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Meet Vermont: Downtown Burlington

March 30, 2018

Burlington, Vermont's largest city, is just a short flight away from many U.S destinations and is in the 3 hour drive range from Albany, NY, Boston, MA and Hartford, CT and only an hour from Montreal, Quebec.  Burlington is a vibrant city with plenty of shopping and dining. Meeting attendees like to walk along the brick laid pedestrian Church Street Marketplace filled with outdoor cafes, boutiques, street vendors and unique attractions such as Escape Reality Games a fun team building activity for groups. Lake Champlain Chocolates and Vermont Flannel are your go to stores for gift giving for your VIP's and speakers. 

Attractions in the downtown area offer something for everyone including private or public cruises (scenic, lunch, dinner) aboard the Spirit of Ethan Allen II along Lake Champlain. At 120 miles long and 12 miles wide, Lake Champlain is the largest lake after the Great Lakes. Your group will enjoy gorgeous lake and mountain views while soaking in local history.. On the Waterfront, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain is family friendly aquarium perfect for touring or off site events. Many of the spaces (both indoor and outdoor) offer impressive views of Lake Champlain. Main Street Landing is wonderful off site venue with a variety of event spaces from the film house to the train station to break outs with stunning views of the lake.  More lakeside event options include the Lake Champlain Sailing Center, the waterfront's newest event space. Burlington Segway Tours provides a fun way for individuals or groups to explore the city, waterfront or university areas. City Brew Tours provides groups with a chance to experience the city and the state's craft brew scene. Choose from a public tour or work with the City Brew Tours team to customize a program just for your group.  

Burlington offers four hotels in the city proper along with several other choices in the immediate area. The following hotels are all within walking distance downtown. 

Courtyard Burlington Harbor recently renovated and  just steps away from Lake Champlain, Burlington Town Center, and the Church Street Marketplace. It is ideal for business or pleasure with spacious, thoughtful guest rooms, breakfast, dinner and Sunday brunch at our on site restaurant, Bleu Northeast Seafood, indoor saline pool, soaking tub, fitness facility, high speed internet, flat screen HD TV's, and a business center which all combine to make the Courtyard Burlington Harbor the right choice for your lodging needs.

Hilton Burlington - Burlington's only full service hotel located in the heart of downtown Burlington, the Hilton features 258 spacious guest rooms and 20,000 square feet of flexible meeting space. Recently completed renovations include the new Mounted Cat Lounge and outdoor seasonal "Cat-io", Executive Lounge and upgraded meeting and public space. The Hilton Burlington's proximity to Lake Champlain, Church Street Marketplace and area attractions makes it the perfect venue for any size meeting or event.

Hilton Garden Inn - The newest downtown hotel has an enviable location closest to the Church Street Marketplace and steps from Lake Champlain. Guests will enjoy the modern look of a boutique hotel and the charm of a historic landmark with four stories of thoughtfully appointed guestrooms and suites. A full service bar and restaurant serving breakfast and dinner, and state of the art fitness and technology make this the ideal choice for business meetings and leisure guests alike.

Hotel Vermont - Burlington’s independent hotel is contemporary yet rustic, sophisticated yet warm and welcoming with a convenient downtown location between Church Street Marketplace and Waterfront Park. Modern and comfortable meeting rooms accommodate up to 70 people. Juniper Bar and Restaurant features farm-to-table cuisine and local ingredient inspired cocktail menu. All 125 guestrooms, suites and meeting facilities offer complimentary high speed internet with speeds up to 100MB.

In the greater Burlington area there are number of other great hotels for consideration for your meetings and events:

Bishop Booth Conference Center - located on the shores of Lake Champlain, the Bishop Booth Conference Center is a sanctuary where you can host meetings, retreats or enjoy the outdoor setting while only moments from downtown Burlington.

Comfort Suites - extends comfortable and spacious suites with full refrigerator and a microwave. We offer a daily complimentary hot buffet breakfast. A quick and easy drive to UVM campus, Church Street Marketplace, & Lake Champlain Waterfront for both the business and leisure traveller. Free high-speed wireless internet. Smoke Free. Our Sunset Ballroom overlooking Lake Champlain is an ideal setting for meetings and social events.

Comfort Inn & Suites -  We offer country charm in a convenient Burlington location for business or leisure travel. Our all suites building features deluxe hotel rooms with either two queen beds, king studio suites, or one bedroom suites with L-shaped kitchens. Our property features an outdoor swimming pool, wireless internet & 24 hour business center. Rates include a deluxe complimentary breakfast and 24 hour airport shuttle.

