Welcome to our Burlington meeting planning guide – a Burlington city guide for meeting planners. Nestled in northwest Vermont just 45 miles south of the U.S.-Canadian border, Burlington sits on the eastern shore of Lake Champlain and under the gaze of the Green Mountains. Its scenic location sets the stage for a number of recreational activities that have made Burlington popular for years among leisure travelers. But, as the state's largest city, the region's commercial center and home to many of Vermont's largest employers, Burlington event venues are marketing themselves as part of an affordable convention destination for groups, which can take advantage of the picture-perfect scenery without sacrificing modern amenities.
Burlington is served by Burlington International Airport (BTV), which offers daily flights to Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Toronto and Washington, DC through United, Continental, Delta, JetBlue, US Airways and Porter.
One of the largest traditional meeting facilities in Burlington is the Sheraton Burlington Hotel & Conference Center (in fact, it's the largest in the entire state). Located just a few minutes from downtown, the 309-room hotel features 18 meeting rooms, including a 12,480-square-foot Exhibition Hall can accommodate up to 1,300 people. The Sheraton also has several ballrooms, lobby/registration areas and smaller conference rooms for six to 12 people. Catering and audio-visual services can be arranged, and during down time conference guests can enjoy the hotel's on-site restaurant and pub, indoor heated pool or complimentary fitness facility. Other properties in the Burlington area with meeting space include the Best Western Windjammer Inn & Conference Center, which has four meeting rooms, the largest of which can accommodate up to 110 people; the Comfort Inn & Suites in South Burlington, Hampton Inn Burlington and DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Burlington.
Resorts in the Burlington area, such as Jay's Peak, Stowe, Sugarbush and Smuggler's Notch, offer a wealth of opportunities for groups of all ages and skill levels during both winter and summer – ice skating, snowboarding, golfing, mountain biking, horseback riding and more. Of course there's more to Burlington than just the snow and trails. Home to more than 70 live species and more than 100 exhibits that explore the ecology and history of the Lake Champlain Basin, the LEED-certified ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center is available for groups as large as 750 people. Offering several spaces for private events, from intimate art galleries to a 1,453-seat theater, the Flynn Center for Performing Arts is a perfect backdrop for seminars and cocktail receptions thanks to its Art Deco-style and top-notch audio-visual equipment.
A big promoter of the farm-to-table movement, Burlington's culinary experiences are not to be missed. The restaurant at the Inn at Shelbourne Farms features a seasonal menu that changes based on what is available at its on-site garden, such as mouthwatering entrees like wild mushroom pappardelle, butternut squash risotto and Shelbourne Farms pork chop with apple-pumpkin bread pudding. The restaurant has a private dining room for up to 20 people and the Inn itself has several spaces for groups as large as 500 guests. Essential to Burlington's culinary scene is beer, as the state has been named number three in the world for microbrews. The Vermont Pub & Brewery, the oldest craft brewery in the state, is a great option for groups looking to kick back at the end of a long conference.