Burlington Area 1st week in beautiful October

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Burlington Area 1st week in beautiful October

Postby courtmel » Sun Sep 11, 2016 3:18 pm

Hi all,

Even though I am sitting at my kitchen table with the windows finally open I am thinking about my trip to Burlington. Some of you know we usually make our home in Killington-Mendon for the week but after doing that area for many years it is time to explore a different part of Vermont. My husband is excited about being by the lake. I am looking for route, restaurant, must sees or anything about that neck of the woods. Of course we will head to Stowe to enjoy dinner at The Whip. Other than that I need your sage advice and past experiences.

To all my foliage fanatic friends, our time has come!
autumn leaf


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Re: Burlington Area 1st week in beautiful October

Postby bm » Sun Sep 11, 2016 6:54 pm

For foliage you'll have to head into the mountains for those dates. Head east out toward Jeffersonville. Or day trip to the Mad River Vallley. You should see some early color in the immediate Burlington area. Keep your eye on this forum as the time gets closer as I'll post some observations.
Must visit:
Shelburne Farms. It is amazing. Be sure to go up to Lone Tree Hill for incredible views.
Mount Philo State Park.
Restaurants. TONS to choose from. What kind of food do you like?
Where exactly are you staying (neighborhood is fine if you don't want to be specific)?
It's getting close!!

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Re: Burlington Area 1st week in beautiful October

Postby ctyanky » Sun Sep 11, 2016 7:44 pm

Hi Courtmel: Since you mentioned your hubby is excited about being near the lake, how about a cruise? I've been trying to get on the Spirit of the Ethan Allen for years but either the weather or time constraints came into play. They have all kinds of sails so check out their site:

http://www.soea.com/

bm has the most experience here so keep asking her questions! :wink: I also agree on Mt. Philo State Park. The views up there are gorgeous. bm took me there a few years back. Loved it!

As you have indicated, you are now exploring a different area. I am doing the same. After many years in Waitsfield, I'm now staying in Woodstock and Castleton for the beginning and end weekends of my trip. I think it is a good idea to change it up now and then and explore new areas from a different venue. You may be pleasantly surprised! I'm looking forward to new adventures myself. Good for you!

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Re: Burlington Area 1st week in beautiful October

Postby Utah Baker » Tue Sep 13, 2016 1:52 pm

Hi Courtmel! I second Shelburn Farms, one year we had Sunday brunch at the mansion and it was fabulous! (need to reserve in advance). Libby's Blue Line Diner in Colchester was good as well. One of our first trips we did the dinner cruise on th Ethan Allen and that was wonderful too! But from the warm weather sounds like you may need to head up north for color. I have always wanted to explore the islands more (Hero) their Apple festivals always look like a lot of fun.

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Re: Burlington Area 1st week in beautiful October

Postby bm » Tue Sep 13, 2016 1:59 pm

Libby's isn't there anymore :(. It was good! There is another diner in it's place under new ownership...not sure of its name.
Courtmel...my favorite restaurants in the area are:
Vermont Tap House in Williston
A Single Pebble in Burlington
The Farmhouse in Burlington
Archie's in Shelburne (for a quick meal)
Hinesburgh Public House in Hinesburg
Good Times Cafe in Hinesburg
Chef's Corner in Williston (bakery and has good soups/sandwiches for lunch)
Pizza on Earth in Charlotte (only open 1 night per week. BYOB. Seat outside on picnic tables or bring a picnic blanket).

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Re: Burlington Area 1st week in beautiful October

Postby Utah Baker » Tue Sep 13, 2016 2:06 pm

Ahhh, that's too bad :? Just though of another place just north of Burlington , can't think of the name, maybe bm can help , but it was run by the New England Culinary Insitute , the students all work there , the food was seasonal and excellent!

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Re: Burlington Area 1st week in beautiful October

Postby bm » Tue Sep 13, 2016 3:01 pm

That is gone too :(. The only NECI restaurants are in Montpelier now I believe.

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Re: Burlington Area 1st week in beautiful October

Postby Utah Baker » Tue Sep 13, 2016 4:48 pm

Oh, pooh! :( That was one of my favorite memories, the location and setting was perfect! Another one bites the dust.

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Re: Burlington Area 1st week in beautiful October

Postby courtmel » Tue Sep 13, 2016 7:01 pm

Thank you for the wonderful suggestions for our trip to Burlington. I definitely feel the warmth coming from the lake keeps temperatures up in that area but the lake is calling my hubby. I am hoping for a few frosty nights. Bring it on, Mother Nature!
autumn leaf



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