Lakeside BURLINGTON, Vermont’s largest city, with a population near forty thousand, is one of the most enjoyable destinations in New England. Renowned for its liveability and green development, it’s home to a hip, eclectic community that fuses urbanism with rural Vermont values. The city faces 150-mile-long Lake Champlain, which forms the natural boundary between Vermont and New York State. Burlington’s founders included Revolutionary War hero Ethan Allen and his family; Ethan’s brother Ira founded the University of Vermont. Home to five colleges and universities, the area has blossomed as a youthful and outward-looking college town. Its downtown is easily strolled by foot, notably around the Church Street Marketplace.