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elcome to the Burlington International Airport; we are happy that you chose to fly from BTV. Business and leisure travelers alike appreciate BTV’s friendliness, excellent on-schedule record, and direct flights to many major cities. Located adjacent to Burlington Vermont, BTV is also just ten minutes from Lake Champlain and is easily accessible to the many hotels and fine restaurants in the area. In addition, it is also an hour from five world-class mountain resorts. While you are at the airport, we hope you will visit our observation tower that is one of our early air traffic control sites. There you will enjoy a great view of aircraft operations with the beautiful Green Mountains in the background while listening to real-time communications between our current ATC tower and the aircraft coming and going. The observation tower is located on the second floor of the terminal and is open from 9 am to 5 pm, seven days a week. Whether you are coming or going from the Burlington International, we hope your experience here is an enjoyable part of your trip.
ienvenue à l’aéroport international de Burlington, nous sommes heureux que vous ayez choisi BTV comme aéroport. Les passagers en voyage d’affaire et de plaisir apprécient tous la gentillesse du personnel, ses records de vols quittant à l’heure ainsi que le choix de vols directs vers plusieurs villes importantes des États-Unis. À proximité de la ville de Burlington, BTV est situé à quelques minutes du Lac Champlain ainsi que des restaurants et hôtels de première classe. En plus, on retrouve les centres de villégiature en montagnes à moins d’une heure de route. Pendant votre temps à l’aéroport, nous espérons que vous prendrez un moment pour visiter la tour d’observation qui est un des premiers centres de contrôleurs aériens. Tout en écoutant les communications de notre tour d’opérations, vous pourrez observer les opérations aériennes, et admirer la vue des montagnes vertes à l’arrière-plan. La tour d’observation se trouve au 2e étage du terminal et est ouverte de 9h00 à 17h00, sept jours semaine. Que vous quittiez l’aéroport ou vous y revenez, nous espérons que votre expérience sera un des moments mémorables de votre voyage.
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airport essentials Burlington International Airport (BTV) burlingtonintlairport.com Airport Administration (802) 863-2874 Domestic Airlines Carrier Telephone Web site
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Before you go... • Visit www.tsa.gov for all the latest security policies. • Pack liquids/gels in your checked baggage. For a short trip you are permitted to carry on one quart-size, clear plastic, zip-top bag holding 3 ounce or smaller containers of liquids or gels. Limited to one bag per traveler.
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• Medications and breast milk/baby formula are allowed in reasonable quantities exceeding 3 ounces and are not required to be in a zip-top bag. These items must be declared to a security officer at the checkpoint. • All footwear must be removed for x-ray screening. Wearing footwear that can be easily removed is helpful. • Pack valuables such as jewelry, cash and electronics, as well as fragile items, in your carry-on luggage. • Avoid wearing accessories that contain metal, which will set off the metal detector. • Put all undeveloped film in your carry-on bag. Checked baggage screening equipment may damage film. • If carrying a firearm, please check with your airline for appropriate procedures.
When you arrive... • Take your 3-1-1 bag out of your carry-on luggage and place separately in bin. • Declare all permitted liquid exceptions to a security officer in front of the checkpoint. • Take your laptop and video cameras with cassettes out of their cases for screening. • Remove your footwear and outer coat, suit coat, jacket, or blazer to place in the bin for X-ray. • Place the following items in your carry-on before entering the screening checkpoint: cell phones and personal data assistants, keys, loose change, jewelry and large metal items. For questions visit www.tsa.gov or e-mail the TSA Contact Center at TSA-ContactCenter@dhs.gov.
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33rd AnnuAl HArvest FestivAl • Saturday, September 17 Art At the CoACh BArn • September 23 – October 23 www.shelburnefarms.org for details and registration
THRU OcTObeR 16, 2011: • children’s Farmyard • cheesemaking • Property Tours • House & Garden Tea Tours • The Inn at Shelburne Farms Accommodations, breakfast, dinner, Sunday brunch. Reservations: 802-985-8498
YeaR-ROUnd: • Walking Trails • Welcome center & Farm Store 802-985-8442 • Special events & Programs
Shelburne FarmS is a 1,400-acre farm, education center, and National Historic Landmark 1611 Harbor Road • Shelburne, VT 05482
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Ongoing 25th Annual Quilt Exhibition, Billings Farm and Museum, Woodstock In celebration of 25 years of quilting excellence, this juried exhibition of quilts, made exclusively in Windsor County, will include a selection of quilts that were hung in BFM exhibitions since 1986. Quilting demonstrations and activities for children and adults from 10 am - 5 pm (802) 457-2355 www.billingsfarm.org
August 1 to 30 French Wine, Frog
Hollow, Church Street, Burlington Peter Miller exhibits his black and white images from his time spent at the Margaux Vendange Wine Harvest, circa 1956. (802) 863-6458 www.froghollow.org
1 A Taste of the Valley, Warren The Vermont Festival of the Art's signature event, A Taste of the Valley, will be held at the stunning Lincoln Peak Village. Local restaurants and food providers offer samples of their finest culinary specialties. Let a wine connoisseur recommend the
South End Art Hop
