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A New Year’s Festival to Remember :: First Night Burlington 26 Nov 2014, 9:42 am
On New Year’s Eve, we Vermonters pull on our sweaters, hats, and mittens and head to downtown Burlington for the art festival of the year: First Night Burlington. A tradition that spans several decades, First Night is a celebration of all types of art, from music to dancing to theater to film.
The First Night movement began in Boston in 1976 as a substance-free celebration of New Year’s Eve, and since then has spread to over 130 cities around the world. As the fifth city in the world to adopt this special way of ringing in the New Year, Burlington has continued to attract artists from diverse disciplines to share their talents with the local community. This year, Burlington will welcome over sixty different performing groups. For a complete list of the artists, check out the Burlington First Night website.
Certain events require tickets, while other events are free such as the two fireworks displays at 6 p.m. and midnight. Tickets may be purchased online at the website above, and can be delivered to your home address or collected at the “Will-Call” table at City Hall on the corner of Main Street and Church Street. A pass for all events is $15 for adults and $5.00 for children, while tickets for individual performances are $5.00 each.
Best yet, all of these wonderful events are within walking distance of The Lang House. So, grab your warmest sweater and spend the evening popping in and out of cozy venues nestled throughout the town, which will be overflowing with energy, expression, and inspiration. What better way to welcome 2015 than with a celebration of art and community?
We’ll see you there!
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Slow Food and Fast Honky-Tonk: EATxNE Music Festival 17 Sep 2014, 1:38 pm
We love local music. We love local food. We say it a lot, but it certainly can’t be overstated. Guess who else loves both? Higher Ground, located just up the road in Williston. They’ve paired up with the venerable Burlington institution the Skinny Pancake and brought you EATxNE this Sept. 19-21, a brand spanking new, three-day, family friendly, totally free food, beer, and music festival. Vermont’s farmers and chefs are bringing you harvest-fresh foods and goods, while nano-brewers from the Champlain Valley to the Northeast Kingdom to Green Mountain National Park will have the taps a-flowin’ with rare and delicious beverages. And how could we forget about the music line-up? Ranging from BTV pros Josh Panda & the Hot Damned, to up-and-comers like the Burlington Bread Boys, to national acts like the Felice Brothers, you’d best be packing your sturdiest boots for some serious foot-stomping, honky-tonk, down home goodness.
Don’t click away yet—that’s not all EATxNE has to offer! Over thirty free seminars will be offered over the course of the weekend to educate you on the sustainable, slow-food movement in Vermont, falling into one of three categories: Grow, Create, and Sell.
As if this event couldn’t get any better, Higher Ground and the Skinny Pancake’s goal is to raise over $20,000 for Burlington’s Intervale and ECHO Aquarium, as well as Slow Food Vermont, the Vermont Community Garden Network, and Vermont FEED (farm-to-school education). So eat liberally, dance merrily, and keep Vermont weird — and locally sourced!
All of this takes place downtown at the scenic Oakledge Park on the water, a quick bike or bus ride away from the Lang House.
Sign up for seminars and buy food & drink tickets on the EATxNE website.
And check out this clip of the Burlington Bread Boys down on
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Grand Point North 2014, Coming to a Waterfront Near You 10 Sep 2014, 3:41 pm
Do you know Grace Potter
& the Nocturnals?
She’s a pretty big deal, right?
Well, did you know that she’s from Waitsfield, Vermont, just a hop-skip-jump away from Burlington? Since 2010, Grace and the Nocturnals have been showing their home state some serious love with Grand Point North, a two-day festival Sept. 13th & 14th down at the waterfront of local and national musical acts.
This year’s line-up is exceptionally outstanding, featuring the likes of The War on Drugs, Lucius, Trampled by Turtles, and of course, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals. One of our favorite local bands, Swale, will also be hitting the main stage Saturday evening. And what would a Burlington festival be without local food? Grand Point Local, a collection of food stands, will feature some of our favorites, like the Skinny Pancake, Bluebird BBQ, Pingala Cafe, The Hindquarter, and more!
Two-day passes, as well as single-day passes for Saturday and Sunday, are still available on the Grand Point North website. Snag ‘em while they’re still available!
The music and the ambiance are pretty family friendly, and children under 12 get in free.
