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Burlington or Stowe

Planning to stay 2 nights in the fall (Oct 5&6- is this too early?)and is Burlington a nicer place to stay than Stowe?

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1. Re: Burlington or Stowe

It depends what you are looking for. Both are great places.

Stowe is a small ski resort town whereas Burlington is a small city. Do you want more of a "country" experience (if yes, then Stowe) or "city" experience (Burlington)?

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2. Re: Burlington or Stowe

Either town will be fun for 2 nights and offer you plenty to do. The 2 places do indeed have a bit of a different character, though both are tiny compared to London or any big city. A quick nutshell:

Burlington is the largest 'city' in Vermont, with ~50,000 people. It's a pretty town on the shore of Lake Champlain. The downtown area is perhaps 5 by 6 blocks, with most buildings in the 3-4 story range and only a couple of ~10 story (the only 2 large hotels - Hilton and Marriott). There are a handful of small art galleries, lots of bars, clubs and restaurants.

Stowe is a smaller mountain ski town of ~17,000. It's a bit more ritzy than Burlington, targeting the wealthier skiers and tourists. There are perhaps 25% the number of restaurants and art places vs. Burlington (and maybe 50% the number of bars). :)

Both are very safe to walk around day or night. Both have nice rec paths for walking or biking. Burlington's is along the lake with impressive sunsets over the Adirondak Mtns of New York. Stowe's is along a small stream, with views of the ski area and surrounding local mtns. Burlington offers more diversity in things to do, eat and see. Stowe offers a slightly more upscale small town experience. Both have nice architecture and are great places to visit.

You can get lots of information on both by doing some searches in this forum, by typing "Stowe restaurants" or other keywords into the field above your post.

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PS - Assuming by "too early", you mean to see fall foliage.... probably no. The peak colors are often slightly later than that (or earlier, depending on the year). That's a pretty safe weekend to be sure to see some nice colors. Make hotel, air, and car rental reservations asap though, since most places book up months in advance.

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4. Re: Burlington or Stowe

Burlington won't generally have peak colors at that time, they'll be a week or more later than the rest of Vermont. But you wouldn't have to drive more than 15 minutes east of Burlington to see plenty of color at that time.

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