I like to believe that our students we teach are not just future leaders; they are today’s leaders. As teachers we go through numerous professional developments to learn to about new innovations and best practices to implement in and out of the classroom. A month ago I had the privilege to visit Burlington Vermont to attend the College For Every Student conference where I was able to learn about innovations that campuses around the country are implementing and working at their campuses. As the year goes by I hope to share with you all any innovations I try out at my current campus and if this is something you all would find very helpful,please let me know!
Most of my trip consume of flying and work with a little time to stroll down the beautiful town of Burlington. When I got out of the airport I was in awe with autumn leaves and how the weather actually feels like! Upon arriving to Burlington, we were welcomed with light snow and of course I went crazy recording and taking a couple of pictures. Luckily we were not the only excited people to see snow; there were other educators from Hawaii at the conference who were just as excited to see snow! Basically the only ones excited to see the snow were the Hawaiians and of course us; the South Texas “Valley” crew!
The hotel we stayed at was absolutely gorgeous and very welcoming. The Sheraton hotel also offers a shuttle to and from the airport as well as other areas around Burlington. My view from my room was awesome and I really enjoyed my stay there.
Upon arriving and checking in a couple of my co-workers decided to try out the local’s favorite restaurant called the Farmhouse for Dinner. Now I did not know this, but most restaurants located in Burlington are locally owned and purchase their food products through local farm markets. As a matter of fact I don’t recall seeing any fast food restaurants in the town, but that was the last thing on my mind after eating at Farmhouse. The food menu was quite different from what I am use to, but my gosh everything was so delicious. What I recommend trying out at the Farmhouse is their corn bread. MY GAWWDD it was so delicious and every bite into the corn bread slavered in my mouth. They drizzled their amazing maple syrup on top and the corn bread was so moist and soft. For my main course I ordered a half stack of breadcrumb macaroni that was also so delicious. Their condiments were pretty tasty too, but that mustard was something else, yum! It had some sort of after taste kick to it! I was too excited about the food and seeing snowfall as we ate that I forgot to take photos. I know right? That’s how great it tasted.
For a late breakfast one of the locals that works at the hotel recommended Magnolia for breakfast so we gave it a try. When the shuttle dropped us off it didn’t look appealing at first, but once we entered inside it was a beautiful and quaint restaurant. I ordered the Bo Knows Breakfast plate and you all, the food was extremely fresh and I seriously cannot get over those pancakes.
Since our purpose was for the conference it was really hard to make some time to go out and explore the city as we were at informative sessions all day. There was a night I got to visit the Vermont Pub and Brewery. I had a glass of Cayuga white wine and I really enjoy myself at this place. People were so friendly, appetizers were great and the wine was on point! Another place that was recommended by locals for live music and great company was the Red Square, but I didn’t get the chance to stop by.
I hope to re-visit this place again and visit more attraction places during the day. The environment was amazing and everyone there seems so joyful and pleasant. I look forward to visiting again and making the best out of it. If Burlington Vermont was not on your travel bucket list, make sure to add it. Seriously. =) If you have any questions about my trip make sure to leave a comment below!
God Bless You Always!
Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.