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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.

 

 

Fall is Almost Here: Check Out Our Favorite Fall Activities!

Fall Activities 

Is there anything better than fall in Vermont? From the crisp air to the magnificent foliage views, there’s something for everyone to love & appreciate about autumn in Vermont. Here are a few of our favorite activities to enjoy this beautiful season:

Corn Maze:

Corn Mazes are a great family activity! Enjoy the adventure & challenge of the puzzle while taking in some crisp fall air.

The Great Vermont Corn Maze in Danville in the largest Maze in New England! The “Big Maze” can take two+ hours to complete & can be a great adventure. It’s recommended for older children & active adults. They have updated their procedures this year to help keep themselves & their patrons safe, it is now required that you make reservations in advance. They only take a limited amount of reservations per day. For more information: http://www.vermontcornmaze.com/

Sam Mazza’s Corn Maze in Colchester is great for all ages. There are two separate Mazes with-in the design, a one-mile maze & a three-mile maze. Don’t forget to visit the farm market & petting zoo while you’re there! For more information: https://sammazzafarms.com/corn-maze/

Apple Picking:

Apple picking is a fall favorite in Vermont. Many orchards are updating their systems to help maintain social distancing procedures to keep their staff & patrons safe. 

Shelburne Orchard's in Shelburne has adjusted it's procedures to pre-paid containers for picking & enforcing masks & social distancing. For more information: https://www.shelburneorchards.com/u-pick/covid-19

Chapin Orchard in Essex have also adjusted it's protocols to pre-paid containers for picking & enforcing social distancing. For more information: https://chapinorchard.com/

Allenholm Orchard in South Hero makes a great day trip! They have also updated their guidelines to keep their staff & customers safe. Enjoy apple picking, visit their farm stand & animals for a fun family day! https://www.allenholm.com/

Pumpkin Patch

Whitcomb's Land of Pumpkins & Corn Maze in Williston is the perfect place to enjoy picking up a pumpkin while enjoying the fun of a corn maze! For more information: https://www.whitcombslandofpumpkins.com 

Sam Mazza's Farm Market in Colchester has everything you could want for fall fun in Vermont including a pumpkin patch, corn maze & farm market. For more information: https://sammazzafarms.com/

Foliage 

There's nothing more beautiful than fall foliage in Vermont! Go for a ride with the family to take in all the colors & enjoy the view. Pick any back road & you won’t be disappointed! For ideas of different routes to take: https://www.visit-vermont.com/state/foliage/

 

Local Spotlight: Colchester, VT

Weekly Local Spotlight

Having been born & raised in Chittenden County & a top trusted name in real estate for over 39 years, I would like to continue our new series of spotlighting different local towns each week. Whether you’re looking to relocate to Vermont or explore your home state – I hope to provide great insight & resources.

Colchester, VT

Colchester provides the best of all worlds – charming village, beautiful lakefront beaches, & quaint farms! There are plenty of activities to enjoy these wonderful attributes while still remaining safe & following proper social distancing – here are a few of my favorites:

Parks & Beaches

Colchester has many beautiful parks & beaches that are open for you to enjoy a new scenery while keeping a safe distance from others. Park amenities such as tennis/pickle ball courts & basketball courts are available for use with proper social distancing. For more information of Colchester’s parks & beaches & safety protocols visit: https://colchestervt.gov/DocumentCenter/View/6151/Parks

International Sailing School

Looking for a creative & safe way to enjoy Mallets Bay this summer or interested in picking up a new hobby? Enjoy discovering Mallets Bay & learning to sail – a great activity for the whole family! For more information or to register: https://secure.rec1.com/VT/colchester-vt/catalog?fbclid=IwAR1dPiiwp3FQ-0hOxIq1NaCdaKoBFoOMeZQbBHcKLSPZXdWkU8UjEjyfguI

Sunset Drive-In

What better social distancing activity than a night at the Drive-In? Sunset Drive-In is a local treasure with so few drive-in movie theaters left & now creating a fun, safe outing for the whole family from the safety of your own car. Sunset has put procedures in place to ensure the safety of its patrons including; tickets can now be purchased online, spaced out parking, & face masks required at restrooms & snack bar. For a weekly schedule of Movies:  https://www.sunsetdrivein.com/

Mazza’s Farm & Market

Visiting Sam Mazza’s Market & PYO Fields is a local favorite! “Pick Your Own” is a great way to enjoy the beautiful weather & get some tasty in season fruit. Currently they are picking blueberries & raspberries. Don’t forget to stop by the petting zoo! Mazza’s is putting proper safety procedures in place to make sure that its patrons remain safe while still getting to enjoy the freshest fruit ripened by the sun including wearing facemasks, hand washing before entering the field, & following proper social distancing guidelines. Their classic Vermont farm market has everything you could want from a delicious bakery to fresh produce! They are now offering online shopping with curbside pickup. Visit their website for updated safety guidelines, picking information & online shopping for curbside pick-up: https://sammazzafarms.com/