Apples and Oranges – Where to Pick Your Own Produce in Burlington

If you’re enjoying Burlington’s healthy fruit and veggies, but you are craving something sweet or savory afterward, check out Glutton Guide Burlington for some suggestions! Desserts are healthy for the soul, after all.

Summer and fall bring waves of bright fruits and vegetables that pile up in roadside stands and farmers’ markets, but the sweetest way to enjoy the season’s bounty is to pick it yourself. Here are some favorite farms and orchards near Burlington.

Adam’s Berry Farm


Stain lips red and fingers blue with organic raspberries, blueberries and strawberries from this beautiful farm. The seasons stretch from early June to the first frost, but call first to find what’s picking. Adam’s is located 14 miles (22km) south of Burlington.

Chapin Orchard

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This friendly orchard just 12 miles (19km) north of Burlington grows piles of apples, from the classics — Macintosh, Cortland, Empire and Macoun — to more esoteric varietals. Different apples ripen at different times, so ask the staff for suggestions about what to pick, but be sure to try their heirloom fruit, like Duchess, Tolman Sweet, and Fameuse. Chapin Orchard also sells excellent fresh apple cider.

Shelburne Orchards


At this pretty orchard, undulating rows of trees roll toward perfect views of Lake Champlain just 10 miles (16km) south of Burlington. Pick all kinds of apples, as well as sour cherries, peaches and table grapes (the seasons on non-apple fruits are short, so call ahead), and there’s fresh cider, cider vinegar and cider donuts available at the farm store. The orchardist distills brandy in the winter in a copper still heated by a wood fire. The next run of eight-year aged brandy won’t be released until 2017, but you can spot the aging cellar built into a gentle hillside.

If you enjoyed this list of Burlington’s best spots to pick your own produce, check out Glutton Guide Burlington for a few more sure-fire winners! From bars to burgers to the sweetest of sweets, these pages hold everything worth eating.

 

Burlington’s Best Creemee – Soft Serve At Its Finest

If summers make you crave ice cream, then creemee is made with you in mind! Check out this list of the best places to get Vermont’s signature treat. If you want a taste of more local specialties, consult Glutton Guide Burlington, aka the holy grail of food knowledge.

Burlington Bay Café

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There’s nothing special about the ice cream at this waterfront café, but it is fun to watch the action by the lake as you stand in the long, convivial line.

Scout & Co


If you’d like your creemee with a bit of class and caffeine, get it affogato, with a shot of espresso on top. Scout offers a latter-day version of the classic creamy experience, with flavors like smoked maple and sea salt made with local ingredients.

Charlotte Berry Farm

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Head into the green, rolling country to the south of Burlington, and you’ll find farms, orchards, and the best strawberry creemees around. The berry farm blends fresh fruit into their ice cream, which you can also order with shortcake and berries. Charlotte Berry Farm also does U-Pick, so call ahead to see what’s picking. 

Joe’s Snack Bar

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It’s worth making the trek out of town to this dinky roadside snack bar for a burger and a creemee. The food is unremarkable, but it’s a quintessential summer experience, especially if you go for a dip in the nearby river, which is pocked with swimming holes.

Now that you’ve crossed that icy treat off of your list, warm up with some homemade food or fresh veggies! Check out Glutton Guide Burlington, which will pave the way to your next culinary delight.

 

Hansel and Gretel, Vermont-style – How to Follow the Middlebury Tasting Trail

There are few things better than the variety of eating at a ton of different locations! But if you’re tired and want to sit down for a bit longer, check out Glutton Guide Burlington for some relaxing suggestions.

This compact college town – just an hour drive from Burlington – is the social hub of Addison County. The lush expanse of farmland, forests and apple orchards roll all the way to the edge of Lake Champlain. It is one of Vermont’s most vibrant food communities, with more than its fair share of growers, dairies, vineyards, brewers and distillers.

A handful of these have grouped together to create the Middlebury Tasting Trail, a boozy pilgrimage that takes in the best drinks in the area (don’t forget to bring a designated driver), and almost all of them offer free samples or at least a deal on tastings. The following venues are listed from North to South.

Lincoln Peak Vineyard and Winery 


This family-owned vineyard produces some of the state’s finest wines; don’t miss the La Crescent, a semi-dry white wine with unusual depth for this area or the dry, red Marquette. And even if you generally steer clear of dessert wine “stickies”, try a sip of Lincoln Peak’s Firelight, a rich-tasting wine with a bit of spice to balance the sugary fruit. You can taste five wines for $5, which includes a souvenir glass.

