The Champlain Islands boast small-town rural charm with breathtaking scenery and are located conveniently close to the lively cities of Montreal, Quebec and Burlington, Vermont. Its incomparable state parks, close-knit community and countless outdoor activities make the Champlain Islands region a wonderful place to enjoy year-round or seasonally. Check out these 10 must see places that are frequented by folks visiting and the local Islanders themselves!
1. Island Line Trail
The Island Line Trail is a 14-mile trail that spans across Lake Champlain from Colchester to South Hero. Part of the Burlington Bike Path, this is a can't miss activity when visiting the Champlain Islands Area. Hop on the Bike Ferry from South Hero to cut across the 200 ft gap in the causeway. Walk, run, or bike the beautiful and historic path while enjoying panoramic views of Lake Champlain, the Green Mountains, and the Adirondacks.
2. South Street, South Hero
Just 20 minutes from Burlington, South Hero's South Street has lots to offer making it the perfect place to explore! First, make sure to stop at Champlain Islands Candy Lab to grab a sweet treat and then head across the street to browse the jewels at Silver by Tish. South Street is also home to two very well-known family owned apple orchards, Hacketts and Allenholm.
3. The Snow Farm Vineyard
Located in South Hero, Vermont, Snow Farm is a beautiful winery with stunning views. Stop in for a tasting or enjoy your vino outside by the vineyards. Additionally, they have a Summer Concert Series every Thursday evening with live music, local food trucks, and of course, wine!
4. Bird House Forest
Don't forget your camera when visiting the Bird House Forest at White's Beach! You will find vibrant birdhouses scattered amongst the trees as far as the eye can see.
5. Champlain Islands Farmer's Market
Support local Island vendors, makers, and farmers who all gather twice a week throughout the summer and into the early fall months! On Wednesday's the evening farmer's market is located at Saint Rosa Lima Church in South Hero from 3 to 6pm. The Saturday market can be found at Saint Joseph's Church in Grand Isle typically from 10am to 2pm.
6. Hyde Log Cabin
New England’s oldest standing log cabin, the Hyde Log Cabin, is a historical sight to see! Located in the heart of Grand Isle on U.S. Route 2 and is open on weekends during the months May through October.
7. North Hero Village
The picturesque North Hero Village is located directly on City Bay of Lake Champlain and hosts a variety of shopping and dining options. The village is home to popular destinations such as Hero's Welcome General Store, The North Hero House Inn & Restaurant, Kraemer & Kin Brewery, and Shore Acres Inn & Restaurant!
8. Alburgh Dunes State Park
Alburgh Dunes is one of the most beautiful natural sand beaches in the Champlain Islands and one of the longest beaches in Vermont! This park offers crystal clear water making for the perfect day trip to be enjoyed by all ages!
9. Saint Anne's Shrine
On the shores of Lake Champlain in Isle La Motte, the Saint Anne's Shrine is a very peaceful setting. This location is full of history it's a great place to explore the grounds, take time to reflect, or have a picnic by the water!
10. Fisk Quarry Preserve
The Fisk Quarry is a part of the Chazy Fossil Reef, and is now recognized as a National Natural Landmark. This beautiful scenic area is located on Isle La Motte's West Shore Road where you will be able to find some of the oldest fossils in the world!
The beautiful landscape of close-knit communities, history, and countless places to explore are why so many are grateful to call this Island Paradise home! Thinking of making a move? Learn more about Life In The Champlain Islands or to begin your property search browse available homes in the Champlain Islands.
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