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At Ll Bean, Burlington, Vt
At L.L. Bean, Burlington, VT

Entering  is a warm experience. The friendly reception gals and guys, the fireplace, the really cool large piece of  artwork done in remembrance of Hurricane Irene, and the adjacent open restaurant “Juniper” all make it feel more like an inn than a hotel. It is, after all, the only boutique hotel in Vermont.

Our bedroom, with its king-size bed, ultra mod bathrooms, cozy duvet, and plaid wool blanket reminded me of . Later I found out that the two hotels share the same design team.

Although Hotel Vermont has 125 rooms and three floors, it seems intimate. Each level has its own 24-hour pantry, complete with recyclable Keurig coffees, VT teas, apples, and still and sparkling waters.

It’s dog-friendly
So we brought our Chocolate Lab, Baci. Baci is well-behaved, not a barker and well-traveled, so she was “allowed” to stay in the room when we went to dinner. On the days we were not doing dog-friendly activities,  picked her up in their purple bus, and she played all day in their indoor/outdoor yard under the supervision of their caring counselors. She used to be in the “goofy” group, but now, as a middle-aged gal, she was in with the more “mature” large dogs.

Hotel Vermont's King Bed
Hotel Vermont’s King Bed

Dining: Farm-to-table brought to a new level
We ate dinner at all three of —Bleu, Juniper, and Hen of the Wood—and breakfast at Bleu and Juniper. All three are committed to providing Vermont products.

, which overlooks Juniper Island on Lake Champlain, is the perfect breakfast spot. We indulged in the wild blueberry pancakes with maple syrup, house-made granola, soy and organic milk lattes made by barista Kaila. Their dinners are also superb. Fried chicken served with anchovies sounded like a strange combination, but it worked. An interesting “orange” wine from Jeanne D’Arc and their coconut cake topped off the evening.

 is nextdoor at Hotel Vermont’s sister hotel () and provisioned with seafood from the northeast’s Atlantic Ocean by a brother-and-sister team. The fresh-shucked oysters with three sauces were scrumptious and the Smoked Bleu Fish Cake (yes, bluefish!) was really good. Bleu’s cornmeal-breaded fried clams were surprisingly light. Their international wine list is impressive and the views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack mountains can’t be missed.

The  flagship restaurant in Waterbury, VT, is legendary among locals for premium Vermont cuisine. Their at Hotel Vermont is just as good. One page of the menu is dedicated solely to Vermont cheeses. Panisse Frites (an homage to Chez Panisse in Berkeley, CA) made with chickpea flour and served with a lemon yogurt dipping sauce was a good vegetarian choice. Their housemade prosciutto and copa was perfect for those who love meat. Everything is from local farms; no factory farming here. Hen of the Wood offers an excellent wine list and, of course, the best Vermont beers. The dimly lit atmosphere makes it a comfortable place to hang out with a glass and the cheeseboard. The housemade chocolate gelato was the best we’d ever had!

Hotel Vermont
Hotel Vermont

Burlington: Czech tea to L.L. Bean
Back in Burlington, a cup of Kashmiri tea from  on Church Street in Burlington brought me back to the cozy tea house, an amalgamation of many cultures. Dobrå Tea House started in Czechoslovakia, an intersection of exotic trade routes since the Middle Ages. We came off the cold streets and into the inviting warm café, with tables and seats low to the ground and tapestries hanging on the wall. The vibrant colors, strange music and complex aromas made it like a quick visit to another culture.

Just up Cherry Street from Hotel Vermont, has opened its doors as the first L.L. Bean store in Vermont. Baci was allowed to go in (she’s a trained therapy dog with papers), which was a good thing, because we spent some time there and she picked out her favorite dog toy! My husband Cam got his Chamois shirt and I picked up another carry-on size purple rolling duffel for my upcoming trip to Europe.

Vermont Craft Beer
Vermont craft beer

Beer and yoga with Hotel Vermont
The Vermont craft beer scene is thriving in Burlington, and particularly the flavorful IPAs—a success attributed to the distinct taste of the hops grown in Vermont. Hotel Vermont offers a , with access to their retro bicycles and a guide (bikes are free to use for guests for any reason!). We discovered nearby ,  and  all located on Pine Street in South Burlington. This area has exploded with interesting boutiques and markets and antiques shops like . It also has great bakeries, juice bars and , the luxurious makers of the aromatherapy products used at Hotel Vermont.

Later we “toured” the other Vermont beers back in the bar at Juniper, where we met with , whose expertise guided us through the local draft beers including ’s Heady Topper, a top-rated beer, and some from my favorite , the #1 rated brewery. Matt can accompany you on a full-day tour or simply point out the stores where the hard-to-find Heady Topper or Sip of Sunshine can be found.

A massage with Molly Seguelin, proprietor of , located on the second floor of Hotel Vermont, proved to be true to her company name. Molly studied with a First Nations Healer and her signature massage includes sacred hot stones. Her intuition and healing hands made it a massage to remember.

