With its beautiful sunsets over Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains, cozy restaurants, and huge variety of outdoor options, Burlington is an easy choice for a romantic weekend getaway.
Start your day off with a visit to the August First bakery – pick up some of their delicious pastries or a breakfast sandwich and walk the couple blocks down to Perkins Pier for a lakeside picnic repast.
During the day you’ll want to take advantage of all the outdoor activities in and around Burlington. Taking a bike ride on the Burlington Bike Path/Island Line Trail is an excellent way to spend an afternoon. You’ll pass several beaches and other spots where you can take a dip or have a picnic. Another great spot to explore just off the bike path is Lone Rock Point – a wooded peninsula that juts out into Lake Champlain. It has some beautiful, secluded picnic spots perched on top of cliffs with spectacular views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks.
Another great option for couples exploring this area is to rent kayaks or stand up paddle boards from North Beach. From there, you can paddle out and around the Lone Rock peninsula.
If you’re really feeling adventurous, you can bike the roughly 14 miles to Snow Farm Vineyard and Winery on Lake Champlain’s Grand Isle (alternatively you can just drive there). The vineyard offers tastings of its wines, including Pinot Noir and Riesling. It also hosts free concerts on Thursday evenings in the summer and Friday evenings in the winter.
In the evening, there’s no better place to take in the sunset than out on the water. Buy a ticket for the Spirit of Ethan Allen’s sunset cruise – a two-hour tour that departs from the Burlington waterfront area. If you’d rather keep your feet on dry land, take an evening stroll along the boardwalk at the Lake Champlain Waterfront. If you keep going on the bike path for a mile or so you’ll hit Texaco beach – an undeveloped stretch of sand that’s a great spot for watching the sunset, stargazing, or maybe even taking a nighttime dip.
At night you’ve got a great selection of restaurants from which to choose to have an intimate dinner or drink together. You can start off with a glass of wine at Sotto Enoteca, a cozy wine bar. For dinner, the Trattoria Delia next door to Sotto is a great option. This Burlington fixture boasts delicious Italian food in a romantic, softly lit atmosphere around a large stone fireplace. Sticking with the international option, you can’t go wrong with a nice French restaurant on date night, and the recently opened Bistro de Margot is the perfect spot. And if you’re in the mood for an after dinner drink, head over to the Whiskey Room and sample from their selection of over 100 whiskeys for a nightcap.
While you have a lot of options on where to stay during your time in Burlington, the Hotel Vermont does a great job catering to couples. You can book a room with a whirlpool and fireplace for a romantic evening in, or go all out with their romantic package that comes with flannel robes and breakfast in bed.
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