|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
Quiet retreat for two adults! Two separate and unique charming cottages furnished with antiques and comfortable furniture. Direct lakefront location–tip of private point jutting out into Lake Champlain. Surrounded by 200 acres of lush meadows and lake shore. Great birding. Best fishing around right off point. Swim raft. Exceptional water quality. 25 minutes north of Burlington; 90 minutes south of Montreal. Each cottage fully equipped–sleeps two. Adjacent decks, lakeside decks, private water access for each cottage. Heated & insulated for 3 season rental. Pets considered for extra fee and extra damage deposit.
Heron Dance was the perfect getaway for us. We travel a lot and this cottage was the most peaceful of any place we've ever rented. It was wonderful to fall asleep each night with the sound of the waves of Lake Champlain, lapping the shoreline. Jan and Sue provide all the personal touches you'll ever need, in this cottage. I highly recommend staying at Heron Dance while enjoying the beauty of Vermont!
I NEEDED a cottage on a lake in a quiet setting (I grew up spending my summers on a lake in a seasonal cottage with generations of charm and memories in the midwest). Heron Dance is a cottage with charm (miss-matched silverware from generations gone by), and personality. It's a setting that encouraged lazy mornings with coffee and pj's outside or in til noon (two decks to choose from), a setting that beckoned us to explore the outside with slow footsteps (down by the shoreline) or with more athletic energy to run/walk/cycle the miles of tranquil dirt roads. This cottage has amazing character: a hidden patch of lavender, an eclectic mix of art on the walls, coasters on the antique tables, owners who recycle and compost, a queen mattress to die for, views that stun the senses into slowing down and becoming present in the moment. And boy were there moments: water so close you swear you are on a houseboat, dark starry nights with dead quiet (except for the lapping of the water), a sunrise that took my breath away, and food so yummy (Blue Paddle Restaurant, Art Works Cafe) I had to facebook pictures. We discovered ourselves, reconnected with each other, and celebrated our 15 year wedding anniversary.
Jan is a very relaxed and available host. We knew she was around if we needed ANYTHING, but gave us the privacy we were looking for. Jan allows dogs and our dog Belle enjoyed her first vacation as much as we did. We will most definitely be back. The hard choice is whether to repeat at Heron Dance in October or sample summer or Moon Path, either way we will be back.
Thanks for the memories!
PS if you like red wine, try Shore East Cab Franc (served at the two above mentioned eateries), a mouth watering oh la la moment!
All of the other reviews are spot on. I rented in late Aug/early Sept and had a wonderful time. The cottage is a small and very clean classic. It has wonderful decks above and on the water, and the space is quiet. private, and serene. Exactly what we needed. Lots of biking to do, and there is a winery to visit that hosts music nights, but sitting on the decks, reading, swimming, and watching the day go by were top choices, too. I was able to bring my cat, which I appreciated since she is elderly. There is wifi and lots of books in all sorts of genres. There are no boats so bring your own if that is your thing. I have already recommended it to several friends and couples because it is a rarity among rentals.
In 2002, my wife found information about Moonpath Cottage online. Since the description and photographs were very appealing, we decided to try it for a week. Well, in a lifetime of traveling, and for many reasons, this place has turned out to be the best vacation discovery we’ve ever made. For us, privacy, cleanliness, easy access to clean, clear water for swimming, well-maintained back roads for biking, and a dog-friendly environment are essential. The amazing cottage itself was tucked among cedars, with the incomparable Lake Champlain literally a stone’s throw from the door, and it so far exceeded our expectations that we have returned every summer since then, adding weeks along the way. We just completed three weeks of summer #13, and it gets harder and harder to leave. We love the cottage design, intimate and comfortable, with a wide view of the water. There are two excellent decks all for us, one beside the door, and another a few steps down, right on the lake with a small private beach for Moonpath residents only. Both have the most immense views of lake, sky, and distance. Everything necessary for complete comfort on both of them is provided. Moonpath also offers fantastic close-up encounters with the natural world. We enjoy the sightings of many native birds from loons, ospreys, mergansers, herons, hummingbirds, and the occasional bald eagle, to the everyday gulls and cormorants. Whitetail deer are common in the quiet adjacent field and woods. Surrounding foliage like cedar, apple, oak, pine, and maple, as well as the lovely blooming flowers of the well-tended gardens, add to the sense of solitude and peace of mind. The cottage, always carefully maintained by its wonderful, considerate owners, is perfectly practical for every need. Food & supplies are close-by, while the cool little town of South Hero has a terrific restaurant. We can think of no greater pleasure than to arrive here on that first day with what feels like a fortune of time ahead. Now, for us, Moonpath is an indispensable ritual and a beautiful refuge, a rare lucky find that’s become part of our lives.
Like other reviewers, my wife and I were looking for a lakeside cottage that was peaceful and dog-friendly. We found Heron Dance through VRBO/HomeAway and booked it during the middle of the endless winter of 2014-15. Since this would be our first time going to this cottage and we were booking it sight-unseen, we were a little apprehensive. We so hoped that it would live up to our expectations and...it exceeded them in every way!!
The cottage itself is a classic. It isn't some vinyl-coated trailer or over-the-top McMansion...it's an old-school cottage the way that cottages used to be (and still should be!). It is very well-equipped and it has true character. It also has a wall of windows that overlooks the lake, so rain or shine, you will have a hard time not appreciating that view. The bedroom has a window that allows you to lay in bed and get woken up by some of the prettiest sunrises you can imagine. And if you want to sleep in, you just close the shutters on that window and...sleep away.
The location of the cottage on Kibbe Point is great too. South Hero and the surrounding areas are really nice for getting out and exploring. We went for long walks, biked, kayaked, swam, rented a pontoon boat one day, went to Snow Farm for wine & music, ate at the Blue Paddle, etc, etc. South Hero is just 25 min's north of Burlington, which is a funky cool city worth exploring on its own, if you can pull yourself away from this lakeside retreat.
One night, as some thunderstorms were rumbling nearby, we sat down in the cottage and decided to watch one of the DVD's that they had available. We selected 'As Good As It Gets' and...the title of it really sums up how we felt about our stay at Heron Dance. We will return!!
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!
The Lake Champlain islands are still pretty much untouched. Stunning scenery and views of the lake, Green Mountains, and rolling farmland. Great place to completely unwind and restore your soul. You can do as much or as little as you wish. Cultural events, music, art festivals, farmers markets, antiquing, birding, fishing, swimming, diving are all here. Enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables from many local farms.
$1,175/week Peak: June 6 to Sept 11
$975/week Fall: Sept 12 to Oct 16 or $165/night for a 3 night minimum
$875/week Late Fall: Oct17 to Nov 15 or $155/night for a 3 night minimum
Prior to arrival by personal check. No credit cards.