Like the Two Heroes nearby, Grand Isle is one of famous four - the four towns that make up the lovely Lake Champlain Islands in Vermont. With verdant land and a majestic seashore, this picturesque town lures thousands of tourists annually - and when you stay in one of our Grand Isle, VT vacation rentals, you'll understand exactly why so many visitors come back year after year.
Grand Isle's small-town vibe hasn't changed (much) since its founding in the late 1700s: you'll still find friendly locals and plenty of open spaces. Hike the Grand Isle State Park, visit the Hyde Log Cabin, or battle your friends on the golf course. However you spend your time, choosing one of our Vermont vacation rentals will ensure your stay is a grand adventure.
Nature is at its finest in Grand Isle. Yes, you won't see many historic sites or cultural institutions, but you come here to get away from the grind - and that's what Grand Isle does best. Grand Isle State Park is a must-see. Opened in 1959, the 226-acre park is a popular camping site and boasts more than 4,000 feet of shoreline. Guests can rent kayaks and rowboats from the park office or hit the sand volleyball court. Situated on historic U.S. Route 2, the Hyde Log Cabin was built in 1873 and is considered to be the oldest log cabin in the United State.
Grand Isle is known for its verdant land, and the Champlain Islands Farmers Market boasts herbs, fruit, pastries, wooden bowls, and even jewelry. If visiting a farm is on your itinerary, head to Pomykala Vegetable Farm. The Pomykala family has been at it since 1977, and their 70-acre estate boasts organic greens and strawberries during the season.
With its unique location on the shores of Lake Champlain, day tripping from Grand Isle is a fun and rewarding experience. Explore the other island towns nearby: head to nearby South Hero to spend the day on White's Beach or explore the Bird House Forest, and end your adventure with a glass of wine at Snow Farm Winery and Vineyard. North Hero boasts some great attractions, such as the North Hero House and North Hero State Park while Isle La Motte has St. Anne's Shrine.
Back on the mainland (but only half an hour's drive away), Burlington has myriad cultural offerings from museums to plays to shopping, and it's teeming with a friendly local energy. You could also take the Lake Champlain Ferry to Plattsburgh, NY, or grab your passport and drive 70 miles north to the cosmopolitan city of Montreal.
Of course, you may choose just to stay put and unwind in your Grand Isle vacation rental! With quiet lanes and miles of farmland and shoreline, an escape to Vermont's Lake Champlain Islands should be on everyone's itinerary.