Burlington Named Best College Town by Travel + Leisure

The Lake Champlain waterfront in Burlington, VT

Burlington, VT has been named America's best college town by Travel + Leisure magazine in 2013.

Author Beth Collins examined what Travel + Leisure readers had to say about cool college towns. "Sure, big cities have their glitz, but it's the kind of understated charm, diversity, and affordability that draws visitors to cool college towns," she writes. Using the Twitter hashtag #TLTowns, Travel + Leisure readers nominated their favorite towns, then followed up by voting online for 744 U.S. towns in 55 categories, including best college town.

"With local legends like Ben and Jerry and jam-band Phish, this lakefront town is known for its hippie vibe," Collins writes about Burlington, which rose to number one in 2013. "And while breweries, coffee shops (rated No. 9), bike paths and live music venues solidify its college with a capital C identity, a thriving artisanal food scene suggests that Burlington is growing up."

Burlington was the only town in New England that made the list. "Talk to University of Vermont alums, and they'll wax poetic about the college-crowd scene," summarized Collins. With Champlain College, Burlington College, Community College of Vermont and Saint Michael College's all in the area, Burlington is bustling with college youth.

Lake Champlain, the artisanal food scene, as well as music and culture put Burlington at the top of the list.

Read the full list of America's 20 Best College Towns at http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/americas-best-college-towns-2013

Since 1878, Champlain College has provided career-focused education to students from its hilltop campus in Burlington, Vt. Champlain's distinctive educational approach embodies the notion that true learning only occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain offers traditional undergraduate and online undergraduate courses, along with online certificate and degree programs and 11 master's degree programs. Champlain offers study abroad programs at its campuses in Montreal, Quebec and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review's The Best 379 Colleges: 2015 Edition. Champlain was named a "Top-Up-and-Coming School" by U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges and is ranked in the top tier of 2014 Regional Colleges in the North. For more information, visit www.champlain.edu

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