Champlain Islands, Vermont | Travel Resources
Yankee Plus Dec 2015
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Island by island, here’s a sampling of the unspoiled Champlain Islands in Vermont: little shopping and no souvenirs; plenty of fresh water, farms, and fields. Rent a bike or kayak and you can’t go wrong.
• Lake Champlain Islands Chamber of Commerce
• Island Line Trail
• Lake Champlain Bikeways
• Lake Champlain Byway
ALBURGH (and across the border into Quebec)
Alburg Dunes State Park
At 3,200 feet, the longest sandy beach on the lake, with twisty trees and driftwood. Watch carefully for signs.
Alburg Golf Links
The only 18-holer on the islands, with views of the Adirondacks and the Green Mountains. Clubhouse overlooks the bay.
Amazing cheese and the flavor of France just over the border.
Ransom Bay Inn & Restaurant
Historic 1795 stone inn with four guestrooms and dining. Richard and Loraine Walker.
ISLE LA MOTTE
Fisk Mansion, two historic cottages for rent, art shows, music in the restored barn, and Sunday-afternoon tea in July and August. Linda Fitch. 802-928-3364; fiskfarm.com
Fisk Quarry Preserve
The Isle La Motte Preservation Trust maintains the quarry site and 480-million-year-old Chazy Fossil Reef.
Goodsell Ridge Preserve
Visitor center and museum for Chazy Fossil Reef. Seven discovery trails.
Ruthcliffe Lodge & Restaurant
Don’t be fooled by the camp-park approach; once you’re on the other side, the views from this B&B are incredible. Apparently the pasta is, too.
Saint Anne’s Shrine
Opposite the shore where Samuel de Champlain first set foot in Vermont in 1609, this open-air Victorian chapel marks the site of Vermont’s first settlement in 1666. Opens mid-May.
South End Café & Hall Home Place Ice Cider
Seasonal light fare. Monday, Wednesday–Saturday 7–2,
Aqua Vista Cabins
Charming, beautifully kept vintage cabins on the water, with great views.
Please Note: This information was accurate at the time of publication. When planning a trip, please confirm details by directly contacting any company or establishment you intend to visit.