Shopping, dining, and entertainment abound. The University Mall has been a long-time staple for national brands and small business. The “UMall” is just a start. You’ll find nearby small business favorites to be Cheese Traders and Wine Sellers (fabulous wine selection and discounted specialty foods), Healthy Living Market and Café (with a fantastic learning center for both amateur and experienced Chefs), Dakin Farm (all the Vermont food products you need), and Small Dog Electronics (for MAC-addicts and their canine tagalongs). You’ll also find plenty of chain brands, from Eastern Mountain Sports to Barnes & Noble, Lowe’s, and during the Summer of 2014, the addition of Trader Joe’s and Pier 1.
Your choices for entertainment are many. Palace 9 Cinemas is a popular haunt, not only for the latest releases but also High-Def Metropolitan Opera screenings. The end-all-be-all of local popular music venues (some say the best in the State) is most certainly Higher Ground, with its two music halls the “Ballroom” and “Showcase Lounge”, both of which frequently offer simultaneous world-class shows. As an old movie theater, this venue has plenty of charm and yet retains a rough-and-tumble vibe ready for any type of crowd. Although they are standing room only spaces, you’ll find perimeter seating and the occasional spot at the bars when you’re ready for a break. And of course, do not forget to frequent Magic Hat Brewery which opened for business in 1994, and became an instant national hit label. These local brews are found on tap across the U.S., offering classic hits like #9, and plenty of experimental crafted brews to pique the interest of the connoisseur. Conveniently located just off Route 7, offering daily tours, a full test growler bar with 48 beers, growler pickups, the “artifactory store”, and several well-attended (and thoroughly entertaining) annual events, this brewery is a compelling diversion - a fun place to visit whether a local or visitor, beer drinker or not!
Dining is in abundance as well. From the famous Windjammer salad bar to the more upscale intimacy of Pauline’s Café, the famous and irreplaceable Al’s French Fries, to the newly opened Guild Tavern with its wood-fired grill, superb locally sourced meats and inviting atmosphere, there are dining experiences for every whim.
It’s all right around the corner from the Burlington International Airport, located in South Burlington (owned by the City of Burlington). With recent additions, renovations, and its continued plans for expansion, the airport has become and will continue to be, one of the most comfortable and attractive small city airports in the country. Flying in and out through “BTV” from across the State, or world is a joy.