While attending graduate school in Vermont, I often started and ended my visits in Burlington. I remember the nicest man at the airport counter who recognized the hometown on my driver's license and wished me a pleasant flight. There was also a stack of pancakes at a cozy breakfast nook, and the cutest little square lined with shops and restaurants, decorated with twinkle lights during the holidays. It's been a while since I've visited, but I have only the fondest memories.
You can imagine my excitement when Joanna contacted me about putting together a guide, because Burlington really is a literary town at heart. Here you'll find bookstores owned by comedians, a thriving poetry series at the University of Vermont, and even a cider shop brewing warm drinks from local apples and plums.