled meats over rice vermicelli and veggie stir fries. The popular Vietnamese restaurant has been dishing ’em out to high demand since 2008.
325 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington

Pingala Café

This counter-service eatery has earned a reputation for Vermont’s best vegan fare. Everyone will find something to love about its creative, from-scratch, animal product-free menu. Even Food Network star Guy Fieri digs the signature Crunchwrap Supreme.
1 Mill St., Burlington

Deep City’s snapper ceviche with pickled peppers and espelette (File: James Buck)


Bluebird Barbecue

Diners “meat here” for smoked brisket, pulled pork, ribs and more than a dozen beers on tap. The Food Network named Bluebird one of the top 45 barbecue spots in the country.
317 Riverside Ave., Burlington

Café Dim Sum

Longtime Burlington restaurateur Sam Lai and his wife, Li Lin, offer a traditional Chinese dim sum menu of small plates with pots of tea. Everything from dumplings to ginger beef tripe is made from scratch and designed for sharing. 95 St. Paul St., Burlington

Deep City

Next to Foam Brewers near Waterfront Park, this sister restaurant serves vegan, gluten-free and carnivore pub fare. Choices include harissa grilled cauliflower, fried chicken sandwiches and poutine with braised short rib gravy.
112 Lake St., Burlington

Hen of the Wood

Rustic charm, a legendary wine list and a menu that honors local flavors distinguish this James Beard Award-nominated restaurant. The ever-changing menu swings from striped bass to kale canneloni.
55 Cherry St., Burlington

Honey Road

Church Street’s busy, buzzy Middle Eastern bistro serves up masterful mezze. It’s so good, Honey Road has earned the distinction of Vermont’s best restaurant, as well as several James Beard Award nominations.
156 Church St., Burlington

Stay and Play

Shelburne Farms (File: Daria Bishop)

Family Friendly Activities

Burlington Farmers Market

Farmers market Saturdays have been a Burlington staple since 1980. The weekly market feels like a festival of Vermont-made fare and crafts. The whole fam can find something to snack on here, from fruit-filled pastries to Taiwanese potstickers.
Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m, at 345 Pine St., Burlington

Church Street Marketplace

Downtown Burlington’s pedestrian mall is a charming place to stroll and enjoy street performers. Stop into art galleries, bookstores and the Ben & Jerry’s scoop shop along the way. When the weather’s nice, dine outside and watch the world go by.
Church St., Burlington

ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain

Devoted to the ecology, culture, history and stewardship of Lake Champlain, this waterfront museum offers educational exhibits and interactive activities for all ages — think daily animal demos and 3D film screenings.
1 College St., Burlington

Shelburne Farms

Walk the paths toward Lake Champlain at this 1,400-acre nonprofit farm and education center. Spot the friendly Brown Swiss cows, then stop into the Farm Store & Welcome Center for a taste of the farmstead cheddar they help produce.
1611 Harbor Rd., Shelburne

Spirit of Ethan Allen Lake Cruise

You haven’t really seen Burlington until you’ve viewed it from the middle of Lake Champlain. The Spirit of Ethan Allen sets sail multiple times a day through mid-October, offering narrated cruises filled with fun facts about the lake, its history and its inhabitants. Refreshments — and bathrooms — are available on board.
1 College St., Burlington

Nature Calls

The Mt. Philo trail (File: Jay Ericson)

Parks and Recreation

Andy A_Dog Williams Skate Park

Hit up Burlington’s world-class skate park, dedicated to a late local DJ and skateboarder. Located just off the waterfront bike path, it’s got rails, ramps, boxes, a half-bowl and a half-pipe. You might even catch some pros — Tony Hawk dropped in a few years ago.
Lake St. (north of Waterfront Park), Burlington

Burlington Greenway

This scenic path for bikers, runners and walkers extends eight miles along the city’s shoreline, from the southern end of Oakledge Park north to the Winooski River. Part of the Island Line Trail, it connects to a gravel causeway with gorgeous lake views. Need wheels?
Rent a bike trailside from Local Motion, 1 Steele St., Burlington.

Mount Philo State Park

The perfect high-altitude locale for picnics with friends, Mount Philo offers big views in exchange for relatively little hiking. The 968-foot peak overlooks the Lake Champlain Valley and New York’s Adirondack Mountains.
5425 Humphreys’ Rd., Charlotte

Rock Point Trails

Geologists from around the globe visit Rock Point to view the dramatic Champlain Thrust Fault — see it yourself while exploring two miles of public walking and hiking trails along the rocky shores of Lake Champlain. Get a trail pass before arrival, and park off-site at nearby North Beach.
20 Rock Point Rd., Burlington

Waterfront Park

The crown jewel of Burlington’s shoreline is Waterfront Park, a sprawling, grassy destination for sunbathers and Frisbee enthusiasts. Find ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain at the south end and the Andy A_Dog Williams Skate Park to the north.
10 College St., Burlington

Out on the Town

Swimmer at Nectar’s (File: Jordan Adams)


The Archives

You’ll find ample entertainment at this bar and arcade, with locations in Burlington and nearby Winooski (aka the Brooklyn of Burlington). They serve up everything from sour beers to sake to Street Fighter II.
191 College St., Burlington
45 Main St., Winooski

The Flynn

The Flynn’s Main Street marquee is a beacon for fans of music, theater and dance. The lovingly restored 1930s art deco movie house draws nearly 200,000 individuals each year to experience world-class arts and entertainment. On Tech Jam weekend, it hosts comedian Bob Marley
153 Main St., Burlington

