NEW RESTAURANTS IN BURLINGTON:
Casa Real is the newest addition to Colchester, VT. This authentic Mexican restaurant has quickly captured the hearts of locals with its mouthwatering menu and creative drinks. It's a must-visit for 2024.
Originating as a beloved food truck in Essex, VT, Mark BBQ has expanded to South Burlington. Located at 155 Market Street, this BBQ joint combines the best of authentic Texas BBQ with Vermont's culinary excellence.
Frankies - Burlington (Opening Spring of 2024):
Keep an eye out for this Vermont restaurant, set to open at 169 Cherry Street, formerly home to Penny Cluse Cafe. Frankies will offer fine wines, cocktails, and a rotating menu of locally sourced items.
Devil Takes a Holiday, a new cocktail bar that opened in 2022 on St. Paul Street in Burlington, recently underwent renovations. The bar has now reopened with a kitchen and is serving dinner and snacks alongside its delectable cocktail and drink menu.
Santiago’s Cuban finally opened its doors on August 3rd, 2023, in a historic location—the former Madera’s Restaurant at the foot of Main Street. This picturesque spot offers magnificent views of Lake Champlain and the Burlington Waterfront. Santiago’s Cuban blends Havana, Miami, and Burlington influences, creating a unique 'Cuban-Tropical' ambiance filled with music and vintage memorabilia. A must-visit for 2024.
Burlington, Vermont, is gearing up to be one of the premier worldwide locations to witness the solar eclipse of 2024. The city not only offers a stunning backdrop but also optimal viewing conditions for this rare celestial event. Vermont will be in the path of totality, providing an opportunity to experience the eclipse in its most breathtaking form, complete with moments of totality when the moon fully covers the sun. This is a once-in-a-lifetime moment you won't want to miss.
NEWLY OPENED AND/OR RENOVATED HOTELS:
In a remarkable transformation, the Hilton Burlington Lake Champlain is evolving into "Hotel Champlain," proudly joining the Curio Collection by Hilton. This rebranding represents a forward-thinking commitment to Burlington’s downtown. Stay tuned for the official opening of Hotel Champlain and the debut of their new restaurant, the Skiff & Rudder. Situated across iconic Lake Champlain, Hotel Champlain captures the essence of Burlington's natural beauty, with its restaurant emphasizing seafood and local farm-to-table cuisine.
This newly renovated and rebranded property is perfectly located near the airport and within walking distance of various attractions in South Burlington, including Higher Ground, Al's French Fries, and so much more. If you're seeking a convenient place to stay in Burlington, be sure to check it out!
THINGS TO DO:
Burlington Trolley Tours: Burlington Trolley Tours completed their first season in 2023 and are excited to bring back their tours in 2024. Embark on a one-hour guided tour through the region to learn about the history and geography of the Burlington region. It's a fantastic activity for families, couples, and children. Don't forget to book a tour here.
IN THE WORKS:
CityPlace Burlington: This LEED Gold® certified, mixed-use facility is emerging in the heart of downtown, promising to breathe new life into the city center with housing, street-level retail, outdoor spaces, restaurants, and local businesses. We are very excited to welcome CityPlace into Downtown. Stay tuned for updates on its construction and anticipated completion date.
Cambrian Rise: Positioned along North Avenue in Burlington, Cambrian Rise is a collection of six brand-new apartment buildings offering modern units with stunning views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains. Two of these buildings are currently under construction and will be completed in 2024, connecting residents to the vibrant Burlington community.
Champlain Parkway: The Champlain Parkway project in Burlington is set to unfold in two distinct phases. Currently, the initial contract is in progress and is expected to reach completion in 2024. This phase encompasses the construction of a new road extending from Home Avenue to Lakeside Avenue, along with enhancements to Lakeside Avenue and the Pine Street segment between Lakeside Avenue and Kilburn Street. Looking ahead, the second contract is slated to commence in 2025, with a targeted completion date of 2027. This phase involves the construction of the Champlain Parkway from I-189 to Home Avenue, accompanied by upgrades to the Pine Street stretch between Kilburn and Main Streets.