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Burlington

OCTOBER 19-22, 2018

Burlington is vibrant, entrepreneurial and historic, yet innovative. It's a city that has kept its charm while also being positively edgy. Locals and visitors alike enjoy Burlington's walkable downtown, its abundance of parks and cheerful streets ripe for exploring the city's dining, shopping and abundance of arts. Foodies will savor exploring the chocolateries, breweries and farm-to-table restaurants offering local meats, the freshest produce and world-renowned cheeses and maple. Outdoors enthusiasts are drawn to Waterfront Park, where in addition to miles of recreation paths north and southbound, the city's nearby beaches are prime for an afternoon swim, kayak or paddleboard. There are also opportunities to learn to sail or take a sunset cruise. Of course, after sunset, enjoy downtown Burlington's nightlife at its theaters, bars and brew pubs - many of which are host to a festive live music scene.


Did You Know?

  • In 1978, childhood friends Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield opened an ice cream shop in a renovated gas station. While the pairs' experience was limited to a $5 correspondence course in ice-cream making, Ben and Jerry's became a worldwide sensation. The rest is sweet, sweet history.
  • Burlington was the first city in the US to source 100% of its residential electric energy from renewable sources.
  • Burlington is home to gigabit internet and is part of a network of more than 25 communities committed to accelerating the development, deployment and sharing of smart community technology solutions.

HERE'S WHAT THE WEEKEND LOOKS LIKE:


Friday Evening

Welcome Reception will take place 5–7 p.m. at Bleu at the Courtyard by Marriott – Burlington Harbor

25 Cherry Street

Burlington, VT 05401

Saturday & Sunday

These are your days for exploring.

Browse the many different shops on Church Street Marketplace; the epicenter of shopping in Vermont. From restaurants with outside seating to winding your way around street performers between visiting one artisan shop after another, Church Street is a must-visit attraction during the weekend. Take a break at one of the many breweries, wineries, or distilleries in the area before you move onto a gallery, museum, or farmers market.

To take full advantage of the many resources available to you throughout the weekend, we encourage you to connect with the community and business leaders you meet at the Friday night reception event and make plans with them for additional conversation and introductions. Also, scheduling a visit with a local realtor on Saturday and Sunday when employers and incubator spaces are closed, might be a good use of weekend time.

Monday Morning

Wrap up your weekend with a solid sense of the employment opportunities in the region. Monday morning is your chance to meet with employers in specific sectors and business owners who can discuss what it’s like to work in the community. You can also sign up to have a realtor show you potential housing options.

Monday Morning Relocation Meeting

Monday, at 10:30 a.m. at the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce
60 Main Street
Burlington, VT 05401

Join representatives from the Chamber and employers from the following sectors: Construction, Hospitality, Tech and Finance, as well as local realtors to find out more about living and working in the Burlington area. There will be plenty of opportunity to meet one on one and get your questions answered. Please note if you choose to meet with an employer, the local Chamber will request a copy of your resume.

Realtor

Monday, at 10 a.m. at KW Vermont
68 Randall Street
South Burlington, VT 05403

Co-maker/Incubator:

Monday, at 10 a.m. at Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies (VCET)
266 Main Street
Burlington, VT 05401


Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce logo.

Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce

Vermont’s most beloved features combine in the treasured small city of Burlington and its surrounding region; from the mountains overlooking the Mad River Valley, southbound to Addison County and northward to the Lake Champlain Islands and beyond. The Lake Champlain region is a vibrant and thriving place to live, visit and do business.


LODGING AVAILABILITY


Burlington offers many different lodging experiences, from commercial-sized hotels to the quaint bed and breakfasts. You may find your home away from home on the list of lodging available in the area. Holiday Inn Burlington and Holiday Inn Express have rooms reserved for Burlington Stay to Stay participants. Please mention the Stay to Stay room block when calling to book and receive a special nightly rate of $149.

Holiday Inn Burlington
(802) 419-6210
1068 Williston Road, South Burlington, VT 05403

Holiday Inn Express
(802) 419-6210
1720 Shelburne Road, South Burlington, VT 05403

Questions About Stay to Stay?

Thinking about signing up for a Stay to Stay Weekend but have some questions first? Please read these frequently asked questions.

What is the cost of the Stay to Stay Weekend? 

The cost will vary depending on which accommodation you select. To qualify for the program, guests book their own 3-night stay at a commercial lodging property to gain access to the networking receptions, employer visits, and connections with community leaders who can facilitate your relocation to Vermont.

Can I sign up for the Stay to Stay weekend if I am not a U.S. resident?

The Stay to Stay Weekend is not an immigration or work visa program. Citizens of foreign countries interested in traveling, living or working in Vermont need to secure the appropriate visa from the U.S. State Department. You can find more information here

I read about Vermont paying people $10,000 to move there. How can I apply? 

The Stay to Stay Weekend is not part of recently announced remote worker grant program that goes into effect January 1, 2019. You can find details on that program at ThinkVermont.com or email info@thinkvermont.com

If you have more questions than we covered here, please click on "Contact Us" below to send us an email.


ADDITIONAL STAY TO STAY WEEKEND LOCATIONS


Mother and son chat on the sidewalk at the Equinox.

MANCHESTER

A popular travel destination since the 1800s, Manchester is steeped in history. You can visit a nationally recognized historic site and museum or join a guided tour and soak up the story of Vermont firsthand.

Mocha Joe's located in downtown Brattleboro.

BRATTLEBORO

Overlooking the Connecticut River, this downtown is lined with buildings that house galleries, restaurants, shops, breweries, and a 1938 art deco hotel and movie theater.

Downtown Rutland, Vermont.

RUTLAND

Welcome to the real Rutland County — a colorful combination of country roads, quaint villages, and historic downtown centers in the heart of Vermont’s Green Mountains.