Eating our way through Burlington
It always helps to have friends! Since we got two independent recommendations for Bistro Leunig we gave it a try and were not disappointed. Duck Tacos and a Salmon Entrée disappeared. After some serious retail therapy on Church Street we stopped for a Chocolate Therapy pick-me-up at the flagship Ben and Jerry store. The August First Bakery & Cafe was open early for breakfast sandwiches and warm bread. There was also a visit to the City Market – a local coop grocery store with an organic edge. But the best was the Saturday Market – reputed to have 90 vendors, but that might be on a slow day. The usual fresh produce was plentiful as well as meat vendors, cheese stalls, wine, beer and craft liquor. Then there were the bakeries and crafters all making this a multi-sensory experience.
Although restaurant and provision options were everywhere, there is more to Burlington than food…. Shopping opportunities include unique Vermont crafts, maple products, and originals like April Cornell. For the traditionalist there is even a mall on the Church St marketplace with a Macy’s and most major national retail stores. Besides getting our fill of shopping, we enjoyed the miles of walking and biking trails bordering the harbor. It was easy to see why this is rated one of the 10 best cities for retirees.