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!

 

Brunch Everyday!

We are excited to announce that Juniper is now open for brunch every day from 7 am – 2 pm. If you are breakfast or lunch purist, never fear we have expanded the breakfast menu and added a few lunch options so there is something for everyone. On weekends you can create your own brunch cocktail at our bloody Mary and mimosa bar. Reservations for brunch are available for parties of six or more.

Fall Festivals for September

Kids are headed back to school and the college students are back in town making it hard to deny that fall is on the way. The changing weather doesn’t stop the energy in town; a number of festivals celebrate everything for local art to beer, makes for a great time to visit Burlington.

August 28 – September 6, 2015: Champlain Valley Fair

The Champlain Valley Fair celebrates the end of summer with 10 days of rides, food, concerts, livestock shows, and games at the Champlain Expo in Essex Junction. Big names performing this year at the Grandstand include Little Big Town, EchoSmith, Jake Owen and the Happy Together Tour with The Turtles, Flo & Eddie, The Grass Roots and more. Fair admission: $12 adults, $5 children.

September 5: Vermont Heritage Brew Festival

Vermont Heritage Brew Festival highlights craft brews from at least 13 beer, cider and mead makers. Brews specifically created for the festival will be on tap alongside known favorites from Fiddlehead, Magic Hat, 14th Star, Champlain Orchards Cidery, Backacre, The Vermont Pub & Brewery, Eden, Shacksbury, Windfall Orchard, Whetstone Ciderworks, Groennfell Meadery, Drop-In Brewing, and Queen City Brewery.

Brewers will be located at four different locations on the Museum’s campus, designed so that visitors can stroll from one sip to the next. Maps will be available onsite.

Live music performances throughout the grounds feature: Pete Sutherland and Tristan Henderson (fiddle and guitar), Brass Balagan (a radical marching band), Erica and Eric Andrus, Scheitholt and his Zithers and Fiddleheads. Tickets are $55; $35 for Shelburne Museum members.

September 11 – 13: Art Hop

The Art Hop brings thousands of residents, visitors, and the community together to celebrate the dynamic art and culture of Burlington. It has gained a reputation as being Vermont’s largest and best arts festival, and won a Seven Daysie as the Best Event/Festival. Last year over 30,000 visitors were able to experience and enjoy art exhibits, music, performance, comedy, sculpture, and fashion from over 500 participating artists at over 100 locations throughout Burlington’s South End Arts District. This is a free street festival located on Pine Street.

September 12 – 13: Grand Point North

For its fifth consecutive year, Grace Potter’s Grand Point North will be held on the Burlington Waterfront. The family-friendly festival features local food and drink as well as an impressive line up including The Flaming Lips, Shakey Graves, Greensky Bluegrass. Tickets are almost sold out so get your now: $59 for a day pass children 12 and under free.

September 19 – 20: Eat by Northeast

Presented by Higher Ground and the Skinny Pancake, Eat by Northeast is a two-day food and music festival at Oakledge Park in Burlington’s South End. This free festival features dozen of local vendors serving all local fare and performances by Hug Your Farm All-Star Band, Josh Panda, Rebirth Brass Band, Caroline Rose and more.

September 25 – 27: Oktoberfest

Located on Burlington’s Waterfront, the Barvarian-style Oktoberfest Vermont is a weekend-long festival that celebrates local food, like oompah bands, games, contests and beer. Tickets $35 per person; must be 21+ to attend.

 

Picture by Miss Magpie of Find and Go Seek.

August in Burlington: Events Galore!

Summer is one of the best seasons to visit Vermont’s Queen City, as Burlington is alive with festivals and outdoor concerts. Whether you’re visiting for just the day or a whole week, there is plenty to keep you occupied!

Live music, outdoor dining and boutique shopping can be found on Church Street Marketplace, downtown’s pedestrian walkway. On the Waterfront, the bustling Burlington Bike Path provides easy access on foot or bike to parks and beaches and the Lake Champlain Sailing Center offers kayak, stand up paddleboard and sailboat rentals in the afternoons. Catch a game at Centennial Field where Burlington’s baseball team, the Lake Monsters, fight it out with other regional teams.

