“Vermont, Naturally” – Getting There and Seeing the Sights

Vermont Fall Foliage

Vermont Fall FoliageBy Kelly Tait

NASJE’s Annual Conference is September 25-28 in Burlington, Vermont–prime time to visit this gorgeous area! There is a lot to see and do in the area, especially if you want to add a day or two to your trip either before or after the conference. Below is a sampling.

Getting to Burlington and to the Conference Hotel

AIRPORT: The airlines that fly into the Burlington International Airport (airport code: BTV) include JetBlue, American, United, Delta, and Allegiant.

CONFERENCE HOTEL: The conference hotel, the Hilton Burlington, is in a great location right on the shores of Lake Champlain; you won’t need a car unless you want to do major side trips (of course, there are some lovely day trips…see below). The hotel has a courtesy shuttle from and to the airport. To get the shuttle from the airport, you’ll need to call the hotel front desk (802-658-6500) when you arrive, and they’ll let you know when the shuttle will be there. Trips from the hotel to the airport leave at the top of the hour. (The hotel website says that a taxi runs about $15 airport-hotel.)

OTHER OPTIONS FOR TRAVELING TO NEW ENGLAND: If you’re up for more of an adventure in getting to Burlington, the Montreal International airport is about 75 miles away (bring your passport). There are some other airports within a 2-3 hour drive (such as Albany, NY, and Manchester, NH) with service from additional airlines such as Southwest, but obviously you’d need transportation to get to Burlington. And there are even more that are farther away but that are great places to visit, such as Boston and New York City–Amtrak does go from NYC to Burlington, but it’s an all day trip.

Activities in and near the Burlington Area

IN BURLINGTON (Here are a few of the many possibilities)

Lake Champlain MarinaNEAR BURLINGTON

More Vermont Activities and Maps

This is going to be a great conference in a great place – start making your plans to visit now! Remember that the early bird discount for conference registration ends on August.

Check out the schedule and links to register for the conference and reserve a room at the Hilton Burlington. Please note that a block of rooms has been reserved for September 24, 2016 through September 29, 2016. The special room rate will be available until August 30th or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first.

Kelly Tait is Immediate Past President of NASJE and Co-Chair of NASJE’s Annual Conference Committee. She is a judicial branch education consultant and an adjunct professor at the University of Nevada, Reno. A third generation native Nevadan, she is also a part-time Vermont transplant who learned a lot about the state by doing research for this article. You can contact her at .