flavor to accompany the various tastes, or try a micro-brew. Tap your toes to live music of the Green Mountain Swing Band as you peruse the silent auction. A ticket to A Taste of the Valley allows guests a sample taste from the various culinary wizards. 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm (802) 496-6682 www.vermontartfest.com
5 Free Summer Concert Series, Brandon Green Park, Brandon The 19 members of EnerJazz are dedicated and committed musicians. EnerJazz plays tunes made famous during the big band era as well as charts by contemporary artists. Whether you are dancing or just listening, you will be entertained. This is a great weekend to be in Brandon with Yard Sale Day starting early the next morning. You will not want to miss it. Concert starts at 6:30 pm. Rain location to be announced if necessary. www.brandon.org
5 to 7 33nd Annual Southern Vermont Arts Festival, Hildene's Meadow, Manchester 175 artists and artisans exhibit under gorgeous Camelot-style tents. Find fine art and craftwork, meet the artists, and enjoy demonstrations. Live music, food, beer, wine, and more. Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 10 am - 5 pm www.craftproducers.com
6 Midd Summer Festival,
Marbleworks, Middlebury The Midd Summer Festival is an annual event that is organized by the Better Middlebury Partnership and is a celebration of Vermont beer, wine, and cheese. The event brings residents and visitors to Vermont into downtown Middlebury to sample Vermont made products, listen to music, socialize, and have a great time! All of the proceeds go to three great non-profit organizations! 3 pm - 7 pm www.middsummerfestival.com
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13 Festival of the Arts,
Jeffersonville Located at the heart of Smugglers Notch, the festival features a variety of talented Vermont artists and musicians brought together along Main Street in Jeffersonville. It is a wonderful opportunity to experience the Vermont picture postcard setting while strolling along Main Street listening to live local music and viewing what local artists have to offer. 9 am - 4 pm (802) 644-5039 www.ArtsFestVt.org
13 Taste of Woodstock, The
Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival
7 Lake Champlain Dragon
Boat Festival, Burlington Waterfront, Burlington Dragonheart Vermont, a breast cancer survivor Dragon boat team, is hosting the 6th annual Citizens Bank Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival. Cheer on 90 teams of 2,000 paddlers as they race 41-foot Dragon boats in 300-meter sprint races. Enjoy live entertainment, great food, silent auction, and fun for the whole family. Proceeds benefit the new Survivorship NOW Initiative for cancer survivors in the community, and Dragonheart Vermont. 8 am - 5 pm www.ridethedragon.org
13 Vermont Philharmonic
Summer Pops, Barre Opera House, Barre The Vermont Philharmonic Orchestra, in cooperation with the Vermont Festival of the Arts, is pleased to present its 2011 summer pops concerts. Music Director Lou Kosma will lead the orchestra in these rousing performances of popular and classical favorites sure to please the entire family! The concerts will be opened by the Vermont Symphonic Winds under the direction of Lisa Jablow. 7:30 pm www.barreoperahouse or www. vermontphilharmonic.org
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Green, Woodstock Experience Vermont in Woodstock, artisan cheeses, Vermont wines, Vermont peanut butter, children’s activities, Vermont produce, village-wide sidewalk sales. Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, this is the third year of this great event. Organic burgers, music from 10 am - 8:30 pm. (802) 457-3777 www.woodstockvt.com
14 to 15 2011 Circus Smirkus
Big Top Tour, Pico Mountain, Killington Vermont's award-winning, traveling youth circus comes to Killington! Kids ages 10 to 18 are stars on trapeze and high wire as clowns, acrobats, jugglers, and more.
Established in 1965, The Store has been a cook’s ﬁrst choice for the tools to get the job done with ﬂair and good taste. Now The Kitchen at The Store oﬀers classes for anyone who loves to cook—or would like to learn. From Pastry Basics, We Love Chocolate and Fish 101 to A Better Brunch, or your own custom designed private class, our talented instructors help you learn the skills and techniques that bring new inspiration to any kitchen.
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calendar This is the circus that Family Fun magazine called "One of America's best!" This year, Smirkus explores all the news that fits – in center ring – with "FrontPage Follies: Big Top Big News." Hilarious high jinks ensue as newshounds and news clowns seek the sensational Smirkus scoop! 1 pm and 6 pm (877) 764-7587 www.smirkus.org
14 Vermont Philharmonic
Summer Pops, Moose Meadow Lodge, Duxbury The Vermont Philharmonic Orchestra, in cooperation with the Vermont Festival of the Arts, presents its summer pops concerts. Music Director Lou Kosma will lead the orchestra in rousing performances of popular and classical favorites sure to please the entire family! The concerts will be opened by the Vermont Symphonic Winds under the direction of Lisa Jablow. 4 pm www.barreoperahouse or www. vermontphilharmonic.org
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magazine called "One of America's best!" This year, Smirkus explores all the news that fits – in center ring – Big Top Tour, Montpelier High with "FrontPage Follies: Big Top Big School, Montpelier Vermont's News." Hilarious high jinks ensue award-winning, traveling youth as newshounds and news clowns circus comes to Montpelier! seek the sensational Smirkus scoop! Kids – ages 10 to 18 – are stars on 2 pm and 7 pm trapeze and highwire as clowns, T_CUBE_MAG_4.77x4.65_DESTINATIONVERMONT_060111_Layout 1 5/11/11 10:38 AM Page 1 (877) 764-7587 acrobats, jugglers, and more. www.smirkus.org This is the circus that Family Fun
