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.

Instagram Scavenger Hunt

Live the Hotel Vermont life during your stay with our #hotelvtlife Instagram Scavenger Hunt. Post pictures of the destinations, yourself or your travel companions at the destinations below using the hashtag #hotelvtlife and  @hotelvermont and win prizes along the way!

See contest restrictions below.

 Rules of the Hunt:

–       Complete 3 photos and receive a delicious Vermont treat (limit to one per room).

–       Complete 5 items and win a $10 gift card to Hotel Vermont that you can use on your current stay or at Juniper AND be entered into seasonal Instagram “best-of” contest to win a free night at Hotel Vermont. Full disclosure, the winners will be chosen by the staff so make your pictures count!

–       Read complete restrictions below. You must be a guest of the hotel to win.

 Picture requirements are five of the following:

–       A Vermont famous craft beer

–       Some type of Vermont dairy product

–       An Adirondack or Lake Champlain beauty shot

–       A favorite Hotel Vermont detail

–       Best thing you ate

–       Champ

–       Little Italy

–       The original Hotel Vermont

–       Street mural or local art

–       Lone Rock Point

When you are finished, please stop by the Front Desk to redeem your prizes! Happy hunting!

Read the full restrictions on our website here.

Book It for COTS

Tuesday, April 26, we have partnered with Vermont’s own Chris Bohjalian to present an evening in support of Burlington’s Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS). Chris is a New York Times Best Selling Author, with his newest novel, The Guestroom, is on sale now.

Chris is an avid supporter of COTS and fighting homelessness in the Burlington Community. He will be discussing his writing and novels as well as his work with COTS.  The evening begins at 6:00pm with a welcome reception followed by a discussion with the author. Tickets include a $10 coupon to Phoenix Books, a welcome drink and hors d’oeurvres.

Big prizes are to be won at the silent auction with items including an overnight at Hotel Vermont, dinner for four at the Hen of the Wood butcher table, two tickets to the Firefly Music Festival, a bottle of Literary Dog, Phoenix books gift card and  the piece de resistance, a named character in Chris’s next book! All proceeds from the event and auction will do directly to COTS.

Tickets are $35 and can be purchased online here. We hope to see there!

Ice Bar 2016 Dates Announced!

Save the date: our 5th Annual Ice Bar will be held February 5 & 6, 2016!

Our Ice Bar event features ice sculpture displays, local food, ice luges, live music, and Vermont artisanal beverages to taste. Local companies, partners, brewers and distillers sponsor all of our ice sculptures, from logos in ice, to interactive ice pieces, to the five ice bars and ice luges.

Jeff Day, out of New Hampshire, comes to the hotel the day before the event to carve out all of the ice with his team. The three men work day and night to get everything completed for the event and their talent really shows in their designs. The outdoor courtyard and ice sculptures are lit with Gobo’s and cafe lightening, creating a magical winter atmosphere. A large tent fills the back parking lot and is filled with tons of amazing local food from Juniper and Bleu Northeast Seafood. A DJ livens up the outside portion of the event.

Tickets go on sale January 2nd and are anticipated to sell out. Room packages will be available as well!

Holiday Party Detox: Off-the-Beaten Path December Events

Merry-making abounds this month, but it’s easy to overdose on the holidays. Rather than holiday parties, check out these off-the-beaten path events happening in Burlington this month.

 On-Going Tuesdays, 10pm: Honky Tonk Tuesdays at the Radio Bean

Get a taste of the local flavor every Tuesday at the Radio Bean. Local legends Eric George, John Abair and band jam all night in this intimate and funky venue.

Saturday, December 5, 5:30pm: It Happened One December, Live Story Telling at Hotel Vermont

Burlington Writers Workshop members will be live story telling in the lobby of Hotel Vermont. Cozy up by the fire with a drink or some complimentary hot cocoa and listen to these Moth Radio-style performances.

Sunday, December 6, 10am: Santa 5K Run

Run Santa run! Sponsored by RiRa’s, hundreds of Santas turn up to run through downtown for charity.

 Sunday, December 6, 4:30pm: Ethiopian Night at ArtsRiot

Come enjoy the wonderful spicy, flavorful, food and culture of Ethiopia! ArtsRiot invites guest chefs Alganesh Michael and Mulu Twelde into the ArtsRiot kitchen. Mulu Tewelde and Alganesh Michael are from Eritrea; a small country next to Ethiopian will cook the food they love. Dinner service is reservation only.

Friday, December 11, 7:05pm: UVM Hockey

The UVM Catamounts face off against the St. Lawrence Saints at Gutterson Field House.

 Saturday, December 12: Live Reindeer on the Church Street Marketplace

Sponsored by FairPoint Communications. The Church Street Marketplace invites you to join them at the Top Block for delightful rides in holiday-bedecked carriages pulled by miniature horses from the Green Mountain Miniature Horse Club.

 Friday, December 18, 7pm & 9:30pm: Vermont Comedy Divas

Don’t miss the outstanding Vermont Comedy Divas – the state’s own all-female touring standup comedy group – as they take to the stage for two hysterical shows at the club in December!

Friday & Saturday, December 18 & 19: Burlington City Arts presents their annual Holiday Artist Market

Buy local this year at BCA’s Artist Market. All sorts of unique hand-made items will be for sale. Free admission!

Hotel Vermont to Show VTIFF Award-Winning Shorts

We will be screening four award-winning shorts from the 2015 Vermont International Film Festival, including Hurt (Winner of the Hotel Vermont Award for Best Use of Place), Pillow Talk (Winner of the Best Writing and The James Goldstone Awards), Headliner (Winner of the Best Cinematography Award), and Sous-Titres (Winner of the Audience Favorite Award at Sleepless in Burlington) this Saturday, November 21st from 3pm – 5pm.

This is a free event.
Light refreshments will be provided. Cash bar.

Hurt

Fiction | 2015 | 16 min
Writer/Director/Producer: Ethan Murphy

A group of college friends set out for a relaxing weekend at the lake, but when they encounter an abandoned car on the back roads of Vermont, a mystery ensues. What they discover that night will change their lives forever.

Pillow Talk

Fiction | 2014 | 5 min
Director: Neil Fennell | Producer, Editor: Lincoln Hayes
Writers: Lincoln Hayes and Rachel Riendeau Hayes

Two friends, Jenny and Sophie, meet up for coffee in the park. Jenny complains about a guy she’s been seeing, and Sophie illustrates how much worse it could be.

Headliner

Fiction | 2015 | 10 min
Director/Producer: Michael Fisher

A seasoned stand-up comic loses his edge, forcing him to choose between his two passions.

Sous-Titres (Sub-Titles)

Fiction | 2015 | 10 min
Written/Directed/Edited by Team Champlain College
Produced for Sleepless in Burlington at VTIFF 2015