ABOUT OUR LOCATION AND ACCOMMODATIONS
About Our Summer EAST Location at Rock Point in Burlington
CWI's Summer EAST Institute takes place at Rock Point, in Burlington, Vermont. Burlington is consistently ranked as one of the most progressive cities in the United States, seeing many international visitors arriving annually to study its policies, politics, and its many innovative business and organizations. Ice cream favorite and socially responsibility business pioneer Ben and Jerry's has its roots in Burlington where it's first location was opened in an old gas station downtown and its corporate headquarters remain nearby.
Natural Wonders and a Perfect Retreat Location
Rock Point itself is a uniquely wonderful location that provides our Institute educators with a secluded retreat like atmosphere designed to inspire, and reinvigorate—while being located minutes from the heart of downtown Burlington.
Teams of educators who attend the Institute will find ample and comfortable space at the Center for after hours planning and socializing.
Our Summer EAST Institute location at Rock Point is situated high atop the cliffs overlooking Lake Champlain. Rock Point is surrounded by relaxed walking trails (see map-pdf at lower right on this page) that include stunning views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains just across the lake.
Our meeting location throughout the week is located on a 146-acre peninsula jutting into Lake Champlain, two miles north of the Church Street Marketplace in nearby downtown Burlington. Rock Point hosts an alternative school, a conference center, community gardens, hiking trails, and a huge solar-power installation. It is also home to one of the most famous geological features in Vermont.
On the tip of the Rock Point peninsula, along the walking trail, lies a view of a dramatic section of the Champlain Thrust, a fault that runs 200 miles from southern Québec to New York’s Hudson Valley. Perhaps 10 yards into the lake, the aptly named Lone Rock pokes above the waterline. It was believed to be sacred to the Abenakis, who once hunted and fished nearby..
City-administered community-garden plots lie close to the entrance to the property and along a portion of Institute Road lined with white pines and Norway spruce. Another kind of harvesting takes place alongside them. In what used to be an open field, AllEarth Renewables has built Burlington’s largest solar-power installation, consisting of 35 roughly 20-foot-tall sun trackers arranged in rows. The array is expected to produce about 205,000 kilowatt-hours of power a year
Getting to Burlington
Major air carriers service Burlington International Airport (BTV), providing commercial service to major regional hubs and international airports. BTV is a smaller size, easy to handle, international airport, just 15 minutes from our location at Rock Point and nearby downtown Burlington.
Burlington is also easily traveled to from Montreal (2 hrs by car), Boston and New York City. There is also ferry service across Lake Champlain from upstate New York, with Amtrak connections to New York City, Albany, and Montreal. Amtrak also has a station on the Vermont side of the lake in nearby Essex (15 minutes from downtown Burlington).
Accommodations and Discounted Hotel Rooms for CWI Participants
CWI has a limited number of affordable, semi "dorm style" rooms available onsite at our RockPoint location where Summer EAST takes place. Rock Point is situated in a lovely wooded setting on the cliffs overlooking Lake Champlain. These rooms are small but will accommodate up to 2 persons. The advantage, of course, is easy access to fellow participants in the evening. Those staying at Rock Point will have complete access to the grounds and surroundings, including meeting spaces for evening socializing or work. WIFI is available at no cost.
The room rates at Rock Point are very affordable. Call CWI for details 909.480.3966 (PST)
You will also find numerous acommodations in downtown Burlington and the surrounding area. We highly recommend our partner hotel Smart Suites, (802-860-9900) which is very close (15-20 minutes by car), locally owned, and provides excellent accomodations. Smart Suites is offering CWI Summer EAST Institute participants a special rate for a limited number of suitesincluding studio king suites at $109-119/night. (Approx. 50% discount off regular summer rate).This offer is good through early June. Be sure to tell them that you are with Community Works Institute (CWI) when you call to register. A FREE airport shuttle is available from Smart Suites. Just call them at 802.860.9900 when your plane lands and they will pick you up in 15 minutes.
About Burlington, Vermont
Burlington is the largest city in the State of Vermont It lies 45 miles (72 km) south of the U.S.-Canadian (Vermont-Quebec) border and 94 miles (151 km) south of Montreal.
Burlington's Church Street Marketplace, a four-block pedestrian mall in the heart of the city, is the site of numerous exceptional eateries, evening street life and performers, along with festivals throughout the year. The American Planning Association named the Marketplace one of America's "Great Public Spaces"
The Burlington waterfront along the shore of Lake Champlain has bench swings and paths for walking and biking. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, housed in Vermont's first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certified Green Building, is located at the waterfront and harbors over seventy species of fish, amphibians, invertebrates, and reptiles.
Read More About Burlington
36 Hours in Burlington, Vermont (New York Times)
It is no surprise that Burlington, a city whose biggest exports include the jam band Phish and Ben & Jerry’s, has a chill, socially conscious vibe. But for all its worldliness—antiglobalization rallies and fair-trade products abound—Burlington has lately turned an eye to the local. The Lake Champlain shoreline has undergone a renaissance in recent years, with gleaming new hotels, bike and sailboat rental shops and parks with sweeping views of the Adirondack Mountains. read article
Spotlight on Sustainability: Burlington, Vermont. (Smart Growth)
Burlington, Vermont’s new comprehensive plan, looks more like a magazine than a technical planning document. Based on extensive community input, the plan establishes a clear and comprehensive vision for how Burlington’s downtown and core neighborhoods should continue to evolve. Burlington is located at the heart of the largest urbanized area in Vermont, and is the region’s principal economic and cultural engine. It is home to the University of Vermont and major employers including Burton Snowboards and Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream. When City leaders began considering how and where the city should grow in coming years, they knew they would need a plan to make sure that growth benefited the community as much as possible. read article
Vermont's Biggest City Shows How it's Done (Chicago Tribune)
BURLINGTON, Vt. — There was a McDonald's downtown in Vermont's largest city for years, but then Vermont's largest city decided it didn't want McDonald's anymore. So the McDonald's closed. A McDonald's closing. Who's ever heard of such a thing? In Vermont's largest city, these things happen. Not only did the McDonald's on Bank Street disappear, it was replaced by The Farm House Tap & Grill, a casually comfortable spot that has the town abuzz with its commitment to sourcing its meat, vegetables and cheese from more than two dozen nearby farms. read article
General Burlington Related Links
• Seven Days Weekly: excellent local news and listings (food, nightspots, etc.)
• Burlington Chamber of Commerce
• Burlington Free Press: mainstream local newspaper
• Smart Suites, South Burlington, on Shelburne Road (800-860-9900)
• The Shelburne Museum: One of the nation's most eclectic museums
• Burlington Lodging and Tourism
• Lodging.Com for Burlington area
• State of Vermont Official Tourism Site
• Vermont Life Magazine