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Spotlight On: Burlington Waterfront

Burlington Community BoathouseBurlington’s waterfront is expansive and also the city’s most popular amenity, it is a unique destination that offers Burlington residents and visitors a place to discover, celebrate, play, and relax. The waterfront is home to Six major waterfront parks and many other local attractions that are connected together by the Burlington Bike Path.

 

Burlington Bike Path
Burlington Bike Path Operating as the arteries of the Burlington Waterfront, the 8-mile-long Burlington Bike Path hugs the shoreline and travels from Queen City Park in the South End to the Northernmost tip of Burlington, bordering the Winooski River. The Bike Path connects all of the waterfront parks together. Offering some of the best views Lake Champlain has to offer, along with the Adirondacks to the West. There are hidden beaches to swim from, rocky ledges to sunbathe on, and hiking trails to explore, the Burlington Bike Path has something for everyone.

Lake Champlain Community Sailing CenterLake Champlain Community Sailing CenterA vital hub on the shores of Lake Champlain, the Community Sailing Center is a staple of the Burlington Waterfront. Whether you are spending half an hour on a stand-up paddle board or half a day exploring Burlington Bay in a sailboat, the Community Sailing center has a wide variety of opportunities for adventures on the lake, regardless of experience level or limitations. Built on the ideals of fostering a community that is connected to the lake and each other. Offering a unique educational experience while promoting Lake Champlain as Vermont's most valuable natural resource.

 

Marinas Burlington Community BoathouseBurlington Community Boathouse Marina - At the centrally located Burlington Community Boathouse, boaters can find hourly and overnight dockage, fantastic services and even a dockside restaurant. The boathouse has over 45 transient slips available, with electricity and water at every slip, boater restrooms with showers are offered on site. The docks at the Community Boathouse also house a variety of different sailing charter companies. The Spirit of Ethan Allen cruise boat also calls the boathouse home. Possibly the best location of any marina in Burlington, within close walking distance of shopping, grocery stores and fantastic restaurants.

Perkins Pier Perkins Pier Marina – After completing a massive expansion before the start of this summer season, Perkins Pier is a seasonal boater marina in the Burlington Harbor predominately used for smaller boats. All Perkins boaters can utilize any service offered at the Boathouse. A unique urban stop on the Lake Champlain Paddler’s Trail, Perkins Pier offers free kayak/canoe storage as well as paddleboard, kayak, and canoe rentals everyday through Wind and Waves. Perkins Pier is also home to the Maritime Museum’s Louis McClure, a replica of a 1862 canal schooner and also a waterside maritime history exhibit.

Burlington Harbor Marina Burlington Harbor Marina – Completed in 2019 to make boating on Lake Champlain and the Burlington Waterfront more accessible to transient and local boaters alike. Designed to provide the finest facilities to satisfy all of your boating needs, the newly constructed marina breathes life into a burgeoning area of the waterfront. The Burlington Harbor Marina is rooted in a completely remodeled section of the Burlington Waterfront, directly adjacent to the recently renovated Water Works Park. Only two years after being completed, the Burlington Harbor Marina has become a hub for summer boating activity.

Spotlight On: Hinesburg

 

Frost Beer Works

Frost Beer Works

 

Frost Beer Works distributes cans throughout Vermont and parts of Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Pennsylvania. The tap room is open Thursday, Friday from 3-6pm and Saturday from 2-6pm or shop their online store! Frost Beer Works is always testing new flavors and combinations. This local brewery is sure to please!

 

Cedar Knoll Country Club

Cedar Knoll Country Club

 

Previously the Bissonnette family dairy farm, Cedar Knoll Country Club opened in 1994. The course boasts 27 holes, a clubhouse, Red’s Bar and Grille, a practice facility, a wedding and events venue, a PGA Teaching program and more! The course hosts a variety of events in the warmer months. Visit their website for more information.

 

Papa Nicks

Papa Nick's Hinesburg

 

Located off of Route 116, join locals for some Greek and American comfort food. Papa Nick’s is family owned and operated restaurant since 1990. Enjoy pizza, calzones and grinders, appetizers and sides, salads, burgers and dogs, sandwiches, hot lunches, and creemees! Don’t miss the full bar with a long beer and wine list.

 

Geprags Community Park

Geprags Community Park Hinesburg, Vermont

 

Off of Shelburne Falls Road, the Geprags Community Park is home to almost two miles of trails on conserved land and is open to the public. Bring the kids and the dog in all seasons to explore nature less than a mile from Hinesburg village. During your walk, you’ll discover fields, forest, a barn for shelter from the elements, and park benches to stop for a break. Consult the information board at the start of the trail before your walk or run!

 

Red Wagon Plants

Red Wagon Plants, Hinesburg Vermont

 

Red Wagon Plants is your one stop shop for spring and summer gardening. Its owner, Julie, and her team have a passion for gardening of all types. Explore the variety of plants the farm has offer, including annuals, eggplants, foliage, fruit, herbs, peppers, perennials, shrubs, succulents, tomatoes and vegetables galore. New to gardening? Their website has a comprehensive list of descriptions for each plant type and the blog covers a range of topics!

 

DID YOU KNOW: The town was named after Abel Hine, the town clerk!

 

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    Spotlight On: Milton

    Sand Bar State Park

     

    Named for the natural sandbar that spans Milton and South Hero Island, Sand Bar State Park is the home of warmer weather fun for locals. Open Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend, the park hosts recreational activities for all ages. Visitors can swim, kayak, canoe, picnic, play along the 2000’ feet of shoreline and birdwatch in the 1,000-acre Sand Bar Wildlife Refuge, a marshland located southeast of the park, home to muskrats, beavers, racoons, turtles and waterfowl. Bring your sunblock and enjoy the beautiful Vermont summers!

     

    Arrowhead Golf Course

     

    Located on the end of Murray Avenue. Arrowhead Golf Course welcomes golfers of every age and skill level to their Milton course. Named after Lake Arrowhead, the course offers various camps for kids and adults on its 18 holes. Arrowhead Golf Course is also a popular wedding, banquet and party venue. Rent the clubhouse and enjoy the gorgeous views on your special day! Don’t miss the live music and a buffet on Friday nights. Visit their website to book a tee time, see current rates, book your event and for more information.

     

    Trails at Arrowhead Golf Course

     

    Next to the Arrowhead Golf Course are four marked trails, each stretching over 3.5 miles around the course. For just $25 per family, you can purchase a yearly access pass for family friendly fun! Wooden bridges guide adventurers over brooks and marshy areas along the trails and pets are encouraged. The trails are well maintained in the summer and are ungroomed for winter use. Enjoy walking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, biking and more, right in the heart of Milton. Visit the Milton town website for more information.

     

    Lamoille River Walk

     

    Flowing through the center of town, the Lamoille River Walk offers a 1.25-mile trail for visitors to explore. The trail heads are located at the Checkerberry Development and at Green Mountain Power. The Lamoille River is bustling with wildlife and scenic views and is open year-round. Enjoy trail hiking, running, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, birdwatching, fishing and hunting along the lower stretch of this 85-mile waterway!

     

    Milton Speedway

     

    Formerly known as Catamount Stadium, then the Milton Speedway, the track was once the only legal dragstrip in the state of Vermont. The speedway held its first race in 1963 and as the sport gained popularity, people from all over Canada and New England would gather to watch the “backyard engineered” cars race around the dirt. At its peak, the Milton Speedway hosted many famous racers and engineers, both local and regional. The modified dragsters soon became too fast for the speedway and the track closed in 1971. The Milton Speedway was recognized with a plaque as a state historical site in 2019.

     

     

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