Merrill’s Roxy Cinema

This family-owned downtown theater plays a mix of mainstream and art house flicks, from Nope to Marcel the Shell With Shoes On. The screens may be smallish, but the popcorn can’t be beat.
222 College St., Burlington


The storied venue where Phish once played presents a wide variety of live music and the best gravy fries around. Head upstairs to Club Metronome for your dance fix.
188 Main St., Burlington

Vermont Comedy Club

Expect the cream of the crop at this small but mighty venue. The club’s bar churns out crave-worthy cocktails by night and scrummy coffee by day as the Happy Place Café.
101 Main St., Burlington

Hit the Road

Daytrips Along the Way To/From Boston

Stowe Recreation Path (Courtesy of Nancy Piette)


(45 minutes from Burlington; 3 hours, 22 minutes from Boston)

The Alchemist

See where some of Vermont’s most coveted craft beers are brewed. Sip a Heady Topper or Focal Banger IPA in the outdoor beer garden, or sign up for a brewery tour, which includes a commemorative tasting glass and a can of beer.
100 Cottage Club Rd., Stowe

Ben & Jerry’s Factory

Dairy lovers tour the factory to get the full scoop on Vermont’s world-famous ice cream empire. Afterward, hit up the counter for a cone of Cherry Garcia or Half Baked. Don’t miss the infamous Flavor Graveyard honoring the “dearly de-pinted.” Schweddy Balls, anyone?
181 Waterbury-Stowe Rd., Waterbury

The Current

Stowe’s contemporary arts gallery mounts powerful exhibitions; its indoor and outdoor sculpture exhibition, “A Place of Memory,” asks viewers to reexamine how we present history. Catch it through October 21.
90 Pond St., Stowe

Trapp Family Lodge

The hills are alive with hiking, mountain biking, disc golf and, in winter, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing at this Alpine-style resort founded by the famous Trapp Family Singers. Make sure to visit the on-site bierhall.
700 Trapp Hill Rd., Stowe

Stowe Recreation Path

Spin your wheels on 5.3 miles of paved trails and wooden bridges along the west branch of the Little River. Hit the brakes for restaurants, galleries and gorgeous scenery along the way.
Rent a bike trailside from AJ’s Ski & Sports, 350 Mountain Rd., Stowe

Vermont Statehouse, Montpelier (File: Jeb Wallace-Brodeur)


(42 minutes from Burlington; 3 hours, 25 minutes from Boston)

Caledonia Spirits

In this impressive Capital City distillery and bar, sippers sample award-winning Barr Hill vodkas and gins, unique for their use of raw honey. Esquire included Barr Hill on its 2022 list of 27 best gin brands to drink right now. It’s a treat to sip a craft cocktail outside by the Winooski River.
116 Gin Lane, Montpelier

North Branch Nature Center

The forest is never far away when you’re in central Vermont. This 28-acre reserve on Elm Street maintains a network of hiking trails along the Winooski River. Nature programs for all ages include guided history walks and LGBTQ+ owl banding nights.
713 Elm St., Montpelier

Vermont Statehouse

You can’t miss the golden dome of the Vermont Statehouse. Montpelier’s “bling,” as a couple of local teen rappers once described the building, doubles as the seat of the Vermont General Assembly. Take a self-guided or audio tour, then picnic on the immaculate lawn.
126 State St., Montpelier

Woodbelly Pizza

This casual order-at-the-counter spot exudes warmth as cozy as its wood-fired oven. Woodbelly’s menu offers sourdough pizza and creemees, plus local beer, prosecco and Rookie’s Root Beer, all on tap. What more does one need?
126 State St., Montpelier

The Forest Canopy Walk at VINS (File: Tom McNeill)

White River Junction Area

(1 hour, 27 minutes from Burlington; 2 hours, 4 minutes from Boston)

King Arthur Baking

The flagship campus of America’s oldest flour company is akin to the Holy Grail for home bakers. Stop in for a golden croissant, a cup of coffee and the excellent retail store. At the on-site Baking School, instructors will school you on everything from British meat pies to wild yeast.
135 Route 5, Norwich

Main Street Museum

This tiny museum is a modern-day cabinet of curiosities offering a mix of international and quirky Americana objects, like the Connecticut River Sea Monster. Each item, writes the museum, “tells some kind of story about human beings and the complex, sometimes baffling universe of which we are a part.”
58 Bridge St., White River Junction

Montshire Museum of Science

A perennial family favorite, the Montshire offers fascinating science exhibits and miles of nature trails. Daily programming includes science yoga, animal tracking and family science activities, and indoor interactive exhibits cover topics such as bubbles, motion and life in local waters.
1 Montshire Rd., Norwich

Quechee Gorge

Pull over at a bridge on Route 4, summon all your courage and peer down. One hundred and sixty-five feet below, the Ottauquechee River flows through Vermont’s deepest gorge, carved by glaciers roughly 13,000 years ago. They don’t call it “Vermont’s Little Grand Canyon” for nothin’.
5800 Woodstock Rd., Hartford

Vermont Institute of Natural Science

How often does a raptor swoop two feet above your head? At VINS, visitors can experience this any day of the week. The 47-acre campus presents daily outdoor raptor programs with live owls, hawks, falcons and kestrels. For a view of the world from a bird’s perspective, head into the woods for the Forest Canopy Walk.
149 Natures Way, Quechee

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