Ski the best of Vermont, with flights to Burlington.
Burlington is nestled among the Green Mountains, whose peaks produce some of the world’s best skiing. This Vermont city comes to life when the snow begins to fall, coating the Green Mountain State in white.
In the shadow of the central Mount Mansfield, you’ll find many of Burlington’s most famous slopes. From Stowe Mountain Lodge to Smugglers Notch Resort, this mountain holds the secret to top-notch skiing. Even if you’re not a downhill daredevil, there are still plenty of things to do in Burlington.
Burlington’s waterfront is as bustling as its mountains. Lake Champlain, the so-called ‘sixth Great Lake’ is overflowing with Burlington activities. The ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Centre turns a scientific eye on this body of water. Meanwhile, the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum looks at the lake from a nautical angle. From every viewpoint, Lake Champlain is a point of interest in Burlington.
While not a natural product of the lake, Lake Champlain Chocolates are a real treat on your trip to Burlington. It’s not as whimsical as Willy Wonka’s, but this chocolate factory is just as fascinating. Take a tour to see the secrets behind these sweets, or just pick up a box from the store.
Get on Burlington’s historical side with a visit to the Ethan Allen Homestead Museum. This museum celebrates the life of Vermont’s semi-mythical founder, Ethan Allen. For a more in-depth look in the Green Mountain State’s past, the Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont is your window into history. Learn about the birth of Burlington, and see how this ski destination became so cool.
Book a flight to Burlington and hike to your heart’s content in Underhill State Park.
Face the four peaks of Mount Mansfield from this mountainous state park. With trails to the Adam’s Apple, Chin, Nose, and Forehead of Mount Mansfield, hiking boots are a must in Underhill. From these peaks, you’ll have a view of the 30,000 acres of Mount Mansfield State Forest.
If you’re looking to take the scenic route, set your feet towards the Sunset Ridge Trail. Scenic vistas from the top of this trail offer a sweeping look at the forests below. The Long Trail is, well, long, but once you’ve battled your way uphill to the Chin, this trek is well worth the effort. At 4,395 feet high, the Chin is the highest summit on Mansfield and the highest point in all of Vermont.
As you walk, watch out for the rare alpine plants that grow throughout Underhill. This vegetation is uncommon for the region but thrives in the mountain’s unique ecosystem. Stay on the stone paths to prevent any of Underhill’s colourful floral residents from getting underfoot.
After climbing up Mount Mansfield, ski down the surrounding peaks at one of the many ski resorts near Underhill State Park. With Stowe Mountain Lodge, Bolton Valley Resort, and Smuggler’s Notch all nearby, it’s all downhill from here. Step into your skis to fully enjoy the ups and downs of Underhill State Park.
Start your visit to the Old North End of Burlington on the neighbourhood’s northern edge. From Waterfront Park and Battery Park, you’ll have views of Burlington’s Lake Champlain.
Stay on the shores of the “sixth Great Lake” on Burlington’s Island Line Trail. Follow the train tracks on this former railway path, which has been converted into a walking trail. This trail can lead you towards the ECHO Leahy Centre for Lake Champlain, where you can explore the depths of the lake through educational exhibits.
Burlington’s shopping scene is at its best in the Old North End. Church Street becomes a retail haven, just north of Main Street. Independent boutiques and big name brands stock this section of Church Street. Scope out the local goods of the Church Street Marketplace where you’re sure to find something to suit your tastes.
The Church Street Marketplace is also home to many of Burlington’s festivals. Open year-round, this open air market is a hub of activity for the city.
For the cherry on top of your trip to Burlington, tour and taste your way through the Lake Champlain Chocolate factory. Caramels, truffles, and, of course, chocolates, are concocted in this factory. Sit back, relax, and peek into the process behind these delicious products on this through-the-window tour.
After seeing the melting, moulding, and chopping behind the chocolates, enjoy free samples of the treats. From the factory’s shop, you can pick up a full sized box of your favourite samples.
Porter’s check-in desk is located in the departures area.
Burlington International Airport is about 5 km / 3 mi from downtown Burlington.
Taxis from downtown cost about $15 USD. Car service costs about $60 USD.
Please allow sufficient time to drop off your car rental before your departing flight.
Several ski resorts offer complimentary shuttle bus service to the airport.