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Survival Training HOW TO STAY ALIVE — AND THRIVE — IN BURLINGTON BY DAN BOLLES
Residents of the idyllic hamlet of Burlington, Vt., firmly believe in that age-old Darwinian axiom: survival of the fittest.
WELCOME TO VT How can you tell? Well, not to get all braggy, but your newly adopted lakeside hometown annually ranks among the healthiest cities in the country. And thanks to Vermont’s famously back-to-the-land, selfsufficient ethos, BTV is a good place to be when the shit hits the fan. So if you’re here to hunker down — for college, for work, for zombie attacks, for a scary U.S. presidency — What’s Good has some survival advice for you. The WG staff has painstakingly combed the Queen City (that’s another nickname for BTV, BTW) to bring you the insider intel you need to stay alive and thrive in your new surroundings. This handy guide is packed with
preparedness pointers both practical (such as surviving the winter) and fun (where to get a craft beer buzz, shred mountains or lounge by the lake). You don’t have to thank us. But you’re welcome. In this book, you’ll find recommendations for what to do, see, eat, drink and hear. Which local restaurants should you frequent? Which Vermont bands do you need to add to your Spotify playlists? Which festivals should be on your calendar, stat? The answers are just pages away. You'll also discover dozens of ways to enjoy the great outdoors, from skiing and swimming to mini golf and disc golf. And get shopping suggestions for where to gear up — as well as where to snag cheap home goods and rare used records. And we’ll clue you into some
of the peculiarities of life in Vermont. Pop quiz: Raise your hand if you know what a “flatlander” is. (Hint: If you’re reading this, you probably are one. But turn to page 14 for the answer.) For newcomers and longtime residents alike, What’s Good aims to highlight the very best of Burlington (and beyond). But it won’t tell you everything — there’s much more to explore. By using this guide as a starting point to surviving the urban-ish wilds of Burlington, you’ll be well on your way to doing just that. wg
Survival Tips To point you in the right direction, we’ve sprinkled some life-saving tips throughout this book. Here’s the first.
In case of emergency, keep a “go bag”packed with essential items. Think clean water, duct tape and a can of Heady Topper. (JK about that last one.) Throughout What’s Good, we’ll introduce you to some “survival guides” — read: notable locals — who’ll tell you what to pack. And may we also recommend the following? Seven Days: Vermont’s award-winning newsweekly (and What’s Good’s sister publication) comes out every Wednesday and contains vital info on living here. You can pick up a copy — for free — at more than 1,100 locations. Each issue features music listings, album reviews, a calendar of local events, cartoons, political coverage, personals, food news, job ads, and in-depth stories and interviews. Download the Seven Days app, follow us on social media or visit sevendaysvt.com to keep up.
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25. Winooski traffic circle (aka the Winooski Speedway) 26. Spinner Place apartments 27. Winooski River 28. UVM Medical Center 29. UVM water tower 30. "Reverence" sculpture (aka Whale Tails), visible from I-89
BTV Bearings (really not to scale) 1. World's Tallest File Cabinet (Flynn Avenue) 2. Lake Champlain 3. Champ 4. Winged monkey sculptures (Un
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#VermontingSoHard HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW YOUR NEW STATE? BY KEN PICARD Being a Vermonter isn’t all Ben & Jerry’s and weed. OK, it kind of is. But there’s a bunch of other important stuff you need to know, too, lest you forever be seen as a flatlander — Vermonters’ term for an outsider. Before venturing into the wilds of the Green Mountain State, take this very
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1. When your new friend from Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom says “Jeezum Crow!” she’s most likely:
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B) Exclaiming in surprise at how much you pay to rent your apartment in Burlington
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C) Referring to Vermont’s senior septuagenarian senator, Patrick Leahy D) Talking about a steel bar used for unscrewing the lug nuts on tractor tires
5. Suffering a Big Mac attack? You won’t find a McDonald’s franchise in: A) Burlington
2. “Town Meeting” refers to:
A) An annual dance where single Vermonters mingle in the dead of winter
B) A statewide census that measures the boundary lines between municipalities C) A quaint form of direct, participatory democracy, held in nearly every Vermont city and town on the first Tuesday of March D) A time in late winter when Vermont senior citizens emerge from hibernation
3. “Mud season” is what Vermonters call: A) The official kickoff of statewide political campaigns B) A cinnamon-like condiment used to darken maple syrup C) The start of spring training for the Vermont Lake Monsters minorleague baseball team D) A period in late winter/early spring when dirt roads are mucky and treacherous 14 WHAT’S GOOD
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6. “The Notch” is Vermont slang for: A) The way the Agency of Transportation shakes down out-of-state truckers B) Sen. Bernie Sanders’ perpetually furrowed brow C) An all-female punk-rock band from Barre D) A seasonal mountain road running between Jeffersonville and Stowe
7. While hiking in the woods, you encounter lines of blue plastic tubing. They indicate that you’ve stumbled upon: A) A clandestine meth lab B) Tap lines in a maple sugar bush C) The boundary of an elite ski resort for 1 percenters D) Canada
8. A mention of the “Eye on the Sky” on Vermont Public Radio refers to: A) The daily weather forecast from the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium in St. Johnsbury B) A U.S. Border Patrol drone program for detecting marijuana smugglers
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9. Vermonters know to beware of “leaf peepers,” a common seasonal hazard. The term references: A) An endangered species of poisonous frogs that live in Lake Champlain B) What Vermont state troopers call the Peeping Toms they arrest at highway rest stops C) Stylish but poorly made winter coats that won’t keep you warm D) Tourists who spend $1 billion annually gaping at Vermont’s fall foliage and occasionally drive like they’re not watching the road
10. In Vermont, “Gore” refers to: A) An unincorporated region of the state with little or no self-government B) The guy who won the popular vote but still lost the 2000 presidential election C) What inebriated college students get if they try to cow-tip a steer D) Another word for Vermont property taxes
11. Vermonters put their bird feeders out on December 1 and bring them in no later than April 1 to avoid attracting: A) Squirrels B) Woodchucks C) Leaf peepers D) Bears
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13. Which of the following is illegal in Vermont? A) Carrying a concealed firearm without a permit B) Bicycling in the nude past an elementary school C) Making moonshine in your bathtub D) Adding artificial color to a product labeled “Vermont maple syrup”
14. Green Up Day, held annually on the first Saturday in May, is when: A) Vermonters perform their civic duty and pick up trash along roads
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15. “Sugar on snow” refers to: A) Cocaine-fueled snowmobilers B) A delightful snack that combines maple syrup, a pickle and recent precipitation C) An eco-friendly method for deicing roads that’s less effective than road salt D) 1970s ski-bum slang for ideal powder conditions
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Survival Guide: Tessa Valyou Age: 33 Occupation: co-owner, New Duds Screen Printing & Illustration Town: Burlington
essa Valyou started New Duds Screen Printing & Illustration in 2008 with her beau, Torrey Valyou. The now-married college sweethearts — they met at the University of Vermont — have since grown their business into a five-person operation that prints dope illustrations on soft goods. You’ll spot their original designs on tees all around town and their custom printing on merch for area favorites such as Winooski restaurant Misery Loves Co., Four Quarters Brewing and punk-rock band Rough Francis.
Valyou, who learned to sew from her mom, began her own line of printed bags called Foliage Handbags shortly after New Duds opened. Muted colors and roughand-tumble fabrics designed to stand up to Vermont’s seasons are her stock-in-trade. When she’s not churning out printed products, Valyou can be found running, reading or hanging with her two tots, ages 4 and 2. Store I could spend all day in: Birdfolk Collective in Winooski. I sell my bags there, but every time I go in, it smells so good and it’s so lovely and fun to look at every little thing. I love seeing all the
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Local oddity I love: The Chief Grey Lock sculpture in Battery Park. The artists who did it in the 1970s created a series of sculptures — one in each state — as a tribute to local Native American history. My husband did a drawing and paper print of the sculpture that is a favorite of mine. Where you can find me on date night: We love to have our date nights be with a few friends. We love going to Pork & Pickles BBQ in Essex Junction or American Flatbread for drinks and pizza. We usually end up back at someone’s house or apartment to play games and chat. What’s your favorite way to get outside? I love running everywhere. From our house I can get to the Burlington Bike Path, the Intervale Center and Ethan Allen Park easily, so those are my go-to spots. But I also love to head down to Red Rocks Park for great trails with lots of hill work or my old UVM cross-country routes up Spear Street to Overlook Park. The view from the top is worth the traffic and the climb. Two things you need to survive in Vermont: Slowing down and enjoying the sun on your cheeks and a breath of air is so essential. And, always, you need a sense of humor. From the weather to the people, the ability to laugh at whatever life throws at you around here is very helpful. — SADIE WILLIAMS
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BY RACHEL ELIZABETH JONES & SADIE WILLIAMS Vermonters recycle pretty much everything — bottles, altweekly newspapers, significant others, etc. Clothing, décor and furniture are no exception. There are plenty of thrift and consignment stores around town to flex your creative muscles and scoop up fabulous finds on the cheap. Here’s our guide to tracking down treasures that'll save a pretty penny while reducing your environmental impact. They'll also keep you looking fresh — ethically.
Uptown Funk In and around the Queen City, there are a few clutch places to score designer names for cheap. SHALOM SHUK MARKETPLACE OF PEACE at the Ohavi Zedek Synagogue is the place to start — it tends to have bigname items in good-to-great condition. Commes des Garçons cape for $5, anyone? Plus, sales are donated to local nonprofits. If you’re looking for a funkier twist on designer resale, check out locally owned DIRT CHIC on Main Street. You’ll find a range of styles without having to do too much digging. RACKK & RUIN, in a small, second-story shop on Pine Street, carries a gorgeous selection of handmade Rackk & Ruin
Make off with college students’ unwanted household goods — think furniture, rugs, electronics and more — at the Chittenden Solid Waste District’s Spring Move Out Project, held on Buell and Loomis streets Barge every May. Canal Get the Market details at cswd.net. Thanks, college students!
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Mixed Media Dressing your body is important. But what about dressing your brain? Here are some tips for enriching your noggin. For books, the first stop is CROW BOOKSHOP. The cozy Church Street shop carries an assortment of new and used tomes. Also check Speaking out SPEAKING VOLUMES on Volumes Pine Street for thousands of titles on virtually any topic imaginable. Then head to SPEAKING VOLUMES’ second location, just across the way, for music media. Dig through the stacks for hipster records and jazzy vinyl, as well as record players and speakers. Over on South Winooski, PURE POP RECORDS is a basement record store dishing out quality secondhand tapes, records and CDs. Get in to get down.
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Kitschy Kitschy Ya Ya Da Da (Kitsch and Weird Shit) Do your eyes light up at the mere suggestion of a flea market? Do the words “tchotchke,” “knickknack” and “bibelot” make your heart soar? If so, get thee to one of two South End locations of VINTAGE INSPIRED LIFESTYLE MARKETPLACE. This multi-seller indoor bazaar has everything from Frozen Charlotte dolls to vintage lace. Whether you’re looking to make your dorm room cozier or find a gift for that kooky friend, VILM has got you covered. Don’t miss its summertime BTV FLEA markets. wg
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Figuring out where to shop in Burlington isn’t rocket science: For the most part, you can just head to the Church Street Marketplace. But you work hard for the money — so hard for it, honey — so let’s get a little more specific about where to spend it. Once a year, Vermonters vote on everything from best furniture store to best shoe shop in the Seven Daysies readers’ picks. Shop the abridged list of past nominees and winners below knowing there’s not a dud in the bunch. Want more? Flip to page 85 for some stellar gear stores, and visit sevendaysvt.com/daysies for the complete Daysies guide. wg
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BTV's city parking garages (the Marketplace Garage, College Street Garage and Lakeview Garage) are free for the first two hours and all day on Sundays. You can also stash your ride for free overnight during winter parking bans — just be out by 7:30 a.m. or get stuck paying for a full day.
