Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Vermont - Burlington, a small city that really felt like home

Our first point of entry into the United States was Vermont and our destination was Burlington. Vermont is also known as the Green Mountain State and is situated in New England. It is the leading producer of maple syrup in the United States and the state capital is Montpelier.

Now Burlington was a place I could definitely have seen myself living. I don't know why, but I immediately felt comfortable and at home there. I loved the city and it just had an atmosphere of 'homeliness' about it. Burlington is the largest city in Vermont and Ben & Jerry's was founded here in 1978 - unfortunately we never got chance to visit the factory :-(.

Situated on the shores of Lake Champlain, the setting is truly idyllic. it was coming up to Christmas when we visited and the decorations in the mall were gorgeous. A huge Christmas tree dominated the main area.

As we were on the shores of Lake Champlain, we decided to visit the Lake Champlain Chocolate Factory. Yum! The chocolates are all made from high quality Belgian chocolate and ingredients including Vermont cream, honey and nuts etc are added. The attached store sold lovely decorated bags of chocolates and truffles and there was also ice cream available which we definitely indulged in! We then saw the chocolates being made and had lots of yummy samples!

Our next stop was the Vermont Teddy Bear Company. In 1983, John Sortino noticed that all of his son's teddy bears were made in a foreign country. He had the idea of manufacturing teddy bears in America and started selling them from a peddler's cart in 1983. Every bear is cut, sewn, stuffed and stitched at the factory in Vermont. the factory was fascinating and even featured a cute teddy bear hospital!

After such a hectic time in Canada, we spent the rest of the time relaxing, reflecting on our travels so far and taking in the beautiful surroundings of Lake Champlain.

(We stayed at Comfort Inn & Suites, 5 Dorset Street http://www.comfortinn.com/hotel-south_burlington-vermont-VT035)

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