Burlington Vermont, find the best of both worlds

Carolyn Bates, Photographer

There are few areas that feature the wide range of activities and scenic beauty offered by the Lake Champlain Region of Vermont. Easily accessible via air, highway, rail and water, the area has long enjoyed a reputation as a recreational playground with fine hotels, restaurants, shopping and attractions.

In the Lake Champlain Region, visitors can enjoy Vermont's famous landscapes of rolling slopes, wooded trails and vivid green pastures. Spectacular Lake Champlain offers visitors a variety of activities including fishing, sailing, windsurfing, and scuba diving in the summer, and ice-boating, skating, sleigh rides, and ice fishing in the winter. In addition to the recreational resources of Lake Champlain, the region provides a natural playground for golf, tennis, hiking, horseback riding, biking, in-line skating, running or simply strolling. The Green Mountains state is also home to a host of cultural and historic landmarks like Shelburne Farms and the Shelburne Museum, the Ethan Allen Homestead and the Justin Morgan Memorial Museum.

Ideally Situated on the shores of Lake Champlain lies Burlington, the state's largest city and economic and cultural hub. Burlington was ranked among the top 20 metro areas in the U.S. in a Rand McNally survey featured in Money magazine, and was voted the "most livable" city in America by the National Conference of Mayors (1988-cities under 100,000).

The Church Street Marketplace is a vibrant pedestrian mall lined with shops, restaurants, cafes and department stores. The Flynn Theatre for Performing Arts features Vermont Symphony Orchestra performances as well as a wide range of musical concerts and plays.

Burlington's unique waterfront features the Community Boathouse, Waterfront Park and Promenade which are framed by panoramic views of the Adirondack and Green Mountains. Future plans of the waterfront include a recreation center, more boating and fishing facilities, a Lake Science Center and a children's museum.

The urban amenities and services of Burlington combined with the tranquil surrounding countryside and picturesque New England villages of the Lake Champlain Region create an ideal setting for visitors and residents to enjoy. For relocation or tourist, call the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce at (802) 863-3489.

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