While you’re preparing for EAS 2011, here are some of the things you can do in your spare time before, after and during the Conference in Vermont in 2012.
The Kiplinger organization pegged Burlington as eighth on its list of “best cities for the next decade.”
On the University of Vermont campus, walk three minutes to the other end of the green to the excellent Fleming Museum.
A 10-minute walk downhill from the campus takes you to Burlington’s bustling Church Street, which is jammed with restaurants, shops and brew pubs.
Look for the restaurants and stores who are members of Vermont Fresh Network.
VFN (Vermont Food Network) will be a part of the conference. Walk another five minutes and you are on Burlington’s incomparable lakefront with its Echo Aquarium and Science Center.
Enjoy narrated scenic cruises of Lake Champlain aboard the Spirit of Ethan Allen.
Board a ferry for a great ride across “the Sixth Great Lake” of Lake Champlain.
You can rent bicycles and bike along our 10-mile lakefront.
Fifteen minutes south of Burlington is the world famous Shelburne Museum.
Practically next door to it is Shelburne Farms where we will have our Wednesday Social.
Also in Shelburne is the Vermont Teddy Bear company.
Satisfy your chocolate urge with a tour of Lake Champlain Chocolates
For beer lovers, Burlington itself has three brew pubs, and then four miles south is the Magic Hat Brewery which gives excellent tours.
If you stick around through Saturday, visit Burlington’s excellent farmers’ market.
For multiple levels of urban agriculture, visit Burlington’s 350-acre Intervale Center.
www.intervale.org/ They, too, will be part of the Conference program.
Want to camp? Burlington has a spectacular campground three miles from the University of Vermont campus. Reserve early.
You can go hiking or climbing within an hour of Burlington. The Green Mountain Club, the state’s premier hiking club, has lots of suggestions on its website.
And when you come down from your hike, stop at the Ben and Jerry’s factory in Waterbury for a tour.
For over 70 other tourist attractions in the State,
In summary, to paraphrase Samuel Johnson, “When a person is tired of Burlington and Vermont, he/she is tired of life.”
Bill Mares, 2012 President
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