Woodchuck Hard Cider 


The behemoth of Vermont cider is now owned by an international corporation, but if you prefer hard ciders that lean sweet, it is still an enjoyable stop with guided tours.

Stonecutter Spirits 


A husband-and-wife team started this distillery to make their own perfect drink: a highly aromatic, barrel aged gin that is a cocktail unto itself. Stop by on Thursday for cocktails designed by some of Vermont’s most talented bartenders, or just enjoy free samples of gin in the über-stylish, Instagram-baiting tasting room.

Appalachian Gap Distillery 


This tiny, creative distillery offers an entire bar’s worth of spirits: a recent visit included whiskey (aged and white), gin, rum, and a pair of coffee-based bottles. Their most distinctive product might be the Papilio, a tequila-like drink that is distilled from blue agave and maple syrup.

Otter Creek Brewing 


Sample hoppy favorites, seasonal offerings and small-batch one-offs at this large brewery’s onsite pub. The Citra Mantra IPL is an excellent, single-hopped beer with a classic Vermont flavor, but the knowledgeable bartenders can guide to you your perfect beer. Six four-ounce tasting pours will run you just $8. The brewery serves a clutch of sandwiches, salads and nachos to help soak up the beer.

Drop-In Brewing 

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You can find this brewery’s beers on tap around the state, but for the full Drop-In experience, you’ll just have to… well, drop in. Their year-round Heart of Lothian is a remarkable Scottish ale with enormous flavor, while Sunshine and Hoppiness is a bright, crisp golden ale. The brewmaster rotates in new brews by whim and season, and they’re consistently very high quality. $7 will net you a sample of all beers on tap (usually seven total).

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If you’re visiting Middlebury in apple season (summer & fall), or if you’re a hard cider aficionado,
consider adding a trip to Champlain Orchards, an apple orchard and cidery that’s 16 miles (27 km)
southwest of town. Nibble cider donuts and heirloom fruits in the orchard store and explore the tidy
rows of trees, then visit the beverage cooler. Pick up a bottle of their excellent ice cider, an ice wine-
like product that’s rarely found outside of Vermont and Québec, and don’t miss the honey plum cider.
One of the best hard ciders in the state, it starts fruity and ends dry. If you don’t want to make the trek
to Shoreham, many of Champlain Orchard’s ciders are available in local liquor stores.

If you’re not solidly tipsy by the end of this tour, then I reckon you aren’t human. Solidly tipsy people often want food, and this is where Glutton Guide Burlington steps in to save the day! Check out this delicious dictionary for all of Burlington’s classics, whether you’re drunk or not!

 

Wandering Wonderland – Burlington’s Best Daytrips

 Are you looking for a good way to spend your sunny Saturday? Whether you’re from Vermont or you’re just passing through, you’ll want to check out Glutton Guide Burlington! You’re sure to have a fun day on the farm (and even more fun eating the food.) 

Explore Shelburne Farms


Just 20 minutes from downtown Burlington, this sprawling, lakeside farm is a dreamy place for strolling manicured fields, cuddling baby animals and enjoying sunset cocktails at a historic inn. The farm was founded in the late 19th century as a model agricultural estate, then reborn in 1972 as a nonprofit. It is dedicated to conservation education, which includes flawless versions of Vermont’s most distinctive products: a dairy barn and cheddaring operation, a maple-rich forest with an adorable sugarshack and organic vegetable gardens.

The environs are remarkable, from the elegant Farm Barn to the inn’s aristocratic, frozen-in-time décor. Spend an afternoon wandering the extensive walking trails or join a tour to learn to make cheddar. Then reserve a table at the Inn at Shelburne Farms, where farm-grown organic ingredients compose the classic, elegant menu. If splashing out for a meal at the inn doesn’t fit your budget, call ahead and stop by for an evening drink – you can enjoy the view and grounds for a fraction of the price.


Admission is $8/6/5 for adults/seniors/children, but the entrance fee is waived with a drinking or dining reservation at the Inn. They offer free admission and open walking trails during the off season, but close most attractions.

Tiny foodies shouldn’t miss the Children’s Farmyard! They can help with farm chores, brush a sheep or rabbit and watch educators milk a cow or goat. In January and February, Shelburne Farms offers delightful horse-drawn sleigh rides on Saturdays and Sundays, for $10/8 (adult/child), but call before coming as conditions are variable.

Shelburne Farms also offers a great experience during maple sugar season (late March or early April).

Looking for some more fun destinations in Burlington, or craving a locally-made drink? Check out Glutton Guide Burlington for the full list of suggestions. You wouldn’t want to miss out! 

