Burlington, Vermont, is Eco- and Cash-Friendly

Posted February 3, 2010 by Kate Hamman

Burlington Recently named one of the greenest cities in the U.S., Burlington, Vermont, doesn't fool around when it comes to preserving Mother Earth. Come shop for local items at the city's premier food co-op, grab breakfast all day at an organic cafe that uses eco-friendly practices, and stay at an historic inn that makes being green look easy. Best of all, you won't have to dip far into your cash flow to enjoy it.

City Market/Onion River Co-op
: Located in downtown Burlington, the City Market sells organic products and carries more than 1,600 Vermont-made items. Originally a food co-op that brought together local vendors, the store has now become the leading supermarket for the downtown area. With 73 percent of its items coming from local producers and 60 cents of every dollar staying in Vermont, the City Market helps keep local suppliers in business.

Magnolia Bistro
: From the LEED-certified carpet to the biodegradable paint stripper used in its renovation, Magnolia applies green practices to every inch of its space. This GRA-certified breakfast-and-lunch bistro uses fresh organic ingredients whenever possible in its inventive dishes, such as the Belgian lime waffle or the garbanzo burger. Stop by in the morning or afternoon for a stack of oatmeal pancakes or the local steak sandwich. Entrees start at $5.

Willard Street Inn Bed and Breakfast
: You may be surprised to learn that this elegant Victorian inn built in the 1880s is about as green as it gets. With solar-powered garden lights, low-flow water fixtures, and recycled products, the inn has gone to great lengths to offer guests an eco-friendly stay in a historic setting. Choose from 14 guest rooms, each uniquely decorated with antiques and period pieces. Rooms start at $140 per night, and include a full breakfast.

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Reader Comments

We were in a caution light intersection & a Van anticipating the Green light ran over us. We were init not at fault but some good som witness came forward & we ended up in fault. The ins orig even paid the hosp bill. The good people of Ver/NH state line gave us some home cooking & we ended up @ fault. I would not go back for any amount of money ever. Glad to be down South

Posted on February 06, 2010 at 05:14 PM by Dennis

Burlington has the most beautiful bike path running for 17 miles along the shores of Lake Champlain. Riding a small bicycle ferry you can go up to the magical islands and feel like you are in Europe. Local Motion, the area's non-profit promoting bike and pedestrian activities operates the ferry and a bike rental shop right on the bike path downtown.

Posted on July 27, 2010 at 06:31 AM by adele dienno

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