Wednesday, September 23, 2015

What-to-Know Wednesday : "What to Do?!"

 Hello all!

With the first Knightchat of the semester having come and gone just last week, I feel like it's the right time to address one of the most popular questions we get...what is there to do in your free time at St. Mike's? 

Well, where do I start?! As you probably know by now, St. Mike's is located in a pretty ideal area...


Burlington probably has more to offer than I'll be able to cover in four years. Between that gorgeous waterfront, tons of restaurants and shops, the mall, events and shows, and let's not forget Ben & Jerry's, every day in Burlington is a different one.
 2.) Apple picking!

Shelburne Orchards is such a magical little spot. Super cute, super fun, and super tasty! Be sure to try their cider doughnuts when you go, and of course, bring back plenty of apples!

3.) Take a hike!

Yes, I know I just used this one...but I really love this shot at the summit of Mount Mansfield! There are so many great hikes within a 40-50 minute drive from St. Mike's. So far just this fall, I've hiked Camel's Hump and Mount Mansfield. While it might take the whole day between the driving and the hiking, it's totally worth it for that amazing view at the top!

4.) Go skiing!

(This one gives me a good chuckle, because there seems to be a common misconception amongst Knightchat attendees that skiing is the only thing to do around here! And as fun as it is, it's certainly not the limit of your options, as I hope you've learned by now!) Even if you've never been before, now is as good a time as any to learn! St. Mike's offers an incredible deal on a season pass to Smuggler's Notch, which is a quick (and always gorgeous) 45 minute drive from campus. I go just about every weekend in the winter!
5.) Explore the local parks!

North Beach Park, Burlington

Gilbrook Forest (pretty much on campus!)

Oakledge Park, Burlington
And there are many more, all gorgeous and fun in their own way! Bring a picnic lunch a make a day out of it.

6.) See a movie!

Between Roxy Cinema in downtown Burlington and Majestic 10 in Williston, there's plenty of opportunity to catch a flick on a Friday night! (Or any other day of the week, for that matter.) Ladies, don't forget your tote bags for smuggling some gas-station-snacks (shhh)!

BREAKING- we've recently discovered that there's a couple of mini golf places nearby, which hopefully we'll be able to test out before it gets too chilly!

But long story short, I hope I've opened your eyes to the treasure trove of "things to do around here", because there truly is so much! (And of course, what I mentioned above is certainly not the limit!) However, don't let this stop you from finding your own little spots when you get here! Half the fun is actually finding these places and exploring around.

Stay tuned for the next Sum-It-Up Sunday on the 27th!
What are you most excited to do when you get to St. Mike's?

(For some more answers on other popular Knightchat questions, click here!)

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