The Champlain Islands
Located in the northern part of Vermont, in between New York and Vermont, the Lake Champlain Islands are a gem. Offering boating options, swimming, farm stands, snack bars, camping and additional recreation options, each town and Island has something special to offer visitors.
South Hero & Grand Isle
In the southern part of the county is the South Hero Island, which is comprised of both the town of Grand Isle and South Hero. This is the largest and most populated LC Island. Grand Isle is where the popular ferry to Plattsburgh NY is located. Grand Isle has lots of farms and features the Breakaway Farm, a unique horse farm which offers rides and picnics. South Hero is south of Grand Isle town and features Snowfarm Vineyard and seasonal access to the Champlain Causeway, connecting to Colchester. This is a popular town for Vermont residents to visit from the neighboring Counties of Chittenden and Franklin due to the close proximity. Burlington is only 30 minutes from South Hero, and neighboring towns of Milton and Colchester are an easy 20 minute drive.
The towns are often quiet in the winter, with some holiday events throughout the communities. The summer is when the island comes to life, with craft stores and markets open, as well as plenty of outdoor activities including biking, boating and swimming. There are some berry farms to enjoy in the summer including Allenholm Farm. In the fall, residents are visitors frequent apple orchards including Hacketts Orchard.
North of Grand Isle is North Hero, the geographic heart of the Champlain Islands and the county seat. Popular destinations include Hero’s Welcome, a boat launch and restaurant, and the North Hero House Inn and Restaurant. North Hero has a well balanced combination of year round and seasonal homes. North Hero is home to Knight Point State Park and the North Hero State Park. As of 2018, North Hero was the second smallest populated towns in the Champlain Islands. Visitors and Residents enjoy the peace and quiet the island provides, as well as natural beauty.
Isle La Motte
Located to the north west of North Hero, Isle La Motte is situated close to New York State. Established in the mid 1800’s, Isle La Monte is home to the world’s oldest coral reef, Chazy Reef. Due to the geography of Isle La Motte, some residents opt to go to the neighboring town of Rouses Point, across the lake and into New York State, for all their amenities and needs. The closest “in-land” Vermont town to Isle La Monte is Swanton, which can be accessed by crossing bridges from Alburgh into Swanton, a trip that takes a total of 30 minutes one way.
The most northern town in the Champlain Islands is Alburgh, and it is also connected to Canada, technically making it a peninsula/enclave. Incorporated in 1781, Alburgh features lots of seasonal and year round properties along the shores of Lake Champlain. Here you will find the Alburgh Dunes State Park, a hidden treasure. Swanton and North Hero are the closest neighboring towns, with Swanton providing an abundance of amenities such as grocery shopping, restaurants and services.
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