Start to Burlington Summer Tourism Season

Published 05/26 2014 10:20PM

Updated 05/26 2014 10:43PM

BURLINGTON, Vt.- Memorial Day Weekend was the kick off to the summer tourism season.

It was also the 2014 KeyBank Vermont City Marathon & Relay. That event alone was expected to bring in thousands of people and millions of dollars into the Burlington area.

"We definitely, definitely filled, did a decent amount of business. It was a good opening weekend for us," says Tony Elmore, general manager of Breakwater Cafe & Grill.

The weekend's nice weather also helped sales up the street at North Star Sports.

"Definitely picking up a lot in the past week," says Ben Civiletti, a bike mechanic at North Star Sports.

Civiletti says until now business had been slower.

"It's taken people awhile to break out of the winter mindset because, you know, the lake was frozen and it just seems to taking people longer to break out of their cocoons for sure. So, but now that we're rolling, back to normal," says Civiletti.

The marathon was the first in a line of big events.

This week, the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival begins May 30th and goes until June 8th.
The Vermont Brewers Festival, which sold out in record time, is July 18th and 19th.
Then it's time to laugh at the Festival of Fools, August 1st through the third.
And then head to the waterfront for the Lake Champlain Maritime Festival August 7th through the 10th.

Big events helping to bring big crowds to Burlington.

"We will be busy through late August into September and then whatever the weather does from there kind of dictates our season. So, try to keep it going as long as possible," says Civiletti.

Tourists spend nearly two-billion dollars in Vermont a year and about a third of that is during the summer.

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