My husband and I loved it here! Every summer, we look for dog-friendly cottage rentals in New England and decided to stay near Burlington. This cottage is secluded and very private (even though the owners' house is close by, you'd never know it and it's very quiet). To be at the end of a dead and surrounded by fields, woods, and lake is something I only thought I'd find off the grid near the Canadian border, but you're only 25 minutes to downtown and about the same distance to a supermarket.
We enjoyed kayaking around the lake, walking in the woods with our dog, and enjoying the moon over the lake while playing Scrabble inside. Our dog worked hard at his goal of catching a chipmunk or squirrel but settled for fetching a ball in the water and chasing us in the kayaks. I also enjoyed waking up to take photos of the sunrise over the mountains across the lake. The upper and lower deck and beach offer incredible views of the lake. Definitely bring water shoes—the shoreline in most of Lake Champlain is mainly slate and can be difficult to walk on.
While you're there, visit Snow Farm Winery just up the street. The wine is great and as an added bonus it's across the street from a field of sunflowers! I also recommend going for a walk on a path at the end of South Street (just up Rte 2 on the left). The path actually goes out over Lake Champlain and there's a ferry that takes you across where a bridge washed out a few years ago.
The view from Downtown Burlington is beautiful and there are a couple great farmers' markets during the week. Our idea of vacation is going to markets, getting edible things, and grilling them while sitting on a deck. We also loved Maglianero Cafe, especially since it's dog friendly and our dog could hang out with us inside!