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Top Choice Museum in Burlington

Shelburne Museum

This extraordinary 45-acre museum, 9 miles south of Burlington, showcases the priceless Americana collections of Electra Havemeyer Webb (1888–1960) and her parents – 150,000 objects in all. The mix of folk art, deco…
Top Choice Pizza in Burlington

American Flatbread

Central downtown location, bustling atmosphere, great beers on tap from the in-house Zero Gravity microbrewery, and superb flatbread (thin-crust pizza) with locally sourced ingredients are reason enough to make this…
Top Choice Cafe in Burlington

Penny Cluse Cafe

In the heart of downtown, one of Burlington's most popular breakfast spots serves pancakes, biscuits and gravy, breakfast burritos, omelets and tofu scrambles, along with sandwiches, fish tacos, salads and the best …
Top Choice Bakery in Montpelier

Red Hen

One of Vermont's finest bakeries, Red Hen is well worth the 6-mile trek west of Montpelier – and a perfect breakfast stop if you're headed toward Stowe, Waterbury or Burlington. Settle into its comfy seating area ov…
Top Choice Live Music in Burlington

Light Club Lamp Shop

One of Burlington's coolest and quirkiest venues, this place doubles – well, OK, triples – as a lamp shop (witness the amazing collection hanging from the walls and ceiling), a wine bar and a performance space. Show…
Top Choice Modern American in Stowe

Hen of the Wood

Arguably the finest dining in northern Vermont, this chef-driven restaurant in Waterbury gets rave reviews for its innovative farm-to-table cuisine. Set in a historic grist mill, the ambience is as fine as the food,…
Top Choice State Park in Northern Vermont

Burton Island State Park

Only accessible by ferry, this island state park in the middle of Lake Champlain makes for a supremely relaxing, family-friendly getaway. It offers lakeside campsites and lean-tos, round-the-island walking trails, b…
Top Choice Beer in Burlington

Vermont Brewers Festival

Meet Vermont's artisan craft brewers and sample their wares during this mid-July weekend event on Burlington's waterfront. Tickets go on sale two months in advance and sell out quickly.
Top Choice Performing Arts in Burlington

Flynn Center for the Performing Arts

Broadway hits, music, dance and theater grace the stage at this art-deco masterpiece. Expect anything from the Khmer Arts Ensemble to Liza Minnelli.
Top Choice Factory in Stowe

Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory

In 1978 Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield took over an abandoned gas station in Burlington and, with a modicum of training, launched the outlandish flavors that forever changed the way ice cream would be made. While a …