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Vermont Quarterly

Bricks and Mortar

Cherry Street hotels
Photograph by Thomas Weaver


Bricks and Mortar

Alumni who haven’t been back to Burlington in a few years would likely experience one of those “Where am I?” moments on this stretch of Cherry Street near Battery. While we aren’t exactly talking soaring canyons of Manhattan, the line of new buildings with an interesting mix of brick, stone, glass, and metal façades creates more of an enclosed cityscape feel than most parts of  BTV. 

The Hotel Vermont, which opened in May 2013, is a centerpiece of the new development and home to the Hen of the Wood restaurant, one of the state’s finest.   Though the name is a nod to the historic Hotel Vermont building at the corner of Main and St. Paul a few blocks away, the 125-room boutique hotel isn’t to be confused with that landmark. The Courtyard Burlington Harbor Hotel is just a few steps down, on the corner of Cherry and Battery, combining with the Hilton on Battery to make this neighborhood lodging-central in Burlington. And, over on Main and Pine, a development/redevelopment project  is under way for a Hilton Garden Inn. The old Armory building (Hunt’s music club to alumni of certain vintages) will be renovated and coupled with new construction for the hotel.

Back on Cherry Street, new owners of the Burlington Town Center mall plan upgrades to the north exterior of the complex that will mesh with city of Burlington plans to make the area a more attractive corridor for pedestrians to travel between downtown and the lake.

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