Phoenix Books 191 Bank St., Burlington; 2 Carmichael St., Essex, phoenixbooks.biz Like a certain bird rising from the ashes of a decimated print media landscape — thnx, internet — Phoenix Books has been plying Vermonters with sweet, sweet paper pages since opening its Essex location in 2007. Since then, the badass bookstore has expanded to Burlington, Rutland and Chester. Judging by the growth of the mini-empire, it seems Vermonters have had their say: Books are here to stay. (And if you’re in the market for cards and quirky gifts, Phoenix has those, too!)
ALSO TRY: FILE: OLIVER PARINI
CROW BOOKSHOP, 14 Church St., Burlington,
THE FLYING PIG BOOKSTORE, 5247 Shelburne Rd.,
2 Best pet supply store PET FOOD WAREHOUSE
3 Best garden center GARDENER’S SUPPLY COMPANY
2500 Williston Rd., South Burlington; 2455 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne, pfwvt.com
128 Intervale Rd., Burlington; 472 Marshall Ave., Williston, gardeners.com
Since 1983, Vermonters have flocked to this animal-loving emporium for the best selection of pet products around — and a staff so aggressively helpful that you’ll feel guilty for saying, “Uh, just browsing, thanks.”
Need fertilizer? How ’bout outdoor furniture? This employee-owned business, founded by local gardeners in 1983, is an oasis for experienced and wannabe growers alike. It’s Vermont; go green!
CLAUSSEN’S FLORIST & GREENHOUSE,
OH MY DOG, 18 Lime Rock Rd.,
South Burlington, ohmydogvt.com PLAY DOG PLAY, 668 Pine St., Burlington, playdogvt.com
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187 Main St., Colchester, claussens.com RED WAGON PLANTS, 2408 Shelburne Falls Rd., Hinesburg, redwagonplants.com
4 Best place to buy a pipe NORTHERN LIGHTS 75 Main St., Burlington, northernlightsbtv.com Unique pipes and hookahs are the name of the game at the largest supplier of, um, tobacco products in Burlington. Indulge your inner hippie and shop the tapestries, incense and tie-dye, too. ALSO TRY: BERN GALLERY, 135 Main St.,
FULL TANK, 150A Church St.,
Sip . Savor . Stay
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Espresso Bar Organic Juices Smoothies Creative Salads & Sandwiches
5 Best place to buy a unique gift FROG HOLLOW
85 Church St., Burlington, froghollow.org Open since 1971, Frog Hollow is a gallery and gift store in one, making it a prime place to load up on artsy goodies, from ceramics and screen prints to jewelry and blown glass. No matter what you pick, it will have the trace of a human hand. Preach.
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ALSO TRY: COMMON DEER, 210 College St., Burlington,
commondeervt.com HOMEPORT, 52 Church St., Burlington, homeportonline.com
6 Best lighting store
CONANT METAL & LIGHT 266 Pine St., Burlington, conantmetalandlight.com Owner Steve Conant and his creative crew run one of the coolest home-furnishing stores in town. The shop specializes in one-of-a-kind custom art and lighting.
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ALSO TRY: THE LAMP SHOP, 424 Pine St., Burlington, thelampshopvt.com LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP, 12 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington, radiobean.com
7 Best adult toy store GOOD STUFF
21 Church St., Burlington; 197 Pearl St., Essex Junction, goodstuffstores.com In stores all over the state, including one right on Church Street, Good Stuff stocks a truly feelgood inventory — we’re talking steamy DVDs, sex toys and everybody’s favorite: lube! ALSO TRY: IMAGO, 257 Jasper Mine Rd., Suite 100,
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Come and enjoy our Chef Tasting Menu Serving lunch daily from 11:30am Dinner nightly begins at 5pm Sunday Dim Sum 11:30-1:45pm Reservations Recommended: 865-5200 133 Bank Street, Burlington www.asinglepebble.com
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FILE: MATTHEW THORSEN
Age: 42 Occupation: Owner and grill chef at Handy’s Lunch Town: Burlington
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hen he took over the family business at age 21, Earl Handy became the third in three generations to man the counter — and flattop griddle — at Handy’s Lunch since it opened in 1945. His father, Robert, swapped the joint’s original counter for a U-shaped formica one in 1958. But the neighborhood diner on the corner of Maple and South Champlain streets still feels like a throwback. Its cream-and-red napkin dispensers advise patrons to “Have a Coke” — the classic cola helps wet whistles amid friendly banter about politics or the Red Sox and Yankees. (Earl is a Yankees fan, and he’s not shy about it.) For decades, Handy’s has been where Burlingtonians go for a cheap and filling breakfast — two eggs with home fries and toast run just $5.25. At lunch, there’s the Texas Cheeseburger smothered in American cheese and chili sauce, plus deli-style sandwiches and, most crucially, the crunchiest tater tots in town. Favorite day trip: Granby Zoo in Granby, Québec. We’ve gone there every year for the past four years with our twins. It’s our No. 1 destination, and it’s only an hour and a half away. I used to go there when I was little, so we’re bringing the tradition back. Best place for a summer dip: I love Shelburne Town Beach. It’s one of my favorite places. We had a cottage at Colchester Point when I was a kid, and it reminds me of there — the view, the water, everything about it. Favorite night out in Burlington: Vermont Lake Monsters games at Centennial Field. That is our go-to for a fun night out — watch a game and get a meal at the ballpark. I think last year we caught 20-something games. My son is a superfan — his room is Lake Monster green.
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Preferred edible pick-me-up: A steak at the Upper Deck Pub at the Windjammer in South Burlington. I know it’s always going to be perfect, and it’s like going to a friend’s house over there. Never-fail family traditions: My twins and I always go to Shelburne Orchards for apples and to the Charlotte Berry Farm to pick berries in the summer. The berry farm has really great blueberry creemees. It’s a nice reward, like, After you pick blueberries for Dad’s diner, you can cool down with a creemee. Two things you need to survive in Vermont: Handy’s, and more Handy's! No, just kidding. A good winter hat — I wear my winter hat all the time. And a sense of — just relax. Enjoy it. We’re not in a city. We don’t have bad traffic jams or millions of people or subways. Just enjoy the fact that you can run into 10 people you know at the grocery store and have time to chat with them. — HANNAH PALMER EGAN
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Meal Deals DINING AND DRINKING SPECIALS BY THE DAY
BY HANNAH PALMER EGAN
Eating out ain’t cheap — but sometimes it’s necessary. Empty fridge? Hot date? Just want to live a little? These can take a toll on your wallet. Avoid a state of emergency by familiarizing yourself with the Queen City's daily dining and drinking deals. This handy cheat sheet to "meals ready to eat" will help you track down $1 pints, $2 tacos, $3 maki rolls and more. wg
Wondering where to line up for Heady Topper? Don’t. Queueing up for beer is a sure sign that you’re a flatlander. Instead, order a can at most BTV restaurants, or sample Vermont’s many other delicious craft beers.
Daily Specials SOCIAL HOUR, ARTSRIOT: Select plates — including chef George Lambertson’s juicy 400 Burger and popular popcorn chicken — are half price from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. Also weekdays: $3 beer specials. EARLY-BIRD SPECIAL, BLUEBIRD BARBECUE: From 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. daily, $30 summons three smoked meats (half portions) and four sides at this barbecue joint. That’s a solid meal for two. Alternatively, $10 scores you a burger topped with bacon jam, cheddar, secret sauce and pickles — plus a side. DUFF HOUR, THREE NEEDS BREWERY & TAPROOM: Every weekday starting at 4 p.m., Three Needs taps a special Duff Hour keg. $1 pours last until the keg is kicked, and reruns of “The Simpsons” play on bar TVs for the duration. D’oh! Almost forgot: Some nights, the pub throws in $1 pizza slices, too. BISTRO DINNER, LEUNIG’S BISTRO & CAFÉ: Every day from 3 to 5:30 p.m. and the last hour before closing, Church Street’s Frenchiest spot offers two courses for $17.50. Start with a bowl of soup au pistou, then move on to salade Niçoise, steak frites or hearty boeuf Bourguignon. Can’t pronounce any of that? The delicious food and small(er) bill are worth the embarrassment of trying. OYSTER HOUR, HEN OF THE WOOD: Enjoy $1 oysters daily from 4 to 5 p.m. and 10 to 11 p.m. at Burlington’s farm-to-table hot spot.
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Monday CITIZEN CIDER pours half-price drafts of its off-dry Unified Press cider. Pair a pint with Monday’s mac and cheese dinner special.
Tuesday The DAILY PLANET deals in $2 tacos, $2 tequila shots and $2 Tecate bottles.
Hit up the DAILY PLANET for half-price burgers.
Community Pint Night means $4 pints from Magic Hat Brewing at RÌ RÀ THE IRISH LOCAL.
Margaritas are a cool $5 at DRINK and the GRYPHON — the latter bakes up sweet-potato nachos for $8, too.
MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB goes Mexican with $2 tacos and $3 bottles of Pacifico.
Hop on over to CHURCH STREET TAVERN for half-price wings.
DRINK cracks open cans of Heady Topper — Vermont’s most coveted beer — for $4.
Mojito Monday — why not? EL GATO CANTINA charges just $6 for the rum and mint cocktail.
Get $2 off any mac and cheese at OUR HOUSE BISTRO in Winooski.
Sip half-price cocktails at a table by the falls at Winooski’s WATERWORKS FOOD + DRINK.
Order the beer on special at the ARCHIVES and get four free tokens to use on arcade games. EL GATO CANTINA offers chicken or shredded beef tacos for $2.
Thursday $5 nabs a can of cider and a McKenzie Country Classics hot dog at CITIZEN CIDER. Dig into a burger — and a bottle of Labatt Blue — for $10 at RÌ RÀ THE IRISH LOCAL. At DRINK, Switchback Brewing’s flagship amber ale sets you back just $2. Like nachos? EL GATO CANTINA offers ’em half off. Heady Toppers are $5 at PIZZA BARRIO.
Friday Wednesday Burgers are half price at NECTAR’S from 5 to 10 p.m. Same goes for the SCUFFER TAP & TABLE all day! Après-work appetizer, anyone? E.B. STRONG’S PRIME STEAKHOUSE deals in half-price starters from 5 to 6 p.m. And apps are buy-one, get-one-free at LEUNIG’S BISTRO & CAFÉ.
Start your weekend with $4 cosmos at DRINK. Grab a $3 Goose Island Beer Co. draft at NECTAR’S — then stick around for the famous fried-chicken special: two pieces of Misty Knoll Farms chicken, Cabot mac and cheese, and collard greens for $14.50. Check out Philly Friday at MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: $5.99 cheesesteaks with fries and $5 Heady Toppers.
From 3 to 6 p.m., ASIANA NOODLE SHOP dishes select apps and maki rolls for $3 to $5. $4 Fiddlehead IPAs fuel the Wednesday open mics at MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB. A glass of wine goes for a fiver at HALVORSON’S UPSTREET CAFÉ and the GRYPHON. The DAILY PLANET also does $5 wine pours — plus $10 cheese plates — on Wednesdays and Thursdays. PBR pitchers are $3.50 at the OTHER PLACE. $1 gets you a beer and $2 a taco at ¡DUINO! (DUENDE) from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Students get half off their second pie at PIZZA BARRIO. Hit up the SPOT for 50-cent wings.
Saturday At DRINK, $5 gets you a Long Island iced tea. Just make sure to drink a lot of water, OK? Score an $8 burger at the SPOT.
Sunday Got kids? Take ’em to BLUEBIRD BARBECUE, where they eat free on Sunday nights. A pound of wings and a pint go for $8 at MR. MIKES PIZZA. Boozy brunch idea: $6 candied-bacon Bloody Marys and $15 mimosa pitchers at MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB.
