Baby Boomers

Burlington Vermont – Where Wellness is the Main Attraction


March 30, 2018 • Fenny Peiffer

University of Vermont

Vermont might be the birthplace of indulgent sensations like Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, and the purest maple syrup in the country, but one town balancing all this decadence with healthy living is the charming community of Burlington. Rated one of Time Magazine’s top 10 healthiest cities, this intimate lakeside destination packs a health-centric punch into just a few square miles, and it’s this kind small town energy that makes it so appealing to active retirees. With an outdoorsy, art loving population of just over 40,000, the secret ingredient behind this wellness driven town is its progressive local economy.

Home to the University of Vermont, Burlington is the quintessential New England town where historic architecture is grand, art is plentiful, and outdoor recreation is a way of life. With majestic views of the Appalachian Mountains, and Lake Champlain glittering in the backdrop, adopting an active lifestyle comes naturally. Picturesque recreation spots like Waterfront, and North Beach Park are idyllic settings for a myriad of activities from swimming, kayaking, and paddle boarding to heading out onto the Burlington bike bath or enjoying a sunset picnic. This northern Vermont location is laid back in the summer, spectacular in the fall, and comes alive in the winter for 55+ ski, and snowboard enthusiasts ready for the adventure of a lifetime.

Burlington pairs a relaxed college town ambience with cultural sophistication , and stately historic landmarks. This is a city on the move where well maintained streets, and sidewalks pave the way for early morning jogs, and leisurely strolls to the farmers market. Golf enthusiasts with signature taste will be in their element at the Jack Nicklaus designed Vermont National Country Club, named one of Vermont’s best by Golf Advisor for its sweeping views, and high end amenities.

Refueling after a day of fun filled activity is what Burlington residents do best, and the farm to table scene is what this city is known for. From Parisian inspired bistros, and bustling pizzerias, to handcrafted microbrews, chefs in this town take pride in sourcing the highest quality ingredients. Burlington’s array of award winning eateries many of which have been featured by Travel and Leisure, cater to a variety of palates with plenty of colorful, healthy options, and a focus on sustainability. Recognized for its outstanding healthcare benefits, and overall sense of well-being, nurturing a healthy mind, and body is more than just a trend, it’s the heartbeat of Burlington.

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