I understand. And you are right, the OP did inquire about the two. And I too loved Burlington. Wonderful restaurants. But a long drive back in the evening.
We found Smuggs and Von Trapp a bit run down and the scenery wasn't at its finest the first week in June. It was raining and dreary. That tainted our stay I'm sure.
I have stayed in Newport for a week and could stay longer. The same goes for the Cape and we are not beach people given I was born and raised in Florida and that we live in Charleston, SC, and can go to the beach anytime. Certainly the water views of the Cape appeal to us but there is more to it than that. We were at the Cape the week before Vermont and traffic and crowds were not a problem. I would hate that too.
Just adding another opinion which we all have and is what makes TUG such a great place to learn from!