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August / September 2011 selection of more than 50 top artists’ work in oils, pastels, watercolors, acrylics, mixed media, and sculptures will be exhibited and for sale from August 26 - September 7. Open daily from 10:30 am - 6 pm. Awards reception, Aug. 27, 6 pm, at The Old Tavern in Grafton. (802) 843-1140 www.exhibitatgrafton.com
27 39th Annual Quechee
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20 Motorcycle Rally Weekend, 20 Castleton Colonial Day Stratton Mountain Resort, H.O.G.S. Chapters from Lake George Region, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Maine are invited to Stratton for a motorcycle rally in the picturesque Green Mountains. The fun won't just be had on two wheels: BBQs, gondola rides, live music, and vendors will be on hand for everyone to enjoy. (800)-STRATTON
20 to Oct. 1 Guided Hikes, Spruce Peak at Stowe, Stowe Enjoy a guided hike to the top of Spruce Peak to the famous “Look Out” rocks as well as great views of Mt. Mansfield and the Chin – Vermont’s highest peak. Saturday’s 12 pm - 4 pm (802) 253-3000 www.stowe.com
The Annual Castleton Colonial Day House Tour will be held from 10 am to 4 pm. The tour includes 18 sites throughout the village including outstanding period homes, public buildings, galleries, and historic sites. There will be exhibits of antique tools, carriages, and a period costume display as well as demonstrations of Early American crafts. Tickets are $20, $18 seniors. (802) 468-0011
26 to Sept. 7 5th Annual
Exhibition at Grafton Fine Art Show, Grafton Village, Grafton The exhibition at Grafton is an exclusive juried art ensemble of original works selected for public display in the quintessential New England town of Grafton. A
Scottish Festival, Quechee For all things Scottish, this event is not to be missed! Pipe bands will perform and compete throughout the day. There'll also be country dancing, balladeers, fiddling, and over 100 dancers from the US and Canada in dance competitions. Watch the thrilling Vermont Championship sheepdog trials, and enjoy Scottish meat pies, haggis, fish and chips, scones and tea. Heavy-weight Highland games include Tossing the Caber, and Race in the Kilted Mile. Fifty clans to meet and greet as well as children’s games and much more. 8 am to 4:30 pm (802) 295-5351
27 1st Annual Vermont
Urban Art Festival, Battery Park, Burlington The Vermont Urban Art Festival is a free public event in Battery Park in Burlington on Aug. 27. This event will benefit multiple youth art programs by showing the best artists Burlington and the world have to offer. 9 am - 9 pm (802) 343-7686 www.vermonturbanfestival.com
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Vermont Backroad Tours See the people and places that make up Vermont’s “real tourist attractions” ! Tours originating from Rutland daily by appointment starting at $30pp. Call 802-345-8605 www.vermontbackroadtours.com
28 to Sept. 4 North Branch
Bluegrass Festival, Bridgewater The North Branch Bluegrass Festival is held every Labor Day weekend. This event features weeklong early bird camping and field picking. The three-day weekend festival show features 30 hours of professional stage show and 15 music workshops. This is an affordable family festival with great music and homemade hot food. Friday - Sunday 10-8 pm (802) 672-3042 www.nbbluegrass.com
28 4th Annual Race to the
Top of Vermont, Stowe The course is 4.3 miles long and climbs 2,550 vertical feet on the famous Mt. Mansfield Toll Road to the summit parking lot. The racecourse starts on pavement for .3 miles before changing to gravel for 4 miles. Racers will experience a steady incline throughout the course with a 10-degree maximum pitch. Participants will be rewarded with one of the most spectacular views in the east overlooking three states and Canada. Options include individual and team categories. (802) 864-5794 www.catamounttrail.org
The Montshire Museum The Montshire Museum of Science is a hands-on museum for all ages located in Norwich. The Montshire offers more than 60 exciting exhibits and engaging hands-on activities related to the natural and physical sciences, ecology, and technology. The building is located on a 110-acre site near the Connecticut River, and the Museums’ outdoor environment is a large part of the visitor experience. Science Park is a two-acre exhibit area in a beautiful, park-like setting. Also outside is a network of easy-tomoderate walking trails for visitors of all ages and fitness levels. The Montshire Museum is an official visitor center for the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge. The museum exhibits are largely self-guided and most areas are handicap accessible. Check the website for more details of exhibits and listings of daily special activities. www.montshire.org Robot Zoo Robot animals and hands-on activities illustrate fascinating real life characteristics of animals, such as how a chameleon changes colors and a fly walks on the ceiling. In the robot animals, muscles become pistons, intestines become filtering pipes, and brains become computers.
The Dynamic Earth You have to see it to believe it! This new exhibit collection uses exciting images and data from NASA to show major changes in the Earth’s landscape over space and time. Hands-on exhibit pieces allow you to explore the phenomena behind these dynamic Earth processes. Super Science Day – Splash! Exploring Water Saturday, Aug. 20 Spend a day at the Montshire celebrating summer by getting wet! Outside in Science Park try making boats that float down the “Rill.” Test the strength of foil boats and experiment with what floats and sinks. Then discover the science of water at the Science Discovery Lab. Investigate the properties of water, experiment with density by making liquid rainbows, and see how colors behave in water. It promises to be a wet day both inside and out! Note: All activities meet at the Museum and pre-registration is not necessary unless stated otherwise. Call (802) 649-2200 for more information about events and daily activities. All events listed are free with Museum admission.
