Mere minutes off the shore of Converse Bay in Vermont's majestic Lake Champlain is a wooded island that turns back the hands of time. These 32 private acres are the tranquil summer community of Garden Island, where in-the-know New Englanders spend their days boating, swimming, fishing, and basking in the simple pleasures of Victorian Era summer homes. You'll find privacy, unspoiled landscapes, and incredible views of the Adirondack and Green Mountains - all in the comfort of our Garden Island vacation rentals.
Where is Garden Island, VT?
With a population limited to its vacationing guests, Garden Island sits in the middle of Converse Bay in beautiful Lake Champlain. A five-minute ride on a private ferry links this densely forested island to the town of Charlotte on the mainland, where you'll be 16 miles south of Burlington's charming waterfront
, 56 miles north of the country town of Rutland
, and 39 miles west of the wonderful outdoor activities at Sugarbush Resort
Things to Do on Garden Island, VT
Our Garden Island vacation rentals are lovingly maintained, with homes that range from century-old farmhouses to cozy waterfront cottages. It's a place to walk miles of woodland paths, play card games on your screened-in porch, and take full advantage of the lakeshore just a few steps away.
Go swimming each afternoon in the pristine waters and enjoy beaches and lake floats that are never crowded. Make use of the provided dock space, moorings, and reliable offshore winds to spend the day sailing or boating in your own vessel, or borrow a canoe or a kayak to take a sunrise paddle on the lake. The waters of Lake Champlain, which reach depths of more than 350 feet nearby, are also ideal for anglers in search of large- and smallmouth bass.
Stage a family badminton tournament, watch your children squeal with delight on the playground swings and slides, and catch unforgettable views each evening as the sun sets over the lake.
Day Trips from Garden Island, VT
If you're eager to explore the quaint villages and rolling hills of Vermont's mainland, simply summon the private ferry and take an easy day trip from your Garden Island vacation rental.
Enjoy a healthy dose of arts and culture on the streets of Burlington, the state's largest city that sits only 16 miles north. Peruse the Church Street Marketplace, stop by the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, and admire the stunning Art Deco auditorium at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts.
Linger in Charlotte to play tennis, ride horses, or lounge on the town beach, or head a bit further east to escape into nature. Tee off at the Sugarbush Resort Golf Club that overlooks the Mad River Valley, or spend the day mountain biking, playing disc golf, or gliding on Sugarbush's 800-foot zipline. The picturesque slopes of Stowe
are also only 49 miles east, offering fantastic hiking trails, world-class fairways at the Stowe Mountain Club Golf Course, a climbing center, zipline tours, and gondolas that climb to the summit of Mt. Mansfield, the state's tallest peak.
It's a perfect time to begin a new summer tradition - come and experience the scenery, solitude, and quiet magic of the Lake Champlain Islands
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