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!
Friend of Hotel Vermont, Miss Magpie, has been nice enough to do some guest blogging for us!
Miss Magpie of FindandGoSeek, is the person to talk to about anything and everything family friendly in Vermont. She is a wealth of knowledge from swimming holes to kid’s gymnastic classes. She will be doing guest posts for us every so often – here is what she has to say about June in Vermont:
We love Vermont 365 days a year, but find ourselves slightly partial to our home state during the warmer months. There is an over abundance of family friendly things to do. So much so, that we often find that we have to pick and choose, and don’t get to everything. Much like a traveler might feel if they were only here for a short visit. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites and hope that you will try them while you are in town:
A visit to a creemee stand is a summertime must in Vermont! Not a native? Translation = soft-serve ice cream. In Burlington, try the famous Beansie’s Bus while the kids play at Battery Park or you catch one of our famous sunsets over Lake Champlain.
We can’t get enough of Shelburne Museum. Not only is it one of our favorite outdoor museums, but it is also steeped rich in Vermont’s History. Kid’s love to climb aboard the 220 ft steamboat parked right in the middle of the lawn or take a ride on their vintage carousel. Plus if you are visiting on Tuesday morning you can join them for a special weekly story time in the Owl Cottage.
Nothing tastes sweeter than a fresh picked strawberry right from the field. Starting in mid-June you can take the family to pick a few pints. We even have a festival dedicated to these red, ripe, juicy fruits on June 22nd.
“Farm-to-table” takes on a whole new meaning when you are actually eating at a table, in the grass, on the farm. Every Friday night (weather permitting) Bread and Butter Farm hosts Burger Nite. There is live music, kids running around, folks enjoying the gardens and you will get a real sense of what the Vermont community is all about. Check it out if you have a chance.
For more family friendly events and ideas check out FindandGoSeek – Vermont’s Insider Guide to Kid Friendly Fun.