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!
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.