Guidebook for Vermont

Katrina
Guidebook for Vermont

Food Scene

AMAZINGGG sandwiches. Each one is very unique and delicious. Their menu changes frequently. Get it to go, the location isn’t very appealing for a sit down in my opinion.
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Poppy Cafe & Market
88 Oak Street
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AMAZINGGG sandwiches. Each one is very unique and delicious. Their menu changes frequently. Get it to go, the location isn’t very appealing for a sit down in my opinion.
One of the few elevated restaurants in Burlington – but the vide (like most things in Vermont) is quirky and casual. Amazing small mediterranean mezze plates. Great for a meal or apps and drinks. I loved their Tahini sundae!
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Honey Road
156 Church St
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One of the few elevated restaurants in Burlington – but the vide (like most things in Vermont) is quirky and casual. Amazing small mediterranean mezze plates. Great for a meal or apps and drinks. I loved their Tahini sundae!
Great location right on the water. You can make a res and eat at one of their tables, or grab it to go and eat in the cute grassy park or the fishing pier that’s right next to the restaurant.
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Farmers and Foragers Food Truck
75 Penny Lane
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Great location right on the water. You can make a res and eat at one of their tables, or grab it to go and eat in the cute grassy park or the fishing pier that’s right next to the restaurant.
Food isn’t something I seek out at all but they have live music frequently and their patio is a good spot for a nice evening outside down by the waterfront.
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Skinny Pancake
60 Lake St
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Food isn’t something I seek out at all but they have live music frequently and their patio is a good spot for a nice evening outside down by the waterfront.
Well-designed, cozy wine-bar with good food and informed staff. This place is a rising star with great aesthetics. If you’re into photo-worthy spots and great wine this is an amazing place for a meal or to kick off an evening. Their kitchen is tiny at this location but they manage to turn out surprisingly elevated options. They have a small lawn right on pine street with outdoor service and a small patio nearby. If you don’t want to dine-in, grab a bottle and some cheese from their market.
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Dedalus Wine Shop, Market & Wine Bar
388 Pine St
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Well-designed, cozy wine-bar with good food and informed staff. This place is a rising star with great aesthetics. If you’re into photo-worthy spots and great wine this is an amazing place for a meal or to kick off an evening. Their kitchen is tiny at this location but they manage to turn out surprisingly elevated options. They have a small lawn right on pine street with outdoor service and a small patio nearby. If you don’t want to dine-in, grab a bottle and some cheese from their market.
Food trucks in their parking lot on Friday nights in the summer. Family and dog friendly. They also make great food and have live music most nights. (Under new ownership in 2021 and I’m not sure how this will impact their Friday food truck event)
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ArtsRiot
400 Pine St
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Food trucks in their parking lot on Friday nights in the summer. Family and dog friendly. They also make great food and have live music most nights. (Under new ownership in 2021 and I’m not sure how this will impact their Friday food truck event)
Good pizza, across the street from a small winery
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Folino's Wood Fired Pizza
6305 Shelburne Rd
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Good pizza, across the street from a small winery
Huge space in a gorgeous old industrial building with amazing views of Winooski River. Giant bar area that's good for groups
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Waterworks Food + Drink
20 Winooski Falls Way
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Huge space in a gorgeous old industrial building with amazing views of Winooski River. Giant bar area that's good for groups
Great Thai. BYOB
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Tiny Thai Restaurant
293 Main St
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Great Thai. BYOB
Great wraps and burrito type sandwiches. If you’re looking for a to-go option, this is one of the better ones
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New World Tortilla
696 Pine St
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Great wraps and burrito type sandwiches. If you’re looking for a to-go option, this is one of the better ones
A vegetarian/vegan dream (no meat at this place). Slightly Asian flare, with really tasty options that even non-vegetarians can enjoy. Their menu changes frequently.
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Revolution Kitchen
9 Center St
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A vegetarian/vegan dream (no meat at this place). Slightly Asian flare, with really tasty options that even non-vegetarians can enjoy. Their menu changes frequently.
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Feldman's Bagels
660 Pine St
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The jewel of Burlington's food scene. If you don't want to have a full meal, cozy up to the bar or fire place. They do dollar oysters from 4 to 5 p.m. and 10 to 11 p.m. I also love eating at Hotel Vermont next door.
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Hen of the Wood - Burlington
55 Cherry St
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The jewel of Burlington's food scene. If you don't want to have a full meal, cozy up to the bar or fire place. They do dollar oysters from 4 to 5 p.m. and 10 to 11 p.m. I also love eating at Hotel Vermont next door.
Trendy, small spot with elevated baked-goods (some with CBD) and a full-menu. Nice spot for a late drink/dessert.
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Monarch and the Milkweed
111 St Paul St
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Trendy, small spot with elevated baked-goods (some with CBD) and a full-menu. Nice spot for a late drink/dessert.
Reliably good food. It’s modeled after a French bistro so you’ll find some classic dining. Sometimes it can be underwhelming but sitting outside is nice and often their food is great. “3 to 5:30 p.m. and the last hour before closing, Church Street's Frenchiest spot offers a two-course dinner for $17.50” Go upstairs to their tiny bar/eating area for a cozy time (nice for winter)