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The Bean Scene WHAT’S BREWING IN BURLINGTON’S JAVA JOINTS? BY HANNAH PALMER EGAN
So, it’s morning — or not — and you’re in need of a sleep-defying pick-me-up. Word to the wise: Don’t just curb that caffeine craving at the first coffeehouse you come across. Perhaps you’re looking for a quiet spot to sit and get some work done. Maybe it’s a more social sip that you seek — in the company of a colleague or among interesting strangers. Or let’s say you’re a nextlevel nerd on the hunt for obscure single-source beans known only to the coffee illuminati. Whatever your pleasure, Burlington’s got a café for you.
If You’re a Bean Brainiac ONYX TONICS SPECIALTY COFFEE
At this specialty-coffee tasting bar, the ever-changing menu offers a half dozen single-origin coffees from farms and roasters around the world. Sample them in the form of espresso, cappuccino, drip or hand-brewed filter — perhaps paired with a glazed “sourdoughnut” or another sweet snack from a local artisan baker. Warm weather brings cold-brew and affogato. Year-round, the tables are occupied by people clickety-clacking away on computers — in addition to serving excellent, responsibly sourced coffee, Onyx provides a fine workspace with free Wi-Fi.
ILLUSTRATIONS: LUKE EASTMAN
126 College St., Burlington, onyxtonics.com
If You’re an Introvert in Need of Entertainment UNCOMMON GROUNDS COFFEE AND TEA
Want to grab a cup and feel like you’re in the middle of it all? Head to Church Street’s Uncommon Grounds. For more than two decades, this buzzing, family-owned coffee stop has won over customers with its in-house roaster, speedy service and vegan peanut-butter bars. Tables can be hard to score, but there’s almost always a counter seat.
Exposed beams and rustic wood floors make the bohemian coffeehouse feel more like a tree house. Go early and hole up near the picture windows overlooking Main Street — the high-traffic area provides a constant stream of local color. Enjoy it with an organic, fair-trade roast; a made-to-order juice or smoothie; or, later in the day, a cocktail. Need a bite? Snack on a homemade macaroon or other baked goodie.
42 Church St., Burlington, ugvermont.com
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SPEEDER & EARL’S COFFEE 1251 Pine St., Burlington, speederandearls.com
As many as 700 caffeine-dependent patrons pass through this busy little shop in the heart of the South End Arts District every day. The beans are roasted in-house and available in bulk. Breakfast pastries come from Barrio Bakery & Café.
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SCOUT & CO.
TIGHT SQUEEZE COFFEE SHOP
Innovation Center, 128 Lakeside Ave., Burlington, scoutandcompanyvt.com
At its other locations in Burlington’s Old North End and Winooski, Scout is best known for pairing creative, well-crafted ice creams with rich and fruity cups of joe locally roasted at Vivid Coffee. But deep in Burlington’s South End, in a tucked-away corner of an old factory, chef Owen Hoppe crafts inexpensive locavore breakfasts and lunches — think breakfast tacos, waffles, banh mi and cheeseburgers. These are definitely worth sitting down for.
125 College St., Burlington, tightsqueezecoffeeshop.com
True to its name, Tight Squeeze is tiny, and there’s nowhere to sit. But it’s a downtown go-to for fast, quality caffeine, including custom espresso roasted locally at Earthback Coffee Roasters. Other drinks include silky hot chocolates, spicy chai teas and Earl Grey lattes made with organic milk. Sweet and savory treats come from a nearby bakery.
If You’re Mixing Work With Pleasure MAGLIANERO
47 Maple St., Burlington, maglianero.com
Need to hold an impromptu conference with coworkers or bang out some work on a deadline? There are plenty of tables to choose from at this airy, laptopfriendly hangout near the Burlington waterfront. The baristas will gladly regale you with the full history of the well-sourced options of Counter Culture Coffee that are available each day. You’ll also find rare teas from Vermont’s Stone Leaf Teahouse, kombucha on draft and handmade pastries. Oh, and you can bring your dog!
LEUNIG’S PETIT BIJOU
116 Church St., Burlington, leunigsbistro.com
From a sweet kiosk at the intersection of Church and College streets, staff from nearby Leunig’s Bistro & Café serve fresh-brewed coffees and espresso con panna. Peruse the display window filled with homemade apple tarts, French macarons and pâte de fruit, or grab breakfast or lunch. The duck-confit poutine is locally famous, and the baguette sandwiches aren’t too shabby, either. wg
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A BITE-SIZE GUIDE TO BURLINGTON DINING
Whatever you’re hungry for, it's likely findable in Burlington. Thinking Thai, Turkish or farm-to-table? We’ve got that. In the mood for Mexican — or momos? Check and check. The Queen City offers a surprising array of cuisines, and we’ve compiled a scrumptious sampling of the area’s best right here. This list will easily get you through breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks. (Flip to page 71 for even more on that last one.) Still hungry? Pick up a copy of 7 Nights: The Seven Days Guide to Vermont Restaurants & Bars or check out the listings and reader reviews at sevendaysvt.com. While you’re there, sign up for the weekly Bite Club e-newsletter to get the latest food news in your inbox. wg
BY HANNAH PALMER EGAN
Parkway Diner 1696 Williston Rd., South Burlington, 652-1155 Parked on Williston Road since the 1950s, this vintage Worcester Lunch Car serves breakfast all day. While it looks like your typical greasy spoon, the specials are surprising — like the deep-fried pork tenderloin on a cheddar biscuit, topped with a runny egg and chipotle hollandaise. Is a basic two-egg plate more your steez? Add a side of crispy-on-theoutside, buttery-on-the-inside home fries. And if you’re off the oeufsand-bacon wagon, there’s an open-faced turkey sandwich, smothered in velvety gravy, whispering your name. No better way to start the day.
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THE DOUGHNUT DILEMMA
55 Main St., Burlington, thedoughnutdilemma.com
198 Main St., Burlington, mirabellescafe.com Crowds line up for stellar sweets stacked in tiered trays and glass cases. Seeking a sit-down affair? Don’t miss the popover breakfast, heaped with scrambled eggs, smoked salmon and lemon-shallot crème fraîche.
169 Cherry St., Burlington, pennycluse.com Long lines signal food that’s worth the wait — and celebs such as Elijah Wood and Joe Biden have joined the café’s devoted following. Try the Zydeco Breakfast — two eggs any style, black beans, corn muffins and andouille sausage.
Apple fritter or Funfetti? Boston cream or blueberry? Deciding which artisanal doughnut to order may take a while, so go early — the shop closes when the ’nuts run out.
MIRABELLES CAFÉ & BAKERY
PENNY CLUSE CAFÉ
195 Falls Rd., Shelburne, rusticrootsvt.com You can get shirred eggs, burlap bacon and cinnamonbread French toast all day long at this intimate chefowned eatery. Not sure what all of that is? Try it; you’ll like it.
28 Main St., Winooski, sneakersbistro.com Weekend brunch at Winooski's retro café is the stuff of legends, and the daily specials are always eclectic. The classic eggs Benedict is a home run.
THE SWINGIN’ PINWHEEL CAFÉ AND BAKERY 11 Center St., Burlington, theswinginpinwheel.com
Grab a stuffed popover or wafflini — that’s a waffle sandwich — at this Westernthemed bakery. The cowboy coffee is strong enough to bring you back to life.
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Monarch & the Milkweed 111 St. Paul St., Burlington, monarchandthemilkweed.com
FILE: OLIVER PARINI
Entering tiny but chic Monarch & the Milkweed feels like stepping into a miniature marble palace. Fluted chandeliers cast warm light over white-stone pedestal tables; napkins are branded with the restaurant’s butterfly logo. You could keep it casual and meet for lunch, dipping grilled cheddar-Gruyère sandwiches into each other’s creamy tomato soups. But as dusk falls, the restaurant offers exquisite cocktails — get the milkweed punch — and classic fare such as crisp Waldorf salads and smoky bluefishsalad sandwiches. Save room for dessert; the chef spent years turning out pastries at the acclaimed Hen of the Wood.
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Classy cocktails set the scene for a posh dinner. The woodfired grill cooks dry-aged steaks and other local meats for a meal to remember.
Vermont’s rustic hideaway. On a budget? Swing by for $1 oysters in the early evening, or snuggle up by the fireplace with small plates.
1633 Williston Rd., South Burlington, guildtavern.com
HEN OF THE WOOD
55 Cherry St., Burlington, henofthewood.com Woo your date with fine locavore cuisine at Hotel
46 Main St., Winooski, miserylovescovt.com Need a conversation starter? Talk about the open kitchen’s seriously imaginative food — think scallop crudo and bacon beignets. The fare has twice nabbed the chefowners James Beard Award nominations.
LEUNIG’S BISTRO & CAFÉ 115 Church St., Burlington, leunigsbistro.com
This cozy yet elegant Frenchstyle bistro has been a Church Street staple for decades. And, really, what’s sexier than steak frites?
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A SINGLE PEBBLE
133 Bank St., Burlington, asinglepebble.com Traditional preparation and presentation set apart Chinese dishes such as the mock eel — a fave of the Food Network’s Alton Brown. Meeting for lunch? Try the tasting menu.
Hen of the Wood
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FILE: OLIVER PARINI
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197 College St., Burlington, bentovermont.com This Japanese market and sushi shop specializes in the eponymous segmented lunch boxes. Fill one with tofu teriyaki to go, or grab a window seat for made-to-order sushi.
189 Bank St., Burlington, cortijovt.com Tortillas made with heirloom corn cradle local meats, cheeses and produce in taco, burrito and enchilada form. Locals go loco for the “wicked-fly” margaritas.
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119 College St., Burlington, sherpakitchenrestaurant.com The Nepalese co-owners cook family recipes for Himalayan classics such as momos, mild curries, thukpas and stews.
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PHO DANG VIETNAMESE RESTAURANT Slurp up soup or other noodle dishes. The classic pho tai comes with a plate of flavorful mix-ins.
CENTRAL MARKET: TASTE OF ASIA Owned by New Americans, the Asian-style deli stocks hard-to-find vegetables and spices, and the kitchen cooks up Nepali and Indian entrées for the sit-down crowd.
7 Fayette Dr., South Burlington, zengardens-vt.com Enjoy well-crafted Sichuan, Cantonese and Taiwanese cuisine in a cavernous dining room. The Peking duck is roasted in-house.
Istanbul Kebab House 175 Church St., Burlington, istanbulkebab housevt.com Turkey is better known for dolma and spit-roasted lamb than it is for wine, but Burlington's own kebab house carries a dozen charismatic Turkish bottles. Sample them with a feast of spiced bulgur croquettes, zucchini pancakes and sizzling skewered meats. Finish with a petite cup of jet-powered Middle Eastern coffee and whichever dessert you can’t resist: apple-maple baklava or rosescented Turkish delight. Rooftop tables offer some of the best outdoor dining in town. 39
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BARRIO BAKERY & CAFÉ/ PIZZA BARRIO
197 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington, barriobakeryvt.com By day, the friendly Old North End bakery turns out breads, pastries, soups and sandwiches. By night — Tuesday through Saturday, anyway — it’s all about the handmade pizzas.
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74 Maple St., Burlington, handyslunch.wordpress.com Three generations of Handys have served diner fare on the cheap — often with a side of political chatter — at this friendly South End lunch counter. (Meet owner Earl Handy on page 26.) Whatever you order, get it with tots!
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155 Bank St., Burlington, 862-9010 Breakfast all day and home-cooked dishes in a cozy, old-school atmosphere? No wonder downtown’s favorite diner is a local landmark. Try the Greek specialties.
