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Barking Up Burlington, Vermont!

When we last left the GoPetFriendly team they were living the high life in Stowe, Vermont. In this episode we see them back in the Winnebago, and off to explore two more of Vermont’s gems … the city of Burlington and the Ben and Jerry’s ice cream factory.  

After a glowing endorsement by our friend, Peggy Frezon, and a solid showing in our “Best City for Pet Travelers” tournament, we knew our tour of Vermont would include a trip to Burlington. College in Milwaukee followed by five years in Chicago has left me partial to lakeside cities, and Burlington’s perch on the banks of Lake Champlain was just too much to resist. And it was even better than we’d imagined.

Burlington’s Waterfront

Buster and Ty - Burlington, VT

It’s clear that Burlington adores it’s waterfront dotted with parks, a recreational path, and perfectly placed restaurant balconies for gazing at the view. Picnickers, boaters, and lots of people walking their dogs were out enjoying the gorgeous day.

Waterfront - Burlington, VT

It’s a big enough city to find plenty to do, and small enough to be able to walk anywhere. Well, most of us were fine walking around … but Ty had other ideas.

Ty in Wagon - Burlington, VT

Come on! Why won’t you pull me in the wagon?

Battery Park’s Views

Just up the hill is Battery Park with it’s commanding views and interesting history – this was the site of several engagements between land batteries and British warships on Lake Champlain during the War of 1812. It’s famous for it’s sunset views, but we also found it to be the perfect spot to rest in the shade and drink in the scenery.

Battery Park - Burlington, VT Buster in Battery Park - Burlington, VT Battery Park - Burlington, VT

Checking Out Church Street

From the park, Church Street is only a ten minute walk, and you’re not going to want to miss this pet friendly pedestrian mall. Many of the stores welcome pets to shop with you – just be sure to ask first – and there were dogs under the tables of most of the eateries. If you’re looking for a pet friendly restaurant – this would be the place to start!

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Even if your dog hasn’t polished his “sit under the table” skills, you can still head to Church Street for a bite to eat. Look for the locally famous dumpling cart, where delicious steamed dumplings make the perfect snack or light lunch.Church Street - Burlington, VT

We happened to be in town on a Friday, and as evening rolled around musicians and street performers began setting up along the street. Both dogs and people stopped to enjoy the free shows.

Church Street - Burlington, VT

Scattered along Church Street are statues of teddy bears – a tribute to the Vermont Teddy Bear Company, I’m guessing. Ty was thrilled to meet the fishing bear and had visions of tootling around the lake, partaking of that rare delicacy all dogs dream about … drinking from the minnow bucket.

Ty with Teddy Bear - Church Street - Burlington, VT

However, this revelation quickly snapped our boy back to reality! Though he’s rumored to be a happy, friendly lake monster, Ty has no interest in meeting “Champ.”

Buster and Ty - Burlington, VT

So we took off to pursue another of Ty’s favorite things … ice cream!

Ben and Jerry’s Factory Tour

Ben and Jerry's - Burlington, VT

As you head from Burlington toward Stowe, you pass right by the Ben and Jerry’s factory tours and gift shop. And what dog wouldn’t want to visit here? Of course, dogs can’t go on the factory tours, but there’s still plenty to do!

They have ice cream …

Dogs at Ben & Jerry's - Burlington, VT

They have cows …

Ben & Jerry's - Burlington, VT

And they have this really cool bus! (Okay, we may find big, colorful vehicles more exciting than most people – but still, this is pretty cool, right?) 

Ben & Jerry's - Burlington, VT

The only drawback is that they also have lines … really long lines to get ice cream!

Ben & Jerry's - Burlington, VT

So, we bought a couple of pints in the gift shop and shared them with the boys back in the RV. Peach Cobbler seems to be their favorite!

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  • Great suggesiton, Kathleen! The brewery movement is something that was just getting started when we last visited Burlington – I bet there are a lot of great places to check out by now. Thanks for your note, and waggin’ trails!

  • Visitors with dogs should also check out the many brewery tours in the area. My boyfriend and I met a very happy yellow lab named Howdy (most perfect name ever) at Magic Hat in 2014. I think a lot of those places welcome dogs.

  • Excellent, Janet – thanks so much for the note!

  • Don’t forget the Lake Champlain Ferry! They too welcome dogs aboard. We had a fantastic ride across Lake Champlain with our two pugs recently.

  • I’ve been to both The Commons and Church Street. I think your theory has merit. I also think it’s affected by the college population. My daughter went to Cornell and rarely went to the Commons. Mostly because Collegetown was where they wanted to be. In Burlington, UVM has no area like Collegetown—so Church Street is it.

  • A regular conversation in the Ithaca newspaper is about why Ithaca’s pedestrian shopping mall doesn’t appear to be as thriving as Burlington’s. Not once have I read anyone suggesting it’s because Church Street is dog-friendly while The Commons is not (dogs are prohibited at all times). In our next election, I’ll probably ignore the parties and just vote for the mayoral candidates with a dog!In the meantime, I’ll just envy Burlington. It looks lovely.

  • Carrie Noar says:

    Ben and Jerry’s?! Yes please! I think the girls and Kuster would be seriously honked off if we took a tour without them. If we ever get up in that corner of the woods, I would love to visit all of it, though!

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