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Leunig's Bistro
115 Church St
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Reliably good food. It’s modeled after a French bistro so you’ll find some classic dining. Sometimes it can be underwhelming but sitting outside is nice and often their food is great. “3 to 5:30 p.m. and the last hour before closing, Church Street's Frenchiest spot offers a two-course dinner for $17.50” Go upstairs to their tiny bar/eating area for a cozy time (nice for winter)
Weird hours but a great spot outside of Burlington. This would be a good option if you’re visiting Middlebury, Vergennes, or hiking Snake Mountain.
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Vergennes Laundry by CK
247 Main St
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Weird hours but a great spot outside of Burlington. This would be a good option if you’re visiting Middlebury, Vergennes, or hiking Snake Mountain.
Healthy lunch bar with baked goods, and wine. Kinda a locals Vermonter scene with some crunchy tendencies. If they have their chicken wings, get them!
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Zabby & Elf's Stone Soup
211 College St
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Healthy lunch bar with baked goods, and wine. Kinda a locals Vermonter scene with some crunchy tendencies. If they have their chicken wings, get them!
Make a breakfast reservation at this amazingly beautiful old Rockerfeller estate.
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The Inn at Shelburne Farms
99 Inn Rd
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Make a breakfast reservation at this amazingly beautiful old Rockerfeller estate.
Great pizza. Popular and it can get noisy in there.
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Pizzeria Verità
156 St Paul St
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Great pizza. Popular and it can get noisy in there.
Amazing Dominican food! I wouldn’t recommend it for the atmosphere necessarily (it’s tiny and in a funky part of town) but a great great grab and go. I personally love the fried plantain with pulled pork.
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Café Mamajuana
88 Oak Street
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Amazing Dominican food! I wouldn’t recommend it for the atmosphere necessarily (it’s tiny and in a funky part of town) but a great great grab and go. I personally love the fried plantain with pulled pork.
Really really good authentic pizza and Italian dishes that change regularly. It’s really hard to get a hold of them on the phone —which is kinda their brand—and it a small space. If you get a busy signal while their open, just try to call back a few times.
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Pizzeria Ida
662 Riverside Ave
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Really really good authentic pizza and Italian dishes that change regularly. It’s really hard to get a hold of them on the phone —which is kinda their brand—and it a small space. If you get a busy signal while their open, just try to call back a few times.
Long-time breakfast joint with a big menu. It's tough to get in during busy times.
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Sneakers Bistro
28 Main St
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Long-time breakfast joint with a big menu. It's tough to get in during busy times.
Great fresh juices, smoothies, coffee and light food. A bit pricey but it’s also well sourced food. (There are many other fun little spots in the same building, including Co cellars, Conan Brass lighting, Rack & Ruin jewelry / vintage, and a few more.
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Tomgirl Kitchen
266 Pine St
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Great fresh juices, smoothies, coffee and light food. A bit pricey but it’s also well sourced food. (There are many other fun little spots in the same building, including Co cellars, Conan Brass lighting, Rack & Ruin jewelry / vintage, and a few more.
Asian fusion comfort food.
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Butch + Babe's
258 N Winooski Ave
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Asian fusion comfort food.
One of my favorite places for breaskfast/lunch because they have a large menu of many mix/match sides and items that lean towards the healthy/homemade style. It's very popular so expect a wait during busy hours. It's right off church street so you could plan to put your name in (in person) and walk around.
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Penny Cluse Cafe
169 Cherry St
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One of my favorite places for breaskfast/lunch because they have a large menu of many mix/match sides and items that lean towards the healthy/homemade style. It's very popular so expect a wait during busy hours. It's right off church street so you could plan to put your name in (in person) and walk around.
Great elevated bar food (bit expensive but quality). They have many beer options. If the prices are a bit high for you, try The Resevoir down the street.
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Prohibition Pig
23 S Main St
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Great elevated bar food (bit expensive but quality). They have many beer options. If the prices are a bit high for you, try The Resevoir down the street.
Good food. Nice vibe. Located on Pine street next to a brewery and an ice cream spot.
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The Great Northern
716 Pine St
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Good food. Nice vibe. Located on Pine street next to a brewery and an ice cream spot.
One of my favorite places to eat or grab a drink. This is the restaurant that’s part of Hotel Vermont, but the great design and good food has made it a local hangout. Go for live music on Friday nights(double check night/time). The have a small patio with a little view of the lake. During the winter it’s a really cozy spot and you can eat/drink by the fire.
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Juniper Bar and Restaurant
41 Cherry St
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One of my favorite places to eat or grab a drink. This is the restaurant that’s part of Hotel Vermont, but the great design and good food has made it a local hangout. Go for live music on Friday nights(double check night/time). The have a small patio with a little view of the lake. During the winter it’s a really cozy spot and you can eat/drink by the fire.
Cool little spot with "chef-style" cuisine. It's a bit meat-heavy but everything is good. It's fun to sit at the bar and watch them cook.
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Misery Loves Co.
46 Main St
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Cool little spot with "chef-style" cuisine. It's a bit meat-heavy but everything is good. It's fun to sit at the bar and watch them cook.

