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Burlington in Fall


Note that Burlington and environs are a year-round tourist area. Fall is foliage season, which means hotel rates are significantly higher than the rest of the year and hotels fill up months in advance. Hotels in downtown Burlington start at $300/night the weekend of the convention.

We have booked a block of rooms at two hotels which have offered discounted rates for singers. These rooms will be held until August 15. We advise making your reservations early.

Mention the name “Sacred Harp” when booking to receive the discounted rate.

Green Mountain Suites  $177-189/night + tax

10 rooms - choice of 2 queen beds or 1 king; suites have kitchenette, dining area and living room with pull-out sofa. Potential to fit up to 4-6 people per room.

  • Full Vermont country-style hot breakfast
  • Shuttle Service from 7am-7pm, including airport pickup and drop off
  • Shuttle to the convention Saturday and Sunday at 9:00am (reserve at the front desk)
  • Pool/Jacuzzi/Fitness area
  • 2.8 miles from the convention site (12 minutes)
  • 2.3 miles from the Burlington airport (7 minutes)

Smart Suites $185-199/night + tax

10 rooms - choice of Double Suite (2 double beds and living room with pull-out sofa) or King Studio (king bed and pull-out sofa in same room). Potential to fit 4-6 people per room.

  • Deluxe continental hot breakfast
  • Complimentary evening snack offered nightly at 4pm
  • Fitness center
  • 3.8 miles from the convention site (14 minutes) - car or cab required; not walkable
  • 4.9 miles from the airport (15 minutes)

Other lodging options: no rooms held, so book early!

Good downtown deals can be found through www.airbnb.com and www.vrbo.com, especially if a group goes in on a house together.

Sunset House Bed and Breakfast - $160/night + tax

Rooms with 1 queen or 2 twin beds.

  • Casual B&B 2 blocks from the convention site (prime downtown location--will sell out fast!)
  • Some rooms have shared bath

Howard Street Guesthouse - $170/night + tax

First floor room with kitchenette, private bath and back patio

  • 20-minute (0.8 mile) walk from the convention site

254 South Union Street Guesthouse - $200/night + tax

Rooms with queen beds and private baths

  • Classic New England guesthouse a 15-minutes (0.5 mile) walk from the convention site
  • All rooms come stocked with free organic breakfast, coffee, tea and juice

Lang Guesthouse - $239/night + tax

Various room types

  • Queen Anne Victorian bed and breakfast in historic inn>
  • 15-minute (0.5 mile) walk from the convention site
Hilton Garden Inn - $330/night + tax

Various room types available

  • Across the street from the convention site

Hotel Vermont - starts at $340/night + tax

Boutique waterfront hotel
  • Features artwork, furniture and and textiles made by Vermont artisans
  • Home to Juniper, nationally-acclaimed farm-to-table restaurant

Housing with local singers

To request housing with a local singer, contact Housing Coordinator Chelsea Smiley at thineabodeVT@gmail.com


Church Street Marketplace – Spanning four, pedestrian-friendly blocks in the middle of Burlington’s historic downtown, the Marketplace hosts street vendors, local artisanal shops, restaurants, and bars with live music.  City Hall, site of the convention, is at the southern end of Church Street.

Burlington Farmers’ Market – Saturdays (May 13-Oct 28) from 8:30 am – 2 pm.  Locally grown produce, flowers, handmade crafts, sweet and savory treats, spirits, wine, meats and cheeses. Musical entertainment in City Hall Park and valet bike parking. (Next to convention site).

City Market Cooperative Grocery Store82 So. Winooski Ave - Community-owned local grocery store offering organic and conventional products, cafe and hot bar.

Cafes & Bakeries

Muddy Waters – 184 Main St.  

Mirabelle’s – 198 Main St.

Magnolia – 1 Lawson Lane – 802-658-3074
A favorite spot for breakfast and lunch. Featuring organic and local ingredients, Burlington’s first ever green/sustainable restaurant can seat large parties.


Leuning’s Bistro – French cuisine and fun, live music; outdoor seating  115 Church St. – 802-864-4045

Farmhouse – Farm-to-table gastropub & seasonal beer garden showcasing local produce, cheeses & craft brews.  160 Bank St. – 802-859-0888

American Flatbread – Burlington Hearth – Flatbread pizza and home brewed Belgian and German-style beer.  115 St. Paul St. – 802-861-2999

Splash – Casual waterfront restaurant and bar on Lake Champlain. Literally floating on the lake, great for large parties and outdoor dining.

Sherpa Kitchen – Relaxed eatery with a warm atmosphere serving classic Nepalese & Himalayan Sherpa cuisine.

Hen of the Wood – Voted “best restaurant” by Burlington foodies. James Beard-nominated eatery featuring daily menus of local, seasonal fare, craft cocktails & understated decor

Shy Guy Gelato – Founded by local Vermonter who studied gelato-making in Italy. Only local & seasonal ingredients. 457 St Paul Street and cart on Church Street (near Ken’s Pizza, Sat-Sun 12-9pm).

Area Attractions

Museums, Tours and Performing Arts

Shelburne Farms – Cornelius Vanderbilt’s granddaughter created this model agricultural estate, which survives today as a 1400-acre working farm and school, producing excellent cheese, dairy, bread and meats.  Visit for breakfast or dinner, tour the buildings, walk the gardens, and meet the animals.  1611 Harbor Rd Shelburne 05482 – 802-985-8498

Shelburne Museum – Visit the eclectic collection of a Vanderbilt heiress, who salvaged historically relevant houses, a lighthouse, a covered bridge and other 18th and 19th century items, and moved them to land surrounding the family’s country estate. U.S. Rte 7, Shelburne 05482 – 802-985-3346

Burlington Civil War Places – Created by the Vermont Humanities Council, with research by historian Howard Coffin, and support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Vermont's Burlington Edible History Tour – Take a walk back in time to connect the history of Burlington’s early ethnic groups to their food traditions, when farm to table was a way of life. Over a 2-mile walk, you’ll discover the local ethnic history and food traditions of Abenaki, African Americans, Chinese, French Canadians, Germans, Greeks, Irish, Italians, Jews, Lebanese and Yankees.

Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory – Includes samples and an outdoor “graveyard” of all retired flavors. 1401 Rte 100, Waterbury – 802-882-1240

ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center – Discover 70 live species, over 100 interactive experiences, and seasonal changing exhibits and events --- all exploring the Ecology, Culture, History, and Opportunities for Stewardship of the Lake Champlain Basin.

Rokeby Museum – 18th-century farmstead and museum documenting its history as an Underground Railroad shelter.

Ethan Allen Homestead – A historic house museum, gardens and walking trails at 1 Ethan Allen Homestead in Burlington, Vermont. Built in 1787 by Ethan Allen.

Flynn Center for the Performing Arts – theater, comedy and music

Apple Picking and Hikes   

Shelburne Orchards – Sour cherries in summer, apples, peaches, pears, cider donuts and hayrides in autumn.  Scenic drive through Shelburne to see fall foliage.

Sam Mazza’s Farm –  Great for kids.

Shelburne Farms – Produces meat, dairy and bread.

Mt. Philo – Nearby family-friendly hike.

Camel’s Hump and Mt. Mansfield offer more advanced hikes up steeper mountains.

The Intervale – A Burlington nonprofit focused on community land use and sustainable food systems hosts Summervale and Winter event series. Home to many farms, walking areas and paths along the Winooski River.

“Leaf Peeping”

Waterfront Bike Paths, Boating & Beaches

Page updated 28 July, 2017