48 Hours in Burlington, VT: Out of State Adventure

Updated: Jan 21, 2020

By Abby Hoover

One of the best things about the Hudson Valley is its proximity to everything the Northeast region has to offer. Day trips and weekend getaways are abundant and there’s no limit to what you may find along the way! Burlington is on the eastern shore of Lake Champlain and just a few hours north of Albany. Also the home of the University of Vermont, it is a town bustling with local business, culture and live music - and just down the road from some great skiing!

If you get in late after a long drive, the best place to warm up and wind down is Farmhouse Tap & Grill. With plenty of local and craft beers, and a variety of food and appetizer choices (they even have a raw bar!), it is a great choice for dinner. If you’re visiting in the summer, enjoy their beer garden, but some would argue their parlor in the basement, is even better. Farmhouse offers something for everyone and can accommodate large parties.

Whether you like to get up early for breakfast or sleep in until noon, Monarch & the Milkweed is the perfect brunch spot to kick off a day of shopping in downtown Burlington. Try the juiciest fried chicken and gravy with waffles and wash it down with lots of coffee or a rich hot chocolate. If you’re up for it, their delectable pastries and desserts are not only a treat for the eyes but a sweet way to round out the meal. In addition, they offer MILKWEED cannabis confections in the form of picture perfect truffles.

Just up the street, Church Street Marketplace is the heart of downtown Burlington. With pedestrian-friendly walkways, local and retail shopping, great restaurants and coffee, and historic architecture, visitors can easily spend a whole day taking it all in. If you’d like to spend the afternoon perusing shelves of books, don’t miss Crow Bookshop near the top of Church Street.