Meet Kevin! Hotel Vermont’s Activities Coordinator

Want to experience Burlington like a local? Then meet Kevin; Hotel Vermont’s very own activities coordinator who, in just a short weekend, can show you how to experience Vermont like Vermonters do.

Kevin has lived in Burlington on and off for the past six years, making him an expert at how to explore and enjoy the area. Graduating from the University of Vermont in geography and parks, recreation & tourism, he decided to start his career in hospitality at a new boutique hostel in Jaco, Costa Rica. Kevin spent two years opening and working at the hostel, contributing to its rise as one of the top rated hostels in the area. Their philosophy emphasizes quality and comfort, offering amenities many other hostels neglect to provide such as surfing, yoga, paddle boarding, and access to bikes.

Sailing on Lake Champlain

Kevin decided to move back to Burlington and continue his work in hospitality with us at Hotel Vermont. Much like his work in Costa Rica, Kevin coordinates complimentary activities unique to the hotel, allowing our guests to enjoy an immersive Burlington experience that is fun for the whole family.

Kayaking on Lake Champlain

Nestled between Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains, Burlington is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts and whether you enjoy spending a day on the lake or an afternoon in the mountains, our ongoing activities offer something for everyone.

Kevin’s activities include:

Kevin guides activities throughout the week in the summer/fall. Check out our activities calendar at hotelvt.com for specific dates, times and offerings, or direct any questions to Kevin directly at play@hotelvt.com. 

Catch a sunset on the bike path

Ride the Causeway

Historic Ethan Allen Homestead

 

A Beer Lovers Dream: The Maine Event

For the first time ever, this summer we are exploring new waters, specifically the salty waters of Maine. Join us for a Thursday night party on July 20th in anticipation of the Vermont Brewers Festival, featuring six of Maine’s best breweries.

Held in our beautiful outdoor courtyard from 6pm – 9pm, this event will include a mini-beer festival of world class beer, inspired seafood, and spectacular lake views.

Brewers include Maine Beer CompanyBissell BrothersOxbow Brewing CompanyAllagash Brewing CompanyFoundation Brewing Company, and Liquid Riot Bottling Company.

The event will also feature live music and multiple food vendor options including the NOFA-VT pizza oven, lobster rolls from Bleu Northeast Seafood and burgers from Juniper Bar & Restaurant.

Live music by Barika will be rocking us through the evening.

Tickets are $35 plus tax and service and include two beer tokens and a Hotel Vermont glass. 21+ only. Tickets available here.

The Vermont Wine Tour

While our state is largely known for its bustling beer scene, a growing number of vintners are foraging the way for Vermont wines. New this year, in addition to our Vermont Beer Tour and Beer Concierge services, we have partnered with Bonafide Tours to offer a Vermont Wine Tour Package. Meandering through the countryside, this tour shows you scenic Vermont all while tasting the terroir of the Green Mountains. The tour is offered as a package through the hotel, but we encourage people to get out there and explore on their own!

The Vermont Wine Tour itinerary:

8:00 am – 9:30 am: Grab breakfast at your leisure at Juniper before Bonafide Tours picks you up at 9:30am.

10:15 am: The first stop is the beautiful Boyden Valley Winery.  Enjoy a wine tasting of unique wines crafted from a variety of ingredients grown in Vermont such as grapes, berries, apples, and maple syrup.

11:00am: The tour departs Boyden to drive through the famous Smugglers Notch to Stowe. Stop for homemade baked goods at Red Hen Baking for coffee and treat.

12:30pm: Enjoy a light lunch at Northfield Falls General. The stop at the General also allows your to explore three covered bridges before or after lunch.

1:15pm: Depart for Fresh Tracks Winery, just a short 5 minute drive from Northfield Falls General.

2:00pm: Next, we head over the Moretown Gap to Waitsfield and over the mountain pass of Appalachian Gap to Shelburne Vineyards.

3:00pm: Arrive Shelburne Vineyard for wine and cheese pairing. Their Celestial Louise is a beautiful sparkling white made from Louise Swinson grapes and is a staff favorite. The Celestial is also available at our neighbor restaurant, Bleu Northeast Seafood.

4:30pm: Arrive back at Hotel Vermont.