 

Burlington’s Best Hotels for Foodies

Travelers on “beer-cations” and cheese pilgrimages might find their homes away from homes at Burlington’s best hotels for foodies. Whether it’s a killer cocktail bar or an inn located on a farm, these hotels round out any food-focused holiday. Keep in mind that prices at Vermont hotels and inns rise on weekends and during peak foliage season, and Burlington options are generally quite expensive. For more on the best places for foodies in Burlington, download Glutton Guide Burlington!

The Inn at Shelburne Farms

 

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Travelers with their own transportation should consider this dreamy, historic inn. The inn’s manicured, lakeside gardens look out at some of Vermont’s best sunsets, and the onsite restaurant serves excellent fare made from the farm’s gardens and livestock. Rooms range from sweet and simple to stunningly elegant, and each is decorated with tastefully old fashioned style. Rates include breakfast in the downstairs dining room, and the inn operates from May through October.

1611 Harbor Rd, Shelburne. Tel: +1 802 985 8498.

 

Hotel Vermont

 

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With chic, modern décor using local materials and art, this downtown hotel redefined Vermont style when it opened in 2013. The rooms feature elegant, modern design with a bit of rustic flair, and the onsite Juniper Bar is among the best in the city. On cold, snowy evenings, you can’t beat sipping a cocktail by Hotel Vermont’s enormous open fireplace, and the amenities include a seasonal ice fishing shack, a fleet of loaner bicycles and snowshoes and a full-time beer concierge who helps design tasting tours of Vermont’s best brews.

41 Cherry St, Burlington. Tel: +1 802 651 0080.

Made INN Vermont

Each room in this quirky, artistic bed & breakfast is stocked with with a pair of Heady Toppers, the hard-to-find canned beers that have been called the best in the world. The compact guest rooms sometimes come with shared baths, but the unique designs and amenities set them apart. Each of the (soundproofed) guest rooms include vinyl records and turntables, 24/7 snacks and drinks and a sumptuous breakfast spread. Don’t miss the hot tub, sauna or the rooftop widow’s walk, where you can train a telescope on the town below.

204 S. Willard St, Burlington. Tel: +1 802 399 2788.

 

The Willard Street Inn


This elegant mansion offers more old-school Vermont hospitality with charming décor, comfortable quarters and a relaxed, friendly approach. A plated breakfast in the solarium is a relaxing way to start a day of exploring, and the inn delivers a plate of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies to your room each day.

349 S. Willard St, Burlington. Tel: +1 800 577 8712.

Burlington Hostel

This isn’t exactly a foodie hotspot, but if your cash is for for beer and cheese, the downtown hostel is a good, safe bet. And the location and price are unbeatable for single travelers. Reception is open 24-hours, there’s a public computer in the common space and a laundromat around the corner. They include an unremarkable waffle breakfast, but guests can try the nearby August First Bakery, where Hungarian sweet rolls are a more appealing way to start the day. The hostel is open from May through October only.

50 Main St, Burlington. Tel: +1 802 540 3043.

For more on the best places for foodies in Burlington, download Glutton Guide Burlington!

 

Burlington’s Best Breakfasts

Whether you’re fueling up for a day of maple sugaring or just looking to try farm-to-table butter on your pancakes, Burlington (Vermont) has the breakfast for you. Check out Burlington’s best breakfasts and download Glutton Guide: Burlington for more tips on where to eat like a local in this foodie haven.

Magnolia Bistro


This cozy café has something for everyone, with omnivorous options alongside plenty of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. On sunny days, the back patio is heavenly (if you can snag a table), and it is large enough that waits are usually shorter during busy weekend hours. The house-cured salmon, served on greens and hashbrowns with dill crème fraîche, is a standout, with just the right blend of richness and piquancy, and the lemon ricotta pancakes taste like pure sunshine. Magnolia is the first “green certified” restaurant to open in Vermont and buys some of its ingredients from area farms.

1 Lawson Lane. Tel: +1 802 846 7446. Hours: Mon-Fri 7am-3pm, Sat-Sun 8am-3pm.

 

Nunyuns Bakery & Café


For our money, the egg & cheese biscuit at this homey café is one of the best cheap breakfasts in town. Lunchtime sandwiches, soups and salads are simple and fresh-tasting, and the café is a pleasant place to stop for a quick bite as everything is handmade by a husband-and-wife team (who also pick their own blackberries, fiddleheads and ramps). But, with large, sunny windows and pots of strong coffee, Nunyuns invites lingering over a newspaper and a plate of something sweet; try a slice of sour cream coffee cake swirled with crunchy streusel.

