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  • Spirit of Ethan Allen III
    Spanning 140 feet and welcoming up to 424 shipmates, the Spirit of Ethan Allen III stages public and private cruises along Lake Champlain's shoreline in prime view of the Adirondack and Green Mountain ranges. Furnished with heating and air conditioning, each of the ship's three decks seat guests for an array of occasions, including luncheon cabaret shows, brunches, dance parties, and murder-mystery dinners all fueled by the ship's executive chef. The captains disclose historical tidbits and folklore during daily narrated scenic cruises and remain quiet during nightly sunset cruises to let guests groove to background music, sip on spirited beverages, and fill out long-overdue tax forms.
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    348 Flynn Ave
    Burlington, VT US
  • Lake Champlain Maritime Museum
    The story of the United States Navy begins on Lake Champlain. The year was 1776, and the fledgling American Revolution seemed doomed to failure almost before it began after a naval retreat to the town known today as Whitehall, New York. Then the Continental Congress issued a command on June 17 of 1776 "to build, with all expedition, as many galleys and armed vessels as ... shall be sufficient to make us indisputably masters of the lakes Champlain and George." By August, eight new gunboats were afloat on the lake—just in time to face the British in the Battle of Valcour. That story and hundreds more come to life in the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum's collection of more than 15,000 artifacts, images, and documents. Visitors can marvel at the massive 10' x 8' rudder of the steamboat Champlain II, and explore her shipwreck in real time using a remote-operated vehicle. In the Hazelett Watercraft Center, the 111-year-old ice yacht Storm King towers over 90 dugouts, bark canoes, kayaks, rowing skiffs, and sailboats. But the core of the museum is the Key to Liberty exhibit, where visitors can read eyewitness accounts of the Battle of Valcour and marvel at a 9-foot scale model of a gunboat. On fair days, the full-size gunboat replica Philadelphia II sets sail, giving passengers a glimpse of a distant era without the bother of going though a time machine broker first.
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    4472 Basin Harbor Road
    Vergennes, VT US
  • Nectar's
    A culinary gem, Nectar's in Burlington is a hugely-popular spot for terrific sandwiches and good pub food. It's a culinary destination for customers seeking excellent food. If you're trying to plan your week, most people can agree that later in the week (Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays) will be the best time to visit. It should be noted that casual attire is encouraged. Also, with live music, the atmosphere is often reported to get a bit loud. Upon arrival, see if you can try the gravy, as it's frequently gotten rave reviews. In terms of the restaurant itself, it's been tabbed as a nice option for both large groups and dancing. If you need food provided for a local event, take advantage of its catering options. Or, if you're looking for the perfect spot to unwind after work, it's got a phenomenal happy hour and a pretty stout selection behind the bar. One of the top late-night food options around, Nectar's is definitely a good call. Visitors to the restaurant have access to a parking garage, or can park on the street. Prefer to pedal there? Bicycle parking is also provided.
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    188 Main St
    Burlington, VT US
  • East Shore Vineyard
    Thanks to its size and seven trillion gallons of water, Lake Champlain creates the perfect microclimate for growing grapes. East Shore Vineyard is one of its direct beneficiaries, with more than 8,000 vines creeping across 11 acres along the lake's shores. Bob and Linda Livingstone planted the vineyard's first grapevines in 2000. In the years since, they've weathered the Grand Isle's challenges—including the notoriously unforgiving weather—to create award-winning wines that are now available in 160 retailers and restaurants throughout Vermont. But fans don't have to go shopping or hide in a sommelier's cummerbund just to get a taste of the vineyard's products. Instead, they can visit its Burlington-based tasting room and pair sips with Vermont-made cheeses and chocolates.
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    28 Church Street
    Burlington, VT US

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