Saturday, December 27, 2008 at 09:44 AM
Well things aren't looking great this weekend as far as the weather is concerned. What a shame—we had such great snow before Christmas!
Here in the Champlain Valley there's a lot of melting going on. The snow is making a racket as it slides off our roof. The mountain forecast for northern Vermont even calls for rain before temperatures cool off on Sunday night, with snow showers following on Monday and Tuesday. Ah, patience is a virtue.
I've been meaning to share this article from the New York Times about things to do while spending a weekend in Burlington, Vermont. Burlington has been on several top-10 lists in recent years for its quality of life. It's home to a handful of colleges and has a lovely downtown area and gorgeous waterfront park and bike path on Lake Champlain.
And, most importantly, Burlington is within an hour's drive of Mad River Glen, Stowe, Sugarbush, Bolton Valley, Cochran's and Smuggler's Notch ski resorts, and within 90 minutes to Jay Peak ski area—not to mention access to some of Vermont's finest backcountry skiing, the Catamount Trail, and a boat-load of great cross-country centers such as Trapp Family Lodge, Craftsbury, Catamount, Sleepy Hollow and Blueberry Lake.
Can you see why the Skimeister and I like it here?!
Many skiers use Burlington-area hotels as a base for skiing around northwestern Vermont. You can fly into the Burlington International Airport, which has grown in leaps in bounds in the last decade. About seven major airlines service BTV.
Anyways, take a read through this recent NYT article if you are planning to be in our neck of the woods. The author has some good tips, including eating breakfast or lunch at Magnolia Bistro and testing a dizzying array of beers with your pizza at American Flatbread—both located on Burlington's St. Paul Street.
Also keep in mind that Burlington puts on a great First Night Celebration on New Year's Eve. There are events all over the downtown area for those with kids and those without.
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