People-Watching on Church Street in Burlington, Vermont
In the heart of Burlington lies Church Street, a brick-paved, walkers-only avenue lined with the city's smartest shops and restaurants. During the summer, Church Street lures visitors from around the world—boaters, buskers, backpackers, and concert groupies. Bistro tables line the sidewalks, musicians strum guitars, and dreadlocked crafters sell handmade goods from blankets. From dawn until dusk, the street is alive with activity; when night falls, the neighborhood transforms into a throbbing mecca for pub-crawlers. For fine coffee, food, locally brewed beer and — most important — eccentric characters, Church Street is quite the congregation.