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About Lake Champlain Islands
Lake Champlain, VT Travel Tips
Lake Champlain has the dubious honor of being a Great Lake for six days in 1998 before the status was rescinded due to public disapproval. Regardless of its designation, this beautiful area is undeniably great, something you'll agree with during your stay at a Lake Champlain vacation rental. Even Champ, the mythical lake monster, loves its pristine waters.
Things to DoLake Champlain offers a host of things to do year round with nature taking center stage. In addition to trying to spot Champ in the lake, there's cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, and ice fishing in the winter and early spring. With 200 miles of shoreline, it's also a favorite summer destination featuring boating, kayaking, and water skiing. The town of South Hero is home to Vermont's first vineyard, Snow Farm Winery.
The area is also rich in history with revolutionary war sites and other remnants of colonial life. The Hyde Log Cabin on Grand Isle is one of the nation's oldest remaining log cabins. Isle La Motte's Chazy Reef is the world's oldest coral reef. Also check out the stone castles of South Hero. Fans of maritime navigation will enjoy visiting the six lighthouses on the Vermont side of the lake.
TransitThe nearest airport is the Burlington International Airport. A car is the best way to explore all the luscious scenery on the Lake Champlain Byway. However, if the weather is warm, many people enjoy cycling the back roads. In the winter, a snow mobile is a fun way to get around.
ClimateSummers are pleasant with warm days averaging in the 70s and 80s with cooler, comfortable evenings. Water temps don't generally heat up until July or August when you can expect temps in the mid to high 70s. It's common for winters to dip well below freezing, sometimes through April. While the winters here are long, they are beautiful, and winter is an excellent time to book a Lake Champlain vacation rental.
EventsLake Champlain's natural beauty lends itself to a number of outdoor festivals and events throughout the year.
In early February, Great Ice! Lake Champlain Islands Ice Festival occurs. Come play in a combination of zany and classic ice-loving festivities. Also in early February, the Special Olympics hosts a Penguin Plunge. Late March brings Vermont's maple syrup open house where maple syrup makers across the state invite people in to see how it's made. April continues the celebration of sweet stuff with the Vermont Maple Festival in St. Albans. In mid-June, Lake Champlain hosts the oldest and largest freshwater fishing derby in the U.S.
A Lake Champlain vacation is the perfect place from which to explore the natural beauty of the area. Spend some time on the water or visit the area's lighthouses. Take in the islands or nearby Burlington. There are an amazing amount of activities to keep all ages happy. In addition to natural beauty, visitors also enjoy the many cultural events of the Lake Champlain Region.
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