Washington Post: ‘Why Visit Burlington’ (for the South End!)

Burlington Hotspots Include South End Favorites! Image, John Tully for the Washington Post

SEABA was thrilled to be able to contribute information on the South End Arts District for the Washington Post

Washington Post, Nov. 13, 2019 By Melanie D.G. Kaplan

“Burlington, Vt., had so much of what I had always wanted in a vacation that I often forgot I was on assignment.”

Go: Local Faves

Whether the sun is shining or flakes are falling, Burlingtonians head to Oakledge Park. Located on the Island Line Trail and Burlington Greenway, this large regional park has an accessible treehouse and playground; tennis, basketball, volleyball, bocce and pickleball courts; and SUP rentals through Paddlesurf Champlain at Blanchard Beach. Oakledge Cove (head south through the main parking area to the second parking lot) offers a secluded rocky beach; in summer, locals picnic on the beach and jump from the rocks for a swim. (Grab provisions at nearby City Market and Switchback Brewing Co.) In the winter, parking is free and Oakledge offers small hills for sledding (even better hills at Calahan Park). The sides of the plowed Greenway are used for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Check enjoyburlington.com/winter-outdoors for updates on ice skating and winter trail activities. For groomed skiing trails, head to the Intervale Center, a 360-acre campus of farmland along the Winooski River, open 365 days a year.

No surprise that the email address for ArtsRiot is destroyapathy. Considered the heart of the South End Arts District, this Pine Street music venue, restaurant and community hub opened in 2013 and has been a major force in the revival of the South End, which — as one local put it — was an “industrial wasteland” not long ago. The recently expanded venue hosts 130 nights of live music a year (Cracker performs Dec. 5); other nights, you might catch the Moth Radio Hour, an Ethiopian food pop-up, trivia night, a drag show, a magic show or a poetry reading from the local elementary school. Every summer Friday, ArtsRiot hosts a popular free block party called Truck Stop. Also in the neighborhood: Lake Champlain Chocolates factory for sweets, Speeder & Earl’s for coffee, Citizen Cider or Dedalus for drinks and the Great Northern for dinner. The city’s biggest event is South End Art Hop, a September weekend festival that stretches from Pine Street to downtown. Pick up the alternative weekly Seven Days to find out what’s on for the week.’

Arts Riot by John Tully for the Washington post

Eat: Local Faves

The best $10 you can spend in Burlington is for a baker’s dozen at Myer’s Bagels, and I’d understand if you didn’t share them. Located in a barely identifiable warehouse building down a gravel road in the South End, Myer’s makes Montreal-style bagels, which owner Lloyd Squires explained are rolled by hand, boiled in honey water, then cooked on a wood fire for a crispier exterior. (Try the Montreal spice flavor for a little kick.) Squires is the real deal. He learned the craft as a Montreal teenager from a Holocaust survivor, then opened his Burlington shop in 1996, driving daily from Montreal until he got his green card. Now he opens the shop at 4:30 a.m. and makes 3,000 to 5,000 bagels a day. He’s also hiring and paying enough to give a freelance writer pause.

Myers Bagels on Pine Street, Burlington, VT by John Tully

Shop: Local Faves

Conant Metal & Light is a feast for the eyes — dazzling lighting, decorative metalwork and art made from repurposed objects, like canning jars, wrought-iron ice tongs and telephone pole insulators. All the products in this South End Arts District gallery are manufactured in the adjacent workshop. Be sure to explore the Soda Plant, the old ginger ale bottling plant that houses Conant and recently added a collection of start-up maker companies. Steve Conant, who owns the store and building, prefers “makers” over “retailers.” “I want to attract brands that actually create and make things,” he said. A sampler: Pitchfork Farm & Pickle, Brio Coffeeworks, Shacksbury Cider, Rackk & Ruin Jewelry, Thirty-Odd (featuring 30 local artists), Tomgirl (juices and healthy bowls) and Venetian Ginger Ale, owned by the great-grandson of the original plant’s founder.

The Soda Plant, Pine Street in Burlington’s South End by John Tully

A special thank you to the Washington Post for seeing what we see in Burlington’s South End Arts District every day…a vibrant and unique place to visit, shop, and enjoy!

Full article here; Washington Post; Lifestyle, Vacation Ideas, Things to Do In Burlington by Melanie D.G.Kaplan

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