The perfect week in February begins with mid-week skiing and riding at one of Vermont’s pristine slopes. Stowe Mountain Resort is a perfect option that’s both easily accessible from the interstate and accommodating to all styles and ability levels.
To escape the weekend ski crowds, set your compass north for Burlington where the annual Winter Festival celebrates the spirit of winter with fun activities, events and deals. Activities include Vermont's own sanctioned snow sculpture competition, a family expo with activities and crafts, live entertainment at the Boathouse, a youth music and dance performance, and more.
Burlington is known for it’s young college-town vibe and features exceptional dining options, eclectic shops, and the pedestrian-only Church Street Marketplace. After grabbing dinner, wander through the lit marketplace, snap a photo with the sculptures and hear live music at one of Burlington’s many nightclubs. Spend the night in one of the lakefront hotels on Battery St., just a short walk from the main drag, and awake to tranquil views of Lake Champlain that will immortalize the experience forever.
What: 20th Annual Burlington Winter Festival
When: Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012
Where: Church Street Marketplace and ECHO Family Center, Burlington, Vt.
Admission: Most events are FREE
Attractions: Snow sculpture and ice carving competitions, Penguin Plunge, shopping, dining, deals from local vendors
With the Kids: Visit ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, interactive museum exhibits
Festival info: Click here or call 802-864-0123
Skiing and Riding: Stowe Mountain Resort
Stats: 4,395 ft, 116 trails, 13 lifts, 4 terrain parks, 1 halfpipe
Lift tickets: $88 Adult (13-64), $66 Child (6-12), $77 Senior (65+), Kids five and under ski FREE
Other activities: Snow tubing, dog sledding, nordic skiing, snowshoeing
Experiencing Burlington: Burlington offers a wealth of options for all budgets, tastes and ages
Breakfast: Penny Cluse, Magnolia Bistro, American Flatbread (Breakfast Pizzas)
Lunch: Halvorson’s, Red Onion Bakery, Burlington Bay Cafe
Dinner: A Single Pebble, Sweetwaters, Trattoria Delia
Cocktails, Beer and Wine: Drink, Vermont Pub and Brewery, Three Needs
Live music: Nectar’s, Club Metronome, Red Square, Ri-Ra’s Irish Pub
Waterfront Lodging: Courtyard Marriott Burlington Harbor
Reservations: Click here or call 800-321-2211
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