For those who want to visit like a local, a number of après-work events happen throughout the week. Thursdays in town host a variety of events including Summervale, a weekly food and music festival at Burlington’s community garden center, and Concerts in Battery Park, a free concert series featuring local and regional groups.

Fridays bring the South End Truck Stop at ArtsRiot, which hosts a number of food trucks and other vendors with everything from fried chicken to Malaysian vegan noodles. With local beer and cider as well live music, this is a great weekly event loved by locals and visitors alike! If you’re looking to get out of Burlington, Bread & Butter Farm hosts their weekly Burger Night complete with live music.

The weekends fill up quickly with special events. Sunday, August 2 Vermont Fresh Network will hold their annual Forum at Shelburne Farms. The areas best restaurants come to showcase their culinary chops and attendees vote on their favorite dishes. The Lake Champlain Maritime Festival kicks off the next week, featuring live concerts and performances on the Waterfront. Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion entertains Thursday, August 6. Indie bands Twiddle and moe. will be performing over the weekend. Lastly, in its second year, Bolton Valley is hosting a local beer festival, Hop Jam, August 22.

For more information about happenings in Burlington, visit Hotel Vermont’s event calendar here.

July 3 BBQ on Cherry Street

Thank you to everyone who joined us on Friday for our first annual Cherry Street BBQ! While this was a modest first year for us, we have our sights set high and hope to grow the event into a block party of Cherry Street in the next few years.

Chef Doug grilled up a storm of hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie sandwiches and corn on the cob while Juniper Manager Cam Keitel created an amazingly refreshing watermelon and limeade agua frescas. Beer was provided by our friends at Lost Nation and with kids crafts, lawn games, and hours of live music we hope you had as much fun as we did! A special thank you to Seven Days for stopping by the event – check out their write up here.

 

New Comic: Lunaroma!

Our cartoonist in residence, Rachel Lindsay, created this comic about our friend Leyla Bringas from Lunaroma. Leyla makes all of her products in her shop on Pine Street, just blocks from the hotel. Before we opened we spent months with Leyla trying to find the right blend and scent for our bath products. We finally settled upon a lemon lavender lotion, rosewood bergamont conditioner, lemon eucalyptus shampoo, and lemon grapefruit orange shower gel. All of the products from Lunaroma are all natural and organic.

Viva Tequila!

Thank you to everyone who came out to our Viva Tequila event last night! A very special thank you to Mike and Tracy Stolese of the Burlington Wine & Food Festival for their efforts in bringing renowned tequila expert Lucinda Hutson from New Mexico to Hotel Vermont for an unparalleled night of all things tequila.

We learned about the roots of this warm weather spirit with a visual presentation by Lucinda, author of Viva Tequila Cocktails, Cooking, and Other Agave Adventures, as she presented an insider’s perspective into the rich heritage of Mexico and her beloved agave spirits. She brought agave country to Vermont through captivating documentary photography and personal travel tales, peppered with festive recipes to inspire entertaining in true Mexican style.

With fresh juice blends and tequila cocktails from Juniper Restaurant Manager Cam Keitel at our tequila bar, we enjoyed tasting the spirits in a traditional way with a chase of sangria, bringing out every note and nuance of these incredible tequilas. Chef Doug Paine out did himself with his interpretations of Southwestern-inspired cuisine, created with locally sourced ingredients to pair with the tequilas hand selected for this unique event. Dished including Queso Flameado (Vermont cheeses melted and flambéed with tequila), Salpicon Norteno (shredded beef, chipotle, lime juice, and cheddar), and Chicharrones (crispy, spiced pork skins).

The Burlington Wine & Food Festival will be holding their Grand Tasting Event this Saturday in two sessions at noon and 5pm. Hundreds of wine makers from around the world as well as live music and food from local restaurants will be featured down at the Burlington Waterfront. Visit their website for more information here.