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3 to 4 Bennington’s Southern
Vermont Garlic Festival, Bennington Join garlic-lovers from throughout New England as they come to sample food and crafts from 100 different vendors all made from – you guessed it – garlic and herbs! Everything from garlic ice cream to garlic jelly, pickled garlic, roasted garlic, garlic braids, and of course, plain garlic bulbs of every variety will be available for sampling and purchase, along with planting, braiding, and cooking demonstrations. Admiss on: $5 per person per day or 2-day passes for $8. Children 12 and under are $1. 10 am to 5 pm The Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce (802) 447-3311
3 to 4 17th Annual Mount
Snow Brewers Festival, Mount Snow Mount Snow’s annual tribute to summer and its finest elixir – beer! This year will host well over 30 breweries, including the return of the microbrew tent. All paid 21+ adult entries receive a one-of-a-kind souvenir pint glass and a free beer on Mount Snow. Tokens can be purchased for $2 after that and are good for an 8 oz. sample of well over 75 different kinds of brews including stouts, ales, hefeweizens, porters, and for non-beer lovers, cider. (802) 464-4201 www.mtsnow.com
9 to 10 South End Art Hop,
Burlington Artists & South End City of Burlington Open Studios and Exhibits. Mark your calendar now. Voted a “Top Ten Fall Event” by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, this year's event promises to be even more exciting than before. The Art Hop is a twoday event occurring on the weekend following the Labor Day holiday. It attracts over 30,000 visitors, the majority from outside Burlington. Visitors are attracted to the South End artist’s studios, and local businesses that are refit as art galleries and exhibition sites for more than 500 participating artists. (802) 859-9222 www.seaba.com
15 to 18 Tunbridge World's
Fair, Tunbridge Enjoy fun activities such as cattle pulls, animals and livestock, games, prizes, great food, chainsaw artists, bingo, contests, fruits and veggies, exhibits, and so much more. (802) 889-5555 www.tunbridgefair.com
16 to 18 Annual British
Invasion Car Show, Stowe A three-day celebration and salutation to the great British motorcar and all manner of other things British. A British lifestyle event that started "over a pint of ale" in Stowe in 1990.This three-day event starts on the third Saturday in September every year, and includes "all things British," with primary focus on classic British motorcars. The British Invasion has evolved to become one of the “Top Ten Events in Vermont,” and the largest all British car show on the East Coast. The participants are primarily from the US and Canada with over 650 cars on field. (802) 253-7558 www.britishinvasion.com
17 2011 Harvest Festival,
Shelburne Farms, Shelburne 33rd annual Harvest Festival celebrates Vermont’s Farms and Forests. Celebrate autumn’s abundance with family and friends at the 33rd annual Shelburne Farms Harvest Festival on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 10 am to 4 pm. It’s a day to honor Vermont’s farm and forestry traditions with marvelous music, delicious seasonal foods, lots of farm animals, and friendly crowds. The Courtyard of the historic Farm Barn and the surrounding fields are filled with excitement on Festival Day, music, dancing, story tellers, educational exhibits, demonstrations and animals. There will be lots of food from local
producers and music will fill the air, as singers and dancers entertain you for the entire festival. Back by popular demand this year is The Hay Bale Maze – bigger than last year and with a new design. Admission to the Harvest Festival is free to Shelburne Farms members. Admission for nonmembers is $8/adults; $5/children; children under three years of age are free. The event is held rain or shine. 802-985-8686 www.shelburnefarms.org.
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the Coach Barn, Shelburne Farms, Shelburne From traditional images to abstract concepts, Shelburne Farms’ Art at the Coach Barn, art exhibition and sale will showcase the works of a broad range of talented artists. This will be the 24th year for the special event held daily from Friday, Sept. 23 through Sunday, Oct. 23 from 10 am to 5 pm in the historic Coach Barn on the shores of Lake Champlain. The beautiful lakeside site provides a spectacular setting for the works of 44 artists, many of them from New England, in mediums including oil, watercolor, pastel, acrylic, graphite, etching, photography, metal and bronze.. The exhibit is free with general Shelburne Farms property admission: $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $5 for children 3 to 17; and free for members of Shelburne Farms and children under 3. Tickets are available at Shelburne Farms Welcome Center. www.shelburnefarms.org
23 to 24 Burlington Book
Festival, Burlington The 7th annual Burlington Book Festival will take place at a variety of locations in downtown Burlington throughout the weekend of September 23 through 25. The Queen City’s 7th annual celebration of the written word will offer readings, signings, panels, workshops, demos, musical performances, family activities and special events featuring literary luminaries from around the worldand just around the corner. All events will be free of charge and open to the public. 802-658-3328 email@example.com
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astoral setting? Check. Thriving arts scene? Check. Delicious, adventurous dining? Check. Fun shopping? Check. Cool vibe? Check. If you’re looking for the perfect town for a Vermont getaway, Shelburne is the place where you can cross everything off your wish list. Perched on the shores of Lake Champlain, just far enough from Burlington to feel like you’re away from it all, but not too far afield, Shelburne offers a fine balance of country and town. If it’s peace you want, head over to the sprawling elegant grounds of Shelburne Farms for a long walk, a fine dinner, or let kids loose to collect eggs and milk a cow in the farm barn; if you’re more in the mood for a bustling
scene, hit the bar at The Bearded Frog. No matter what kind of getaway you’re searching for, you’re bound to find what you need in this small town that doesn’t feel like a small town at all. The Shelburne Art Center, located at 64 Harbor Road, boasts an art gallery with offerings from local artists, classes in all kinds of mediums, from pastels to photography to woodworking, and has a nice selection of summer and holiday camps for kids. Local produce, a vast selection of Vermontmade culinary treats, and a variety of craft items are available every Saturday at the Shelburne Farmers Market. Found on the town green, right smack in the center of
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Clockwise: Wine tasting at Shelburne Vineyards; village shops on Falls Road; antique furniture at Patina, also home to Michelle Holland Interiors; and Trinity Episcopal Church.