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Drifter's 156 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington, driftersvt.com It took a while for Queen City residents to discover Drifter's, which opened in the Old North End in June 2016. But word slowly got out about chef-partner Andrew Ryan’s inexpensive, religiously local fare. From the kimchi ramen bowls made with duck broth and house-smoked bacon to the barbecue pulled-pork sliders, everything is top quality and made from scratch. The fun, laid-back vibe — not to mention the $5 cans of Citizen Cider — will make Drifter's your new favorite neighborhood hang.
NUNYUNS BAKERY & CAFÉ
139 N. Champlain St., Burlington, nunyuns.com
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This bright Old North End café pairs a living-room vibe with egg sandwiches, breakfast burritos and buttery French toast.
ST. PAUL STREET GASTROGRUB 205 St. Paul St., Burlington, stpaulstgastrogrub.com
Belly up to a round of Connect Four at this pint-size South End pub — or snack on $2 corn dogs until the doors close at 2 a.m.
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Burlington Beer Company 25 Omega Dr., Suite 150, Williston, burlingtonbeercompany.com Creativity fuels the kettle at this airy warehouse brewery, where you might find an oatmealcranberry stout aged on red oak or bright IPAs brewed with pea flowers, pawpaw or dragonfruit. Frequent can and bottle releases draw the beerloving crowds, while daily hours offer a more casual experience, complete with games of Jenga. Hungry? Snack on the pub fare — think grilled sandwiches, tacos and nachos.
316 Pine St., Suite 114, Burlington, citizencider.com
This is the spot for getting apple-sauced — responsibly, of course. The lively tasting room offers 10 ciders on draft, plus local beer, spirits and nonalcoholic concoctions.
COLCHESTER’S MEAD HALL
856 Hercules Dr., Colchester, colchestersmeadhall.com Beowulf would feel at home among the craft meads and honey wines that flow through these draft lines. Sample a Scandinavian cheese plate, pickled herring or the Wednesday special: $4 Nordic pulled pork.
112 Lake St., Burlington, foambrewers.com The brews are imaginative, the location — in sight of Lake Champlain — unbeatable. World-class cheese and charcuterie, live music, standup comedy, and local art make it a very happy hour indeed.
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150 W. Canal St., Winooski, fourquartersbrewing.com
ZERO GRAVITY CRAFT BREWERY 716 Pine St., Burlington, zerogravitybeer.com
In summertime, sip a sunset brew on a wide, west-facing deck. There are always pints of the flagship Green State Lager and Conehead IPA, but you can also match a seasonal gruit, sour or saison with a handmade pretzel or brat. Foam Brewers
Fancy a Belgian-style beer? Get to this Winooski brewhouse for a tasting. Occasional live bands and vinyl nights provide a solid soundtrack.
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20 Winooski Falls Way, Winooski, waterworksvt.com
THE SKINNY PANCAKE
60 Lake St., Burlington, skinnypancake.com When hunger hits at Waterfront Park, walk a few steps to the Skinny Pancake's expansive patio for a locavore crêpe — such as the strawberryand-Nutella-filled Lovemaker.
AL’S FRENCH FRY'S
1251 Williston Rd., South Burlington, alsfrenchfrys.com When creemee season hits, the cool kids head to Al’s, where the hand-cut fries are a throwback to the ’50s. The retro space also sells corn dogs, cheeseburgers and other fast snacks.
144 Church St., Burlington, gakuramen.com Like most Church Street restaurants, this noodle shop sprawls outside as soon as spring allows. Slurp tonkotsu noodles — or dig into a rice bowl or steamed buns.
Warm weather draws droves of diners to the coveted patio seats outside this former textile mill on the Winooski River. Gather for evening drinks — Waterworks boasts one of Chittenden County’s finer cocktail menus — and linger over a woodfired pizza, seasonal salad or garlic hummus with housemade naan. What? It’s winter? Inside, the restaurant is big and beautiful, with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the falls.
THE SPOT ON THE DOCK
1 King St., on the dock, Burlington, thespotvt.com Catch a breeze at a surf-inspired space on the lake. The menu features huevos rancheros, scallop ceviche, fish tacos and big salads.
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10 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington, radiobean.com In spring, sidewalk crowds convene daily outside the connected storefronts of ¡Duino! (Duende), Light Club Lamp Shop and Radio Bean. Global dishes at ¡Duino! range from Korean tacos to chicken and waffles to poutine.
THE FARMHOUSE TAP & GRILL
160 Bank St., Burlington, farmhousetg.com Burlington’s favorite gastropub also boasts the city’s best beer garden. Sit in the breezy backyard — or sunny front patio — and sip a flight of craft brews alongside your burger or cheese board.
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hey may still be dealing with locker combinations, midterms and gym class, but the members of Muslim Girls Making Change are also making waves nationwide. Since 2016, young slam poets Hawa Adam, Balkisa Abdikadir, Lena Ginawi and Kiran Waqar — all seniors at Burlington and South Burlington high schools — have used their words to challenge gender roles, fight racism and stand up for social justice. In their short time together, the girls have competed at the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival in Washington, D.C., and earned a spot on the Huffington Post’s list of “17 Muslim American Women Who Made America Great in 2016.” “When we leave an event and a person tells us that they were inspired and want to make a change, it is the most amazing thing,” says Waqar. “If they take action, just imagine the ripple effect.” While we await that sea change, What’s Good quizzed Adam and Waqar on what they do in their downtime. Favorite thing to do in Burlington: KW: Enjoy the waterfront with a creemee. I get it from the creemee store near ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain or Burlington Bay Market & Café. Favorite place to write poetry: KW: The UVM green in front of the water fountain. It’s really pretty and relatively peaceful. On Facebook and Instagram, I follow: KW: For Vermonters, mostly
politicians. We have some good ones, so it’s nice to see them doing good in turbulent times. One prominent one would be Kesha Ram (@KeshaRam). We also follow and work with Emerge Vermont a lot, which promotes Democratic women. Favorite local performing-arts space: HA: I love the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. When I was younger and went there more frequently, they always had these really insane shows with amazing live music.
Favorite local artist: HA: Our coach, Rajnii Eddins, is very admirable. He speaks up about the same issues that I am passionate about and is always there at as many Vermont events as he possibly can commit to. Not to mention, he hosts poetry sessions every Friday at the Fletcher Free Library. Two things you need to survive in Vermont: KW: An open mind and creativity. HA: A jacket and a book. — KYMELYA SARI
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To-Do List MAIN EVENTS YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS BY KRISTEN RAVIN Looking to do like the locals? Follow them to a festival or seven. While it would be impossible to include all of the city’s goings-on in one list, we’ve compiled this calendar of major events that keep the good times rolling all year round. For a weekly rundown of can’t-miss happenings in Burlington and beyond, check the Seven Days calendar listings in print or online at sevendaysvt.com and sign up for the weekly Notes on the Weekend e-newsletter. wg
Fall 2017 SOUTH END ART HOP
Thousands flock to South End studios and businesses for exhibits, fashion shows, artist markets, live demos and music from more than 600 participating creatives. September 8-10, South End, Burlington, seaba.com
PRIDE VERMONT PARADE & FESTIVAL
LGBTQ individuals and allies paint the town red — er, rainbow — with a lively procession from Church Street to Battery Park, where an epic all-day party awaits. September 10, downtown Burlington, pridecentervt.org
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Skip the hassle — and expense — of festival parking. Bike instead!
Bona fide rock star and Vermont native Grace Potter headlines two nights of lakeside live tunes by area and national acts. Also “gracing” this fest? Beer, wine, local eats and an art installation. September 16-17, Waterfront Park, Burlington, grandpointnorth.com
VERMONT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
A showcase of international, independent and local flicks hits silver screens for a celluloid celebration with filmmaker Q&As, receptions and discussions. October 20-29, Burlington, vtiff.org
VERMONT TECH JAM
Dozens of Vermont’s fastest-growing and most innovative companies gather under one roof to recruit employees and talk trends at this career and tech expo organized by Seven Days. Bring your résumé. October 20-21, Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, techjamvt.com 48 WHAT’S GOOD
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Music, dance, comedy, circus arts and a midnight fireworks display take over the Queen City at this substance-free festival. December 31, downtown Burlington, firstnightburlington.org
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A luscious lineup of local, national and international talent and a steamy selection of performance classes turn up the heat during one of the coldest months of the year. January 18-20, Burlington and Barre, vermontburlesquefestival.com
WINTER IS A DRAG BALL
Queen City drag troupe House of LeMay helps revelers combat cold-weather woes at a colorful bash complete with a costume contest, live entertainment and DJ sets. Proceeds benefit the Vermont People With Aids Coalition. February, Higher Ground, South Burlington, highergroundmusic.com
MAGIC HAT MARDI GRAS PARADE
Burlington parties Big Easy-style with tunes, brews, beads and a lively procession of creatively constructed floats down Main Street. Keep your shirts on, people — this is a family event. March 10, downtown Burlington, magichat.net
Spring 2018 BURLINGTON YOGA CONFERENCE
Seasoned yogis and those hitting the mat for the first time come together to do the downward-facing dog under the direction of regional teachers. Namaste! April 14-15, University of Vermont, Burlington, burlingtonyogaconference.com
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VERMONT RESTAURANT WEEK
Foodies get their fill of prix-fixe menus and themed events that put local fare front and center — and won’t break the bank. April 20-29, statewide, vermontrestaurantweek.com
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PEOPLE’S UNITED BANK VERMONT CITY MARATHON & RELAY
Runners pound 26.2 miles of pavement or split the distance with relay teams. Non-runners can order brunch at outside tables and gawk. May 27, downtown Burlington, vermontcitymarathon.org
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Cool cats tap their toes to the swingin’ sounds of local, regional and legendary jazz masters on indoor and outdoor stages around Burlington. June 1-10, downtown Burlington, discoverjazz.com
BURLINGTON WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL GRAND TASTING
Several days of taste-bud-tempting events culminate in a culinary affair with palate-pleasing vinos, gourmet bites and seminars with celebrated winemakers. Mid-June, Waterfront Park, Burlington, burlingtonwineandfoodfestival.com
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If you're an introvert or claustrophobe, the crowded Burlington Farmers Market might be your worst nightmare — strollers and dogs and tourists, oh my! Check the calendar listings at sevendaysvt.com for lower-density alternatives in Winooski, Richmond, Shelburne and beyond.
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VERMONT BREWERS FESTIVAL
More than 150 craft beers beckon suds lovers of legal age, who sip samples during scheduled tasting sessions. July 21 & 22, Waterfront Park, Burlington, vtbrewfest.com
Burlington’s Old North End showcases its one-of-a-kind qualities with community-wide displays of art, music, food, performances and pop-ups. Anything goes! July 28, Old North End, Burlington, theramble.org
Along with area venues, Queen City streets host internationally renowned buskers, comedians, musicians and quirky performers. August 3-5, downtown Burlington, vermontfestivaloffools.com
CHAMPLAIN VALLEY FAIR
Fried foods fuel revelers at this annual amusement featuring rides, games, agricultural displays, a demolition derby and grandstand concerts by big-name acts. August 24-September 2, Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, champlainvalleyfair.org
With an annual day of skateboarding, art, eats, beats and a bone-marrow drive, friends and fans fête the life and legacy of DJ Andy “A-Dog” Williams, who died of leukemia in 2013. August 25, downtown Burlington, friendsforadog.org
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Lookin, Good SEVEN LOCAL ARTISTS TO WATCH BY RACHEL ELIZABETH JONES
Fun fact: Vermont has one of the highest percentages of artists per capita in the U.S. Evidence of this is rampant; just about every public space has art on display. (See page 55 for our guide to BTV galleries.) Want to put your finger on the creative pulse of the city? We’ve selected just a few up-and-comers to look out for. These fresh faces represent varied fields — from painting to printmaking — and just a fraction of the Queen City’s artistic output. But these ambitious originals stand out from the crowd.
