The Burlington Vermont Waterfront From Echo Lake Aquarium and Science Center

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(above photo is of my high school friend Tina and I)

Everyone in Vermont really looks forward to summer and tries to make the most of it.  The winters are long and at times Brutal.  I spent five days there this February and it NEVER made it above 0 degrees Fahrenheit.  Here are a few photos taken from the top floor of the Echo Lake Acquarium.  Echo was founded by Vermont senator Patrick Leahy in 2003.  It is a very popular place for school field trips, weddings and various conferences.

The top photo is of the Burlington Bike Path.

This path run through downtown Burlington and along Lake Champlain.  Many events such as the Penguin Plunge  are held throughout the year.  The Penguin plunge is sponsored by The Vermont Special Olympics.  Here are a few candid shots of the event where participants run into 32 degree Fahrenheit water to raise money for the Special Olympics.  One participant dressed just like Borat !

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Meecho-2The above photo was taken with my cell phone at Breakwater Cafe and Grill.  On a nice day it's a great place to relax as the food and drink are really good.  There is often live entertainment and a view of the Burlington Marina.

Here are a few photos of the marina from the Breakwater Cafe and Grill:

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Meecho-2Here is a photo of downtown Burlington from Echo.  It's just a short walk to the Church Street Market Place.
Meecho-2Below is a photo of the Spirit of Eathan Allen.  They have great dinner and sunset cruises.  Weddings are also held on this cruise ship.

Meecho-2What marinas have you visited?  Do you have a favorite?  Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you have a fabulous week! 

~Michelle

 


Why It's Nice to Visit Vermont: The Green Mountain State

"When I was in high school I moved from the big city to a tiny village of 500 people in Vermont. It was like The Waltons!" ~Daphne Zuniga

I lived in Vermont until I finished my Bachelors and Masters degrees in Education.  I left when I was 24 years old and moved to Virginia.  I return at least two times a year to visit family including my 93 year old grandmother :)  I love the lush green mountains and the seasons.  I love visiting when there is a big snow storm!  It's fun sitting in front of a fireplace watching the snow fall drinking hot chocolate, but driving on icy roads and getting bundled up - NOT so much!

My grandmother and I:

Pano (1 of 1)-390View from a Condo in Smuggler's Notch ski resort about 3 years ago:

Vt1While in Vermont I had many friends and family to visit fortunately I made it down to Church Street and the Burlington waterfront which I think is stunning this time of year.  

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Pano (1 of 1)-415Here is Church Street a few weeks before Christmas this past year:

Cs1A view of downtown Burlington from the top of a parking garage:

Pano (1 of 1)-402 Here is a picture of Ben & Jerry's ice cream which I think helped put Vermont on the map.  Until they became famous people used to ask me which state Vermont was in. 

Pano (1 of 1)-417  I found some photos of some graffiti that I actually thought was beautiful.  I am usually not a fan of any form of graffiti, but I thought this was well done and seem to fit in in the Church Street area. 

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Here are some photos of the University of Vermont which is my Alma mater.

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The Echo Lake Aquarium is a great place to visit if you are in the Burlington area on the waterfront:
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 Pano (1 of 1)-437Pano (1 of 1)-440The Lake Champlain waterfront in Burlington:

Pano (1 of 1)-436This covered bridge is in Wolcott, Vermont in an area known as the Northeast Kingdom:

VtA few more photos of the Vermont countryside.  That is Mount Mansfield in the distance:

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Pano (1 of 1)-437The following photos were taken in the fall of 2012 at Smuggler's Notch with a cell phone:
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Thanks so much for visiting.  Please feel free to leave any comments or questions.  Have a wonderful week!

~Michelle