Lake Champlain Islands, VT, USA

Lake Champlain Islands, VT, USA

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Our 2018 property listings offer a large selection of 245 vacation rentals near Lake Champlain Islands. From 112 houses to 79 cottages, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.