Your Guide to the Perfect Vermont Lifestyle
Welcome, future Vermonters! We're glad you've chosen Brian French Real Estate as your guide through the enchanting landscapes and vibrant communities of Chittenden County, Vermont. As the most populous county in the state, Chittenden is a treasure trove of natural beauty, historical sites, and cultural attractions. Let's dive into some of the countless things you can do and see in this beautiful part of the Green Mountain State.
Chittenden County is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. With the Green Mountains in our backyard, there are endless opportunities for hiking, biking, and exploring. Mount Philo State Park offers breathtaking views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains, while the Island Line Trail provides a scenic 14-mile bike path that crosses Lake Champlain onto the beautiful islands.
In winter, ski and snowboard enthusiasts will be thrilled with Bolton Valley and Cochran's Ski Area, both offering a variety of slopes for all skill levels. And let's not forget ice fishing on Lake Champlain or snowshoeing through one of our many nature preserves!
Vermont is famous for its farm-to-table cuisine, and Chittenden County is no exception. From artisan cheese makers and craft breweries to organic farms and sugarhouses, there's a culinary adventure waiting around every corner. The Burlington Farmers Market is a must-visit, boasting an array of fresh produce, locally made goods, and delicious street food.
And did we mention maple syrup? Vermont is the largest producer of this sweet treat in the U.S., and sugarhouses such as the Palmer Lane Maple and the Dakin Farm give you a firsthand look at the syrup-making process.
Art lovers will feel right at home in Chittenden County. The Burlington City Arts Center features contemporary exhibits, while the Shelburne Museum houses over 150,000 works in 39 exhibition buildings. For live performances, check out the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts' dynamic schedule of shows and concerts.
If you're a fan of shopping, Chittenden County won't disappoint. The Church Street Marketplace in downtown Burlington is a four-block pedestrian zone that's home to over 100 places to shop and dine. Here you'll find a mix of national retailers and unique local stores offering everything from books and clothing to handmade crafts and Vermont-made products.
For a more traditional mall experience, visit the University Mall in South Burlington, the largest enclosed shopping center in Vermont. It houses major chains like Kohl's, Target, and JC Penney, alongside a selection of specialty stores. The Shelburne Country Store, an institution since 1859, is a must-visit for its nostalgic candies, toys, and kitchen gadgets.
History buffs will appreciate the rich past of Chittenden County. Visit the Ethan Allen Homestead Museum to learn about one of Vermont's founding fathers, or take a stroll around the University of Vermont's historic campus. The Shelburne Farms, a National Historic Landmark, is also worth visiting for its stunning architecture and beautifully preserved landscapes.
Chittenden County hosts a wide range of events throughout the year, from music festivals like the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival to the Vermont City Marathon. There's always something happening here, fostering a strong sense of community and belonging.
Choosing a home is more than just picking a house; it's about choosing a lifestyle. In Chittenden County, we believe we offer the best of Vermont — from our breathtaking landscapes and outdoor activities to our rich history, vibrant arts scene, and delicious local cuisine. With Brian French Real Estate, you're not just buying a house; you're joining a community. Contact us today to learn more!