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Lake Champlain vacation rentals

Lazy days on Lake Champlain

Nestled in the verdant Champlain Valley, and straddling the state border between New York and Vermont, Lake Champlain is a spectacular expanse of fresh water, with over 200 miles of blissfully unspoiled shoreline to explore. Visitors flock here during the summer to enjoy lazy days of swimming and sunbathing. But there's also no end of things to see and do when the weather's not so fine _ from shopping in bustling town markets, to marveling at well-preserved 19th-century churches. There's an eclectic array of Lake Champlain vacation rentals to stay in, from remote log cabins to chic apartments in the bustling lakeside city of Burlington, Vermont.

First-rate fishing and heavenly hikes in Lake Champlain

Lake Champlain is teeming with freshwater fish, making it one of the top spots in North America for bass fishing tournaments. If you lack the patience for angling, you might enjoy the more immediate pleasure of renting your own sail boat or kayak, and taking in the sensational scenery at your leisure. If you're after some real exertion, ascend New York State's Hurricane Mountain for breathtaking panoramic views of Lake Champlain and the nearby High Peaks. If that sounds a little too much like hard work, the flat but equally enchanting terrain of the Lake Champlain islands is ideal for a bike ride or leisurely stroll.

Lake Champlain's verdant vineyards

You'll find an eclectic array of attractions within easy reach of your Lake Champlain vacation rental. All around the lake sit verdant vineyards and dense cider orchards, award-winning wineries and family-run distilleries. On the lake's eastern shore lies the compact but cosmopolitan city of Burlington. Its Church Street Historic District is a must for architecture buffs, with beautifully maintained Art Deco, Italianate, and Queen Anne-style buildings. Nearby Church Street Marketplace is a pristine, pedestrianized shopping and dining destination, jam-packed with quirky boutiques, hip caf_s, and irresistible eateries.

Enjoy all the seasons around Lake Champlain

Lake Champlain's continental climate generally ensures hot summer weather, particularly in the peak months of July and August. Naturally, Lake Champlain vacation rentals are in high demand at this time, so be sure to book well in advance if you're thinking of visiting then. It usually remains pleasantly mild throughout September and much of October, and the burnt-orange fall foliage makes this another popular time to visit. From December until February, sub-freezing temperatures and snowfall are a common occurrence.

Beautiful birds and mammals around Lake Champlain

Lake Chamberlain is a haven for birdwatchers, with over 300 species either making their home here, or passing through the region as they migrate. During a day of lakeside hiking, you might also encounter wild mammals such as white-tailed deer, chipmunks, beavers, or even the odd majestic black bear. If you fancy catching the natural spectacle of leaf-peeping season, mid-September to mid-October is the best time to visit. Take a boat trip across the lake for breathtaking views of golden-hued forests in all their fall splendor.