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Blog :: 11-2020

Spotlight On: South Burlington

 

A Taste of Local Craft Brews

The crew form City Bew Tours points at their tour van

The Burlington community is home to many well-known breweries. To give them each a try, visit City Brew Tours, located on Williston Road in South Burlington. Get behind their moto “you drink, we drive” and book your Burlington craft beer tour. Highlights on the tour include Magic Hat Brewing Company, Switchback Brewing Company, and Queen City Brewery. Check out their website below!

https://www.citybrewtours.com/burlington/

 

Live Music and Performances

higher ground music venue is lit up during a full concert

The performance venue staple, Higher Ground, is also found on Williston Road. Year round, this popular venue hosts thousands of artists from all walks of music. Popular artists include Grace Potter, The Avett Brothers, Houndmouth and so many more. Higher Ground, in partnership with the Champlain Valley Exposition, started a new drive-in event series during COVID-19. Additionally, join Higher Ground and Grace Potter for the annual Grand Point North Music Festival!

https://www.highergroundmusic.com/

 

Ben & Jerry's Famous Ice Cream

Ben & jerry's factory

South Burlington is home to the corporate offices and headquarters of the famous Ben & Jerry’s ice cream! The company, founded in 1978 by Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, hosts their factory in Waterbury, VT, just 30 minutes from South Burlington. Stop by their store on Church Street in Burlington for a taste of your favorite scoop!

https://www.benjerry.com/waterbury

 

A Whale of a Tail

Whale Tail sculpture in South Burlington, Vermont off of interstate 89

Steps from the Ben and Jerry headquarters, in Technology Park, is the landmark Whales Tails sculpture. Seen by thousands every day from Interstate I-89, this sculpture is actually named “Reverence” and was created in 1989 by artist Jim Sardonis. Take a relaxing walk to visit this best roadside attraction – bonus points to those who visit during the winter for the annual lighting ceremony! Click the link below to read more about the story

https://technologyparkvt.com/the-story-of-the-whales-tails/

 

Scenic Vermont Views

Overlook park in South Burlington, Vermont boasts scenic views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains

South Burlington has so many fun parks and recreational areas to explore! Two popular options are Red Rocks Park and Overlook Park. “Red Rocks,” as it’s known by locals, is best known for cliff jumping and scenic views. The park also has 2.5 miles of pedestrian trails, fantastic spots for swimming on its 700 feet of water front, having a picnic, and more. Overlook park is found off of Spear Street and is best known for its beautiful views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains.

http://www.southburlingtonvt.gov/parks_and_facilities/city_parks/redrockspark.php

 

*BONUS* 

a plane flies into Burlington International Airport during a sunset

DID YOU KNOW: Though owned by the city of Burlington, the Burlington International Airport is actually located in South Burlington. This airport is also home to the Burlington Air National Guard Base and the 158th Fighter Wing of the Vermont Air National Guard.

 

 

Spotlight On: Winooski

The old mill in winooski, vermont

Welcome to historic Winooski! Here you’re greeted with water, wares, walks, and wine. Though small, this town boasts hips bars, restaurants and businesses and centuries of history to be explored.

 

Events

Waking Windows – What started as a small twelve-day long festival at the Monkey House, in 2011, has blossomed into an annual music festival featuring dozens of musical guests (many local). Don’t miss drag queen story hour, food trucks, live performance art, screen printing, film screenings and more! The next festival will be held from May 7-9th 2021.

https://www.wakingwindows.com/

 

Winooski Farmer’s Market

Though it has concluded for the season, the Winooski Farmer’s market is typically held on Sundays 10am to 2pm from mid-May to mid-October. In front of the Champlain Mill, vendors from all over the area come to sell their wares. Bring your reusable bag and go to town!

https://downtownwinooski.org/winooski-farmers-market/

 

Wolfsgart Air Out

This annual car cruise and rally gathers automotive enthusiasts to celebrate automotive history. Complete with a VIP parking area, drink and food specials at local eats, live music, and professional photography, downtown Winooski comes alive!

https://wolfsgart.com/airout/

 

Rich with History

Heritage Winooski Mill Museum

As a former textile mill town from 1838 to 1954, the mill museum holds artifacts, models and videos provided by former mill workers.

http://www.themillmuseum.org/

 

French Heritage Festival

Originally held in Vergennes, this festival celebrates Vermont’s French heritage. The day includes a meat pie contest, live music, a farmer’s market and more!

 

Take a Walk

Scenic Winooski Riverwalk

Explore the beautiful Riverwalk of downtown Winooski. Just 6/10 of a mile long, the walk includes views of the falls, the dam, and ends in Salmon Hole Park.

https://www.trailfinder.info/trails/trail/winooski-river-walk

 

Casavant Natural Area and Trail

This two-mile loop near the Winooski river is the perfect place to hike, walk or run! Follow the link below for more information.

https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/vermont/casavant-nature-trail

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