Shelburne Village, shoppers can pick up the freshest vegetables money can buy, homemade jams, locally farmed meats, and even wine made right in town. This year the market runs May 28 to October 8, from 9 am to 1 pm. Also right on the village green is the recently renovated Heart of the Village Inn. An easy stroll to all of Shelburne’s quaint shops, fine food and drink, this charming Victorian painted lady is a welcoming landmark and simply an elegant place to stay. It is also on the bus line to Burlington, so forays north to the waterfront are just a kiosk away. Great summer reading and frequent author’s events are a few hundred footsteps north at another renovated Victorian landmark: the big beautiful yellow clapboard building on the corner is home to the nationally recognized, award-winning, independent Flying Pig Bookstore. Owned by children’s book author Elizabeth Bluemle and stand-up comedienne Josie Leavitt, what began as a sensational children’s bookstore now has more than 40,000 books from floor to ceiling for readers of all ages. If pigs could fly…well, in this store they certainly can. Another small bijou in the village is Chez Boheme, a home décor boutique brimming with an eclectic fusion of bohemian style. This unconventional shop and design studio prides itself on vivid color associations and unconventional marriages of style:
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exotic textiles, art and “objets,” and fanciful painted and vintage furniture. A long-time Vermont institution of world-renown, the Shelburne Museum is spectacular and truly unlike any other museum. With a vast collection of fine art and Americana, the museum’s 150,000 works are displayed in 39 exhibition buildings, all arranged on one of the most glorious and panoramic pieces of property Vermont has to offer. With everything from early-American farm artifacts to priceless works by Monet, Manet, Degas, and Cassat. The museums buildings include a lighthouse, a steamship, a general store, a blacksmith shop, a circus barn, and many more. Shelburne Museum offers classes,
summer camps, special exhibitions, and activities for children. In 2011, it is open from May 15 to October 30. After this gadabout town, visitors might be in need of refreshment. Although only a few steps around the corner from the bookstore, The Bearded Frog pub and restaurant (in the same building as the Flying Pig) is anything but pedestrian. The glowing copper bar side of the restaurant serves fabulous martinis and pub fare—try the Bearded Frog Burger and Waldorf salad—or dine al fresco or in the elegant and cozy restaurant for a full menu of some of Vermont’s finest casual evening fare. How does this small town rate? Shelburne—simply fabulous.
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Beat By Rowan Beck
owntown Burlington’s College Street runs adjacent to lower Church Street’s pedestrian thoroughfare, and it “owns” the striking western lakefront panorama as shoppers and diners stroll. Everything— dining, shopping, and services —can be found in an easy hill stride here: try a vigorous yoga class at Burlington Yoga, a pedicure at Tootsie’s, shopping at North Face, Marilyn’s, Bennington Potters, a family day at ECHO museum, a bistro lunch at Leunig’s Café, or a micro-brew at Vermont Pub and Brewery. As you meander, take the time to really discover the charm of College Street. The wonderful historic buildings lining this street are full of character and bring architectural pleasure to attentive eyes. College Street runs west to east beginning at Burlington’s waterfront and ends at the top of a steep hill on the University of Vermont’s green. Originally, Burlington was a popular port for the shipping industries such as lumber and other materials. Now the waterfront lies home to a beautiful park with pastoral views of the Adirondacks.
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If you can take your eyes away from the striking western views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks, you will find College Street filled with an array of chic boutiques and restaurants.
Here people can play Frisbee, walk along the lake, or visit Echo Lake Aquarium and Science Center. Echo is an interactive aquarium featuring the history of Lake Champlain and land and water creatures that are indigenous to the area. You can film your own weather forecast or excavate dinosaur bones. It is a must see and will provide hours of entertainment for all ages! Across the road is the Peace & Justice Store, an organization and retailer that features Fair Trade products from around the world. Fair trade aims to help producers in developing countries earn fair wages and improve trade opportunities. The bright colors of the many handcrafted products are hallmarks of the wide range of jewelry, clothing, and accessories stocked on the store shelves. There also is a large selection of books, games, bumper stickers, and pins related to social
issues. This non-profit shop staffed by volunteers offers a great window on the world, its people, and products. From there it’s an easy amble further up College Street to discover much more. Try a healthy start with a yoga class at Burlington Yoga, a charming yoga studio located upstairs at 215 College Street, touted as Burlington’s premier yoga studio. It’s a wide-open space with warm wooden floors pushing up against the rich brick walls, creating the perfect space for meditation and yoga practice. They offer classes for all levels and can supply the necessary gear. They have beginner classes where you can cultivate a strong foundation, or if you are more advanced try a power Vinyasa class, or just let things “flow” in one of the flow classes. After yoga, you can just float down the street to Tootsies for a manicure, pedicure, ten-minute chair massage,
or a little shopping; chose from the wonderful array of shoes and chic boutique clothing. This motherdaughter owned business makes for a complementary team. Across the street is The North Face Store by KL Sport, the perfect place for the outdoor types to hang while spa types luxuriate at Tootsie’s. Men, women, and children can be outfitted
