Join us every Monday for Hotel Vermont Trivia. Host by the Hotel Vermont staff and prizes for the half-time and overall winners, its a great way to come out and kick off the week.
Burlington Cocktail Walk
Visit three downtown Burlington restaurants for original cocktails made with local spirits and bitters. Enjoy inspired snacks that complement the drinks as well as presentations from the distillers, bartenders, and chefs. Expect the equivalent of two-three drinks over two hours. Bring friends and celebrate the Vermont cocktail scene! Click here for booking information.
Join us for Jazz Wednesdays at Juniper starting at 8:30pm. Please see our calendar for the full listings.
Join us in the lobby on Thursdays for our Acoustic Night. Local talents such as John Abair, Eric George, Brett Hughes and others will be singing those sweet acoustic sounds from 8pm - 10pm.
From the Desk of Miss Magpie
The holiday season is almost upon us. There is no better place thank Vermont to be wrapped up in the spirit of the season. It is simply spectacular during this time of the year. Our charming communities deck the halls and trim the trees so that children can visit with Santa, decorate cookies, sip hot cocoa and sit by the fire.
Celebrate the season with these festive events:
Santa Parade & Christmas Tree Lighting (November 28) - The day after Thanksgiving at noon Santa will parade down the Church Street Marketplace. In the evening families will be treated to a performance of The Night before Christmas and caroling. At 6:02pm sharp the 50-ft tree will be lit and Church Street will be illuminated with more than 250,000 lights!
Free Cookie Decorating (November 29) - Celebrate the holidays with free cooking decorating at South End Kitchen. Choose a holiday themed sugar cookie and decorate it with a variety of frostings and toppings. Stop by Lake Champlain Chocolates on Pine St. before or after your cookie decorating for free hot chocolate as well.
The Nutcracker (November 29 & 30) - The Albany Berkshire Ballet and dance students from area schools perform one of the world’s best-loved Christmas ballets, with Tchaikovsky’s soaring music. A Holiday favorite, the Nutcracker tells the story of a young girl, Clara, and the magical dream she has one Christmas Eve.
Gingerbread House Exhibit (December 5 – 20) – The Vermont Folklife Center hosts an annual gingerbread house competition for all ages. This year’s theme is Holiday Songs. The houses will be on exhibit through Dec 20th.
A Very Merry Middlebury (December 1-31) – December is a fun and festive month in Middlebury complete with a visit from Santa, horse and wagon rides, gingerbread houses, and the hot chocolate hut.
Vergennes Holiday Stroll (December 6) – Eat breakfast with the big guy, read with Mrs. Claus, make decorations in Santa’s workshop and decorate cookies. In the evening join carolers as they light the town tree.
River of Light Parade (December 6) – As part of the Waterbury Holiday Stroll, in the evening the streets will be filled with music and light during this annual holiday procession. Join them as they literally form a ‘river of light’ with handmade lanterns walking through the streets of the town. This is a beautiful event not to be missed.
A Christmas Carol (December 12) - This family favorite is a beautifully staged musical adaptation of the Charles Dickens’ classic at the Flynn Theater.
Sleigh Rides at Shelburne Farms (December 20-January 1) – Giddy-up, Giddy-up let’s go! 20 minute sleigh rides on the farm that depart from the Welcome Center. Weather Dependent.
For a full list of family friendly Holiday Happenings check here.
Right Outside Our Door
Whether it’s a run or bike ride by the lake, a summer afternoon in the water or a winter morning on the ice, a day trip to the mountain, a walk to the South End Arts District, an afternoon spent wandering through local book stores, cafés, breweries and shops, a day trip to explore Vermont’s small towns or relaxing into a cozy spot by the fire with a good book, we’re here to help you find what fits your curiosity, time, and budget best.
Many of the best activities Burlington has to offer are steps from our front door;
- Spend your day strolling the famous Church Street Marketplace, shop and dine to your heart's content.
- Take a sunset cruise, or learn to sail with Let’s Go Sailing, or rent your own sailboat at the Community Sailing Center.
- Local Motion and the Green Mountain Club can help you with all your biking and hiking plans.
- Lake Champlain offers many beaches and swimming, check out the options here.
And never hesitate to speak to our Front Desk host, or any of our staff, about the many additional local activities we have at our fingertips.
We are excited to announce that we have been named by Conde Nast as one of Top 25 Hotels in the US 2014. Thank you to all of our guests, partners, community members and staff who have helped to make Hotel Vermont. We are looking forward to many great years ahead!
Check out the article here.