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!

 

Suddenly Summer

New family friendly updates from our friend Miss Magpie!

Summer in Vermont is a spectacular time to visit the Green Mountains. It is perfect for boating, beaches and biking with kids.

Want to get out on the lake for a few hours? I would recommend going out with Let’s Go Sailing to any family. They are available for day sails, sunset cruises and bareboat charters. The boat is clean, the crew is friendly and the whole process is completely hassle free. Just show up and they take care of the rest. If your feel comfortable enough to captain the ship alone or with your own crew, then rent a sailboat from the Community Sailing Center. They also offer lessons. After either of these nautical adventures, grab a bite to eat at Splash at the Boathouse it is one of the best places to take in Burlington’s picturesque landscape.

SailingJuly

With a large sandy beach, grassy picnic area and a full service snack bar, families will love taking a taking a dip at the nearby North Beach. Plus if your family is looking for an aquatic adventure, you can also rent stand up paddleboards, canoes and kayaks there. Or head out a bit farther out of town to Sand Bar State Park, which boasts 2000’ of a sandy shoreline and water that remains shallow well out from the coast making ideal for families with young children.

Biking is one of our favorite things to do in the summer. Hotel Vermont has bikes you can borrow (at no cost). Jump right on the bike path and take it from Burlington and use your pedal power to go all the way up to South Hero Island if you can. Part of what makes this trail so unique is the Causeway, the portion of the trail that actually goes out over Lake Champlain and connects Colchester to South Hero by way of bike ferry.

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For more family friendly events and ideas check out FindandGoSeek.net – Vermont’s Insider Guide to Kid Friendly Fun.

Old Spokes Home

While nursing our winter hangovers and praying for spring, we have been dreaming of getting outdoors, and more specifically biking! We have partnered with Old Spokes Home, a funky and unusual bike shop in the Old North End of Burlington, to provide our guests with some fun re-purposed bicycles including a couple of kids bikes and a beautiful red tandem. The bikes will be available on a first-come-first serve basis for local jaunts.

Old Spokes Home

Picking out bikes, baskets and helmetsA Bicycle Built for Two  A bicycle built for two!

       Singer and Co. England Xtraordinary Challenge 1884

In addition to fixing up old bikes, Old Spokes Home has a variety of new bicycles, and an extensive collection of 19th and early 20th century bicycles in their museum. Many thanks to Glenn and his staff for working with us, we’re looking forward to a great season!