Embracing Winter in Vermont: Surviving and Thriving in Burlington

Winter in Vermont isn’t just a season; it’s an experience unlike any other. While the cold may seem daunting, Burlington, nestled in the heart of this snow-laden wonderland, offers a myriad of activities that turn the chilly months into a magical time. Here’s how to not only survive but thrive during a winter stint in this charming city.

Surviving the Cold

  1. Layer Up: Dressing in layers is key to staying warm. Invest in quality winter clothing, including thermal wear, waterproof boots, and a good winter coat. Good snowpants are a necessity, and never leave home without your gloves and hat! (For affordable items, Sierra Trading Post and Outdoor Gear Exchange Secondhand are worth checking out).  
  2. Stay Active: Engage in regular physical activity to keep your body warm and spirits high. Indoor workouts or yoga classes can be a great way to stay active during the colder months. Or layer up and
  3. Home Comforts: Create a cozy sanctuary at home with blankets, hot cocoa, and a good book or movie. Light some pine scented candles and give your space the winter cabin vibe of your dreams.

Embrace the Winter Wonderland

  1. Outdoor Adventures: Put on your snow gear and explore! Try cross-country skiing or snowshoeing along the breathtaking trails of Intervale Center or at Catamount Golf Course. If you like downhill skiing or snowboarding and enjoy a powder day on the slopes, plan a day at Bolton Valley Resort or Smugglers’ Notch. Stowe Mountain and Jay Peak are two other resorts that will satisfy your adrenaline itch.
  2. Lake Champlain’s Ice Magic: The frozen Lake Champlain offers a unique opportunity for ice skating, ice fishing, or simply taking a scenic stroll along the icy shores. Don’t miss the stunning sunsets over the frozen lake—Instagram-worthy moments guaranteed!
    Burlington’s Old North End, March 2023
  3. Winter Festivities: Burlington comes alive with winter festivities like the Burlington Winter Farmers’ Market, showcasing local produce and crafts, and the Winter Lights at Shelburne Museum, illuminating the farm with stunning light displays and music.

Cozy Indoor Escapes

  1. Local Cafés and Eateries: Warm up in Burlington’s cozy cafés like Muddy Waters or Uncommon Grounds, sipping on a hot cup of locally roasted coffee. Explore farm-to-table eateries like Hen of the Wood or Poco for hearty meals made from fresh, local ingredients.
  2. Inside Activities: If you want to gather some friends and do something fun, try something new like axe throwing at Burly Axe, or check out Spare Time and indulge in a fun night of bowling, arcade games, escape rooms, or laser tag! If games aren’t your style, hitting up a concert at Higher Grounds always makes for a fun night of dancing and good vibes.  
  3. Craft Breweries and Distilleries: Vermont is renowned for its craft beer and spirits. Explore Burlington’s breweries and distilleries like Zero Gravity Craft Brewery or Foam Brewery, and embrace the cozy atmosphere while savoring local flavors.

Community and Connection

  1. Winter Markets and Events: Engage with the local community by participating in winter markets, events, or volunteer opportunities. It’s a great way to meet new people and experience the warmth of Vermont hospitality.
  2. Join Clubs or Classes: Consider joining a winter sports club or taking up a class like pottery or painting to keep yourself engaged and connected with others. Burlington City Arts offers a variety of classes and studio memberships for artists of all levels.

Winter in Vermont, particularly in Burlington, is a time of enchantment and community. By embracing the season and diving into the plethora of activities available, you’ll not only survive but create unforgettable memories amidst the snow-covered landscape. So, bundle up, sip on some hot cider, and embrace the magic of a Vermont winter!

Published: Nov 20, 2023. Updated March 28th, 2024