The Lang House is only a short (and free!) bus ride away if you take the College Street shuttle from Willard Street down to the waterfront. Join us in our relaxing Burlington Bed and Breakfast… it’s the perfect way to end a day of fun and music!
Here are some of our favorite songs from the featured bands:
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South End Art Hop 2014 Event – Sep 5-7 3 Sep 2014, 9:50 am
South End Art Hop September 5-7th, 2014 in Burlington, Vermont
For the 22nd time, Burlington’s South End will host the South End Arts & Business Association’s (SEABA’s) annual Art Hop! Starting on Friday, September 5th and going until Sunday, September 7th, you will find a huge exhibition of visual art all over Burlington’s South End. With 29 locations, it might just take you the whole weekend to see it all. The South End, whose activity is centralized on Pine Street, has been dubbed Burlington’s “art district” due to the overwhelming number of artists, galleries and studios in the area. Many local businesses even transform themselves into temporary galleries for the weekend, showcasing masterpieces of over 500 local and regional artists.
This year’s exciting events include the Comedy Hop!, Kids Hop!, and the STRUT! Fashion Show.
- The Comedy Hop! will be on Friday, September 5th behind the Maltex Building from 8pm to 10pm. Get your tickets here to see Adam Newman and Dan St. Germain, both known for their appearances on various MTV and late night comedy programs.
- Kids Hop! is a free event on Saturday, September 6th from 10am to 2pm, geared towards families with children ages 3 to 12. Kids Hop! will feature many hands on activities like decorating the sidewalks with chalk, music and much, much more!
- The STRUT! Fashion Show directly supports SEABA and tends to sell out quickly, so if you want to watch 20 local clothing designers show off their creative designs, make sure to buy your tickets ASAP here. The fashion shows starts at 6:30pm on Saturday, September 6th and will be hosted under the tent behind the Maltex Building.
Our staffers’ favorite thing about the Hop is seeing all the different kinds of creative talent Burlington has to offer. You can see everything from sculptures made out of chocolate to hand made harmonica cases to beautiful photography—I could go on forever about all the great things you can see at the hop, but I guess you’ll just have to check it out for yourself! The CCTA provides a free shuttle from the downtown parking garages to the Hop, and since our Burlington bed and breakfast is only a 10 minute walk from the Church Street parking garages, you don’t even have to worry about finding a parking spot. Be prepared for great people watching, wonderful art and all the delicious local food, beer and cider!
Go to http://seaba.com for more information about the event. For a PDF map of the event, click here. For a complete activities calendar, click here. Don’t forget to check out the Art Hop page on Facebook for live updates!
The KeyBank Vermont City Marathon, Running to You May 25 23 May 2014, 12:29 pm
It’s that time of year again! Burlington’s own popular annual marathon will take place this coming Sunday, right before Memorial Day. We’re fully booked for the entire weekend, and some of our guests coming in are marathon runners. We wish them the best of luck and we’re delighted to have been chosen as their home base for some important pre- and post-marathon R&R!
For those of you not running and simply coming to Burlington to enjoy a long weekend on Champlain’s sunny shores, make sure you take a look at the marathon route on the website. A lot of roads around the city, from University Heights to the Old North End to the bike paths, will have restricted traffic or will be closed entirely, both to bikes and cars.
Scenic shots, like this one, are abundant along our marathon route
For our marathoners, here’s a short and fun informative video brought to you by our local news channel WPTZ and the experts over at Fletcher Allen, just in case you need some quick tips on how to prevent injury both before and on race day.
We’re excited for you runners to finally see all your hard work pay off at the finish line, and to those of you coming for the holiday weekend, take some time to cheer along the route while you’re strolling Sunday morning!
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Celebrating UVM’s Commencement Ceremonies May 16-18 16 May 2014, 8:36 am
This upcoming weekend will be the 213th commencement ceremonies of the University of Vermont. Thousands of undergraduate, graduate, and medical school students will receive their diplomas after years of hard work and effort in class and in the community. The biggest ceremony, that of the undergraduates, is held on the university green (weather permitting). The forecast for Sunday looks a little damp at the moment, but we’re hoping that’ll turn around!
