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

 

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.

Tickets on Sale Now for the Wild Game Dinner!

Join us November 4th for our second annual Wild About Vermont Game Dinner, a one of a kind event benefiting healthy habitat and healthy local food and water. Experience the best truly local and organic cuisine from the wilds of Vermont’s woods and waters including moose, deer, trout, salmon, and more! Tickets are $75 with all proceeds going to benefit kids camps for Vermont Fish & Wildlife and Lake Champlain International.

Tickets can be purchased through flynntix.org. This event is anticipated to sell out!

Art Installation: Seb Sweatman

The second weekend in September marks Burlington’s 24th Annual Art Hop! Produced by the South End Arts Business Association, Art Hop is a two-day festival on Pine Street in the South End that celebrate’s our artists, makers and craftspeople. Studio owners open their doors to the public; many of the artists choose to show their own pieces, while others create a curated gallery of pieces by other local artists. Businesses as well get in the spirit with installations small and large, galleries or staff art shows. Art Hop-goers are encouraged to visit as many sites as possible over the two-day period. Throughout the weekend, different organizations hold arts-related events, from fashion shows to sidewalk painting. Visit the full site schedule here.

This year, in a celebration of Art Hop, we are excited to announce that we have partnered with Stowe-based artist, Seb Sweatman. Seb’s abstract paintings will be on display in the lobby starting in September and remaining throughout the fall.

Seb was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. At 10 his family moved to England, then Canada and finally to the US. Seb studied Fine Art at the University of Vermont (as a minor) and paints abstract and figurative paintings, in an expressionist (or self-described ‘messy’) manner.

Stay tuned for more information about the installation and we hope to see you for Art Hop!

Out on Lake Champlain: Sailing with Captain Gideon

One of our favorite activities, and one definitely not to miss during the summer, is a sail on the lake. Surrounded by the Adirondack and Green Mountains, getting out on the lake gives you a 360-degree view of the stunning landscape and a lesser-seen perspective of Burlington from the lake. Our friend Captain Gideon of Let’s Go Sailing, gives you a first-hand experience sailing on Lake Champlain. A knowledgeable and interesting character, Captain Gideon is available for morning, afternoon and evening two-hour sails (weather dependent) around Burlington Bay, Juniper Island and across the lake. We recommend packing a picnic (or stop by Burlington Bay Cafe or City Market for sandwiches) and setting out for a sunset sail on the Hinter 29.5. Captain Gideon will let you try your hand at steering the ship or just sit back and relax. Gideon’s laid-back style is perfect for families, couples or friends.

The boat holds up to six guests, and is $40 per person. For hotel guests we are happy to arrange a sail with Gideon; for outside parties we recommend contacting him directly.

10 Things You Should Know About The Burlington Writer’s Workshop

The Triangle loved our Burlington Writers Workshop booklets! We are very fortunate to have such talented and passionate writers in our area. Read more about Peter Biello, BWW’s founder, and the group in The Triangle’s post.

The Triangle

global_243712572 Two weeks ago, Erin and I stayed at the Hotel Vermont , in Burlington, VT. The hotel was incredible in many ways (the restaurant, the aesthetic, the location, the free Keurigs) but most the most notable quality for us was that every room comes with a complimentary zine-style literary journal from the Burlington Writer’s Workshop. Equally exciting, the room also came with a small journal to record thoughts/ideas during our stay. The booklet featured four writers, clocking in around 18 pages. It gave us a glimpse into the valued literary community in this quaint, hip, lakeshore town called Burlington.

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We had to investigate. What was the Burlington Writer’s Workshop? Why does the top-rated hotel in the state carry a sampling of their work in every room? How did this happen? As we explored the local bookstores we found this nameBurlington Writer’s Workshopon the cover of two…

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