Drinks & Nightlife

Quirky! Lamp shop by day, funky bar and music venue by night. Most Friday nights DJ Taka host amazing vinyl dance parties. The space is connected to three other restaurants/venues on the block.
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Light Club Lamp Shop
12 N Winooski Ave
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Quirky! Lamp shop by day, funky bar and music venue by night. Most Friday nights DJ Taka host amazing vinyl dance parties. The space is connected to three other restaurants/venues on the block.
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Shelburne Vineyard
6308 Shelburne Rd
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Citizen Cider
316 Pine St
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Zero Gravity Brewery
25 Birchcliff Pkwy
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Night scene. Younger crowd – 20s - 30s. Good pizza. Live music sometimes.
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Manhattan Pizza & Pub
167 Main St
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Night scene. Younger crowd – 20s - 30s. Good pizza. Live music sometimes.
*Only on Friday evenings. This is a memebers-only social club but it's open to the public on Fridays. Karaoke starts at 8 (this is a blue-collar type of scene). The venue is very bare-bones but it's on one of the prettiest pieces of property in Burlington, right on the lake. Drinks are really cheap and you can get no-frills food (do not come here for the food. It’s like basic burger etc) for $5-$10 and eat on the large lawn while you watch the sun go down over the mountains.
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St. John's Club
9 Central Ave
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*Only on Friday evenings. This is a memebers-only social club but it's open to the public on Fridays. Karaoke starts at 8 (this is a blue-collar type of scene). The venue is very bare-bones but it's on one of the prettiest pieces of property in Burlington, right on the lake. Drinks are really cheap and you can get no-frills food (do not come here for the food. It’s like basic burger etc) for $5-$10 and eat on the large lawn while you watch the sun go down over the mountains.
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Foam Brewers - Burlington Waterfront
112 Lake St
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This is the restaurant of Hotel Vermont. Friday evenings they have small local muscians play in their large and cozy lobby. There is a bunch of casual seating, a fire place, and food+drinks available. Check their website for a schedule.
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Juniper Bar and Restaurant
41 Cherry St
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This is the restaurant of Hotel Vermont. Friday evenings they have small local muscians play in their large and cozy lobby. There is a bunch of casual seating, a fire place, and food+drinks available. Check their website for a schedule.
A mashup of a winery and cider tasting room. Named to the NYT’s best 100 places list. (In the Soda Plant building with several other cool shops and stalls— walk around the whole building from the outside/ inside to see them all!)
CO Cellars
266 Pine St
A mashup of a winery and cider tasting room. Named to the NYT’s best 100 places list. (In the Soda Plant building with several other cool shops and stalls— walk around the whole building from the outside/ inside to see them all!)

