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In Season, Spring 2018 

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Burlington Farmers Market

Spring can be slow to arrive in Vermont: March and April often bring mud — or still more snow — instead of flowers. So the real sign of the season is when the Burlington Farmers Market moves outside. Though it's a popular indoor gathering spot during the chillier months, the bustling outdoor marketplace doubles as a weekly festival in the heart of downtown. In addition to 90-plus vendors of food, artisan crafts and other goods, it includes live musical entertainment and frequently inspires impromptu picnics and acro-yoga circles. Do as the locals do: Save Saturday morning for the market.

Indoor markets are Saturdays, March 10 & 24 and April 7 & 21, at the Davis Center, University of Vermont, in Burlington. Outdoor markets are Saturdays from May through October at Burlington City Hall Park. Info, burlingtonfarmersmarket.org.

Cycle the City

click to enlarge Evening ride along the Burlington bike path. - FILE: CALEB KENNA
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  • Evening ride along the Burlington bike path.

Burlington travelers may find the idiom "spinning one's wheels" — meaning to waste time or put in effort for no gain — highly ironic. That's because one of the most rewarding ways to explore the city is by bike. Local Motion, an advocacy group for people-powered transportation, promotes a free, self-guided loop called Cycle the City. The relatively flat 10 miles showcase Burlington's history, culture and natural beauty, leading pedal pushers from the waterfront bike path to a historic park to Intervale farms to architecturally rich hillside neighborhoods. Read the full guide before you go, then download the route to your smartphone and saddle up!

Find the Cycle the City guide at localmotion.org/cycle_city. Bike rentals are available at Local Motion, 1 Steele Street, Suite 103; North Star Sports, 100 Main Street; and Skirack, 85 Main Street in Burlington.

Spirit of Ethan Allen III

click to enlarge Sunset cruise on Lake Champlain - COURTESY OF JENNA BRISSON
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  • Sunset cruise on Lake Champlain

You haven't really seen Burlington until you've viewed it from the middle of Lake Champlain — as its early European settlers first did. From a far-off vantage, the port city and its surroundings take on a new shape. Springtime can be too cool for paddling, so board the Spirit of Ethan Allen III for a cruise that won't get you wet. The multilevel ship, which docks at Waterfront Park, offers a variety of daily outings with focuses ranging from history and geology to music and dining. (Champagne on Champlain Brunch Cruise, anyone?) Above all, the floating tours buoy spirits with smooth sailing and incomparable scenery.

Daily cruises run mid-May through mid-October. Info, soea.com.

click to enlarge Selection of fresh-cut spring flowers - MATTHEW THORSEN
  • Matthew Thorsen
  • Selection of fresh-cut spring flowers

Burlington Farmers Market

Le printemps sait se faire désirer au Vermont : mars et avril sont des mois souvent boueux, quand ce n'est pas la neige qui s'accroche et retarde l'arrivée des fleurs. Ce qui signale vraiment le début du printemps, c'est quand le Burlington Farmers Market s'installe à l'extérieur. Le marché, qui demeure très animé à l'intérieur durant les mois d'hiver, se transforme en véritable festival hebdomadaire au cœur du centre-ville dès le retour des beaux jours. Outre les produits alimentaires et artisanaux – on compte plus de 90 commerçants – le marché propose également des prestations musicales, des pique-nique impromptus et des ateliers d'acro-yoga. Faites comme les gens d'ici : réservez votre samedi matin pour aller au marché.

— Marché intérieur les samedi 10 et 24 mars et 7 et 21 avril, au Davis Center de l'Université du Vermont, à Burlington. Marché extérieur tous les samedis de mai à octobre, au parc City Hall de Burlington. Info : burlingtonfarmersmarket.org.

Cycle the City

click to enlarge Evening ride along the Burlington bike path. - FILE: CALEB KENNA
  • File: Caleb Kenna
  • Evening ride along the Burlington bike path.

À Burlington, l'expression « tourner en rond », qui signifie stagner, ne pas progresser, perd toute sa connotation négative, car l'une des meilleures façons d'explorer la ville est d'en faire le tour à vélo. Local Motion, un groupe en faveur du transport non motorisé, fait la promotion d'un circuit en boucle autoguidé gratuit appelé Cycle the City. Ce circuit relativement plat de 16 km permet de découvrir l'histoire, la culture et la beauté naturelle de Burlington, depuis la piste cyclable au bord de l'eau jusqu'à un parc historique, en passant par les fermes de l'Intervale et en admirant la riche architecture des quartiers à flanc de colline. Lisez le guide complet avant de partir, puis téléchargez le circuit sur votre téléphone intelligent et enfourchez votre vélo!

Le guide Cycle the City est disponible à 
localmotion.org/cycle_city. Vélos en location 
à Local Motion, 1 Steele Street, Suite 103; 
North Star Sports, 100 Main Street; et à Skirack, 
85 Main Street, à Burlington.

Spirit of Ethan Allen III

click to enlarge Sunset cruise on Lake Champlain - COURTESY OF JENNA BRISSON
  • Courtesy Of Jenna Brisson
  • Sunset cruise on Lake Champlain

On ne connaît pas vraiment Burlington tant qu'on ne l'a pas vue depuis le milieu du lac Champlain — telle que les colons européens l'ont aperçue pour la première fois. Depuis ce point d'observation, la ville portuaire et ses environs se dévoilent sous un jour nouveau. Comme il fait souvent trop froid au printemps pour pagayer, montez à bord du Spirit of Ethan Allen III pour une sortie sur le lac où ne vous risquez pas de vous mouiller. Ce bateau à plusieurs ponts, qui accoste au parc Waterfront, offre une foule de promenades quotidiennes sur le thème de l'histoire, de la géologie, de la musique ou encore de la gastronomie. (Un brunch-croisière avec champagne, ça vous dit?) Ne boudez pas votre plaisir et venez profiter de panoramas incomparables au beau milieu du lac Champlain.

Croisières quotidiennes de la mi-mai jusqu'à la mi-octobre. Info : soea.com.

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