Rising from the banks of Lake Champlain, Vermont\u2019s largest city has always been home to an eclectic mix of college students, activists and artists. It\u2019s also long been synonymous with craft beer, dating back to the early days of microbrews. Now, a new generation is invigorating Burlington\u2019s food and drink scene, and the city is rapidly attracting crowds of wine and cider enthusiasts with the same Vermont-minded, \u201clocal first\u201d mentality.\r\n\r\n\r\nWine Scene on the Rise\r\nNatural, small-production and experimental wines are an important part of the local drinking culture. You can sip and stock up at Dedalus Wine Shop, Market & Wine Bar. About 45 minutes away, in the ski town of Stowe, Cork Wine Bar & Market carries a variety of natural wines that you can enjoy by the glass at the wine bar/restaurant, or purchase by the bottle in the shop.\r\n\r\nTry a co-fermented \u201cvinous cider\u201d at the new CO Cellars, an urban winery and tasting room collaboration between Krista Scruggs\u2019s ZAFA Wines and Shacksbury Cider.\r\n\r\nIf you\u2019re looking to enjoy a full meal with your wine, Honey Road, a newer addition to Burlington\u2019s dining scene, specializes in Eastern Mediterranean mezze made with local ingredients. It also has an exciting wine and beverage list that feaures a mix of Old World and New World bottles, including those from local producers like Deirdre Heekin at La Garagista.\r\n\r\n\r\nOther Potables\r\nWhile wine options are plentiful and exciting, it would be a shame to miss out on the local cider. Sample some within city limits in the tasting room at Citizen Cider.\r\n\r\nThe caffeine scene here is also excellent. Muddy Waters, a coffee shop that feels more like a tree house, serves fresh-made juices, kombucha, local beers and small bites.\r\n\r\nYou can\u2019t come to Burlington and not have a beer, so be sure to stop by Foam Brewers, overlooking the lake, or Zero Gravity, in Burlington\u2019s South End Arts District.\r\n\r\nNearby Stowe is also home to the legendary Alchemist Brewery, where you can taste and purchase the cult-favorite Heady Topper. The von Trapp Brewery & Bierhall near the top of the mountain offers beautiful views from an Austrian-inspired beer hall that evokes a modern-rustic vibe.\r\n\r\n\r\nHave a Bite\r\nGet up early to get your hands on a fresh, warm baguette at August First Bakery & Cafe, a bright and airy downtown spot that offers European-style breads and pastries out of a converted garage.\r\n\r\nA farm-to-table Vermont institution, Hen of the Wood hosts a popular daily $1 oyster happy hour. If you want to get a seat at the bar, arrive promptly at 4 pm, and the restaurant\u2019s namesake Hen of the Woods mushroom toast is a must. For a more laid-back dinner, go for thin-crust Neapolitan or square Sicilian pies at Pizzeria Ida, a BYO spot in Burlington\u2019s Old North End. You\u2019ll also find a great array of burgers and poutine, as well as plentiful local beers on tap, at long-standing music hall Nectar\u2019s, where the band Phish got its start.\r\n\r\n\r\nOne-Stop Shopping\r\nIndependent businesses are alive and well here. To enjoy the city\u2019s locally made, earthy ethos, take a stroll through Church Street Marketplace, a four-block pedestrian mall. Crow Bookshop, which sells new and used books, is a standout, as is Frog Hollow on the Marketplace, where you\u2019ll find Vermont-made crafts. Bars in this area range from tiki to Irish pub to a distillery, and the food is equally eclectic. Cap the day by treating yourself to a box of gourmet chocolates from Lake Champlain Chocolates.