One of four towns on the Lake Champlain Islands, South Hero earns a unique place among them. Lush forests give way to mountain streams and rocky shores, evoking a more peaceful time. The beach is a lovely place to enjoy a quiet summer's day and myriad hiking and biking trails abound. You'll probably not see another soul on your daily excursions—it's no wonder our South Hero, VT vacation rentals are a hit with visitors!
Founded by hundreds of Revolutionary War veterans to honor Ethan and Ira Allen, South Hero was originally part of the single town of Two Heroes, but was reconfigured in 1798. The town has long sustained an all-American feel, with quaint mom-and-pop shops, a school that is also its community center, and miles of verdant, organic farmland. Apples are the main crop, and you'll find orchards throughout the town's charming environs. With only three bridges connecting the four Lake Champlain Island towns to the rest of the state, visitors experience a true getting-away-from-it-all vibe. Choosing the comfort and privacy of our Vermont vacation rentals in South Hero will definitely boost that feeling!
The Town of South Hero, VT
South Hero has a small year-round population, and visitors head here to truly escape, so the town doesn't boast dozens of historic sites like other Vermont cities. Still, there's plenty to see. Nothing beats White's Beach on a hot summer day. Situated on West Shore Road, the beach features a volleyball court as well as a swimming section, but non-swimmers will love the views of the Adirondacks and the southern portion of Lake Champlain. Bird House Forest is just moments away from Whites Beach, boasting a plethora of brilliantly colored birdhouses hanging from hardwood trees. (It's a swampy area, so make sure to wear your wellies when you venture forth!)
Nearby Castle Island is on everyone's must-see list, due to the miniature castles built by Harry Barber in the early 20th century dotting the landscape. Most are in good condition and feature full turrets and battlements. Snow Farm Winery and Vineyard is Vermont's first winery. Since 1992, the Lane family has been crafting choice Pinot Noir and Riesling as well as stellar ice wine. Head here for summer concerts on the lawn.
Day Trips from South Hero
When you stay at one of our South Hero vacation rentals, the entire Lake Champlain Islands region is at your fingertips, boasting 200 miles of gorgeous coastline. Head to North Hero for the North Hero State Park and the historic North Hero House. Grand Isle appeals to hikers and bikers, thanks to Grand Isle State Park. Samuel Champlain's first sight of the new world was of Isle La Motte; today, it's famous for St. Anne's Shrine and fossils galore! Who knows? You might even spy the ever-elusive Champ, the mythic monster said to reside in the lake.
Don't want to get away from quite everything? Burlington is just 20 minutes from South Hero, so you can hit a play or eat at one of the city's many farm-to-table restaurants.
Whether it's biking or boating or just loafing, our South Hero vacation rentals will make your stay in this gorgeous region a getaway to remember!
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