Destination guide

One of Vermont's best kept secrets

The quiet town of Island Pond is one of Vermont's best kept secrets. Founded in the early 19th century, the town boomed after the first international railroad junction was built here and connected the United States with Canada. Today, the town serves as a getaway for many who come for the surrounding scenery which lends itself to outdoor activities from swimming to canoeing and horseback riding to biking. In more recent years, it's become known as the Snowmobile Capital of Vermont, named for its adrenaline-inducing snowy trails that are raced during winter.

Things to do

Fascinating attractions for all the family

For such a small place, there are a surprisingly number of fascinating attractions. While you stay at an Island Pond vacation rental, be sure to take the kids to the Bread & Puppet Theater founded in the 1960s by a New York City native. Alternatively, the Old Stone House Museum, just a short drive away, houses a large collection of historical artifacts from the area, while the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium features the collections of Franklin Fairbanks and is one of the largest natural history museums in New England.


Lakes, forests and mountains

Hugging the lake of the same name and flanked on both sides by forests, mountains and rolling green countryside, it's no wonder why it attracts so many visitors. The outdoor haven has ample hiking trails, shady equestrian routes and, in the summer months, paddle boarding and kayaking opportunities on the rivers. Alternatively, cool off with a refreshing dip in the lake. The community doesn't close down in the winter. When you stay in an Island Pond vacation rental surrounded by snow, you can clip on your cross-country skis and head off to explore the wilderness.


Distinct seasonal escapades

Island Pond's seasons are well defined, and there's always something to do and see anytime you visit. During the spring, the weather can be a fickle, but when it's good you can enjoy long and gloriously warm days. Like much of the country, the summer season is the busiest and if you want to travel during this time, you better book up your Island Pond vacation rental early. The Vermont fall foliage is magnificent and with less crowds to contend with, a more peaceful time to visit. The temperature drops in winter, but get ready for a ton of snowy activities.

Natural features

See the mighty moose

There's simply too many wildlife species to list in one place, but if you going to look for anything when you stay at an Island Pond vacation rental, make it the mighty moose. There is nothing quite as mesmerizing as seeing these huge gentle giants ambling through the snowy countryside. Remember to bring your camera, as you won't want to miss snapping a shot of a rutting moose during fall. The best places to look for these beasts is down at the salty bogs where they congregate with their calves. A magical experience.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Island Pond

The nearest airport is in Lyndonville, VT (LLX-Caledonia County), located 17.9 mi (28.7 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could book a flight to Newport, VT (EFK-Newport State), which is 18.4 mi (29.6 km) away.

Can I find a vacation rental around Island Pond?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 18 vacation rentals near Island Pond. From 11 Houses to 4 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Island Pond for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Island Pond?

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

  • Burke Mountain Ski Area: 172 vacation rentals
  • Lake Salem Beach House: 113 vacation rentals
  • Haskell Free Library and Opera House: 95 vacation rentals
  • Orleans Country Club: 240 vacation rentals
  • Baxter Park: 99 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Island Pond listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Island Pond?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 11 Houses in Island Pond. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Island Pond include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 4 rentals available
  • Cabins: 2 rentals available
  • Cottages: 2 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with internet/wifi in Island Pond?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with internet/wifi among our 15 vacation rentals with internet/wifi available in Island Pond. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.