This article was written by Ron Redmend for the Chamber’s publication, Experience Burlington. A digital copy of the magazine is available on our website. www.vermont.org. Photo Credit: Carolyn Bates Photography
From outdoor pursuits and historical adventures to cultural events and culinary pleasures, there is something for everyone to explore in Vermont’s Lake Champlain Region. But if fashion is your passion, downtown Burlington’s mix of chic boutiques, traditional shopping malls, street fairs and locally-owned artisan markets offer something for every taste and style.
Start your journey on the award-winning Church Street Marketplace, a four-block pedestrian mall with over 100 unique locally-owned boutiques, national brands, restaurants, street vendors and entertainers in the heart of downtown Burlington.
Don’t miss the annual Church Street and Downtown Sidewalk Sale, August 3rd to August 5th, 2016, one of Burlington’s great traditions where merchants display their wares both in front and inside their stores. Bargains abound and shoppers from far and wide fill the Marketplace and downtown from dawn to dusk.
Adjacent to Church Street is the Burlington Town Center mall, downtown Burlington’s premier indoor shopping destination featuring a mix of exclusive national brands and locally-owned shops.
Just up the road on Dorset Street, discover the University Mall, Vermont’s largest enclosed shopping mall, with more than 70 shops. It’s always 75 degrees and sunny inside the mall, which makes Burlington Town Center and The University Mall the perfect escapes on a rainy day.
If you’re searching for hand-crafted artisan wares and locally-made products, then look no further than the South End Arts District. Nestled along Pine Street, foodies and fans of the eclectic can find a variety of studio spaces, antique shops and factories where Vermont-made products are produced. From Pine Street, take a detour to Industrial Parkway to visit the Burton Flagship Store, offering a glimpse into the history of modern snowboarding, plus all the gear you need to hit the slopes.
Whether searching for the perfect souvenir or just picking up a few things you forgot to pack for the trip, spend a day exploring the best of Burlington’s shopping. With great hotels, restaurants and activities nearby, Burlington, Vermont is truly a one-stop vacation destination.