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Where to Stay in Burlington
Burlington is a progressive college town located along the Lake Champlain waterfront. The Virginia city claims nearly 40,000 residents and is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts, thanks to its proximity to several state parks. The majority of Burlington's hotels are located in the Church Street Marketplace near the Burlington Town Center Mall. This four-block, open-air promenade is home to more than 80 stores and restaurants, including national retailers and local boutiques. It's also the site of several popular festivals, including the Festival of Fools, which celebrates the art of street performing. A number of budget hotels are located near the Route 2-Interstate 89 interchange. These establishments provide guests with easy access to the nearby Dorset Square Mall Shopping Center and the University Mall Shopping Center, both of which are home to an eclectic mix of stores. There are also many accommodations located south of the city along Route 7 near the picturesque Shelburne Bay. These accommodations, which are about 10 miles from the city's center, provide travelers with easy access to some of Burlington's natural green spaces, such as Red Rocks Park and Oakledge Park. Visitors looking for the best hiking in the region can book reservations at one of the inns located near Little River State Park and Camel's Hump State Park, both of which are about an hour from Burlington.
Burlington Hotel Tips
Because of Vermont is renowned for its beautiful fall foliage, Burlington sees an influx of tourists during the early fall months. This is one of the prettiest times to visit the city, and the climate is still comfortably cool during this time. If you plan on visiting in the fall, search for hotel rooms well in advance to ensure availability.
Because of the nearby Green Mountains and local ski resorts, the area is a popular wintertime destination. If you enjoy riding the slopes, plan your visit anytime from November to February. Temperatures can fall pretty low, with highs in the 20s during the months of January and February. Resort prices rise during this season, but you can sometimes find deals for hotels within the city. Additionally, travelers can often buy cheap flights to Burlington outside of the peak fall months.
Burlington Hotel Recommendations
Enjoy your stay in Burlington by reserving a room at the elegant Willard Street Inn. This bed and breakfast is located near Champlain College and the University of Vermont and provides guests with stunning vistas of the nearby lake. Built in 1881, the Victorian mansion sports 16 uniquely appointed rooms. All rooms are outfitted with private bathrooms and tasteful furnishings. Rates increase during the popular foliage season, and room discounts and specials can be found online. A full breakfast is served each morning in the marble-floored solarium. Each day, the inn delivers a plate of chocolate chip cookies, Lake Champlain chocolates and a dried fruit snack to guests' rooms. Complimentary coffee and tea is provided throughout the day.
Located in South Burlington, the Green Mountains Suites Hotel provides guests with spacious accommodations and convenient access to many area attractions. The hotel is just a short drive to the University Mall Shopping Center and the Dorset Square Mall Shopping Center and a seven-minute drive to Burlington's city center. One- and two-bedroom suites are available. Room amenities include kitchens, dining areas, cookware, place settings, sleeper sofas and hardwood living room floors. Jacuzzi suites and fireplace suites are also available for those looking for a romantic getaway. Other amenities include a complimentary breakfast buffet, evening wine socials, an indoor pool, a Jacuzzi spa, state-of-the-art cardio equipment, an on-site 24-hour shop and a business center.
If you're looking for a luxury hotel, check out the Hilton Burlington. This high-end establishment provides guests with excellent access to all the sites and shops of downtown Burlington and is a short walk to the majestic Lake Champlain. The decor within the hotel's 258 guestrooms is reminiscent of Vermont's colorful fall foliage. Most rooms also offer excellent views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains. Room types include guestrooms, deluxe rooms, suites and executive rooms. The hotel is accommodating to business travelers, featuring multiple meeting rooms, in-room workstations and an on-site business center. Other amenities include a fitness center and a swimming pool.
If you plan on restricting your trip to downtown Burlington, you'll be able to get by pretty easily on your feet. The city's center is known to be very accommodating to pedestrians, especially its Church Street Marketplace, which closed to traffic. If you're planning on venturing out to the surrounding territory, you should consider renting a car. Driving through the area's rolling hills is one of the best ways to view the spectacular fall foliage. Burlington is also a very bike-friendly city. Downtown streets sport bike lanes, while visitors can find a number of bike paths around Lake Champlain. For those that favor public transit, the Chittenden County Transportation Authority operates a system of buses that provide transport to and from Burlington's surrounding communities, including South Burlington, Winooski, Shelburne and Essex Junction.
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