Reintroducing: The SoloFriendly Burlington, VT Pages

by Gray Cargill on September 17, 2014

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Those of you who have been reading this blog for some time probably know that when I’m not traveling solo, I make my home in the Burlington, VT area. I am passionate about this town, because I’ve had the past 24 years to get to know it and discover all its fabulous qualities. So I am always a bit enthusiastic about publicizing–okay, bragging–about those qualities every chance I get. (And no, I don’t get paid by the Vermont Tourism Council to do this.) I’ve even persuaded three different blogger friends to make a stop in Burlington on their New England road trips over the past few years.

When I created SoloFriendly in 2008, one of the first things I did was create my “SoloFriendly Burlington Vermont” pages on why and when to visit, and lodging, dining and activities available in the region. Not a comprehensive list, mind you (that would be exhausting to maintain), but my recommendations as a local. Aside from the occasional deletion of a closed restaurant or minor update on price of something, I haven’t touched those pages since then.

Oh the shame.

Why shame? Because those pages have not been doing Burlington justice. The whole purpose is to share my love for my hometown and possibly persuade some of you out there that yes, Burlington is a great solo travel destination. So I recently undertook a complete editing and revamp of those pages.

Burlington Farmers Market

At the Burlington Farmers Market

Without further ado. . .ta-da! Re-introducing the SoloFriendly Burlington pages! You will always be able to find them using the navigation bar at the top of this blog. Under Destinations, select North America, then Vermont, then SoloFriendly Burlington, VT. The first page is an overview of why Burlington is a great place to visit, how to get around, and what time of year may be best to visit.

Underneath that are pages for:

  • Lodging – Where should you stay when you visit? (No, I’m sorry, you can’t all sleep on my couch.)
  • Dining – Where should you eat when you’re here?
  • Activities – What can you do for fun?
The UVM Green

Fountain on the The University of Vermont Green

While I’ve updated each of these pages with new information, the biggest difference you’ll notice (if you’ve ever looked at the pages before) is the addition of lots of large photos showcasing the city and surrounding area. When I first created these pages, I was using thumbnail photos of everything. (I don’t know what I was thinking.)

How the heck can you tell how beautiful Burlington is if you can hardly see what’s in the picture??? Bigger is better when it comes to photos on the web. So now you can really see why you should visit.

Please check out the pages. I hope you’ll use them to help you plan your own trip to Vermont, and share them with anyone you know who might be interested in doing the same. By the way, if you ever do make it to Burlington, be sure to drop me an email. If I’m in town and not traveling myself, I can usually squeeze in a quick get-together to meet a fellow solo traveler.

Democracy Sculpture

Democracy sculpture, Courthouse Plaza

Katie November 9, 2014 at 6:24 pm

Hey Gray!
I just left Burlington after almost 9 years to move abroad and travel! Love that city, it is my home. I will be back to live one day when I have sufficiently explore the world! (Not sure when that will be though!)

Gray Cargill November 9, 2014 at 6:41 pm

Hi, Katie! Small world! I wish I’d known there was another travel-passionate blogger here in BTV when you were here. Enjoy your travels! (Great blog name, by the way.)

Larry November 2, 2014 at 10:09 pm

Can’t wait to visit to give your recommendations a try!

Gray Cargill November 5, 2014 at 8:24 pm

Glad to hear it, Larry. Are you planning a trip to Vermont?

Kae Lani | A Travel Broad September 27, 2014 at 3:45 pm

Very cool! I didn’t realize there was much to do about Burlington Vermont! Your blog makes me want to check it out!

Gray Cargill September 27, 2014 at 8:51 pm

Then my work here is done, Kae Lani. 🙂

De'Jav September 18, 2014 at 8:51 am

Personally never been to Vermont. I’ve heard great things about it and now you’ve put some of them in front of me. Might have to make a visit sometime and explore. Thanks for the post.

Gray Cargill September 18, 2014 at 6:28 pm

Yay, another win for Vermont! 🙂 Thanks, De’Jav!

Maria Falvey September 18, 2014 at 12:59 am

I do miss great art, especially those works placed in public spaces. Looks amazing.

Gray Cargill September 18, 2014 at 6:31 pm

We have some really quirky public art here, Maria. It’s fun. You should see the flying monkeys on top of Main Street Landing Train Station.

lee September 17, 2014 at 9:53 pm

perfect timing, thank you. shall be on the massive road trip next year and will drop by

Gray Cargill September 18, 2014 at 6:33 pm

Awesome! Be sure to let me know when you’re coming through town. I’d love to finally meet you, Lee.

Lauren Meshkin @BonVoyageLauren September 17, 2014 at 3:13 pm

I’ve never been to Vermont but I’ve always heard wonderful things! Thanks for sharing, I look forward to going through and reading these pages. Fingers crossed I can visit soon 🙂

Gray Cargill September 17, 2014 at 7:53 pm

Well, I’m obviously a little biased, Lauren, but I think Vermont’s a pretty special place. If you make it to Vermont, email me!

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