Perched on the shore of Lake Champlain, Vermont's largest city would be considered tiny in most other states, but its relatively diminutive size is one of Burlington's charms. With the University of Vermont (UVM) swelling the city by 13,400 students, and a vibrant cultural and social life, Burlington has a spirited, youthful character. And when it comes to nightlife, this is Vermont's epicenter.
Due south of Burlington is Shelburne, an upscale village that's home to the one of Vermont's crown jewels, the Shelburne Museum. The village is considered more of an extension of Burlington than a separate suburb – people think nothing of popping down for an evening meal to one of its fine restaurants.
Burlington is less than an hour's drive from Stowe and other Green Mountain towns. In fact, the city can be used as a base for exploring much of northwestern Vermont.