March 17th, St Patrick’s Day — there’s going to be a party and you’re going to want to be there. From Irish music to Irish food and drink, celebrate the day with us in Vermont.
Begin with the annual Burlington Irish Heritage Festival, a program of Irish music, dance, children’s activities and information sessions at various Burlington venues. Underway since March 2, events are planned through March 25. One fascinating session is entitled “Genealogy Workshop: Finding Your Irish Roots” by Ed McGuire of the Vermont Genealogy Library. McGuire will discuss techniques for searching your history both here and in Ireland.
Want to combine some fabulous Vermont skiing with your celebration? Word has it that leprechauns have been hiding their gold in the mountains of Vermont. Ski Bromley in Peru, VT on the 17th and you might find a pot of gold worth a season pass for the 2019-20 season. At Smugglers’ Notch on the 16th if you wear green and meet the leprechaun on the slopes, you will receive a raffle ticket that might make you a winner.
If you want to immerse yourself in Irish flavor, try McGrath’s Irish Pub at the Inn at Long Trail in Killington, Vermont. In addition to Guinness, McGrath’s offers a large selection of Irish whiskies. With 3 dart boards and traditional pub food, you’ll think you’re in Ireland.
With a name like Mulligans, every day is St. Patrick’s Day at this local Manchester watering hole and restaurant! Enjoy their bountiful food portions, amazing desserts, and over 50 imported and domestic brews. (There is a Mulligans at Stratton Mountain too in case a Vermont vacation has to include skiing to be perfect for you.)
Building on the tradition of the Irish pub, Gregg Noonan and Steve Polewacyk opened The Vermont Pub & Brewery in 1988 in Burlington, Vermont. The Pub is Vermont’s oldest craft brewery and one of the most popular. For St. Patrick’s Day, pair their “Burley Irish Ale” with a selection from the pub menu. Or perhaps try “Handsome Micks Irish Stout” in honor of the day.