Frank DeAngelis frankdeangelis.art, Insta: @frankdeangelisart The Burlington artist only took up painting in the last year or so — and has been producing work with a vengeance from his S.P.A.C.E. Gallery studio ever since. Seeming to use whatever surface provides itself, DeAngelis rocks an uncontrived, distinctly self-taught flair, filling up space with his own vocabulary of simple symbols and line work.
Sarah Letteney sarahletteney.com, Insta: @smallsuture
Matt Peterson matthewtakespictures.com, Insta: @matthewpeterson25 Publisher of seven issues of the Flatlander zine/art book, photographer Peterson is establishing FLTLNDPR, or Flatlander Press, to help other local artists make books. His own high-contrast film images explore social and physical landscapes with a tender and spontaneous gaze. 52 WHAT’S GOOD
The Burlington artist’s clean lines, oft-gruesome subject matter and strategic, sparing use of bloodred ink have helped make her a local favorite. She’s lent her talents to Vermont food businesses Maglianero Café, ¡Duino! (Duende) and Pitchfork Farm, as well as BTV band Swale. Within her illustrations, ravens, hearts, skeletons and various dead things make frequent appearances.
Emily Anderson bluebirdfairies.com Anderson describes her oracle deck of Bluebird Fairies as “earnest little drawings that help people do big things.” Born from drawings done with her (non-dominant) left hand, the tarot-like cards feature inspirational, adorable and sometimes mysterious magical figures, such as the Fairy of Heart Thumping Love. Anderson offers full decks, as well as readings and intuitive fairy and demon drawing workshops, at various events around town, spreading joy and insight as far as she can.
Rachel Lindsay rachellivesherenow.com, Insta: @rachellivesherenow While she was a student at Columbia University, the graphic artist created the first graphic-novel thesis — like, ever. Having transplanted herself from New York to Burlington, Lindsay takes on many a Vermontism with her weekly Seven Days strip “Rachel Lives Here Now.” Her comics combine wit, humor and zaniness with raw — and sometimes dark — honesty. Look for her first graphic novel, Rx, in 2018.
Alissa Faber alissafaber.com, Insta: @alissafaber Melding form and function, Faber works primarily with glass, wood and clay, mining the creative possibilities of her materials. For her “Blackened Timber” series, Faber uses found wood as singular glass molds — the molten glass blackens the wood, and, once the two have cooled, they are reunited as a unique sculptural vessel. wg
Jackson Tupper jacksontupper.com, Insta: @jackson.tupper The designer at famous Burlington brand Burton Snowboards has movement on the brain. His “Boys & Girls” series of line drawings shows boys and girls on skateboards doing a variety of things that boys and girls do: high-fiving, drinking, getting married. Tupper’s larger, more colorful screen prints, in particular, have a California vibe. His minimal style is cheeky and warm, while always staying very cool.
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A LOOK AT BTV’S ARTSY DESTINATIONS BY RACHEL ELIZABETH JONES Burlington positively oozes creativity — like, in a good way. You can witness it at work in the city’s varied galleries and exhibition spaces, which showcase local, national and international artists alike. When you’re ready to feast your eyes, mind and soul — or just have a lazy, wander-y afternoon — check out one (or more!) of these art hubs. To stay up-to-date on openings and must-sees, turn to the Seven Days art listings in print or online at sevendaysvt.com and subscribe to the weekly re:View e-newsletter. wg
Curator Chris Thompson (left) is the rogue mind operating this modest, transitory space on the second floor of the school’s Center for Communication & Creative Media. The gallery offers a peculiar breadth of works and workshops, from paper made with underwear by the Peace Paper Project to an interactive VR sculpture by “digital nomad” Fernando Ramallo. A small house on campus allows Thompson — who also runs the Generator, a nonprofit maker space in BTV's South End — to host national and international artists who may not otherwise find themselves in our fair city. Plenty of locals show here, as well — including graduating students working in fine arts and game design.
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You never quite know what you’re going to get here, but it’s almost always good — KBHG is operated by Solidarity of Unbridled Labour, a design firm on the floor below. The gallery shares space with fancy coffee shop Maglianero Café, so you can get caffeinated and cultured all at the same time.
FLEMING MUSEUM OF ART 61 Colchester Ave., Burlington, flemingmuseum.org
With more than 25,000 objects in its collection, the University of Vermont’s museum combines permanent installations of art and artifacts with temporary exhibitions ranging from pop-art prints to student-curated shows.
47 Maple St., Burlington, thekarmabirdhouse.com
This three-story gallery in a renovated firehouse has humble roots, having emerged from an arts council founded in 1981 by thenmayor Bernie Sanders. The center hosts approximately 12 top-notch contemporary shows per year — all free! — as well as classes, live performances and workshops.
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132 Church St., Burlington, newcitygalerie.org This downtown gem of a gallery is modest in terms of square footage but provocative in terms of shows, which feature contemporary work by Vermont and Vermont-connected artists. It also operates its own residency program.
404 Pine St., Burlington, seaba.com The home base for the South End Arts and Business Association hosts rotating exhibitions by Vermont artists working in Burlington’s South End Arts District. It’s also HQ for annual art-stravaganza the South End Art Hop.
THE S.P.A.C.E. GALLERY 266 Pine St., Burlington, spacegalleryvt.com
A South End institution, S.P.A.C.E. houses artist studios, screenings and events, and exhibits work by Vermont artists. What does S.P.A.C.E. stand for? Supportive Places for Artists and the Creative Economy, of course. Look for the spaceman mural.
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Burlington may be small, but its performing-arts scene upstages that of many cities. (See what we did there?) Whether you’re a die-hard “Glee” fan looking for your musical fix or a comedy nut who loves the awkward thrills of improv, BTV won’t let you down. Want to see something truly weird? Don’t worry — we’ve got that, too. wg
What’s not a joke at the Vermont Comedy Club? Just one thing: its status as the state’s undisputed venue for all things funny. Hilarious husband-and-wife team Nathan Hartswick and Natalie Miller opened the 150-seat theater and bar in 2015; it's served as a catalyst for Vermont’s growing comedy scene ever since. In addition to showcasing major standups such as Kevin McDonald of the Kids in the Hall fame, Jen Kirkman and Nikki Glaser, VCC is home base for local improv troupe the Unmentionables. It also offers classes and workshops for locals who want to get silly. Speaking of silly, check out the club’s purple “unicow” mascot.
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FLYNN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS 153 Main St., Burlington, flynncenter.org
Opened in 1930, this art-deco “entertainment palace” continues to be the state’s leading venue for first-class music, dance and theater. The 1,411-seat MainStage has hosted performers from gospel legend Mavis Staples to comedian Marc Maron to Vermont’s own Lyric Theatre. The adjacent FlynnSpace is a 180-seat venue for more intimate shows.
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On a mission to “destroy apathy,” this South End restaurant and event hub is a hip hybrid space. From local Shoebox Theatre’s production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch to BikeSmut’s bicycleporn film fest (you read that right), ArtsRiot practices what it preaches.
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294 N. Winooski Ave., Suite 116C, Burlington, offcentervt.com
Main Street Landing’s Black Box and Film House spaces offer an eclectic selection of local theater, dance, film and more. Return performers range from the Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble to the Spielpalast Cabaret; the latter annually stages a rowdy, raucous take on Weimar-era variety shows.
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294 N. Winooski Ave., Suite 111, Burlington, northendstudios.org The home of the Vermont Performing Arts League is dedicated to sharing music and dance from around the globe — the annual Vermont International Festival is among its major endeavors. Throughout the year, you might catch rare and intimate concerts and dance parties with performers such as Afro-Venezuelan singer Betsayda Machado.
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If you like your performing arts raw, outrageous or otherwise experimental — theatre, if you will — Off Center is your spot. The 65-seat black box is the site of the annual Burlington Fringe Festival, in which local writers and performers stage daring new and in-progress works.
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f you’ve ever set foot in a Burlington bar or club, you’ve likely encountered effervescent bouncer extraordinaire Mikey van Gulden. As the youngest of 10 children, he’s always been accustomed to crowds. Raised in Williston, his first jobs in Burlington included washing dishes at the long-gone Déjà Vu Café and working the elevator at the equally extinct Magram’s department store. He eventually settled into a career in event security: Van Gulden spent two decades working crowds and spotting
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Favorite local band: Dwight & Nicole. All of their bells and whistles that attract me come from their raw vocal and guitar talent. Also, they’re both nice, selfless people. Something relatively new in Burlington that I love: The attention put into improving the bike path. I hope some solar LED lights are put out to assist riders. Fascinating local oddity: The hidden paintings that live behind the drop ceiling on the top floor of the Howard Opera House building on Church Street. Vermont destination worth driving for: Every apple orchard you can find. [Editor’s note: For a quick trip, try Shelburne Orchards. Three words: There’s a distillery.]
fake IDs with an eagle eye at Queen City hot spots such as Nectar’s and Higher Ground. He confiscated nitrous tanks at Phish’s famous 1997 festival the Great Went. In 2010, he started his own firm, Chocolate Thunder Security. Though he’s usually all smiles, don’t be fooled into thinking he’s a softy — van Gulden will sling you over his shoulder like a sack of potatoes and escort you to the curb if you don’t follow the rules. But in his words, “Public humiliation often goes further than physical exertion.” Best bars/clubs to hang out in: Three Needs Brewery & Taproom, Higher Ground, Club Metronome, Halvorson’s Upstreet
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You could easily spend seven nights a week in Burlington checking out great live music and never encounter the same genre twice. We might advise a more even-keeled approached — sleep is important, y’know. The point is, the Queen City punches above its weight class when it comes to rock and/or roll — not to mention jazz, funk, hip-hop, reggae, folk, world music, metal, EDM, punk … You get the idea. Where to begin? Start by tuning into the seven notable local acts that follow. Then get out and explore — say, by turning to Seven Days’ weekly music coverage at sevendaysvt.com. You might well discover your new favorite band playing at that hole-in-the-wall club down the street. If you don’t believe us, just ask Phish or Grace Potter fans.
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In the last few years, Kat Wright has become one of the biggest and most sought-after acts in Vermont. Originally billed as Kat Wright and the Indomitable Soul Band, the octet grew out of a weekly classicsoul jam session at Burlington’s Radio Bean. The sultry maven recently ditched the cumbersome extension for a few reasons. First, she was tired of being introduced as Kat Wright and the “Abominable Snow Band.” More importantly, she and her band don’t limit their repertoire to simply retro soul music. They serve up plenty of jazz, R&B and other styles in a hearty groove stew that’s sure to fog up the windowpanes. LIKED THAT? TRY THESE:
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When brothers Julian, Urian and Bobby Hackney Jr. started Rough Francis, the band was meant to be a tribute to their father and uncles’ seminal 1970s Detroit proto-punk trio, Death. The young Hackneys soon began writing and recording their own music and fast became one of the loudest and rowdiest bands in the 05401. Death’s punk influence remains, but Rough Francis’ reach extends further into rock-and-roll history, mining the ’60s for a slightly looser, garagerock vibe.
Steamy, soulful and sensuous, Burlington’s smalltalker specialize in a sleek brand of neo-soul that might best be described as baby-makin’ music. The 10-person ensemble draws from a range of styles, including hip-hop, funk, jazz and R&B. While several members handle lead vocals, the star of the show is powerhouse Steph Heaghney, who is quickly ascending as one of Vermont’s most dynamic singers.
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Originally from Connecticut, singersongwriter Hannah Fair developed a taste for Burlington while on her first monthlong tour at age 17. She told her bandmates then that she would live here someday. Five years later, depending on the night, you might catch her at clubs around town with a full backing band or strumming and singing all by her lonesome. Fair’s grizzled, bluesy songs lean toward the dark and gritty, and her voice zigzags between sounding wholly vulnerable and stalwart.
