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Champlain Islands, Vermont

Champlain Islands, Vermont
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The largest freshwater Lake in the East holds a scattering of islands strung together like fish on a line, generously strewn with some of the prettiest farms and fields in New England. The Lake Champlain Islands in Vermont rise out of the mist like Atlantean remnants, with views to the horizon, and roads with names like West Shore trailing along the water. The lake is everywhere.

You can read about it in Yankee Magazine about a year from now, but in the meantime, here’s a sneak preview. Isle La Motte, North and South Hero, Grand Isle, and the peninsula of Alburgh offer unparalleled biking, swimming, fishing, and boating, along with a couple of farmers markets, a smattering of art galleries, inns, b&bs,  and not much else besides exceptional, unspoiled beauty. With solstice just around the corner, I can’t imagine a sweeter place to celebrate our summer’s brief but lovely season.

Lake Champlain biking
Photo/Art by Annie Graves
Lake Champlain biking
Water vistas
Photo/Art by Annie Graves
Water vistas
Island farms everywhere
Photo/Art by Annie Graves
Island farms everywhere
Happy cows on Grand Isle
Photo/Art by Annie Graves
Happy cows on Grand Isle
Hyde Log Cabin, oldest in the U.S.
Photo/Art by Annie Graves
Hyde Log Cabin, oldest in the U.S.
Grand Isle Art Works gallery
Photo/Art by Annie Graves
Grand Isle Art Works gallery
Biking on Isle La Motte
Photo/Art by Annie Graves
Biking on Isle La Motte
Ste. Anne’s Shrine
Photo/Art by Annie Graves
Ste. Anne’s Shrine
Fisk Farm compound
Photo/Art by Annie Graves
Fisk Farm compound
Gallery at Fisk Farm
Photo/Art by Annie Graves
Gallery at Fisk Farm
Fisk Quarries
Photo/Art by Annie Graves
Fisk Quarries

Read more about Annie’s travels at anniegraves.com.

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.

Annie Graves

Author:

Annie Graves

Biography:

Annie Graves is a regular contributor to Yankee. A New Hampshire native, she has been a writer and editor for over 25 years, while composing music and writing young adult novels. Find out more about Annie at anniegraves.com.
Updated Friday, June 22nd, 2012
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One Response to Champlain Islands, Vermont

  1. Mike Hartigan August 14, 2012 at 4:57 pm #

    I found it rather odd in the above two chapters that there was no mention of where the Champlain Islands are located.
    Suppose some public high school graduate of the last 10 years wanted to visit. They would then have to Google the location.

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