Burlington has a blend of youthful, cosmopolitan flair, stunning lake and mountain beauty, a thriving economy, and outdoor adventure that attracts tourists, new residents, and companies alike.

The greater Burlington area is home to more than a quarter of Vermont’s population, as well as several of the state’s largest employers. Four colleges and universities provide big-city sophistication and atmosphere without urban hassles. With a multitude of festivals, excellent dining options, diverse cultural events, attractions, plentiful outdoor adventure and recreational activities, and a peerless quality of life, Burlington and the Lake Champlain Region are repeatedly recognized as one of the country’s best for living, working and visiting. It is not surprising that Burlington scored top honor in one of Outside Magazine’s “Dream Towns” selections.

Lake Champlain, often referred to as the sixth Great Lake, stretches for more than 120 miles between Vermont, New York, and Quebec. The lake, in concert with the rugged Adirondack Mountains and beautiful Green Mountains that surround was one of the reasons author and world-traveler Rudyard Kipling said Lake Champlain was one of the most spectacular places in the world to view a sunset.

The city of Burlington, built on a hillside overlooking the lake, has one of the lowest crime rates and best air-quality measures in the nation. It is the region's commercial center, with more than 160 retail stores. Many are located in the historic Church Street Marketplace, a brick-and-cobblestone pedestrian mall lined with restored buildings that also include restaurants and coffee houses. In 1997, the National Trust for Historic Preservation named the Marketplace one of five national winners of the “Great American Main Street Award.” Often compared to Boston’s Faneuil Hall area, it attracts more than 3 million visitors and shoppers each year, making it one of the country’s most charming and successful pedestrian malls.

Williston, VT

Minutes from downtown Burlington and the foot of the Green Mountains, Williston is Vermont’s retail epicenter. Williston led the state in 2007 with $434.8 million in retail sales. The part of town known as Taft Corners, has a number of big-box stores, including Home Depot, Bed, Bath and Beyond, Petsmart, Staples, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Best Buy. The local Wal-Mart is the 3rd highest grossing Wal-Mart in the country. Williston is also home to the bucolic 500-acre Catamount Family Outdoor Center, a popular mountain bike and x-country ski area.