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Old 03-04-2013, 11:55 PM   #1
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I'll be visiting Burlington at the end of the month and am looking for ideas to do with the wife. We will be heading up to Montreal one day after that we are game for hiking, biking, fishing etc... Good recommendations on restaurants would be great too, thanks in advance.
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Old 03-05-2013, 12:04 AM   #2
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Burlington, ON or VT?

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Old 03-05-2013, 06:50 AM   #3
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Myer's Bagels is pretty awesome, good local small business.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/myers-bagel-bakery-burlington
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Old 03-05-2013, 07:57 AM   #4
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Burlington, ON or VT?
Who cares? I'm just happy to see Chris alive!
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Old 03-06-2013, 06:45 AM   #5
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Ask your wife if I can borrow some silverware.
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Old 03-06-2013, 09:24 AM   #6
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Isn't it still winter in Burlington until June or something?
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Old 03-06-2013, 02:23 PM   #7
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If you're a beer kind of guy, take a tour of Magic Hat. And/or try Vermont Pub and Brewery. It's a little expensive, but it's good beer and food.
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Old 03-06-2013, 08:44 PM   #8
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Dude, I'm totally alive, what are you talking about? Yes VT, who even knew there was a Burlington ON? Pete you need some silverware, I can hook you up, when did you move to NH? Yes I have been away from here a while I guess, couple of threads I keep tabs on but don't come by much.
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Old 03-09-2013, 04:42 PM   #9
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Church st and the waterfront are decent, lots of good restaurants on Church. Weather will be hit or miss at that time. On the waterfront is the Echo center which is a small aquarium and aquatic center, worth a few hours of your time.
In the general area, Stowe is good for a day of wandering around and shopping. You can visit the Alchemist Cannery and Ben and Jerry's while near stowe.
Hiking, you'll want to confine yourself to west of the green mountains. In general, kind of an ugly time of year compared to the rest. Probably Mt. Philo is devoid of snow enough for a decent hike, good views at the top and the climb won't kill you.
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Old 03-09-2013, 08:34 PM   #10
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I'm a fan of American Flatbread's restaurant and they have great beers on tap. Almost always all VT beers. Also a big fan of Penny Cluse Cafe for brunch.
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Thanks guys, that's the kind of info I'm looking for.
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Old 03-09-2013, 09:34 PM   #12
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Church st for sure, Vermont Beer Works is right in that vicinity as well, food wise most of the good eats are right on Church St as well (or at least they used to be)

I'll echo the bike trail on the waterfront, runs for 7-8 miles up to Mallets Bay.

Traditional Irish Pub R R's is also on Church st.

Hiking Camel's Hump is pretty easy, might be a bit chilly at the end of March though, that's 45 min from Burlington in Waterbury, and if you're going to be in Waterbury, might as well hit the Ben & Jerry's tour.
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Old 03-10-2013, 02:21 PM   #13
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Hiking Camel's Hump is pretty easy, might be a bit chilly at the end of March though, that's 45 min from Burlington in Waterbury, and if you're going to be in Waterbury, might as well hit the Ben & Jerry's tour.
There is also a lot of snow still, so if that is the plan, bring snow shoes and winter gear.
Waterbury is the same exit as stowe, forgot to mention the Prohibition Pig and Reservoir are good places to stop for food and a brew.
Not sure how familiar you are with the area, but if you are into beer, this place will be heaven. If you look at a menu and it doesn't have a good beer list, the place stinks, don't bother, seriously.

Conerstone Pub in Barre Vt is worth the drive by itself. Also the Bobcat in Bristol is also worth a drive.
Bottom line, if you are in the area, don't go to a single chain restaurant as you will be missing out.

While in Burlington, and you want some good beer to take home with you, stop in to Pearl St beverage and as for Chris R. They have a growler bar, and a good selection. He's a fellow racer and beer lover, he'll steer you right.
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Church St, Magic Hat, if 'home' is back in MA, I like stopping at Harpoon on the return trip.
If you're looking for a hotel, Green Mountain Suites is pretty nice and if you call and ask about pricing they will sometimes hook you up if it's a relatively slow time for them. (Got a room almost half off one weekend in the summer...)
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Conerstone Pub in Barre Vt is worth the drive by itself. Also the Bobcat in Bristol is also worth a drive.
Bottom line, if you are in the area, don't go to a single chain restaurant as you will be missing out.

Totally forgot about the Bobcat in Bristol, great place! Totally worth the drive from Burlington.
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Old 03-10-2013, 05:59 PM   #16
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if you are in the area, don't go to a single chain restaurant
I will never understand why so many people visit someplace that has tons of independently owned excellent restaurants, but then eat at Crapplebee's or some other horrible place that serves absolute garbage. There are countless amazing restaurants around here, but tourists still flock to the few chain restaurants that exist. Simple minded people.
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One of my favorite Irish restaurants is up there actually.

155 Dorset St, South Burlington, VT 05403
http://m.google.com/u/m/_-1ozq
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If you go to Waterbury while you are there and like beer and BBQ hit up the Prohibition Pig. Some of the bed brews Vt has to offer (think Heady Topper and offerings from Hill Farmstead) and great food.
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OP mentioned going to Montreal too, if you want a slightly different interesting ride up there, you could head up through South Hero and Grand Isle (the Lake Champlain islands) and the highway goes right up into Canada and connects with major through-ways. Just a change of pace and better views than staying on 89 the whole way.
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I will never understand why so many people visit someplace that has tons of independently owned excellent restaurants, but then eat at Crapplebee's or some other horrible place that serves absolute garbage. There are countless amazing restaurants around here, but tourists still flock to the few chain restaurants that exist. Simple minded people.
People are scared of the unknown, they stick with what they know.
Rather boring if you ask me. One of my favorite part of traveling is trying new restaurants I've never been to.
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Church St, Magic Hat, if 'home' is back in MA, I like stopping at Harpoon on the return trip.
If you're looking for a hotel, Green Mountain Suites is pretty nice and if you call and ask about pricing they will sometimes hook you up if it's a relatively slow time for them. (Got a room almost half off one weekend in the summer...)
Don't forget Long Trail! I haven't made it up to Magic Hat yet, but I hit Long Trail and Harpoon one of my last times in the area.
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Old 03-11-2013, 12:22 PM   #22
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Switchback is near magic hat as well in MH's original facility.
They do only unfiltered beer, i adored the pale ale.
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definitely go to the farmhouse tap and grille, SOOOO good. so many things on top and bottled from around the world. i live in ct and went up there last october and ended up going there a few times because i liked it so much. when you go in the main door, there's a door on your right that looks like a closet, but its not haha it leads to this log cabin themed under ground bar. a lot of fun!
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Old 03-15-2013, 03:37 PM   #24
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Don't forget Long Trail! I haven't made it up to Magic Hat yet, but I hit Long Trail and Harpoon one of my last times in the area.
The only problem is they aren't really near Burlington(long trail and harpoon). Both are great, but they are 1.5 hrs + from Burlington. If you are going up I91 on the way, you'll go near them, and it's worth stopping.
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Old 03-15-2013, 05:38 PM   #25
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If you go to Waterbury while you are there and like beer and BBQ hit up the Prohibition Pig. Some of the bed brews Vt has to offer (think Heady Topper and offerings from Hill Farmstead) and great food.
I agree. That place is awesome! It's about an hour from Burlington but its well worth it and its mostly windy back roads.
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