Many of our staffers at the Lang House are past or present UVM students, and the owner and innkeeper Kim Borsavage used to work for the College of Medicine. Additionally, many of our guests staying at the inn this upcoming weekend are parents who have visited the Lang House frequently over the course of their graduates’ career at the university. We’re delighted to host them and to be a part of the commencement weekend experience, so we’ve added a few special events to our usual list of services to ease some of the stress that can come with graduating! We’ll be welcoming our guests and their graduates for an early breakfast before the main ceremony in the morning, and Chef Courtney will be whipping up an additional delicious luncheon in between the main ceremony and the afternoon services.
We’ve had the pleasure of accommodating many university parents and students over the course of our ten years as a centrally-located inn, and we’ll miss our undergraduate staffers after they go on to bigger and better things. However, words can’t describe how excited we are for all the graduates and how proud we are of their work and accomplishments. Congratulations to UVM’s class of 2014, and see you soon!
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Hiking During Vermont’s Fifth and Muddiest Season 7 May 2014, 8:14 am
The buds are starting to unfurl, the snow is running off the Green Mountains, the last round of April showers are drenching the valleys, the rivers and lakes are flooding… spring is finally here in Vermont after a long winter spent in the polar vortex.
We know the trails and hikes of Vermont are one of its biggest draws, but not so fast, outdoor enthusiasts: we’re entering the mud season.
Those not native to New England might not be familiar with its fifth season. The jury is out on whether or not its presence is due to heavy rains, the deepness of winter’s frost, or the amount of snow still on the ground once V.T. begins to thaw out. Whatever the cause, we’re all familiar with the sight of a classic Vermont back road, covered with pits of mud and pools of standing water, and that sinking feeling in your gut of, “oh, come on!” Nothing to it but to do it, right? There’s a reason why so many Vermonters own Subarus.
Because the ground is so fragile and the vegetation so susceptible to damage, hiking is limited by the Green Mountain Club until late May. Check out their website for trails all over the state they’ve deemed appropriate for use, and ask the staff at the Lang House how we can make your spring day of trekking a great experience.
Tips: we love the Mallets Bay Causeway in Colchester, and we’re only a short 20-minute drive away! And there’s always the bike path along the lake for a scenic stroll or ride. Need to rent a bike? Try North Star Sports on Main Street.
Burlington Jazz Festival 2012 31 May 2012, 1:09 pm
Burlington’s proud to be hosting the 2012 Burlington Jazz festival starting tomorrow June 1st through June 10th.
With multiple artists and events happening daily, something is sure to please each member of the family! Look below for a list of some of the things happening this week:
- Performances in intimate venues
- Waterfront concerts
- Street parties
- Cruises on Lake Champlain
- Meet-the-artist sessions
- Master Classes
Musicians such as Ella Fitzgerald and Bela Fleck will grace the stages, along with up and coming local artists. To purchase tickets online visit www.FlynnTix.org or by phone at (802) 86-FLYNN.
Music Scene in Burlington, VT 28 Mar 2012, 2:47 pm
Burlington has long been deemed the college town of Vermont, sprinkled with canvas’s, dorm rooms, student apartments and lots and lots of young adults filling the streets. So why is that a good thing you ask? Well with the youth, comes lots of talent and the crowds to support it.
Just look at the local newspaper Seven Days (www.7dvt.com), and you will see a wide range of music playing on a daily basis; From punk to jazz to open mic nights for those just breaking out on the town, there is something to please almost any taste. And even better, most of the shows are either free or under $10!
So whether you want to dine will enjoying some tunes, or maybe just have a local Vermont beer, this town is a nice place to enjoy some original live music every day of the week! And why not relax at The Lang House for the evening and make it a romantic trip to Vermont! Only a 5 minute walk from main downtown!
Seven Daisies Awards 2011 6 Mar 2012, 1:17 pm
Ever wonder what the best restaurant is for brunch, or what
about the best new restaurant in town? Seven Days,
Burlington,Vermont’s local paper, has just the thing for you!
Every year Seven Days creates a survey of Vermont residents, to vote on categories from best female performer to VT newscast. So many different categories that are sure to lead you in the right direction, or at least what we locals consider to be! Just click on their website and find out all the award winners for 2011, and find out how to vote for 2012!