Later, I took a yoga class in the Hotel Vermont gym, where instructor Meredith tailored it to my current state of health. The yoga classes are open to anyone and Hotel Vermont, newly opened, is already a staple for the community. Lola from Lunaroma told me Juniper’s (on Sundays) is her favorite Burlington brunch spot.

Shelburne Farm's Vista
Shelburne Farms vista

Just nearby: Shelburne Farms
When in Burlington, a visit to nearby  is a must. Stroll through acres of untouched Vermont land, learn to milk a cow in the children’s barn, have a nosh at  (authentic Parisian croissants and rustic wholegrain baguettes), enjoy a relaxing picnic by Lake Champlain or an elegant meal in the historic Vanderbilt home (the Inn), or visit the .

and  pizza are just down the road too, for more delicious IPAs and down-to-earth hearth-to-table flatbreads.

Burlington has the beautiful Lake Champlain, views of the Green and Adirondack Mountains, University of Vermont, a thriving art and music scene and now…Hotel Vermont.

Hotel Vermont lobby
Hotel Vermont lobby
Hotel Vermont's terrace
Hotel Vermont's terrace
Hotel Vermont's Juniper
Hotel Vermont's Juniper
Shelburne Farms vista
Shelburne Farms vista
Shelburne Farms
Shelburne Farms
Georgie Jet at Shelburne Farms
Georgie Jet at Shelburne Farms
Hotel Vermont
Hotel Vermont
Hotel Vermont craft beer
Hotel Vermont craft beer
 Gulliver's Doggie Daycare
Gulliver's Doggie Daycare
Hotel Vermont lobby 2
Hotel Vermont lobby 2
Hotel Vermont's Juniper
Hotel Vermont's Juniper
Burlington's Church Street
Burlington's Church Street
Church Street's Dobrå Tea
Church Street's Dobrå Tea
Inside Dobrå Tea
Inside Dobrå Tea
Inside Dobrå Tea gallery
Inside Dobrå Tea gallery
Burlington's Switchback Brewery
Burlington's Switchback Brewery
Tory and Gj at Juniper's
Tory and Gj at Juniper's
Hotel Vermont's Juniper's dessert
Hotel Vermont's Juniper's dessert
View of Juniper Island
View of Juniper Island
Hotel Vermont
Hotel Vermont
Baci loves Vermont
Baci loves Vermont
Hotel Vermont's king bed
Hotel Vermont's king bed
Hotel Vermont's retro bikes
Hotel Vermont's retro bikes
Shelburne Farms
Shelburne Farms
Shelburne Farms museum store
Shelburne Farms museum store
Cow at Shelburne Farm
Cow at Shelburne Farm
Baci at Shelburne Farms
Baci at Shelburne Farms
Shelburne Farms O Bread Bakery
Shelburne Farms O Bread Bakery
Shelburne Farms barn
Shelburne Farms barn
Camel's Hump from Shelburne
Camel's Hump from Shelburne
Lost Nation Gosé w hot sauce
Lost Nation Gosé w hot sauce
Hen of the Wood
Hen of the Wood
Autumn at Hotel Vt
Autumn at Hotel Vt
Gulliver's dog pick-up
Gulliver's dog pick-up
Hotel Vermont pantry
Hotel Vermont pantry
Hotel Vermont tea
Hotel Vermont tea
Green drinks at Eco Bean
Green drinks at Eco Bean
Orange wine at Juniper
Orange wine at Juniper
Oysters at Bleu
Oysters at Bleu
Special service at Hotel Vermont
Special service at Hotel Vermont
Juniper's barista, Kaila
Juniper's barista, Kaila
Vermont beers at Juniper's
Vermont beers at Juniper's
ILVMYDG Vermont plate
ILVMYDG Vermont plate
Baci at Bocce
Baci at Bocce
Red Rocks Park, Burlington
Red Rocks Park, Burlington
Hotel Vermont's Matt Canning
Hotel Vermont's Matt Canning
At L.L. Bean, Burlington, VT
At L.L. Bean, Burlington, VT
At Fiddlehead Brewery
At Fiddlehead Brewery

 

Georgie Jet

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3 Comments On "Pet-friendly travel: Hotel Vermont in Burlington"
  1. naoma|

    We only stay at TIME SHARES or rent private apartments. My husband is highly allergic to
    dogs and we cannot be anywhere dogs are or have been. Private ownership is best because people generally won’t lie to you that they do not have animals in their properties.

  2. naoma|

    Does anyone out there have animal dander allergies? It can be quite severe. My husband, who is allergic, had to be taken out of a meeting when someone with a “lap dog” came in.
    He cannot breathe around dogs especially. A nurse followed us to make sure he was OK.
    Notice came out in the next meeting bulletin that “animals are not welcome.” iF YOU NEED
    A ‘COMFORT ANIMAL AND MUST TAKE IT TO A MEETING IN YOUR LAP, PERHAPS you should stay home.

  3. Kris|

    Hi there. I really love your blog :) I also travel with my shih tzu dog very often by plane. I live in Europe but I would like to visit USA and of course take my pet with me. My shih-tzu does not lie flying but I hope this time it will be ok and we will have pleasant flight. Most of passanger do not mind dogs and I never had any bad experience while travelling with my dog.

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