Weekend Getaways

Things to do in Burlington, VT

Burlington, VT is the perfect weekend getaway destination for anyone who lives in the New England area or even for those that don’t! Since COVID hit, we haven’t been able to get out of the house really at all. I was craving a vacation! Escaping to Burlington, VT gave me the perfect dose of those travel endorphins I have been missing. It was far enough away from Boston to forget about work and truly feel like we were on vacation but close enough so we didn’t have to risk a plane ride in the middle of a pandemic.

If you’re looking for things to do in Burlington, VT, check out our weekend away!

Stroll Through Church St marketplace

This strip is the heart of Burlington. It is lined with a ton of shops, restaurants, cafes, ice cream places, etc. It is definitely worth a stroll through. 

Bike along lake champlain

Biking along Lake Champlain was one of my favorite things to do in Burlington, VT. We had the most perfect crisp fall day. The bike path runs almost parallel with the lake and if you go far enough you could even cross over it. That is if you’re up for an over 10-mile bike ride.

Go Brewery Hopping

Brewery hopping is one of my favorite ways to spend a Saturday afternoon! I was so excited when I learned Burlington had so many places to try. Switchback Brewing and Zero Gravity were my two favorites. Switchback Brewing

Breweries to visit:
  • Switchback Brewing
  • Zero Gravity
  • Foam Brewers
  • Citizen Cider

Hike mt philo

Mt Philo is a small mountain just outside of Burlington, VT. The top offers the most beautiful views of the surrounding landscape. The hike itself is a short 2-mile loop. The trail is about 30 minutes outside downtown. We decided to get up earlier, grab a couple of coffees and make our way to the trail before noon. Even though it was an overcast and chilly day, the views were amazing and still so worth it! This was a great way to break up the weekend and spend some time outdoors.

Eat all the food in Burlington

Of all the things to do in Burlington, VT, eating was probably one of my favorites. There are so many great restaurants to choose from, we had trouble deciding which ones would make the cut. One place we did not go to which I wish we did is El Cortijo. It is a farm-to-table taco place and looked amazing. But I can’t complain because the places we went to were great.

My favorite place had to be Pascolo Ristorante. It was a super cute little Italian restaurant with a speakeasy vibe to it. Following closely behind is The Skinny Pancake. If you like crepes, I highly recommend this one! I had the most delicious crepe with cheese, pesto, squash, caramelized onion, and spinach. I am seriously still dreaming about it. 

places we ate:
  • The Skinny Pancake
  • Farmhouse
  • American Flatbread
  • Vermont Pub and Brewery
  • Pascolo Ristorante