139 N. Champlain St. Tel: +1 802 861 2067. Hours: Tue-Sat 7am-3pm, Sun 7am-2pm.

 

Pennycluse Café

 

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Lunch for breakfast, breakfast for lunch… If it is light out and you’re hungry, you can’t go wrong with the folks at Pennycluse, who’ve done exactly as they please since 1998. That means a menu that combines breakfast classics like huevos rancheros and pancake stacks with homemade banana bread French toast and avocado smoothies. They’ve got options that range from restrained to indulgent, and if something sounds great to them, they put it on the specials board. They are also leaders in supporting local food producers despite making very little fuss about it, and have some of downtown’s friendliest staff.

169 Cherry St. Tel: +1 802 651 8834. Hours: Mon-Fri 6:45am-3pm, Sat-Sun & Holidays 8am-3pm.

 

Pingala Café

 

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This vegan enclave is technically in Burlington, but its healthy, hippie little heart is Onion City all the way. Just across the bridge from Winooski, it occupies a sun-filled space in the Chace Mill with a great view of the river. Breakfast and lunch are served all day, and Pingala offers more gluten-free options than anywhere in town, along with an impressive selection of “milks” on the coffee menu. The eggplant “bacon” is worth a try, especially when paired with tomatoes and caramelized onions on the E.L.T. sandwich. If you’ve never tried “gouda” made out of cashews, you should seize the chance.

1 Mill St. Burlington. Tel: +1 802 540 0110. Summer hours: Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat-Sun 8am-4pm. Winter hours: Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat-Sun 8am-4pm.

 

Scout & Co, Pine St

 

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This pleasantly hip Scout & Co. outpost is a perfect lunchtime detour from the waterfront bicycle path, and it has the best espresso in town. Breakfast items are healthy and available all day (chia seed porridge with hibiscus maple, anyone?), and the chef sneaks richly-flavorful bits of smoky, pickled things into sandwiches, salads and burgers on the lunch menu. Don’t miss the smoked bluefish melt, a delightful sandwich that’s half foodie hipster fare, half lunch at grandma’s house. House-made ice cream comes in tempting flavors like vanilla-oak, but is somewhat inconsistent; try a sample before you decide.

128 Lakeside Ave. Tel: +1 802 343 1218. Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-3pm.

 

Sneakers Bistro

 

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This cheerful café dishes up truly satisfying breakfasts and is the rare establishment where local politicians, construction workers and hipsters rub elbows — united by the delightful corned beef hash. If you like something bracing with your breakfast (or lunch), Sneakers has a nice drinks list that includes a Cider Mimosa and a spicy Bloody Mary. Weekend mornings are popular, and there is often a line out the door, but you can wait for your table right next door at another Winooski institution: the Monkey House bar.

 28 Main St. Tel: +1 802 655 9081. Hours: 7am-3pm.

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Burlington’s Best Food Books

So you’ve finished reading Glutton Guide Burlington and want more edible content? Vermont’s farming history and food renaissance are key to understanding the state. The following are Burlington’s best food books. They provide valuable context if you’re eating your way through the Green Mountains.

American Terroir, Rowan Jacobsen

Vermont-based Rowan Jacobsen infuses his writing with a compelling blend of science and enthusiasm. This book offers a fascinating introduction to the foods of the Americas, from salmon in the Yukon to Panamanian coffee. His chapter on maple syrup is an excellent primer on Vermont’s sweetest industry, as he follows the process from tree to table. More info.

Cooking with Shelburne Farms, Melissa Pasanen (Studio, 2007)

This excellent collection of well-tested recipes follows the seasons at Shelburne Farms, and celebrates Vermont’s fresh produce, meat and dairy. If you can’t eat breakfast at the Inn at Shelburne Farms, recreating their springtime eggs Benedict with wild greens and mushrooms is the next best thing. More info.

The Town that Food Saved, Ben Hewitt

Give this book to the folks that roll their eyes at foodie preciousness. Vermont’s resurgent food culture was built by small farmers, cheesemakers and brewers living deep in the countryside. Hewitt tells the story of how the rough, poverty-stricken town of Hardwick, was transformed by small food businesses, some of which now dominate the state’s fancy food scene. More info.

The Vermont Farm Table Cookbook, Tracey Medeiros

In between recipes for beer-battered fiddleheads and wood-fired blueberry pizza, Medeiros showcases Vermont’s chefs and restaurateurs. This is the perfect book for hitting the farmers’ market, anywhere in the northeast. More info.

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