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

Lake Champlain biking

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Water vistas

Water vistas

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Island farms everywhere

Island farms everywhere

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Happy cows on Grand Isle

Happy cows on Grand Isle

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Hyde Log Cabin, oldest in the U.S.

Hyde Log Cabin, oldest in the U.S.

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Grand Isle Art Works gallery

Grand Isle Art Works gallery

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Biking on Isle La Motte

Biking on Isle La Motte

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Ste. Anne’s Shrine

Ste. Anne’s Shrine

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Fisk Farm compound

Fisk Farm compound

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Gallery at Fisk Farm

Gallery at Fisk Farm

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Fisk Quarries

Fisk Quarries

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

Comments
  • 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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