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Burlington, Vermont

Hotel Vermont

Hotel Vermont

Why Now: This northern Vermont college town has swapped its flannel-wearing persona for a cosmopolitan earthiness. Galvanized by a passion for sustainable agriculture and an innovative community—the city recently became the nation’s first to generate all of its energy from renewable sources—Burlington entices with craft breweries, funky galleries and farm-to-fork eateries that actually walk the walk.

Where to Go: Relax in style in Hotel Vermont’s inviting, ecofriendly rooms and rustic-chic public spaces. Breakfast downstairs at Juniper—think roasted mushroom tartines and buttery Barrio Bakery pastries—borders on sublime. On the waterfront, Local Motion rents bicycles for pedaling the Burlington Greenway, newly rerouted to hug the shore of Lake Champlain. Make a midday pit stop at Foam Brewers for a pour of crisp, golden Saison de Foam before indulging in savory crepes at the hyperlocal Skinny Pancake, where a big foodshed map lets you trace your lunch’s Green Mountain origins. Two blocks east, Pine Street marks the quirky South End Arts District; browse through agricultural pieces repurposed into hip home décor at Barge Canal Market or fuel your brain on the works adorning the S.P.A.C.E. Gallery. Hit Mad River Distillers for a predinner maple mojito, then head to Monarch & the Milkweed, which opened to a flutter of excitement last summer, to sample the “fine diner” creations from an all-star cast of Vermont foodies.

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