Doubletree by Hilton - Vermont’s largest hotel and conference center is adjacent to the University of Vermont, five minutes from downtown Burlington International Airport, and just over a mile to Church Street and Lake Champlain. Largest guest rooms in the area, free parking, professional technical and AV services, large fitness facility and high speed internet.

Essex Resort & Spa - Minutes away…worlds apart. The Essex, offers an authentic Vermont experience in a professional environment. Unique and memorable experiences await you with over 12,000 sqft. of flexible meeting space and 120 guest rooms. Offering unique culinary team building opportunities, onsite golf, two restaurants, and a state of the art Spa, your options are endless. Award winning chefs complete your experience with incredible catering options. Your quintessential Vermont experience awaits.

Hampton Inn & Event Center - Recharge at our Hampton Inn Burlington hotel, located off Interstate 89 in Colchester, Vermont. Enjoy the natural beauty of Lake Champlain, and the Adirondack and Green mountains. Picnic on North Beach or drive to ski areas such as Stowe and Sugarbush in the winter. Visit Shelburne, home of the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory, and Shelburne Museum, where 150,000 works of art are displayed in 39 buildings on 45 acres of scenic property. Savor ice cream after a fun-filled tour of Ben & Jerry’s Factory, 30 miles from our Colchester, VT hotel.

Holiday Inn Burlington - Holiday Inn Express offers 121 newly renovated rooms. Each room has free HBO, cordless phones, and triple sheeted beds. Free wireless highspeed. We offer a free Express Start continental breakfast. Heated indoor pool, sauna and hot tub. Free 24 Hour airport shuttle. Enjoy our Lakeview House Restaurant and Lounge.

Holiday Inn Express - Holiday Inn Express offers 121 newly renovated rooms. Each room has free HBO, cordless phones, and triple sheeted beds. Free wireless highspeed. We offer a free Express Start continental breakfast. Heated indoor pool, sauna and hot tub. Free 24 Hour airport shuttle. Enjoy our Lakeview House Restaurant and Lounge.

Homewood Suites - Enjoy a warm welcome and a relaxing stay at the Homewood Suites by Hilton Burlington hotel. Ideally situated just off Interstate 89 at exit 14E, this friendly hotel in Burlington, Vermont, is just 1.5 miles from downtown Burlington and Lake Champlain – both easily accessible with our complimentary 24-hour shuttle service. Visit popular Burlington attractions, including Church Street Marketplace – Burlington’s award-winning open-air mall. View the exhibits at the Shelburne Museum and take a fun tour of the Ben & Jerry’s factory. Enjoy convenient connectivity to Boston, Montreal and New York City from our extended-stay Burlington, VT, hotel.

Smart Suites - Independently owned and operated, Burlington's Smart Suites Hotel is the perfect blend of comfortable accommodations, spacious suites, and amenities travelers have come to expect. Why pay more for less? At Smart Suites, we believe in providing our guests with the best value in Burlington whether it's for one night or an extended stay. We guarantee your comfort and satisfaction and know your experience will be a good one. Book online today or give us a call. 

Sonesta ES Suites - The newly renovated Sonesta ES Suites Burlington VT has all you need to rest, play and feel at home. Our spacious suites feature fully equipped kitchens and are the perfect spot to relax after a long day of hitting the slopes or shopping downtown. Guests will enjoy surprising extras like free daily breakfast buffet, free Wi-Fi, fun evening socials and our indoor pool. We look forward to welcoming you to the reinvigorated and completely re-imagined Sonesta ES Suites.

Trader Duke's Hotel - Only 1.5 miles from Burlington International Airport and minutes from downtown our location provides guests the convenience and comfort enjoyed by Business and Leisure travelers alike. Located within a 2 block walking radius to several shopping centers, over 20+ eateries and I89, our cornerstone location in S. Burlington is ideal. We offer a choice of standard guestrooms or 2 room suites with private bedroom and a living room. With 6,000 sq ft of meeting space we comfortably accommodate groups of 10-300.

Burlington and the surrounding area offer you many options when you are planning your next meeting or event. Contact the Vermont Convention Bureau team when you begin your planning and we will help you find the best locations for your program and we will share some Vermont secrets and trends to make your program successful.