South Burlington is a city in Northwest Vermont. It is a suburb of Burlington and is the second largest city in the state. Unlike most sizable Vermont communities, it doesn't have a downtown of any sort since most of the city's development has occurred in the last few decades. The city has intelligently reserved a large tract of land near the busiest intersection in town to construct a downtown, however they haven't yet decided how they want this done. Unfortunately, there's nothing there but a dirt road(possibly the only one in the city) and some trees.
South Burlington is accessible via I-89 exit 14, US 2, and US 7.
- Burlington International Airport (IATA: BTV), Airport Drive, Phone: +1 802 863-1889. Flights arrive daily via several carriers from as far away as Chicago and Orlando. Travelers from farther afield will have to make a connection in a larger city. There are non-stop flights to Burlington Airport from the following cities (some cities may be seasonal or only offer service certain days of the week): Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Toronto and Washington.
South Burlington is not a very walkable city. Although there are sidewalks, heavy traffic and long distances can make walking unpleasant or dangerous.
Some roads have bike lanes which makes cycling a viable option in some cases. However, be aware that not all of the busier roads have bike lanes and are often narrower than in other parts of the United States. Much of Williston Road should be avoided by cyclists.
By public transportation
South Burlington is served by several CCTA bus routes. The routes serve Shelburne Road, Williston Road, the University Mall, and Burlington International Airport.
A car is the easiest way to get around the city, although traffic can be frustrating at times. Williston and Shelburne Roads should be avoided at rush hour.
South Burlington's suburban nature means there isn't a whole lot to see here aside from the standard views of the lake and mountains.
- Magic Hat Artifactory, 5 Bartlett Bay Rd, ☎ +1 802 658-2739. See beer being made, taste some samples, and grab some swag at this well known brewery
- Overlook Park (On Spear St. south of Swift St.). This park is really just a few benches and some parking spaces, but the view of the lake and Adirondack Mountains is hard to beat.
- Infinity Brewing, 80 Ethan Allen Dr., ☎ +1 802 735-1288. Small craft brewery with tasting room. If the brewer is around, you might be able to get a tour as well
- Red Rocks Park, Central Ave, ☎ +1 802 846-4108. Hike one of the many trails to get excellent views of Lake Champlain or go for a swim.
- Wheeler Nature Park (at the end of Swift St. Extension). Hike the miles of trails through forests and fields at this 140 acre park.
Vermont's largest mall, the University Mall, is located in South Burlington as well as many other chain retailers. There are also some local options worth exploring
- Healthy Living, 222 Dorset St., ☎ +1 802 863-2569. Sort of like Whole Foods. This grocery store sells a wide range or organic and fair trade products. It also has a large wine and beer selection, a coffee and pastry shop, and a hot food bar
- Cheese Traders and Wine Sellers, 1186 Williston Rd., ☎ +1 802 863-0143. The largest wine store in the area. It also has a large selection of cheese and Vermont products
- Dakin Farm, 100 Dorset St.. This store sells VT made specialty foods.
- Small Dog Electronics, 100 Dorset St.. Vermont's version of an Apple Store. Get your iphone fixed here or buy a new one
- Vermont Gift Barn, 1087 Williston Rd., ☎ +1 802 658-7684. Here you can find VT made art, crafts, and specialty foods.
You will also find national chains like Moe's, Chipotle, Panera Bread, Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, Five Guys, McDonald's, and Burger King.
- Al's French Fries, 1251 Williston Rd, ☎ +1 802 862-9203. Fast food joint and a Burlington area institution. Serves burgers, hot dogs, fries, and creamees.
- Burlington Bagel Bakery, 992 Shelburne Rd, ☎ +1 802 864-0236. Contrary to the name, its not actually in Burlington however they do have 15 different kinds of bagels.
- Charlie's Rotisserie Chicken, 1160 Williston Rd, ☎ +1 802 862-1211. Rotisserie chicken restaurant. Also serves ribs, burgers, and salads. All the sides are homemade.
- Hana Japanese Restaurant, 150 Dorset St., ☎ +1 802 448-3525. Hibachi, Sushi, and Sashimi.
- The Rotisserie, 1355 Williston Rd, ☎ +1 802 658-1838. Steak and seafood
- The Wooden Spoon Bistro, 1210 Williston Rd., ☎ +1 802 399-2074.
- Guild & Company, 1633 Williston Rd, ☎ +1 802 497-1207. Steakhouse that sources its meat and produce from local farms
- Pauline's Cafe, 1834 Shelburne Rd., ☎ +1 802 862-1081. Cafe featuring locally sourced ingredients on seasonal menus
- Vermont National Country Club, 1227 Dorset St, ☎ +1 802 264-9415. The food is almost as popular as the golf and you don't need to be a member to eat here.
- The Windjammer, 1076 Williston Rd, ☎ +1 802 862-6585. Popular steak and seafood restaurant featuring many local ingredients. Huge salad bar and large wine list
South Burlington doesn't have much in the way of nightlife aside from restaurant bars and the previously mentioned Higher Ground. The Upper Deck Pub located at The Windjammer has a decent bar and serves a lot of the same food as the restaurant downstairs, often at lower prices. Guild & Company is also well known for the quality of their cocktails. If coffee is what you're after, skip Starbuck's and try the coffee shop inside Healthy Living. If you really want nightlife in the area, head to Burlington or Winooski.
- Comfort Inn & Suites, 5 Dorset St, ☎ +1 802 863-5541.
- Best Western Windjammer Inn & Conference Center, 1076 Williston Rd, ☎ +1 802 863-1125.
- Doubletree Hotel, 1117 Williston Rd, ☎ +1 802 658-0250.
- Holiday Inn, 1068 Williston Rd, ☎ +1 802 863-6363.
|Routes through South Burlington|
|Montreal ← Winooski ←||N S||→ Williston → Montpelier|
|Rouses Point ← Burlington ←||W E||→ Williston → Montpelier|
|St. Albans ← Burlington ←||N S||→ Shelburne → Rutland|
|END ←||N S||→ Jct N → Hinesburg → Middlebury|