What To Do With 24 Hours in Burlington, Vermont

Hey there, friends! If you follow me closely on Instagram or Instastories, you know that I have been exploring the beautiful state of Vermont in pursuit of colorful leaves and delicious bites infused with either apple or pumpkin! Give this Florida girl ALL the Fall things … I am here for it!

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This has been a trip that Victoria and I have talked about doing for a long time now. When I lived in London, her and I started shooting together in August. When late September / early October rolled around, I texted her asking where all the pumpkin patches were in London. She laughed and was like ‘what?!?’ Let’s just say … Londoner’s and Brit’s, in general, don’t go crazy over Fall [they refer to it as ‘Autumn’] the way we do. She was always so surprised and a bit puzzled by our fascination / love for all the things we celebrate and make much of during this time of year. I suggested she come visit the New England area sometime to see and experience it all for herself. She loved that idea and we have finally put some gas behind it!

Today, I’m sharing a mini-travel diary for the first stop on our Vermont road trip: Burlington! Our other two stops were Stowe and Woodstock. More on those to come!

Planning a Fall Trip To Vermont?

To be honest, planning our trip was a bit stressful as you never really know when the peak of color change is going to be. Victoria has a wedding on the 20th of October so we decided to spread her trip over a two week period starting in the beginning of October. We were literally just crossing our fingers it would work out in our favor because those dates were our only option. However, I did take a peek at this website and this website to see what our chances were!

We planned to meet up in New York City then fly up to Burlington, Vermont, as it puts us in the perfect location to start this road trip. Since she was coming from abroad, I felt like it was smart to stay one night in Burlington, just in case there were issues with her flight. I’m thankful that we did that because her flight, actually, was late getting out of London and she missed our flight to Burlington. Luckily, she caught a later flight in the afternoon. It was a really cute little town but 24-hours was plenty for us! Do some research and stay as long as you think you’d be happy with, though! I would say you don’t need more than two full days to see and experience the city.

Where To Stay

My biggest piece of advice if you’re using this post for assistance in planning your own Vermont trip is to book your accommodations a few months out! We booked ours in Stowe early enough but we waited on Burlington, for whatever reason, and everything was sold out for that one evening we were there, which was a Saturday. It was Homecoming weekend for both colleges that are located in the city of Burlington so it was to be expected but, planning ahead would have saved me a lot of headache! It’s also worth noting that a lot of people, like myself, come to the area this time of year for ‘leaf peeping’ so you just want to make sure you get your reservations in as soon as you book your flights so you don’t run into the same problem we had.

SIDE NOTE: This also goes with rental cars! We had booked ours early enough but I overheard the lady at the Enterprise counter telling someone on the phone that they were sold out of vehicles!

We were thinking we were going to have to stay in Canada [seriously!] but ended up finding a room [minimum 2-night stay; at least on that weekend] at the La Quinta Inn & Suites in Saint Albans, which was 30-minutes north of Burlington. This was not ideal for us, but it was clean and comfortable, with breakfast included in our reservation. It wasn’t anything super impressive though. It was just a very ‘standard’, older hotel.

I would recommend staying somewhere in the city center. Here are a few places that I think look charming and worth a stay:

Hotel Vermont

Green Mountain Suites Hotel

Lang House on Main Street

Made Inn Vermont

Where To  Eat

We weren’t in town long enough for me to have eaten at a long list of places however, I’ll share where we ate and a few places that were recommended that we would have liked to checked out for ourselves!

Where We Ate:

American Flatbread – We called in a take away order to American Flatbread on the first evening we were in town. They have a wide variety of flatbread’s but they as big as pizza’s so I’m not sure why it isn’t just called American Pizza, ha! We got the Pepperoni & Peppers and added mushrooms. So yummy!

Monarch & the Milkweed – This spot is literally right next to American Flatbread . It’s super cute and quaint. We went on a Sunday morning. Other places in the area had really long waits but this one was only about ten minutes. We were thinking maybe we had missed our chance at a good spot because of this, but we were VERY wrong. I got chicken and waffles, which was served with a helping of sausage gravy [okay, so not my healthiest breakfast choice] as well as a yogurt, granola and fruit bowl. I clearly couldn’t decide between sweet and savory but, honestly, both were so delicious … I don’t regret splurging on two things in the slightest! Victoria got waffles with fruit puree of which she enjoyed entirely, as well! We left very happy with our experience so definitely consider it on your upcoming visit!

Tight Squeeze Coffee Shop – Don’t miss their maple latte!

Other Spots We Heard Were Delish:

 Penny Cluse Cafe – get there early for brunch!

The Skinny Pancake 

 Hen of the Wood

 El Cortijo

 Trattoria Delia.

What We Did

Again, this list won’t be long as we weren’t in town very long. Our activities included eating brunch and the following:

Explored Shelburne:

While doing some research on this little area and what it had to offer in terms of Fall fun, everything kept pointing me to the town of Shelburne, a short 15-minute drive south.

Shelburne Country Store – Be sure to stop into this adorable country store for penny candy, fresh apple and pumpkin butter and homemade fudge! This is the best place to grab little knick-knacks to bring home for your friends and family, or for yourself! I got some fresh apple butter, blueberry jam as well as apple jam!