for every challenge Vermont weather and terrain may toss our way. North Face clothing is noted for its durability, sport-specific design, as well as great general summer wear. And you can find outdoor equipment here, including daypacks and sleeping bags. Next door to Tootsie’s is Boutilier’s, a third generation family business where art and commerce meet. This charming store not only stocks some 15,000 fine art materials and more than 1,000 picture framing possibilities, but also unexpected gift and card choices to take home to those not lucky enough to be with you in Burlington. By this time, you may be ready for lunch
and the good options are endless. On the corner of Church and College, sits a touch of Europe at Leunig’s Bistro. A walk through the doors and you are transported to a cozy and vibrant European café. Leunig’s outside seating at iron tables with umbrellas offers the greatest spot for people watching while you enjoy a glass of wine with a crôque monsieur, a warm spinach salad with chevre, or duck tacos. They also offer a long list of local artisan cheeses. After lunch, the shopping can continue. If you are a sewer or a knitter, a must stop is Nido, which is located on the second floor of 209 College Street. While Nido has only been open for a
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year and a half, it’s quickly established itself as the place to be for the chic creative crafter. Nido sells local yarns, unique fabrics, and holds many classes. The idea for this creative center stemmed from the owner’s love of sewing and her desire to be a stay at home mother. Touchingly, many a mother and daughter duo have passed through Nido’s door to shop or take classes too. Nido is a studio setting with an open floor plan, and with bolts of fabulous fabrics and wooden tables set up and ready for work. There is also a bookshelf filled with sewing and knitting resources. Class offerings change frequently and vary in price and length. Visit the website at www. nidovt.com and Nido’s blog to see the owner’s own hand-made creations. Across the street from Isabean is Vermont Farm Table. Here you will find handcrafted tables, chairs, hutches,
and the business welcomes custom orders. Choose the style of legs and type of wood for your piece from samples hanging on the wall. The furniture is then constructed in its workshop studio located just south in Charlotte. Vermont Farm Table likes to build many of its items out of reclaimed wood—wood salvaged from torn down barns, farms, or boathouses. Vermont Farm Table began as an e-commerce business, so it knows how to ship large items too! As you head toward the lake on the
named Marilyn, and she and her staff are very fashion savvy and helpful. From the top of the hill’s UVM college green down to Lake Champlain’s western shore, you won’t be disappointed when you take the time to discover College Street’s many charming pleasures and treasures, uptown and down.
Left to right: Michael Kehoe, Vintage Jewelers, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, and the Vermont Pub and Brewery.
lower end of College Street there is Bennington Potters North. Here you can purchase handmade Vermont pottery, glassware, home furnishings, and high design accessories on three funky floors. Vintage Jewelers is nestled into a nearby nook in another historic brick building, a fitting location for both its estate jewelry and custom design work. Then there is Marilyn’s, a fabulous clothing and jewelry store where every woman can be a fashionista! The shop features an eclectic mix of unique fashions, from dressy to casual, and interesting one-of-a-kind jewelry from designers around the world. It’s a store where you can find Eileen Fisher Petites among other contemporary clothing designers, as well as wonderful accessories, scarves, and elegant and unique reading glasses, if you need another pair (and who doesn’t?). There really is an owner
By Rowan Beck
he Champlain Islands are located in between Burlington and Montreal, Quebec. They are known for vast shorelines, beaches, and panoramic views of the Adirondacks and Green Mountains. The biking is fantastic because it is flat and picturesque, riders can be surprised from one breathtaking view to another as they round each bend in the road. There are also plenty of boating, fishing, hiking, and historic places to visit. The islands are thirty-miles long and eight-miles wide, and are made up of five charming towns: South Hero, Grand Isle, North Hero, Isle La Motte, and Alburg. Lake Champlain Bikeways provides maps of the extensive routes detailing the organization’s many suggested long and short rides. Stop by Local Motion and pick up a map before leaving Burlington, it is free and very informative. While studying the maps you will see most loops are easily adjustable and offer brief descriptions of what you will see enroute. You can also look online at www. champlainbikeways.org Unfortunately, this spring’s flooding damaged the area connecting the bike path to the islands and resulted in the temporary closing of the bike path and ferry ride, but the main thoroughfare, Route 2, remains an option for cyclists too. The closest town to Burlington is South Hero and a visit is not complete without a visit to the Allenholm Farm. It has a pick-yourown apple orchard (open August through October) with more than twenty varieties, a menagerie of farm animals, and a beehive in the farm store too. It also offers bike rentals and myriad Vermont products. Here you must stop and try a maple creemee, a particularly refreshing Vermont summer treat! Another not to be missed indulgence is Allenholm’s mouthwatering homemade apple pies. The Moonlight Tour is also a unique and nostalgic activity: a meandering wagon ride through the orchard, with a bonfire ending, replete with camp songs, roasted hot dogs, and toasted marshmallows. Prefer a hearty sandwich and a brew? McKee’s Pub is a great place From top: Family fun at Grand Isle State Park, and the North Hero-Grand Isle drawbridge.