For this package, tours are valid Wednesday – Sunday, with stays valid Tuesday – Saturday nights. A 2 night minimum stay is required.

The Bikes Are Back!

Happy spring Hotel Vermonters! To most in the Northeast, spring symbolizes new life and a rejuvenation of the landscape as browns and grays turn to greens, yellows, pinks, whites, and the earth becomes alive.  For us here at Hotel Vermont, the longer days and warmer weather means we are swapping out the snowshoes for bicycles.

New last year, we upgraded our bike fleet to custom Budnitz Bicycles. Keeping with Budnitz Bicycles’ mission of creating the lightest, fastest, most elegant city bicycles in the world, each bike was custom built for Hotel Vermont right at Budnitz Bicycles headquarters on Pine Street according to the company’s exacting standards for beauty, speed and comfort.

Serial entrepreneur Paul Budnitz dreamed up Budnitz Bicycles to satisfy his personal desire for a beautiful, high-end city bicycle that he could use in the Big Apple. Launched in 2011, the company hand builds each made-to-order bicycle with grease-free carbon belt drives, high-tech internally geared hubs. Frame color, components and accessories are all customized according to client desires and riding styles.

Hotel Vermont is one of just a handful of hotels to partner with Budnitz Bicycles. Handcrafted in Burlington, each of our six steel bicycles is decked out with the hotel’s logo, custom colors, and design and can only be found on property. Hotel Vermont’s fleet can we seen around town in accents of orange, blue and green.

Recently renovated and repaved, we recommend a pedal the Burlington Bike Path, which runs eight miles from Oakledge Park to the Winooski River and through major parks and facilities along the waterfront of Lake Champlain. Another favorite is to zip over to the Saturday morning Burlington Farmer’s Market. Test your stamina on the way to South End Arts District or quench your thirst with our Pine Street Bike & Brew Tour. Head to Church Street Marketplace. Or order a picnic lunch to go from Juniper and enjoy it along the shores of the lake or in the quad of University of Vermont’s campus. With so many options, Burlington is truly a bikers dream!

 

Female Founders Event Series

We are now half way through our six-part Female Founders Speaker Series with the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies. Featuring female entrepreneurs from around the state, the series aims to share what it takes to start a company from the ground up. Every month, from January to June, two speakers representing a featured industry share the story of their business, how to get started, lessons learned, where they hope to go in the future, and more. Each event benefits a non-profit organization doing charitable work in a related field. RETN will be filming all events and posting the videos online. In an effort to help achieve RETN’s goal of public access and education, the videos will be available for all.

The first three events (held once a month on the third Monday), featured entrepreneurs from the fields of wellness, manufacturing and design, and food and beverage.

January’s Wellness Working featured Sarah DeGray of REV Indoor Cycling + Fitness, and Jovial King of Urban Moonshine. February’s events highlighted women in manufacturing and design with Corinne Prevot, founder of Skida, and Sascha Mayer and Christine Dodson, co-founders of Mamava. March’s topic was food & beverage with founders Jen Kimmich from The Alchemist and Allison Hooper from Vermont Creamery. All the founders have provided incredibly valuable insight in how to take a craft or idea and build it into a business. You can watch the past three events online courtesy of RETN here.

The upcoming events for April, May and June will explore topics on technology and communications, energy, and arts and culture respectively. Stay tuned to hotelvt.com and our Facebook page for details on each event.

The Vermont Winter Experience Getaway GIVEAWAY!

The snow gods have been much more generous to us in Vermont this winter than in recent years, and while we have had a few warm days, there is still some winter left here and we are living it to the fullest.

We put our heads together with a few of our friends around town to cook up the ultimate Vermont Winter Experience Getaway. In partnership with the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, we are excited to offer a two-night complimentary stay here at Hotel Vermont, dinner for two at Hen of the Wood – Burlington, and lift tickets to Stowe Mountain Resort!

The giveaway closes March 6th, so enter as soon as you can! ENTER HERE.

Meet Meme

 

Meet Juniper Bar & Restaurant Sous Chef Meme Daniell. The back of the house staff often do not find themselves in the spotlight but since the beginning, Meme has been an essential member of our food and beverage program. We are so proud to have her as part of the Hotel Vermont team!

If you are interested about joining the Juniper team or learning more about our food and beverage program please email juniper@hotelvt.com.