If you're planning a trip to Vermont to visit our manufacturing facilities, you're probably wondering where to eat dinner or what else there is to do nearby. We're here to help! Below, we share some options for dining and activities based on recommendations from Twincraft employees.
Where to Stay
First things first, you have to figure out where to stay. Twincraft has facilities in Winooski and Essex Junction, Vermont. Both facilities are only a few miles away from Burlington, with plenty of nearby hotels to choose from. Twincraft has special rates at a number of hotels - contact your salesperson or account manager to learn more.
There's no shortage of good food in Vermont, from quick bites to sit-down meals. For a top-notch meal, try to get a reservation at Honey Road, Hen of the Wood, or Leunig's Bistro. For some delicious pizza options, visit Pizza 44, Pizzeria Verita, or American Flatbread. If a farm-to-table gastropub sounds like your style, The Farmhouse Tap & Grill is the spot to be (plus, it has an outdoor beer garden when the sun is shining and a cozy downstairs bar with a fireplace for colder nights!). For Asian cuisine, check out A Single Pebble, Tiny Thai, or sushi at Asiana House. Grab brunch at Sneakers Bistro, The Spot, Firebird Cafe, or The Grey Jay. And if you're just looking for a quick bite, try Hong's Chinese Dumplings, Vermont Bagel Company, or hit up Pingala for some vegetarian fare.
There are some obvious choices here, from Vermont's own Ben & Jerry's - visit the scoop shop on Church Street or swing down to Waterbury to take a tour of the factory - to the quintessential Vermont summertime treat: the maple creemee. We know, you may be asking yourself: what is a creemee? It's Vermont's take on soft serve ice cream. Grab one at Burlington Bay and enjoy it while you take a stroll down the bike path along the waterfront, or visit on of the many creemee stands open in the summer:
There are other delectable desserts that can be found around town: stop by Shy Guy Gelato to try their gelato and sorbet, with a rotating selection of flavors made in-house every day, or pop into Lake Champlain Chocolates to grab some truffles.
Visit ECHO, a science museum located right on the Burlington waterfront, where you can learn about and see some of the creatures that live in Lake Champlain. You might even see a display about a local soap and skincare manufacturer. 😀
Take a trip to Shelburne Museum and walk around the grounds to take in some historical buildings, beautiful gardens, and even a 220-foot steamboat. While you're in the area, check out Fiddlehead Brewing and Folino's Pizza, which share a building on Shelburne Road, or visit Shelburne Vineyard for a wine tasting.
Walk down Church Street, Burlington's pedestrian marketplace. There are plenty of options for shopping, eating, and drinking along Church Street, with some restaurants featuring live music for you to enjoy during your meal. Stop into Golden Hour for some fun gifts, Crow Bookshop to browse new and used books, or grab a coffee at Black Cap Coffee & Bakery.
Rent a bike and go for a ride along the Burlington bike path and enjoy some great views of Lake Champlain.
If you're into craft beer, you're in the right place! Vermont has the most craft breweries per capita of any state in the U.S., so there are plenty of options to grab a pint and maybe a bite to eat. Some of our favorites in the Burlington area are:
If you're traveling through other parts of Vermont to visit us or willing to make more of a drive, check out the Vermont Brewers Association for a full list of breweries in the state.
Truly, there's no place like New England in the fall. If your visit coincides with prime foliage season - you're in for a treat! Take a drive through Smuggler's Notch from some top-tier leaf peeping. While you're in the area, stop by Cold Hollow Cider Mill to eat some fresh cider donuts and stock up on Vermont-made goodies, then visit Cabot Cheese Farmers' Store for all things cheesy and delicious!
Of course, we can't leave out skiing and snowboarding! If you're making the trek to Vermont in the winter months and have time to squeeze in some mountain time, visit Stowe Mountain Resort, Sugarbush Resort, or Bolton Valley.
We hope this guide provides you with some inspiration for your next trip to the Burlington area!