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Popular amenities for Burlington vacation rentals

Stay near Burlington's top sights

Church Street Marketplace142 locals recommend
Waterfront Park132 locals recommend
Ben & Jerry’s19 locals recommend
North Beach Park67 locals recommend
University of Vermont17 locals recommend
Battery Park38 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Burlington

  • Total rentals

    720 properties

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    350 properties have a dedicated workspace

  • Rentals with a pool

    10 properties have a pool

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    210 properties allow pets

  • Family-friendly rentals

    310 properties are a good fit for families

  • Total number of reviews

    69K reviews

Your guide to Burlington

Welcome to Burlington, Vermont

The state’s largest metropolis has just 42,545 residents, but packs a world-class punch with cafes, museums, a thriving arts scene, and year-round outdoor adventures, plus a renowned university. It’s also the first U.S. city to run on 100 percent renewable electricity.

Burlington overlooks the Adirondack Mountains and 120-mile-long Lake Champlain, which divides Vermont from New York State. But its heart beats in the downtown pedestrian mall of Church Street Marketplace. This national historic district protects buildings from 1820 to 1964, including architectural styles ranging from Italianate to Queen Anne, Federal, and Greek Revival, along with some Art Deco and Modernist outliers. But somehow it all works, anchored by Courthouse Square and an 1816 brick Unitarian meeting house. Nearby sprawls the Burlington Waterfront Park with its beaches, boats, and an eight-mile bike path linking parks and green spaces. Take time to linger in this eclectic community, which marries urban intellectualism with bucolic rural Vermont beauty and traditions.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Burlington

This lakeside city shines brightest from May to September, making it a popular time for people to book vacation rentals. The festival schedule bustles then, and the trees fill the area with lush greenery, which deepens into glorious hues perfect for leaf-peeping day trips to nearby Middlebury and Jeffersonville. Shoulder season isn’t the best in Burlington. April brings fewer crowds but often lots of mud. And November sees the city pause for a deep breath before the winter tourism onslaught of skiers and snowboarders. Events-wise, turn to February’s Lake Champlain Pond Hockey Classic and June’s jazz festival, followed by New England’s oldest and largest quilt event in nearby Essex Junction. Expect dragon boating in August, along with street performers for the Festival of Fools.

Top things to do in Burlington

Burlington Earth Clock

An art installation dedicated to peace looks like a 43-foot-diameter prehistoric stone circle on Lake Champlain’s shores. In reality, it’s a giant sundial that relies on visitors to stand in the central gnomon position and cast their shadows. It lies at Blanchard Beach, on the bike path just north of the popular sunset-watching spot of Oakledge Park.

Lake Champlain Monster Monument

What’s a big landlocked body of water without the specter of a massive, rarely spied serpentine creature? In 1984, the state erected a granite block on Perkins Pier just south of downtown to honor Burlington’s local legend: “Champ,” a prehistoric Nessie-esque beast. It even bears the cryptid’s pseudoscientific name, Belua aquatica champlainiensis. And just in case Champ really is out there, both Vermont and New York have passed laws protecting their lake’s most legendary monster.

Shelburne Museum

Eight miles south of Burlington sits a 45-acre museum celebrating Americana. Its founder celebrated everyday objects, from quilts to pottery and weather vanes. Eventually she began adding historic buildings to house these collections, including a lighthouse, round barn, covered bridge, and the Lake Champlain side-wheeler steamship Ticonderoga.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Burlington?

    Burlington experiences a four-season climate. Summers are warm with temperatures often reaching 80°F (27°C), while winters can be quite snowy and cold with temperatures often dropping to 20°F (-6°C). Fall brings vibrant foliage colors and spring heralds the arrival of blooming flowers. Winter in Burlington can also mean skiing, snowboarding, and ice skating.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Burlington?

    Burlington invites you to explore its bustling downtown, stroll along the waterfront, or bike the city's extensive trail network. You might also enjoy a trip to the Burlington Farmers’ Market, a visit to the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, or a leisurely afternoon at a local coffee shop.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Burlington?

    Fall is frequently suggested for a visit to Burlington to experience the city's iconic fall foliage. Summer is also a popular time, with events like the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival in June and the Lake Champlain Maritime Festival in August, both attracting many visitors.

  • What are the best places to stay in Burlington?

    Consider exploring the Downtown area, with its vibrant arts scene and the Church Street Marketplace for shopping. The Hill Section, with its historic homes and proximity to the University of Vermont, is also an appealing option. Lastly, the New North End, with its lakeside parks and recreational facilities, is a lovely choice for those who love the outdoors.

  • What are the best places to visit in Burlington?

    The Church Street Marketplace, with its mix of shops, eateries, and street performers, is often recommended. Other popular destinations include the ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, the Burlington Waterfront Park, and the University of Vermont's lush campus.

  • What are some hiking trails in Burlington?

    Burlington's natural beauty encourages outdoor exploration. The city's extensive trail network includes the Burlington Bike Path, which offers beautiful lake views, and the Mount Philo State Park trails, about 12 miles (19 km) south of the city, ideal for a moderate hike. The Centennial Woods Natural Area also provides a more wooded, secluded trail experience.

  • What are some family activities to do in Burlington?

    Families can learn together at the ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, known for its interactive exhibits. The Leddy Park with its beach and ice arena is great for outdoor activities. Or, spend a day at the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory, just outside Burlington, where children can create their own teddy bear.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Burlington?

    From Burlington, consider a day trip to the Shelburne Museum, just 7 miles (11 km) south, which houses an eclectic collection of art and Americana. You might also explore the scenic Champlain Islands, reachable via a beautiful drive north. Another favorite is Stowe, a quaint mountain town 36 miles (58 km) away.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Burlington?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 350 vacation rentals in Burlington featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

  • Are there pet-friendly vacation rentals in Burlington?

    Four-legged friends are welcome in Burlington. Choose from more than 210 vacation rentals for guests traveling with pets.

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