This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Burlington. To help you make friends with Burlington before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
On the banks of the vast Lake Champlain, Burlington is a hip little city inhabited by university students and alternative types. The picturesque, freshwater lake straddles Vermont and New York states; a seasonal ferry operates from Burlington to Port Kent, NY. The huge lake also crosses the Canadian border at its northern tip. Its location is just a few minutes’ walk from the center, where tranquil shores make for lovely views, barbecues, or walking/cycling along the lakeside trail.
Known for its liberal attitude, Burlington appeals due to its laid-back, artsy vibe. There are plenty of artists’ studios and small galleries, as well as the university’s Fleming Museum, which houses big name works and a Native American collection. Burlington’s contribution to the arts is celebrated during the annual three-day South End Art Hop festival when more than five hundred artists display their work.
Church Street Marketplace acts as the downtown hub of shops and cafes. Around here there are lots of independent places to eat, offering high-quality home cooked cuisine, vegetarian food, and great coffee. The state also has a good reputation for beer, with a number of craft breweries throughout Vermont. South Burlington is home to the acclaimed Magic Hat Brewery, which is open to the public for free tours, as well as for purchases, tastings, and events. There are also a couple of great brewpubs in the city too.
The presence of the hill top University of Vermont means that Burlington has a vibrant nightlife to appease the masses of students. While it’s still small by other cities’ standards, there is a surprising amount of live music venues here offering some high caliber, varied acts.
Your options for Burlington hostels are limited, but you are sure to be centrally placed and also close to the lake. Burlington hostel seekers have a range of options to reach the city. There is an airport in the south of the city, where the Greyhound bus terminal also stands. The budget, but less far reaching, Megabus makes stops at the university. The Amtrak line connects New York City and Washington, DC, with Essex Junction rail station a few miles outside Burlington (a local bus runs from the station to the center).
Written by local enthusiast for Burlington hostelsLaura T