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Town on Lake Champlain

Vermont's largest city, Burlington rests on Lake Champlain, minutes to water, mountains, camping and skiing. There is easy access to the city by auto (US 7 and I-89 at Exits 13 and 14, by rail (AMTRAK at Essex Junction); by water via private boat or ferry from Port Kent, New York; and by air through Burlington International Airport BTV).

Burlington was an important port in the 19th century and boasts a wealth of historic resources. The town was possibly named for the Earl of Burlington, though nobody could identify which of several Earls that might have been. It was Incorporated as a city in 1864, the original town was split into what is now the City of Burlington and a new town of South Burlington and a portion is now Williston.

Battery Street, near the waterfront and site of a ferry landing since the early 1800s, is known for its historic commercial and industrial buildings. More than 200 housing units in the King Street Neighborhood Historic District have been rehabilitated in recent years.
Around City Hall Park, there are public and commercial buildings, including the Colonial Revival style City Hall; the old Ethan Allen Firehouse; banks and the Art Deco Flynn Theater that have been restored. On Pearl there are handsome commercial buildings built in the early to mid 19th-century homes of Burlington's prosperous mercantile class.

Found throughout the "Hill Section" are many Queen Anne and Colonial Revival style residences of the late 19th and early 20th century, built by Burlington's well-to-do industrialists and businessmen. Many (if not most) of these are now fraternity or sorority houses or educational buildings associated with the University of Vermont and Champlain College.

Historic Lake Champlain

Lake Champlain has a significant past in the history of New England. It's the birthplace of our Navy and for 65 years there were major battles fought here during the French Indian and the Revolutionary Wars.

The lake is an enormous, it extends into Canada and borders Vermont and New York State. It's 110 miles long and 12 miles at it's widest point. It is the 6th largest lake in the US.

Some Vermonters claim they have their own "Nessie" swimming in these waters.....

The Lake Champlain creature, Champ, has been seen near Port Henry for hundreds of years. Crypto-zoologists think the creature may be a plesiosaur, a large underwater reptile not seen since prehistoric times. Samuel de Champlain, explorer for whom the lake is named, sighted Champ in July 1609 and described the creature as a "20 foot serpent thick as a barrel with a head like a horse." Some believe that Champ is a large lake sturgeon.

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Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A Great Place to Spend a Weekend
  • Cons:Maybe a Little Too Cold and Windy in the Winter!
  • In a nutshell:A Picturesque and Friendly City to Visit
  • Last visit to Burlington: Oct 2002
  • Intro Updated Aug 8, 2003
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  • glabah's Profile Photo
    Dec 7, 2009 at 3:57 PM

    Been a very long time since I have visited New England.

  • Pawtuxet's Profile Photo
    Jul 27, 2009 at 8:24 AM

    Good thought! travel to B. by train! Super idea. Would love to venture in that direction one day soon.

  • 807Wheaton's Profile Photo
    Aug 5, 2006 at 6:47 PM

    Thanks for the information on your Burlington Page. I was looking for a schedule for the ferries from Plattsburgh to Burlington! Perfect. Greetings from Augusta, GA. Marcia

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Apr 21, 2004 at 4:47 AM

    Great tips and nice town + friendly people + its visitors, I see :-)))

  • keeweechic's Profile Photo
    Mar 15, 2004 at 8:05 PM

    I like your choice of dinner/wine, sounds very nice. They sound a really friendly bunch there. Sounds like there is some nice historic buildings there too.

  • kenHuocj's Profile Photo
    May 21, 2003 at 4:41 AM

    Vermonter Reverend was in Ottawa over the weekend, we naturaly chatted about Burlington ;-)))

  • Mandy23's Profile Photo
    Feb 5, 2003 at 12:52 PM

    Great tips! Seems to be a nice place to visit.

  • annk's Profile Photo
    Nov 22, 2002 at 6:42 AM

    Some threatening looking clouds over the lake. The Church St. mall looks inviting.


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