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Few local bands have enjoyed such a meteoric rise as Madaila. That’s what happens when you simultaneously court the jam and indie scenes. Especially live, their heady, groove-heavy tendencies fuse seamlessly with soulful pop proclivities. Always dressed to the nines in elaborate, custom-made costumes, the band has rocked Burlington City Hall , the ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, the Higher Ground Ballroom and even its own mini festival smack-dab in the middle of Burlington’s Main Street. In other words, Madaila know how to turn a party into a par-tay.
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Cultural Chemistry represent a collection of some of the 802’s most decorated hip-hop heroes. Most notably, these include members of the Aztext and the Lynguistic Civilians, two acts that have dominated the hip-hop category of the Seven Daysies readers’ choice awards for the better part of a decade. Each member of the supergroup brings a highly specialized skill set to the table, be it freestyling, deejaying, composing or producing. Together, they’re basically the Avengers of local hip-hop. LIKED THAT? TRY THESE:
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THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO GOING OUT IN BURLINGTON BY DAN BOLLES Burlington and its surrounds suffer no shortage of nocturnal activities. Want to catch some live music, chill out with a perfectly mixed martini or simply shoot the breeze — or some pool? The hoppin’ hangouts that follow have got you covered. wg
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1214 Williston Rd., South Burlington, highergroundmusic.com
Higher Ground boasts a constant stream of big-name musical touring acts on its palatial Ballroom stage. The adjacent Showcase Lounge features rising stars.
Iconic BTV hot spot Nectar’s — aka the House That Phish Built — hosts bands of local, regional and national renown seven nights a week. Upstairs at Club Metronome, DJs reign most nights. 18+ on weekdays.
8 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington, radiobean.com Though small in stature, the Bean is the beating heart of the local music scene. The eclectic hipster haunt is a musical melting pot and a proving ground for Burlington’s brightest up-and-coming talent.
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136 Church St., Burlington, facebook.com/redsquarevt Bands play almost nightly at this hip club and its adjacent alley. DJs spin after midnight most nights. Check out the Red Square Blue Room for bumping EDM on the weekends.
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The Monkey House 30 Main St., Winooski, monkeyhousevt.com The hippest joint in the Onion City has the most consistently excellent lineup of local, regional and national indie music this side — or that side, really — of the Winooski River. The Monkey also features a sneaky-good selection of craft beers, as well as ginormous barstools to really kick back in. The bar is often 18+, especially during the week. And, on weekend mornings, it serves as the de facto waiting room for brunchers at neighboring Sneakers Bistro — many of whom likely earned their hangovers here the night before.
The unassuming bar adjacent to Mr. Mikes Pizza serves a surprisingly good selection of local bands and DJs, along with some 20 craft beers and fun cocktails.
THE SKINNY PANCAKE 60 Lake St., Burlington, skinnypancake.com
Folk music and crêpes — what’s not to love? Get some of each most Thursday through Saturday nights. And catch the comedy showcase every Monday.
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Olde Northender Pub 23 North St., Burlington, 864-9888 Owner Bob Beauvais describes this true neighborhood watering hole as “the best damn make-you-feel-athome bar.” That might be because the building pretty much looks like someone stuck a bar in a house. What the Old North End joint lacks in draft beer selection it makes up for in homey charm.
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194 Main St., Burlington, 862-7314 Townies, punks and hipsters coexist peacefully around Burlington’s most awkwardly placed pool table. Grab a seat by the large open-air window facing Main Street and watch the world go by. Home of the PB Army.
LAST STOP SPORTS BAR
12 Malletts Bay Ave., Winooski, laststopvt.com Find foosball, air hockey, cornhole and darts — and an ample back deck, too — at this friendly sports bar. Live music select weekends.
139 Main St., Burlington, 658-6389
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4 N. Winooski Ave., 863-5803 The OP is the crown cubic zirconium of Burlington dives. It features drink specials every day of the week — we’re partial to PBR pitchers on Tuesdays — and one of the more competitive pool tables in town.
If it’s karaoke you seek, look no further. This classic dive serves up wannabe rock stardom at least three nights a week.
THE POUR HOUSE
1930 Williston Rd., South Burlington, pourhousevt.com Popular with the locals, this watering hole favors Boston sports teams. The Yankees suck, but the home-style pub fare certainly doesn’t.
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149 Elmwood Ave., Burlington, 658-0456 This Old North End staple has the distinction of being the only bar in town with a view of a cemetery. So that’s something.
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Three Needs Brewery & Taproom 185 Pearl St. Burlington, facebook.com/threeneeds The Needs is a cut (or two) above most college bars. It’s got great beer, lively pool tables and an enormous outdoor patio. Swing by at 4 p.m. on weekdays for Duff Hour: a double dose of “The Simpsons” and dollar drafts. Pro tip: The pizza is way better than you’d think.
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134 Church St., Burlington, 864-8111
This classic college-town bar — with pool, darts and sports — was your older brother’s favorite when he was in school here. It might become yours, too.
163 Church St., Burlington, facebook.com/rasputinsvt DJs play this popular college hangout three nights a week. Pool and
159 Main St., Burlington, rjsburlington.com Lively sports bar by day, sweaty dance club by night, RJ’s is especially popular on Sundays during NFL season. You’ll find any game you want on one of several TVs. Try the food — there are 40cent wings every day of the week. You’ll be surprised. In a good way. MATTHEW THORSEN
An upscale beer list, live music and DJs make this longtime BTV staple a solid weekend destination. Philadelphia Eagles fans flock here Sundays during football season.
TVs entertain anyone who doesn’t feel like dancing. 21+ on the weekend.
19 E. Allen St., Winooski, mckeespubsvt.com
Grab a beer and sit outside to watch drivers royally misunderstand Winooski’s traffic circle at this Saint Michael’s College haunt. The weekly drink specials are crucial.
205 College St., Burlington, finnigansvt.com
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167 Main St., Burlington, manhattanpizzaandpubvt.com A usually low-key college hang, this corner joint is noted for a killer beer selection, good pub grub and local bands on the weekends.
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191 College St., Burlington, thearchivesbar.com What’s better than a classic arcade with booze? A classic arcade with excellent booze. The selection of old-school video games and pinball is outshined only by the well-curated beer and cocktail menus.
DEDALUS WINE SHOP, MARKET & WINE BAR 388 Pine St., Burlington, dedaluswine.com
Someone had to class up the arty/ industrial South End. Dedalus features an astonishing array of wines to suit most budgets and an ever-changing menu of small and medium plates. Try the charcuterie.
135 St. Paul St., Burlington, facebook.com/drinkvt House-infused vodkas give cocktails a creative twist; sip yours on a swanky black leather couch. There are drink specials every day of the week.
15 Center St., Burlington, dailyplanetvt.com Low-key and sort of hidden in plain sight, the Planet is where the locals go to get away from college kids and sip nifty drinks such as the espresso martini.
Juniper 41 Cherry St., Burlington, hotelvt.com Creative cocktails and a ritzy Hotel Vermont location make this bar and restaurant a prime destination for classing up your game — perhaps with jazz on Wednesdays. Local bands and DJs play on the weekends, adding to the spot’s chill, retro-chic vibe. In warmer months, unwind outside by the fire pit.
38 Main St., Winooski, mulebarvt.com Thoughtfully sourced brews and interesting bar bites are the backbone of this hipster-chic hitching post.
THE WHISKEY ROOM AT RÍ RÁ THE IRISH LOCAL
176 College St., Burlington, rira.com It’s a room. With whiskey. Actually, it’s a really nice room, with really nice whiskey — 150 regular and rare blends. Careful, now.
Vermont doesn’t allow happy hours — so don’t assume your early-bird drinks won’t break the bank. On the flip side, any drink deal that is offered must be offered all day. 75 75
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ollin Hale has lived in Vermont most of his life. But it was during a brief stint in Phoenix, Ariz. — in fourth through sixth grades — that he discovered skateboarding. By the time his family moved back to Underhill, Hale was hooked. “Skateboarding’s not for everyone, but the people that it is for, it really takes a hold of your life,” he explains. These days, Hale is one of just a handful of Vermont skaters who have gone pro — he joined LA’s Warco Skateboards in April 2016. While most in his industry make it big by moving out to California, Hale has stayed put. Why?
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messed with by authorities. It’s off the beaten path, tucked away, and skaters can do their thing. It’s a pretty big cornerstone of the community. And we’re incredibly blessed with the Andy A-Dog Williams Skatepark. I’ve traveled extensively and been to some of the world’s best parks. This one is definitely in the top five of the ones I’ve been to. Local band you’d like to soundtrack one of your skate videos: I want to get Rough Francis on the soundtrack. They’re awesome. Lead singer Bobby Hackney Jr. was one of the older skaters I grew up with.
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Vermont restaurant worth driving for: Worthy Burger. I like that it’s far out from the normal areas I visit — gets you outta Chittenden County. You go there, and they have all the best beers on the list and the food is really high quality, sourced from the best farms. “I’ve grown up here, fallen in love with the food and the environment,” he says. Plus, “Vermont, from a skateboarding perspective, is very different from anyplace else. It’s hard to do the sport from here. It’s rainy and it snows and it’s not the best pavement. When you can make it from here, it seems even more special.” When he’s not skating locally and at parks around the world, Hale can be found foraging for mushrooms, gathering his own spring water or pursuing his other passion — cooking — in the kitchen at Stowe’s Doc Ponds. Where to skate in Burlington: The “Jersey Barrier” on the unfinished section of the highway [off of Pine Street] — because of the do-it-yourself aspect. People have built concrete ramps there. It’s in a zone where you don’t really get
Local farms I love: Jericho Settlers Farm. Knee Deep Farm. Pete’s Greens is fucking phenomenal. How to survive six months of winter: There is one indoor skate park, Talent. They hold it down. If it wasn’t for them, I’d probably go crazy and move. Two things you need to survive in Vermont: A sharp knife and a roll of duct tape. — CAROLYN FOX
New Moon Cafe 150 Cherry Street Burlington, Vermont newmoonvt.com/seasonal
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Just as mountain activities are a virtual prerequisite for surviving the winter months in Vermont, doing summer right in BTV means taking advantage of Lake Champlain. The best way, of course, is to own a boat — or befriend a sailor. But if those options are beyond your means — or social graces — don’t despair. There are still myriad ways to enjoy the state’s most precious natural resource that fit any budget or lifestyle. Here are a few of our favorites.
By far the easiest and cheapest way to get some lake time is to hit the beach. Burlington’s coastline is teeming with a variety of sandy strips. LEDDY PARK’s shallow waters make it an ideal family spot. NORTH BEACH guarantees a lively atmosphere — and a snack bar! — and is popular with the young and beautiful. OAKLEDGE PARK offers a sandy beach and secluded rocky nooks. Wanna beat the crowds? Spring for a membership at the ST. JOHN’S CLUB. The blue-collar social club has cheap drinks and a private beach. FYI, alcohol is permitted at all public beaches — but glass bottles are not!
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If you’re looking for a more active approach to water recreation — and an ab-shredding core workout to boot — why not try standup paddleboarding? PADDLESURF CHAMPLAIN offers hourly, half-day and full-day rentals, plus lessons to help keep you upright — because no one wants to face-plant in front of throngs of Oakledge sunbathers.
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Lake Champlain is home to zebra mussels with sharp shells. If you’re swimming or wading, beware — and protect your feet with water shoes.
If you like the pace and exertion of SUPing but could do without all that standing, UMIAK OUTDOOR OUTFITTERS at North Beach rents solo and tandem kayaks in addition to paddleboards. Or check out the canoe, kayak and rowboat fleet at the AUER FAMILY BOATHOUSE off North Avenue, where they’ll also sell you bait.