Shelburne Farms – This is a fully functioning farm producing milk, cheese, vegetables, and meat. The food that they grow honors and preserves the land it comes from. This farm serves as an education resource by practicing rural land use that is environmentally, economically and culturally sustainable. You can tell they treat the land and the animals so well. This is an amazing place to bring kids! We got to watch one of the farm hands teach a group of us how to milk one of their gorgeous Brown Swiss Cow. 

Shelburne Orchards – Shelburne Orchards is a family owned and operated pick-your-own apple orchard on the shores of Lake Champlain. Victoria and I didn’t have time to go apple picking with the drive to Stowe on our list to do before nightfall but we did enjoy fresh cider donuts and hot apple cider. It was super cold the day we went so it definitely hit the spot! The staff is super sweet and helpful and the farm is a great place for some family photo’s!

And that’s it! That’s what we did during our short time in this beautiful area of Vermont! I wish I had more to recommend but I do believe this is a great start! The University of Vermont is located in Burlington so there’s likely tons to do here for a college student, friend or family member of a college student so definitely rely on them to help guide you. The lake front of Lake Champlain looked beautiful so I’d recommend meandering down there to see what that is like, as well!

Thanks for stopping by today! A bunch of outfit inspiration from my trip hitting the blog this week so be sure to come back tomorrow! 🙂 xo.

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18 Comments

  1. Rach wrote:

    This trip looked amazing!! I’ve always wanted to go to the Northeast during Fall!

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  2. I love this Haley, it looks like you had a great time in Vermont! I definitely plan to visit there, it looks gorgeous!

    Happy Monday!
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  4. Atowle wrote:

    I love everything about this post, from the photos, to the outfit, to all the fall colours. Atowle|https://formationvacations.com/how-to-comfort-a-nervous-flyer/

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    • AlysonHaley wrote:

      Aw thank you so much!

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  5. Holly wrote:

    Okay, these have got to be the most beautiful pictures ever posted on a blog 😄

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    • AlysonHaley wrote:

      Aw thanks so much, Holly! xo.

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  6. So funny reading how you felt like 2 days was just enough time to explore such a small “city” – lol!!! I lived in Burlington for 6 years and I can tell you yeah it’s quite a boring place!!! Visiting from out of state it looks all beautiful in fall but there is honestly not much more to do that the spots you hit lol!!! In regards to Americans Flatbread- yeah people always wonder why it’s not just called pizza lol!! I guess cause it’s wood fired or something? Just some hipster name they gave it standout I guess. It was first established in Waitsfield VT (that little town you showed on your instastories where I commented how my family lives there) – my uncle is actually good friends with the owner of American Flatbread. The original one in Waitsfield is the best and most authentic. It’s in an old barn and they use all local ingrediengs and it’s a super cozy place for dinner in winter – albeit the longest waits ever as they don’t take reservations and the ski season crowd makes it always crowded! My uncle actually helped build the wood fired oven at the one in Burlington. It’s also always super crowded – cause it’s one of the best places in town! You can also buy their “pizzas” in almost any gas station in Vermont, and I think also in Whole Foods now throughout the US – but the frozen ones are no longer made in the original barn “factory” in Waitsfield – I think the frozen versions were bought out by a distributor who doesn’t make them as good as the fresh ones at the restaurants. Anyways, sounds like you had a nice little visit to teeny tiny Burlington 🙂 and can’t wait to see all your other pics from Stowe and other parts of the state! I saw also on stories that you went to Simon Pierce – one of the few places I’ve never been in VT even though I lived in the state for a total of 9 years – it’s just in such an out of the way place. But funny enough my mom told me today that she thinks it has the best service of any restaurant in Vermont so wants to take me there when I got visit my family in Vermont this Christmas! My mother is British, like your friend Victoria, so she too couldn’t understand why people in the US are so obsessed with fall lol! But she’s adapted and now loves making apple and pecan pies and taking drives through Vermont to see the leaves in all their shining beautiful “autumn” glory! 🙂

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    • AlysonHaley wrote:

      I loved exploring your state! I still left so much to see next time! And, I can’t wait because it’s full of so much beauty! xo.

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  7. Dave wrote:

    Good itinerary! I’m from BTV and you hit on a few of the all-time greats 🙂 Should’ve checked out Uncommon Grounds on Church st. though, and maybe spent some time hiking up Mt. Philo. Next time.

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    • AlysonHaley wrote:

      Hey Dave! There will always be things I should’ve done and given myself more time to do but when you only have so much time to give the trip – you have to make certain calls and give certain places more time where you want it. Burlington is definitely a beautiful little city that I look forward to coming back to do to see more of 🙂

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  8. Linda wrote:

    Can’t wait to do this. I’m been wanting to do it. What did Victoria think of the whole experience?

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  9. Ashley wrote:

    This is awesome! My husband and I went to many of these places on a 4-day trip. We also went on a boat cruise of Lake Champlain which was beautiful, educational, and warm!

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  10. Looks so fun!!!! Love your outfit.
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    Published 10.16.18 · Reply
  11. Chelsea Clem wrote:

    This literally looks like it came straight out of a Hallmark movie! 🙂 Love all of the pictures!!! I definitely am adding this to my “places I want to visit” list!

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  12. Jennifer wrote:

    It looks so cute here!!

    Jennifer
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  13. Erica wrote:

    This whole fall series has just been stunning! I keep revisiting these posts and swooning!

    Published 10.27.18 · Reply
    • AlysonHaley wrote:

      Aw, thanks girl! xo.

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