Destination guide

A haven away from the big city

The vast Lake Champlain spans 100 miles all the way from the Canadian border to the states of New York and Vermont. Within it lies an archipelago dotted with Lake Champlain Islands vacation rentals which are open year-round. It's long been a popular spot with weekend vacationers looking for a break from the hustle and bustle of the big city. With hundreds of miles of coastline to discover, a wealth of outdoor activities, some interesting cultural attractions and warm Vermont hospitality, visitors who come to the islands rarely want to leave.

Things to do

Log cabins and ice festivals

It's not all about the vineyards and wineries on Lake Champlain – there are also a variety of historical attractions including the Hyde Log Cabin, one of the oldest in America, having been built in the late 18th century. It now serves as a museum and local information center run by the Historical Society. If you stay in a Lake Champlain Island vacation rental during February, you can't miss the Great Ice Event at the Vermont Ice Festival. Here, you can watch a variety of wintery events from hockey to dog sled rides and chili cook-offs to ice bike races.


Experience the Lake Champlain Wine Trail

The lake waters keep the islands surprisingly warm in the day and cool at night, which makes for favorable grape growing conditions. The best way to experience this rich wine producing heritage is along the Lake Champlain Wine Trail. Here, you can discover why these hardy grapes have produced some of Vermont's award-winning wines, learn about the production and of course, sample some excellent vintages including the ice wines made from grapes that have been left to freeze on the vines. Afterwards, you can get cozy in one of the smart Lake Champlain Island vacation rentals close by.


There's never a dull moment in Vermont

Vermont's seasons are well defined, and there's no bad time to visit the islands on Lake Champlain. If you come in spring, the snow melts have all but disappeared and the islands begin to bloom again in wildflowers. Or, come a little later to soak up the summertime rays while you walk the shoreline trails and bike across the islands. The foliage in Vermont during fall is world-famous and you can also help to harvest the plump grapes ready for the wine cellars. December brings flurries of snow, but bundle up warm and you can enjoy plenty of wintery events.

Natural features

Fish for walleye and perch

You don't have to go far from your Lake Champlain Island vacation rental to experience Vermont's rich wildlife. An astonishing number of marine species inhabit the lake including walleye, pike, catfish and perch, many of which are sought after by anglers. Though they are not native, double-crested cormorants have certainly made a home for themselves here with their numbers rising from 35 birds in the early 1980s to more than 4,000 breeding pairs today. Other avifauna to look out for include the beautiful black-crowned night heron and great blue herons, not to mention snowy egrets.

Where to stay around Lake Champlain Islands?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 266 vacation rentals near Lake Champlain Islands. From 132 Houses to 96 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Lake Champlain Islands for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Lake Champlain Islands?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Lake Champlain Islands. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Waterbury: 991 vacation rentals
  • Canada: 30,859 vacation rentals
  • Adirondack Mountains: 2,640 vacation rentals
  • South Hero: 240 vacation rentals
  • New York: 17,533 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Lake Champlain Islands! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Lake Champlain Islands?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Lake Champlain Islands:

  • Waterbury: 991 rentals
  • South Hero: 240 rentals
  • Burlington: 217 rentals
  • Plattsburgh: 291 rentals
  • Colchester: 235 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Lake Champlain Islands?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Lake Champlain Islands are:

  • Plattsburgh, NY (PLB-Clinton County): 252 vacation rentals
  • Plattsburgh International Airport (PBG): 325 vacation rentals
  • Burlington International Airport (BTV): 400 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Lake Champlain Islands?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Lake Champlain Islands. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Grand Isle State Park: 340 rentals
  • Ausable Chasm: 320 rentals
  • Lake Champlain Ferry: 313 rentals
  • Essex Junction-Burlington Station: 596 rentals
  • University of Vermont: 305 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Lake Champlain Islands listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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