Northern Vermont is world-renowned for its verdant hills, quaint towns and pristine lakes—and our Burlington vacation rentals, located in the state's largest city, make the perfect home base for your next getaway.
Burlington is situated in the Lake Champlain region, and like other towns in this northernmost section of the state, boasts plenty of green spaces, historic sites, and friendly locals. The town has the luxury of also being the state's cultural capital, with myriad theaters, museums, and concert halls at which to while away the day sightseeing. An important trading center in the 1800s, Burlington remains a city with a bustling harbor amid stately Victorian homes. It's often called the "Prettiest City in America," and is a popular place to retire due to its great infrastructure and quality of life. Come explore this charming city less than an hour from the Canadian border and lay your head at one of our Burlington vacation rentals!
As the largest city in Vermont, Burlington boasts the most attractions, from modern cultural institutions to historic homes and lighthouses. The Ethan Allen Homestead, built in 1787, is one of the top draws in town. Guests partake in guided tours of the home of one of Vermont's founding fathers, and enjoy a midday stroll on one of the scenic trails on property. The Robert Hull Fleming Museum sits on the University of Vermont campus, and boasts contemporary and historic art for all ages. Admire the impressionist art, textiles, and lush gardens at the Shelburne Museum, or take the family history buff to the Chittenden County Historical Society & Museum.
Art lovers of all ages flock to the Burlington City Arts Center, housed in the former Ethan Allen Firehouse, for film series and art exhibits featuring local talents. The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts is housed in a well-preserved Art Deco theater, and boasts plays and other performances throughout the season. Science buffs can be found getting their geek on at ECHO Lake Aquarium & Science Center, part of the larger LEAHY Center, with interactive exhibits and more than 70 water creatures in more than 36,000 square feet.
The Burlington Breakwater Lights draw tourists due to their position standing guard over the town; the actual lighthouses are replicas of the originals, but the breakwater itself is on the National Register of Historic Places. Like other towns in the region, Burlington has a plethora of parks and recreation areas that are kept in pristine condition. Oakledge Park boasts a rocky beach but is swimmable; Red Rocks Park is a favorite in winter for snowshoeing and cross country skiing, and North Beach Campground draws leaf peepers from all over New England due to its scenic trails and gorgeous vistas.
As the gateway to the Lake Champlain region and Quebec, Burlington is a great base from which to take day trips. Several of Lake Champlain's charming towns are all within easy driving distance. North Hero and South Hero boast clean and calm beaches and abundant green spaces. Grand Isle is a town that's almost frozen in time, with quaint homesteads and a slower pace. The ski mecca of Killington is less than two hours away, and is worth a winter visit for the world-class powder alone. Montreal is only 45 miles away, and boasts even more cultural and dining sites than you'll find in Burlington...so bring your passport!
Burlington is famous as one of the country's most livable cities, and there's no better way to experience it than by living like a local in your own private Burlington vacation rental!
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