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has 117 tent and trailer sites, 36 lean-to sites, and four cabins, making it Vermont’s second largest campground. If you enjoy art, check out Grand Isle Artworks. This gallery showcases changing exhibits of high quality artwork from local artists. It is located just north of the Village on Route 2 in a quirky old farmhouse dating back to 1797. There is an equally quirky and wonderful collection of artifacts and crafts, such as whimsical folk art pieces, felted flowers, and hand crafted wooden bowls. You can visit the website for more information and upcoming events at www.grandisleartworks.com. North Hero is small, but they have fun little shops to peruse. The Hero’s Welcome has long been the center of North Hero. It consists of four buildings that contain a wellstocked old-fashioned country store, goods for a marina, as well as kayak and boat rentals. Here is the spot to pick up one of the Hero’s Welcome great sandwiches and sit at one of its picnic tables overlooking the water to relax to relax for lunch with its family-friendly atmosphere and the greatest pizza on the Islands. When night falls, this is the Islands’ gathering place for laughter and hubbub too. Another place to visit in South Hero is the Snow Farm Vineyard. Snow Farm Vineyards hosts a free concert series every Thursday night June through September. Pack a picnic and enjoy music ranging from classical to rock to every musical genre in between. Picnicking begins at 5 pm and the concert music will begin at 6:30. Bring a blanket or a chair to sit on the lawn, but please, no beer or wine, you can purchase that there. In addition, before you head north to Grand Isle be sure to first stop at the Green Frog for a souvenir of your Island trip. The Green Frog boasts the largest selection of T-shirts and sweatshirts in the area, a wonderful huge selection of moccasins and Vermont made products too. Grand Isle is the next stop traveling north through the islands. The biking continues to be breathtakingly beautiful and here you can catch a ferry to cross the lake to New York. Many people come to stay and camp in Grand Isle as it is home to an enormous and award-winning state park. This 226-acre park has 4,150 feet of lakeshore. You can fish, boat, swim, and hike in the nature center. The park
and enjoy the full experience of an Island day. There is also a very fine place to rest a weary head at Shore Acres —a quintessential white clapboard inn right on the water, which boasts 23 lake view rooms and fabulous awardwinning farm fresh fare. And dogs are welcome here too! Lastly, there is the town of Isle La Motte where there are two key attractions to visit. The Chazy Reef, a 480-million-yearold reef and the Fisk Farm. Isle La Motte is only three-miles wide and seven-miles long, but visitors from all over the world stop here. Visit the Goodsell Ridge Preserve with its 83 acres of land, visitors’ center, and interpretative trails. Here you can see the Chazy Reef, which is considered a national treasure. It is a fossil reef formed during the Ordovician period and
From top: At the Hero’s Welcome in North Hero, time stands still; a tranquil evening along the shoreline; a holiday parade for young and old.
where coral first appeared. Scientists and geologists come from all over the world to study here. No, you cannot dive, but you can walk here. On the interpretive walk through the Goodsell Preserve you will see fossils of sea creatures dating back millions of years. The walk is intermixed with lush greenery and the fossilized reef at your feet; you can walk this same trail several times and always see something new. You can also view this fossilized reef in the Fisk Quarry Preserve. This reef is considered an outdoor museum and is preserved by the Isle of La Motte’s Preservation Trust. Also situated on historic Isle La Motte, the Ruthcliffe Lodge and Restaurant commands a panoramic view of the Green Mountains and the lake. Innkeepers Mark and
Kathy Infante’s personal attention set Ruthcliffe apart. Plus, the restaurant is a perfect place to dine wherever you’re staying. Mark’s delicious Italian American cuisine is prepared to order and includes homemade soups, warm bread, seasonal greens, and garden fresh vegetables in addition to an amply array of tantalizing traditional Italian entrees. Throughout the summer, farmers markets abound on the Islands. There are many regular opportunities to find and buy local produce, arts and crafts, along with visiting the many antique stores and small galleries. The biking, boating, camping, fishing, and hiking are outstanding, and the area is rich in history. The Champlain Islands are another one of Vermont’s many gems; who would want to be anywhere else?
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Lower Main Street
by Chelsea Hopper
grew up in Shelburne, a town five miles south of Burlington, and I thought I knew the area pretty well. I have spent many lazy afternoons walking up and down Church Street, shopping, and dining al fresco so that I could people watch. One sunny Saturday after lunch I was walking down Main Street on my way to the waterfront for a Burlington Bay Market creemee, and I realized that I was seeing Main Street a little differently. I stopped in my tracks and noticed the plethora of restaurants and shops that existed on lower Main Street too. I decided to put my creemee on the back burner for a bit and take some time to explore. I moseyed into The Green Life and felt as though I could buy one of every product. The Green Life has urban eco-style products for home, body, and child. They are ecofriendly, stylish, sustainable, up-cycled, recycled, and notably, simply beautiful. And isn’t that just what Vermont is all about? Next, I turned the corner onto South Champlain St. and met Phil, the owner at August First who told me about the all you can eat flatbread pizza special they have on Friday nights. I made a mental note not to miss that. Then back around the corner onto Main Street was Big Fatty’s BBQ, which drew me nearer with its stylin’ pig cartoon sign and the funny slogan “Put Some South in Your Mouth.” The barbeque aroma was tantalizing enough to make my stomach growl, as if on cue. I would be back when I had more than my $2.51 creemee money in my pocket to follow my nose (and growling tummy) inside. Then I stopped in to explore Anjou & the Little Pear. It’s an intriguing and unique name, so I figured it would be my type of place. I marveled at the array of vintage home furnishings and beautiful artwork on the walls, and much to my delight … they were local artists. The next stop on my spur of the moment “tour of lower Main” was the Burlington Hostel. I had never stayed at a hostel and wanted to check it out. I wasn’t able to just walk in off the street, I had to ring a doorbell to be let in, I didn’t have any expectations, but 28 www.destinationvermont.com
From bedroom to living areas, lower Main Street could outfit the best dressed and eco-friendly home with April Cornell’s signature linens (above), The Green Life’s eco-furnishings (below), and Anjou and the Little Pear’s unique chic vintage and recycled home goods (left).
