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Where to Stay for the Burlington Food Tour

What better—and what tastier—way to delve into the human history of a place than via food?

Come stay with us here at Basin Harbor this summer, and you’ll have a unique opportunity to explore the diverse cultural heritage of Vermont’s biggest city not far from our Lake Champlain resort. The Burlington Edible History Tour is a really fabulous option for anybody looking to learn more about the region’s backstory—and to sample some fine flavors to boot!

The Burlington Edible History Tour: Walking & Eating Your Way Into Vermont’s Past

The Burlington Edible History Tour is a roughly three-hour, 1.5-mile-long walking tour that hits up five Burlington restaurants and several historical landmarks while delving into the city’s ethnic fabric and local foodways.

You’ll learn about Burlington’s African-American, Chinese, Jewish, Italian Greek, Lebanese, French-Canadian, and other culinary traditions as you stroll, reaping the knowledge of your friendly guide and backing up the fascinating historical facts and stories with some toothsome dishes.

The restaurant destinations on the walking tour are Sugar Snap Catering at ECHO, Monarch and the Milkweed at Maglianero, Penny Cluse, Gryphon, and Deli 126. The specially prepared menus at each will add up to a satisfying lunch, and the final eatery stop has the option of enjoying some adult beverages (if you so desire).

Burlington Edible History Tour Details

The Burlington Edible History Tour season overlaps with ours here at Basin Harbor: The tours are offered from mid-June through mid-October on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 1 PM. They kick off out back of the ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain (1 College Street, Burlington, VT), an easy hour or so north of Basin Harbor; be sure you’re wearing some comfy walking shoes!

You’ll have to reserve your ticket for the Burlington Edible History Tour at least a day in advance, as that gives the participating chefs time to prepare the food involved. These are intimate outings maxing out at 12 people. (Find out more info on the walking tour here.)

Explore Burlington’s Culinary History During Your Getaway at Basin Harbor

The Burlington Edible History Tour is just another of many opportunities as a Basin Harbor guest to learn about the Champlain Valley’s history and cuisine firsthand, whether it’s through a history tour or lecture or a foray to the Burlington Farmers Market. Don’t forget, meanwhile, that you’ve got some world-class cookery to enjoy right here on our grounds at one of the Basin Harbor restaurants, too!