Don’t know the difference between a mainsheet and a mainsail? Don’t sweat it. The seafaring folks at the COMMUNITY SAILING CENTER on the Burlington waterfront will show you the ropes — and knots and sails and keels — of sailing and have you tacking, jibing and talking like an old salt in no time. For experienced sailors, CSC offers a variety of dinghies and keelboats for rent, in addition to canoes and paddleboards. Would you rather let someone else do all the work while you sip wine spritzers? Grab 11 of your closest pals and book a charter sail with WHISTLING MAN SCHOONER aboard the woodenmasted sloop Friend Ship.
What Lies Beneath What’s the only thing cooler than being out on the water? Being under it — with a supply of oxygen, that is. The WATERFRONT DIVING
CENTER will teach you to avoid the bends with scuba lessons. The highly trained staff also leads diving excursions to check out the many shipwrecks resting at the bottom of the lake. Watch out for Champ, the storied local lake monster.
The Spirit That Moves You You can’t truly appreciate the beauty of Burlington until you’ve seen it from the middle of the lake. Docked by the Burlington Boathouse, the 363-passenger SPIRIT OF ETHAN ALLEN III offers narrated sightseeing cruises several times a day — we recommend the spectacular sunset cruise. Vermont’s largest cruise ship also hosts a variety of themed voyages, including the Captain’s Dinner Dance cruise, the Lobstah on the Lake Dinner cruise and, our favorite, the Murder Mystery Dinner cruise. wg
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Waterfront Park, Burlington, enjoyburlington.com
Getting outside during Vermont’s six-month winter is critical. Trust us, seasonal affective disorder is real, and hitting the slopes will help ward it off. When the snow melts, you’ll be more than ready to catch some rays. To help you take advantage of your awesome natural surroundings yearround, here's a sampling of our favorite outdoor activities. We’ve also included some choice spots for gearing up — cuz you don’t want to be the chump skiing in jeans. wg
Bummed that you can’t skate down the Church Street Marketplace? Don’t worry, there’s a consolation prize. Hit up Burlington’s world-class concrete skate park, located just off the waterfront bike path, for its rails, ramps, boxes, half-bowl and half-pipe. In June 2016, skate legend Tony Hawk dropped in to help dedicate the park to late local DJ and skateboarder Andy “A-Dog” Williams. You might catch local pro Collin Hale (see page 76) here, too.
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ARBORTREK CANOPY ADVENTURES
1239 Edwards Rd., Jeffersonville, arbortrek.com
Lincoln Rd., Bristol When Lake Champlain inevitably sprouts an algae bloom, head to Bristol Falls — one of the state’s more scenic and safe spots to cool off. Its 15-foot waterfall empties into a deep, chilly pool.
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ISLAND LINE TRAIL localmotion.org
This 14-mile bike trail runs along Lake Champlain from Oakledge Park all the way to the Colchester causeway — a narrow old railbed that extends three miles into the lake. A bike ferry connects you to the Champlain Islands in summer.
MOUNT MANSFIELD vtstateparks.com
At 4,393 feet, Mount Mansfield is the tallest mountain in the state. There are numerous climbs to the summit, but we prefer the Sunset Ridge Trail from Underhill State Park. Much of the 3.3-mile trek is above the treeline, which guarantees truly jawdropping views.
Disc golf courses are popping up all over Vermont, but this spot is the gold standard. It was one of the first courses in the state, and it remains one of the most popular and best maintained. Plus, the mountain views are hard to beat.
Get a bird’s-eye view of the Green Mountains while shooting down 4,500 feet of zip lines at Smugglers’ Notch Resort. Don’t have a need for speed? Try the treetop obstacle course.
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Ending your outdoor adventure with a cold ice cream cone? Don’t call it soft-serve; in Vermont, we say “creemee.”
MOUNT PHILO STATE PARK
5425 Mt. Philo Rd., Charlotte, vtstateparks.com Mount Philo is the perfect high-altitude spot for a picnic with friends. There’s a steep trail to the top, but your less adventurous buds can drive up the 968-foot peak from late May to mid-October. 81
Smugglers' Notch Resort 4323 Route 108, Jeffersonville, smuggs.com
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The locals call it Smuggs — for good reason. There’s plenty for this resort to be smug about. It offers three mountains of downhill slopes for some of the best tree skiing and riding around — not to mention a great terrain park. With trails and terrain to accommodate just about every skill level, from the kid-friendly bunny slopes to the snow-pants-wetting vertical terror of triple black diamonds, Smugglers’ Notch delivers fantastic frosty fun.
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BOLTON VALLEY RESORT
4302 Bolton Valley Access Rd., Bolton, boltonvalley.com
BURLINGTON COUNTRY CLUB 568 S. Prospect St., Burlington, burlingtoncountryclub.org
Once it’s covered with snow, the hill at BCC becomes Burlington’s most popular sledding destination. But watch your speed, hot dog. Kids and families abound.
CATAMOUNT OUTDOOR FAMILY CENTER 592 Gov. Chittenden Rd., Williston, catamountoutdoorfamilycenter.com
5781 Mountain Rd., Stowe, stowe.com “Aspen of the East” — which is actually now owned by Vail Resorts — boasts unrelenting verticals, a fully stocked terrain park, a fancy lodge and a first-rate performing arts center. It’s also located in Stowe, one of the top ski towns in New England (see page 88 for more on that).
Just a half-hour drive from downtown, Bolton is Burlington’s closest ski area and one of the best peaks for night skiing and riding.
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Keep an eye out for “Vermonter days” at many local ski areas. Lift tickets are discounted with a valid Vermont ID.
102 Forrest Dr., Warren, sugarbush.com Great grooming makes Sugarbush’s varied terrain a cut above. Catch some amazing views on Snowball, Jester, Troll Road or Domino. Sugarbush Resort
Don’t let the “family” in the title keep you away from this 500-acre spread on the outskirts of Burlington. Come here to cross-country ski all winter and bike and run the rest of the year.
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57 Schuss Pass Rd., Waitsfield, madriverglen.com
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1 North Ave., Burlington, enjoyburlington.com
This is the best place in town to watch the sun set over the Adirondack Mountains. In warmer weather, grab a Michigan hot dog from Beansie’s Bus — perhaps while enjoying the Burlington Concert Band’s Sunday evening show.
Splash into the calm, shallow water on the beach of this family-oriented park in the New North End during the summer months — or hit the tennis or basketball courts. In winter, check out the ice rink.
Central Ave., South Burlington, sburlrecdept.com
This woodsy oasis is popular with dog walkers, whose pooches often roam its miles of trails in gleeful defiance of posted leash laws. Scenic overlooks from the cliffs above Shelburne Bay are stunning. Though it rarely stops daredevils, cliff jumping is strictly verboten. So relax on the quiet beach instead.
216 Leddy Park Rd., Burlington, enjoyburlington.com
RED ROCKS PARK
1611 Harbor Rd., Shelburne, shelburnefarms.org
10 College St., Burlington, enjoyburlington.com The crown jewel of Burlington’s shoreline is Waterfront Park, a sprawling, grassy destination for sunbathers and Frisbee and kite enthusiasts. Major bands headline tented concerts here from spring to fall.
WINOOSKI RIVER WALK Downtown Winooski
A scenic walkway winds along the Winooski River for views of the falls and the Champlain Mill. There’s also a canoe launch nearby for paddling downstream to the lake.
The landscape architect behind New York City's Central Park designed the rolling acres of this working farm, once the agricultural estate of wealthy Vanderbilt descendants. Hike the lakeside trails or brunch like you’re a 19th-century millionaire at the manor home, now an inn.
Not feeling the uphill climb back to campus? The College Street Shuttle offers free rides daily between Waterfront Park and the University of Vermont Medical Center.
Oakledge Park Flynn Ave., Burlington, enjoyburlington.com Tennis, volleyball and bocce courts — and the occasional hipster kickball league — are draws at this beautiful South End park. The picnic pavilions, spacious lawns, playground and hidden tree house are nice, too. Seeking some sun? You’ve got options. Lounge on the clean, sandy beach that abuts the bike path and affords a view of the Burlington skyline. Or, for a more secluded hang, find a spot on the sun-warmed rocks a few hundred yards south.
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Old Spokes Home
322 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington, oldspokeshome.com The self-described “most unusual bike shop on the planet” is the hub of the local cycling community and the best place in Burlington to find a vintage ride. It’s also not a bad spot to learn more about the cycles of yesteryear, thanks to the Bicycle Museum curated by the shop’s former owner, Glenn Eames. In 2015, Old Spokes Home merged with Bike Recycle Vermont and became a nonprofit organization. The staff still tunes anything with two wheels and sells new stuff, too — all of which funds the group’s social and educational programs. Follow Old Spokes on Facebook to get in the loop about bike events and community rides.
1184 Williston Rd., South Burlington, alpineshopvt.com
80 Industrial Pkwy. & 162 College St., Burlington, burton.com Respect your elders, especially if they invented your sport. Jake Burton Carpenter’s flagship stores are the first stop on any boarder’s quest for pow — or steez. Burton is a trendsetter in both gear and style.
SnowSports Industries America has called this the No. 1 ski shop in New England. Skirack is also a sizable bike shop with tons of two-wheelers, from BMX to downhill.
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For two decades, OGE has been the go-to shop for local kayakers, hikers, skiers, climbers and camping enthusiasts. Check the downstairs consignment area for the real scores. You can bring your dog, too.
688 Pine St., Burlington, wndnwvs.com Yes, Burlington has a surf shop. The city’s only exclusive water-sports retailer offers access to the wind and waves. Gear up here for windsurfing, standup paddleboarding and kiteboarding.
37 Church St., Burlington, gearx.com
“Ski today, work tomorrow” is the motto of this locally owned outfitter, housed in a roadside ski chalet and in business for more than half a century. It has everything you need for your alpine adventures — including stylin’ après-ski apparel.
85 Main St., Burlington, skirack.com
2 Pearl St., Burlington, rdnhgh.com Before you shred the skate park or barrel down Pearl Street on your longboard, visit this funky shop for the latest in skateboards, longboards and, most importantly, protective gear.
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Survival Guide: Emily Packard Age: 20 Occupation: race-car driver and college student Town: Northumberland, N.H.
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mily Packard has been gunning her engines since she was 9 years old. That was the first time she got behind the wheel of a race car — admittedly, a go-kart — and she’s rarely slowed down since. The 20-year-old Community College of Vermont business major is a thirdgeneration Vermonter. She’s also the youngest race-car driver to compete in the American Canadian Tour — and its only female. When she’s not on the track, Packard works in her family’s business, Packard Fuels in East Montpelier; she commutes there daily from her Granite State home just over the border. But 2017 has been a slow race season for Packard. Why? She’s been busy planning her September 2018 wedding to her fiancé — fellow driver and longtime competitor Shawn Swallow. Has Packard ever beaten him on the track? “Yeah,” she says with a smile. “Every time.” That explains why the couple won’t merge their pit crews after tying the knot. As Packard puts it, “We’re way too competitive for that.” Where you can find me on a Friday night: Because I have a really close family, we do a lot of family things together. One of our favorite places to go is the indoor go-kart track at Essex Speedway & Action Center. The facility can control our speed, you know. Sometimes I think that when they see all our racing shirts, they turn it down on us. But usually, we’re bumping and banging and get spoken to more than once. Favorite roads to drive in Vermont: One of my favorites is Route 14, the road from East Montpelier to Hardwick. I just find it a really peaceful ride, and I do my best thinking on that road. My other favorite would be Route 2 from
East Montpelier to Lancaster, N.H. I travel it every day. I think it’s really, really pretty, especially right before you get into New Hampshire where you can see the White Mountains. Preferred pit stop for a bite to eat: The Steak House Restaurant in Barre.
What every Vermonter should experience: Every Vermonter should go to Thunder Road SpeedBowl in Barre at least once. And if you have the opportunity to go in the pit, you should, because it’s such a nice atmosphere. It’s a little more close up with all the drivers and the pit crews. Anybody can go back there. There’s also Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven. Shorttrack racing is awesome!
