Best Events First Night Burlington (one of the original city-wide New Year's Eve celebrations); Magic Hat Brewery Mardi Gras Parade (February); Discover Jazz Festival (early June).
Locals' Favorite Restaurants Leunig's (bistro fare, Euro ambience; 802-863-3759), NECI Commons (proving grounds for New England Culinary Institute students; 802-862-6324), Smokejacks (bold American cuisine, extraordinary cheese and wine lists; 802-658-1119); The Daily Planet (inventive and inexpensive; 802-862-9647); Mirabelles (for lunch; 802-658-3074).
Locals' Favorite Hangouts Red Square or Higher Ground for music; Ri-Raa's Irish Pub; 3 Needs or Vermont Brew Pub; Nectar's (for late-night gravy-fries). oBest Places to Stay Willard Street Inn or Lang House (gracious in-town inns); Radisson Hotel (modern amenities, extraordinary downtown/waterfront setting; moderate) Shelburne House (former Webb/Vanderbilt mansion on spectacular lakeside estate; expensive).
Don't Miss A show at the Flynn Theatre; a UVM hockey game; the Architectural Salvage Warehouse.