Why Burlington, Vermont?

  • #1 - Top Ten Cities to Have it All (Arts and Entertainment TV)
  • #1 - Seven Dream Towns (Outside Magazine)
  • #7 - Best Small Cities to Do Business (Inc. Magazine)
  • #1 - Most Livable Small Cities with Populations Under 100,000 (US Mayor's Conference)
  • One of America's Dozen Distinct Destinations (The National Trust for Historic Preservation)
  • #1 - Top Places for Families that Love Outdoor Sports (Outdoor Explorer Magazine)

Burlington might best be described as a not-so-well-kept secret. In recent years, the city has been included in dozens of top-ten lists for its exceptional quality of life, yet the national attention hasn't changed things much. It's still a place that combines stunning natural beauty, cultural appeal, and the charm and warmth of small-town America.

Nestled just west of the Green Mountains, Burlington sits on a hillside that slopes from the historic University of Vermont campus down to the spectacular Waterfront Park on the shores of Lake Champlain.

In the middle of downtown, you'll find a lively open-air pedestrian marketplace. Church Street is lined with outdoor cafes, restaurants and pubs, and features fine local and national merchants. Burlington offers countless eclectic restaurants, from lively pubs to ethnic eateries, many of which serve up organic and natural foods grown by local farmers. And meals can be accompanied by some of the best microbrews in the country, made right here in Vermont.

With several colleges and universities nearby, Burlington features the palpable energy that comes with being a college town and includes an arts and culture scene that belies the city's relatively small size. Nationally known musicians play the area's clubs, and northern New England's leading arts venue, the Flynn Center, attracts performers ranging from international dance troupes to touring Broadway productions. The works of emerging artists and artisans can be found displayed in galleries around town. And when the day comes to a close, the city is blessed with some of the prettiest sunsets you'll ever see. In short, Burlington is a great place to call home.