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Drive Time ROUTING THE ROAD TRIP THAT'S RIGHT FOR YOU BY CAROLYN FOX Burlington is a great place to live, work and play. But the fun doesn’t stop at the city limits. Whether you’re looking for beaches and snack bars, mountain peaks and pinescented forests, or skyscrapers and city streets, there’s a great escape just a short drive away. Take the quiz below, and we’ll point you in the right direction.
A) Winter! As soon as the snow flies, I strap into my snowboard to shred that sweet, sweet gnar. B) Summer! Bring on the creemees, kayaks and sunshine, please.
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A) In a rustic cabin in Boulder, Colo. Being so close to the mountains and Mother Nature makes me feel alive.
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A) Wake up at the cra ck of down for an invigorating hik e. Hit the farmers market for lun ch, then it’s straight to the bik e path or swimming hole. The mo re my weekend resembles a triathlon, the better. B) Sleep in ’til noon, the n head outside with a blanke t, picnic basket and group of friends to straight-up chill. C) Brunch first, to kic k that hangover. Then I wande r in and out of shops and cafés and see where I end up. Chanc es are, it’ll be another late night of drinks and dancing.
B) In a beachside bungalow in the Florida Keys. I love waves, water and sand. C) In a high-rise hotel in New York City. There’s nothing like the hustle and bustle of a big city.
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Just 45 minutes from Burlington, Stowe offers amazing, four-season access to Mother Nature. Since that’s what brought you here, let’s talk outdoor adventures first. STOWE MOUNTAIN RESORT is your spot for snow-season skiing and riding. The rest of the year, reverse your mountain course and hike up MOUNT MANSFIELD instead of sliding down it. Or drive the TOLL ROAD for a different kind of adrenaline rush — the unpaved zigzag to the summit is not for the faint of heart. At nearby TRAPP FAMILY LODGE — founded by the famous Austrian family of singers — the hills are alive with hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Make sure to visit the on-site VON TRAPP BREWING BIERHALL RESTAURANT for lagers and Linzertortes. Down in the village, there’s easy access to the 5.3mile STOWE RECREATION PATH. Spin your wheels along the west branch of the LITTLE RIVER, stopping for restaurants, galleries and gorgeous scenery along the way. For good eats, hit up the STOWE FARMERS MARKET, held every Sunday from May through October, or DOC PONDS, a gastropub serving everything from calamari to Cubans to craft beers. Speaking of adult bevvies, don’t miss STOWE CIDER and the world-famous ALCHEMIST brewery. Now that you’ve filled your belly, feast your eyes at the HELEN DAY ART CENTER or WEST BRANCH GALLERY & SCULPTURE PARK — follow the outdoor sculptures at the latter to the river. Then squeeze in some extra playtime — whether that’s a round of mini golf at STOWE GOLF PARK or striking out at STOWE BOWL. If you’ve done Stowe right, you won’t think about heading home until every single muscle aches. And for that, there’s the hydrotherapy waterfall at STOWEFLAKE MOUNTAIN RESORT & SPA.
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You’ve chosen to have a summertime adventure in the Lake Champlain Islands — now it’s time to choose how to get there. If you want to beach-bum ASAP, take a car and head straight for any one of these five island towns’ spectacular sandy stretches. SAND BAR STATE PARK, technically in Milton, is just 20
COLCHESTER CAUSEWAY, a former rail trail jutting out into the water. There, the ISLAND LINE BIKE FERRY will connect you to cycle-friendly South Hero, where food and farms await. Push your pedals to SEB’S, a snack bar known for fried fare and creemees as big as your face. Then sample wine and wander through vines at nearby SNOW FARM VINEYARD. Its Thursday evening concert series is alcohol-friendly picnicking at its finest, complete with eats from Pizza Papillo and locally churned Island Homemade Ice Cream. Or maybe take a trip to ALLENHOLM FARM for berry picking, cute farm animals and homemade pie. Finally, if you’re curious about the formation of this island archipelago, visit the GOODSELL RIDGE or FISK QUARRY preserves to walk the nature trails and learn about the 480-million-year-old CHAZY FOSSIL REEF — a true geologic wonder.
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MONTRÉAL Just over an hour and a half from Burlington, Montréal offers young adults something they can’t find in Vermont: a drinking age of 18. But La Belle Ville’s bars are the least buzzworthy of its attractions. The cultural capital of Québec is your ticket to cosmopolitan sights and sounds, and it’s just one passport (or Enhanced ID) away. Begin by exploring the city’s old-world charms — that is, the cobblestone streets of OLD MONTRÉAL. Duck into the NOTRE-DAME BASILICA, an ornate Gothic-Revival masterpiece built in 1829. Then check out the unique boutiques and bar scene along the banks of the ST. LAWRENCE RIVER. In winter, this is a hot spot for massive music and arts festivals, Igloofest and Montréal en Lumière among them. Now that you’ve had a history lesson, get some culture at one of Montréal’s museums. The centrally located MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS houses one of Canada’s finest collections. The RIO TINTO ALCAN
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ADVENTURES TO ADD TO YOUR VERMONT BUCKET LIST BY CAROLYN FOX Locals have this saying: “The best thing about Burlington is that it’s close to Vermont.” As awesome as BTV is (obvs — have you read the rest of this book?), we can’t help but agree: Getting out of town every so often is crucial. The following Green Mountain State destinations are good reason to leave Burlington — at least for the day. wg
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Bread and Puppet Theater 753 Heights Rd., Glover, breadandpuppet.org Provocative German artist Peter Schumann brought his radical troupe of political puppeteers to Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom in 1974. The worldrenowned group houses its massive collection of giant puppets, masks and paintings in a 150-year-old barn/museum that’s open to visitors — just turn the lights on when you enter and off when you leave. Plan your trip for a summer Friday or Sunday, when you can enjoy a show in the Dirt Floor Theater with a slice of sourdough rye — underlining Bread and Puppet's belief that art is as basic to life as bread.
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Sunset Lake, Brookfield One of just three such structures in the country (and the only one east of the Mississippi), Brookfield’s Floating Bridge is just what it sounds like: a bridge that floats on the surface of Sunset Lake. You can drive over it — but jumping off it in the summertime is more fun.
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What kind of guide would we be if we didn’t tell you to visit the Wonkaesque HQ of Ben & Jerry’s? Yes, it’s super touristy. But a factory tour will give you the inside scoop on Vermont’s homegrown ice cream empire, the Flavor Graveyard will capture your imagination, and the cone counter will leave a sweet taste in your mouth.
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PUMP HOUSE INDOOR WATERPARK Most people head to Jay Peak Resort to ski or ride. We go for La Chute, a 65-foot waterslide that drops you through a 360-degree loop at 45 mph in a terrifying six seconds. The cure for your winter woes, this water park also has a lazy river, poolside bar and Double Barrel Flowrider (read: surf station).
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558 Graniteville Rd., Graniteville, rockofages.com Vermont’s granite quarries look so otherworldly that this one made a cameo in a Star Trek movie. Tour the world’s largest operational quarry — it’s nearly 600 feet deep — then roll a rubber ball down the outdoor granite bowling lane. Don’t miss nearby Hope Cemetery, where the headstones showcase local stone carvers’ unique artistry.
TUBING THE MAD RIVER Mad River, Waitsfield
With light rapids, smooth stretches and plenty of beaches for sunbathing, Waitsfield’s Mad River is a local favorite for summertime tubing. Make it easy by renting tubes from Clearwater Sports (clearwatersports.com). They’ll drop you off and shuttle you back — and even provide a float for your beverages.
2708 West Street, Proctor, wilsoncastle.com Built in 1867 for $1.3 million, this is Vermont’s only true castle. Admire the strikingly beautiful arches and turret, then head inside to feast your eyes on 32 rooms, 84 stainedglass windows, 13 fireplaces, and Far Eastern and European furnishings. Love getting the heebie-jeebies? Go in late October for a haunted tour.
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ANSWERS TO YOUR QUESTIONS ON LOVE AND LUST IN BURLINGTON
I go to the same bar all the time. There’s this hot chick who bartends there, but I can’t tell if she’s single. I get good vibes, so should I ask her out? — BARFLY ON THE WALL What’s life without a little risk, amirite? What’s the worst that could happen here? She says no, and it’s a little awkward the next time you go in. (Don’t let a “no” deter you from going back to the bar with your friends
— though there’s no shortage of fun nightspots in this town if you find it unbearable.) But I can’t help but ponder a better question: What if she says yes?
I’m a transitioning female, and I’m struggling to find other members of the trans community. Where should I be looking? — OUTSIDE LOOKING IN Look no further than the Pride Center of Vermont. Located on South Champlain Street in Burlington, the organization is a hub of community and support. Its motto is “Celebrate, educate, advocate.” As such, the center provides a variety of resources to people of all gender identities in a welcoming and nonjudgmental environment. Explore its calendar of events, and you’ll 94 WHAT’S GOOD
find a number of trans-focused support groups to attend in Burlington and beyond — plus fundraisers, seminars, and movie and game nights. Transitioning can be a complicated time, but there are many folks grappling with the same questions and ups and downs you are. I’m confident the Pride Center will connect you to soon-to-be friends and confidantes.
I just started dating someone who’s really into working out and being active. I need date ideas that are fun and physical. — LET’S GET PHYSICAL
My ex started working in my building on Church Street. He’s all over my favorite lunch spots and coffee shops. What should I do? — FEELING TERRITORIAL
Hello! We’re in Vermont. The question should really be, what can’t you do here? Springtime — aka mud season — is all about walking paved trails and riding the bike path. In summer, head down to the lake and try a paddleboarding class with Paddlesurf Champlain. Some yoga studios offer outdoor classes, and there’s always canoeing or kayaking. In the fall, hike up Mount Mansfield and surprise your sweetie with a favorite treat at the top. Skiing and snowboarding are the obvious winter choices — but you could also hit up Cairns Arena for ice skating or the Jay Peak indoor water park for those “too cold to go outside” days. Speaking of which… Sex. A stay-at-home date between the sheets? Now, that’s my kind of workout.
Start packing a lunch, I guess. Bring food from home or grab some of the amazing prepared eats from Healthy Living Market and Café on Dorset Street or City Market/Onion River Co-op downtown. When it’s warm, you can take your goodies to City Hall Park or the waterfront and soak up some sun. You just might meet someone new along the way! (Wink, wink.) That said, Burlington’s a small town, and it’s common to run into exes — so do yourself a favor and learn to deal. Don’t completely change your routine and let him monopolize your favorite places. And remember, he probably feels awkward about seeing you, too. So play nice when your paths cross and know that it’ll get easier. Just think: Soon you can skip the awkward chitchat and move on to a polite nod.
Can I get an STD from oral sex? And where can I get tested? — WORRYWART The short answer to your first question is yes. STDs such as gonorrhea, chlamydia, herpes, hepatitis and even HIV can be transmitted by goin’ south. Before you freak out: Head to Planned Parenthood on St. Paul Street. The friendly and knowledgeable staff will answer your most, ahem, burning questions and perform tests to set your mind at ease. Kudos to you for making health and safety a priority. wg
My girlfriend works super late downtown, and I worry about her safety. What can I do to help keep her safe? — SAFETY FIRST What a conscientious partner you are! It’s such a bummer that we even have to worry about this, but here are some tips: Encourage her to buddy up with a coworker — they can walk out together, head to one vehicle and drive to the other car. If she’s walking all the way home, she should keep to busy or well-lit paths and avoid distracting activities such as talking on the phone or listening to music. She should also text someone before she leaves work — and make sure her phone is charged. Additionally, she might want to consider carrying pepper spray and taking a self-defense class at the Safety Team in South Burlington. The upside? Rallying your partner to be empowered is way sexy.
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