A rural, lakeside community in Chittenden County, Charlotte is home to orchards, berry farms, wineries, hiking trails, and breathtaking New England landscapes. It is not the kind of place one travels to for big city excitement; rather it's a destination for those looking for a little peace and quiet among friendly folks with small-town sensibilities.
Whether you're looking to enjoy some summertime fun out on the lake or wintertime action on the nearby slopes, our vacation rentals in Charlotte offer a little something for everyone!
Located along the eastern shore of Lake Champlain, Charlotte sits on U.S. Route 7 just 23 miles north of Middlebury, 13 miles due south of Burlington, and directly across the water from Essex, NY (accessible via ferry). The location within the fertile Champlain Valley makes for gorgeous scenery year-round.
For those seeking some waterborne excitement, Charlotte sits right on Lake Champlain, offering rocky beach access along the shore at places like Charlotte Town Beach (be sure to check out the historic Holmes Creek covered bridge while you're there), as well as public boat launches and marinas including the Charlotte Sailing Center on McNeil Cove (near the dock for the Essex-Charlotte ferry) and the Point Bay Marina overlooking Town Farm Bay to the south.
With more than 600 miles of shoreline, Lake Champlain is an angler's paradise! Head out on the water aboard a boat through Fish N Rigg Charters, and try your hand at landing small- and largemouth bass as well as dozens of other freshwater varieties known to inhabit the deep, cool lake waters. If river and stream fishing is more your speed, the numerous waterways that crisscross the region are always stocked with brook, brown, and rainbow trout.
Landlubbers will find a number of excellent opportunities for hiking and biking throughout the Charlotte area with attention focused on the 63-acre Williams Woods Natural Area and Mount Philo State Park, a 237-acre park that protects the base of the mountain. Be sure to bring your camera for wildlife viewing in both areas with colorful salamanders, newts, and frogs found in the vernal pools of Williams Woods and migrating raptors showing up in the fall on Mount Philo.
And don't miss the Charlotte Village Winery, the Charlotte Berry Farm (where the whole family can pick strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, and pumpkins when in season), and the 6-acre Vermont Wildflower Farm featuring display gardens, a country store, and a book and seed shop.
When the snow starts to fall in Charlotte, residents and visitors alike turn their attention to the various ski areas around the region. Whether it's the family-friendly and easy-to-access Cochran's Ski Area or the mid-sized Bolton Valley Ski Area (both over in Richmond), or Mad River Glen in Fayston, there are plenty of opportunities to hit the powder hard within a few short miles of Charlotte.
And closer to home, grab your sleds and head over to Mount Philo for what is considered to be one of the best sledding hills in all of Vermont! The trails here are also ideal for snowshoeing if you prefer exploring at a slower pace to take in all your surroundings.
Take a well-deserved break from the rat race and escape to Charlotte for a picture perfect New England vacation in one of our well-equipped and convenient rentals along the beautiful shore of Lake Champlain!
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