Romance on the agenda? For couples who enjoy a little of everything—the outdoors, art, food and nightlife—Burlington is the perfect destination for an intimate getaway. Start the day at Juniper for a proper New England breakfast served in a modern yet rustic setting. Their menu of seasonal dishes includes classic preparations of farm eggs, local yogurt with berries, stacks of pancakes (with real Vermont maple syrup, of course), pastries, and more. You can’t go wrong when the ingredients are hyperlocal, super fresh, and prepared with care.
Next, head south from Burlington to the renowned Shelburne Museum—a stunning 45 acres with the region’s most extensive collection of art and Americana. Stroll the 22 gardens and discover an array of antiques, oddities, and fine art housed within the museum’s unique structures. You’ll see historic houses, iconic barns, a one-room schoolhouse, a general store stocked with 1800s items, a 220-foot steamboat, and much more.
Make your way back to Burlington and refresh with a cone at Shy Guy Gelato. You will fall in love with quirky flavors like fig and marsala, salted maple, or nectarine sorbet. If a caffeine pick me-up is in order, head to Nu Chocolate on Battery Street for an espresso and assorted truffles.
Looking to impress your beloved with a bit of adventure? Book a sunset sail on Lake Champlain with Whistling Man Schooner Company. Two-hour private or public excursions leave twice daily from the heart of Burlington Harbor. BYO bottle of bubbly and enjoy the shimmering grandeur of the lake and the wind in your hair. Many proposals have happened on the schooner, so BYO engagement ring if the time is right. Just saying.
No romantic getaway is complete without a beautiful dinner, and no place in Burlington delivers quite like Hen of the Wood. The celebrated restaurant prepares New England’s finest fare—e.g., oysters and ribeye for two—in an inviting atmosphere. For couples inclined towards nocturnal activities, hit Red Square on Church Street after dinner or make your way to Club Metronome for DJs and dancing.