Parks & Nature

Great spot to watch the sunset!
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Overlook Park
1575 Spear St
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Great spot to watch the sunset!
Pretty trails through old cedars with a few places with lake access.
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Red Rocks Park
4 Central Ave
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Pretty trails through old cedars with a few places with lake access.
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Shelburne Farms
1611 Harbor Road
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Barr Hill Natural Area
1521 Barr Hill Rd
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Nice short hike to a pretty waterfall. Continue to Silver Lake. The trail has some of the oldest trees in the state (Vermont has been clearcut several times during the farming days)
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Falls of Lana
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Nice short hike to a pretty waterfall. Continue to Silver Lake. The trail has some of the oldest trees in the state (Vermont has been clearcut several times during the farming days)
Similar to a hike up Camels hump. Spend the day in Stowe afterward.
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Hunger Mountain Trailhead
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Similar to a hike up Camels hump. Spend the day in Stowe afterward.
Trails through the woods. One trail brings you by a few old homesteads/cemeteries. A good place to cross-country ski in winter. They have dog sledding there as well (it's a third party company)
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Little River State Park
3444 Little River Rd
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Trails through the woods. One trail brings you by a few old homesteads/cemeteries. A good place to cross-country ski in winter. They have dog sledding there as well (it's a third party company)
A must for those who like to walk or bike. This is the very end of the 12-mile Burlington Bike Path. You can bike all the way here from Burlington (rent bikes at Local Motion, Ski Rack, or Outdoor Gear Exchange) or you can drive to the park area and walk from there. The narrow path goes right out into the lake so you have water on both sides of you and amazing views of the mountains. * If you're an avid biker you can continue on the bike ferry (in summer months) up into the Champlain Islands). I highly recommend!
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Causeway Bike Path Parking
178 Mills Point Rd
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A must for those who like to walk or bike. This is the very end of the 12-mile Burlington Bike Path. You can bike all the way here from Burlington (rent bikes at Local Motion, Ski Rack, or Outdoor Gear Exchange) or you can drive to the park area and walk from there. The narrow path goes right out into the lake so you have water on both sides of you and amazing views of the mountains. * If you're an avid biker you can continue on the bike ferry (in summer months) up into the Champlain Islands). I highly recommend!
Easy walking trails through an urban farm
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Intervale Center
180 Intervale Rd
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Easy walking trails through an urban farm
Nice 2-3 mile loop through easy terrain. You loops around a few ponds and can choose to go up to Libby's Look for a nice view. https://www.trails.com/us/vt/chittenden-county/preston-pond-loop
Preston Pond
Nice 2-3 mile loop through easy terrain. You loops around a few ponds and can choose to go up to Libby's Look for a nice view. https://www.trails.com/us/vt/chittenden-county/preston-pond-loop
The sunset ridge trail up Mount Mansfield offers the best views above treeline on a Vermont hike. It's about a 6-7 mile hike with some scrabbling up rocks required. But the views are worth it. In the late fall/spring you will want good shoes and hiking poles are reccomended for slippery rocks at the top.
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Mount Mansfield
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The sunset ridge trail up Mount Mansfield offers the best views above treeline on a Vermont hike. It's about a 6-7 mile hike with some scrabbling up rocks required. But the views are worth it. In the late fall/spring you will want good shoes and hiking poles are reccomended for slippery rocks at the top.
Hiking, cross-country skiing, and mountain biking
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Blueberry Hill Outdoor Center
1288 Goshen-Ripton Rd
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Hiking, cross-country skiing, and mountain biking

Shopping

Handmade jewlery and vintage clothes
Rackk & Ruin
270 Pine Street
Handmade jewlery and vintage clothes
Great vintage furniture and decor.
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Anjou & the Little Pear Home
53 Main St
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Great vintage furniture and decor.
Vintage furniture and decor
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Barge canal market
377 Pine St
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Vintage furniture and decor
Great shoes and women's stuff. Guys' boutique is downstairs
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Stella Mae
96 Church St
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Great shoes and women's stuff. Guys' boutique is downstairs
Made in America products. Great place for gifts, handmade jewlery or Instagram-esque products.
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Common Deer
210 College St
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Made in America products. Great place for gifts, handmade jewlery or Instagram-esque products.

Entertainment & Activities

Great yoga studio with river views.
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Laughing River Yoga
One Mill St
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Great yoga studio with river views.
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Vermont Comedy Club
101 Main St
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Burlington Yoga
215 College St
Mostlye long-term art classes, but they do have some drop-in nights.
BCA Studios: Burlington City Arts
405 Pine St
Mostlye long-term art classes, but they do have some drop-in nights.
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Merrill's Roxy Cinema
222 College St
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Essentials

Healthy, local grocery store nearby. These have a hot bar, made to order sandwiches and a coffee shop inside too.
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Healthy Living Market and Cafe
222 Dorset St
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Healthy, local grocery store nearby. These have a hot bar, made to order sandwiches and a coffee shop inside too.
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Trader Joe's
200 Dorset St
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My favorite sandwich is Burlington is the North Country Melt from their sandwich counter. Two locations. One downtown, and one in the south end.
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City Market/Onion River Co-op
82 S Winooski Ave
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My favorite sandwich is Burlington is the North Country Melt from their sandwich counter. Two locations. One downtown, and one in the south end.
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City Market Onion River Co-op
207 Flynn Ave
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CVS
7 Essex Way
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Arts & Culture

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Museum Shelburne
6000 Shelburne Rd
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