wow—was I impressed. It had a kitchen and living room (where guests were playing guitar), plenty of open guest rooms with bunk beds, and spotless bathrooms. For just $30 a night it made me want to be a tourist and stay there. Now I crossed the street to head over to see April Cornell’s new and exciting digs. But I slowed right down again when I stood outside the patio of Miguel’s on Main, the Queen City’s bright and cheery cantina. The sun was just beginning to set and it lent a glow to diners’ raising their glasses of Miguel’s infamous Margaritas. These restaurateurs have been serving some of the area’s best Mexican food for more than 30 years—and from the bustling look of things Miguel’s will be here for 30 more. And there standing sentinel at the foot of College Street in the Queen City’s budding waterfront district is April Cornell’s new flagship store. This brick building and former warehouse has been renovated and the building’s exterior, painted in yellow and lavender, gave way to a charming interior. Inside was like standing in a wonderful lush garden
with April Cornell’s colorful signature fabrics, clothing, and linens. And bargain hunter that I am, I discovered a small sale outlet below, “April’s Basement,” which opens directly onto Lake Street. My self-guided tour makes me wonder about other places I’ve not taken time to explore—there was still more on lower Main! However, my creemee was calling and I finally sat down at Burlington Bay to eat my small, sweet, vanilla cone and enjoy those hypnotizing lake and Adirondack views.
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Vermont fresh food with an Adirondack atmosphere
s many readers may know, the Shelburne restaurant, Barkeaters, gleaned its name from the English translation of the Mohican word Adirondack. Step up to the front door and you begin to see a theme unfold: canoe paddle door handle, birch tree branch curtain rods, canoe shelving in the bar …you get the picture. It feels like a cozy Adirondack lodge although the cuisine is rooted in farm fresh Vermont. One of three owners, Caroline Kovac explains, “We’re originally from the Adirondack region and now live in Vermont. We love both places and wanted to pull together what we love about each place in this restaurant: the relaxed Adirondack lodge feeling and the Vermont farm fresh great food.” Although the restaurant is in its first year, its team is experienced. Restaurant owners Caroline and Jack Kovac and Jen Sinclair, along with their Chef Barbara Cote, have brought a unique and hearty amalgamation of skills, knowledge, and experience to the table. And to our plates. The Kovacs are travelers with suitcases of restaurant experiences; Sinclair and Cote have been restaurant professionals and proprietors for decades. Caroline reminisces: “Jack,
Jen, and I had several planning sessions where we each answered one single question: ‘What would we want if we walked into the perfect place to eat?’ We all would say, ‘I want to sit back and relax in a cozy and quaint place that’s not pretentious, with good food and good service.’” She added, “Particularly when I’m traveling, I don’t want to have to rush in or rush out. Sometimes you can’t stop to eat until 3 o’clock when shopping
and visiting museums, but nonetheless, I’m hungry now and I want to rest my feet. Where can I go?” Cote graduated from culinary school in 1992, has been cooking and refining her approach to food by keeping her watchful eyes on diners’ plates: “I like to make peoples’ favorite foods. I always come back to the things that people consistently like, order, and eat. I guess you’d call it contemporary comfort food with fresh seasonal twists. In
my experience, good comfort foods outsell salads all day long. [Although we’ll have plenty of summer salads on our menu too.] For example, one of my personal favorite dishes, and our customers’ too, is the Prosciutto Wrapped Stuffed Chicken Breast, stuffed with spinach, roasted red peppers, and Vermont chevre and then wrapped in prosciutto with whole grain mustard sauce. It’s salty and sweet, rich and satisfying —what’s not to like?” When I came in to the restaurant early for the interviews I found the Shelburne News editor Margo Callaghan cozied up to the bar with the Charlotte Citizen editor, Sheri Duff. They said they wouldn’t be there when I came back in an hour to eat … but they were. Albeit now a cozy and chatty group had gathered around them and the laughter rallied round them too. Barkeaters’ cozy atmosphere? Check. Top: The Adirondack details behind the bar at Barkeaters contribute to the charm of a mountain lodge atmosphere. Below: Kahlua Toffee Mousse Cake Ahi; Tuna Tatare with Vermont goat cheese, avocado, and wasabi aioli.
fabulous fare Cote, Sinclair, and the Kovacs noted that the Seared Espresso Ground Coffee Bean Crusted Pork nearly always made everyone’s favorite top three menu choices, but this writer was looking for something fishy this evening and chose the Lobster and Crab Topped Haddock served with lemon buerre blanc. It was everything Barkeaters’ promised: yummy comfort food with a touch of summer sashay—the tender haddock carried the warm sweet chunks of lobster and crab softly nested in breadcrumbs and the lemony buerre blanc was a perfect foil for dipping. My sometimes-vegetarian dinner companion tried the Garden Vegetable Stir Fry with a colorful array fresh vegetables, ginger, and garlic tossed in a Szechwan and teriyaki sauce served over steamed rice. Colorful, fresh, and slightly zesty and can be ordered with proteins, tofu, chicken, etc. The portions were Adirondack size and hearty. And one of my favorite touches: complimentary dark and white chocolate bark served after dinner in a miniature birch bark canoe. For hundreds of years part of Native Americans’ livelihood was tied to the effective use of a bow and arrow— without the proper tools and skills they could not hunt for food. Barkeaters’ quiver is full and their aim is skillful: they hit the mark. It was a cozy and quaint relaxed evening out, the food and service were good, and we’ll be back. Open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner starting at 11:30 am 985-2830 www.barkeatersrestaurant.com
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