A stay in a St. Albans vacation rental is the perfect way to experience this quaint northern Vermont town near the Canadian border. Lying 66 miles south of Montreal, St. Albans is rich with history, bucolic countryside, recreational activities on Lake Champlain, and wintertime fun at ski resorts like Jay Peak and Smugglers Notch.
Named after a village in southern England, St. Albans is a small town of only 6400 year-round residents, making it a popular destination for those seeking Vermont vacation rentals far from crowds and city congestion.
Hike, bike, or jog along the Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail, a former railroad bed spanning 26 miles from St. Albans to Richford, or fish for northern pike, largemouth bass, white perch, and many more species in the Missisquoi River.
For history buffs, St. Albans has a fascinating heritage going back to the Civil War. Make sure to include a stop at the St. Albans Historical Society Museum to learn about the town’s railroad legacy, the St. Albans Raid of 1864, and to view cultural artifacts of the past.
With its boutique shops, local parks, and eclectic eateries, downtown St. Albans is most definitely worth a visit! Stop by 14th Star Brewing Company on Main Street for a tasty Vermont-made beer, or fill a growler to take back to your St. Albans vacation rental.
If you’re an outdoors enthusiast, you’ll be well suited with the area’s abundant activities, including Nordic and downhill skiing at Jay Peak (45 miles northeast) or Smuggler’s Notch Resort (28 miles southeast). Spring and summer brings boating, fishing, and general outdoor bliss on adjacent Lake Champlain, so make sure to bring your fishing poles and hiking boots.
Just 28 miles down the road from St. Albans is Burlington, an eclectic college town known for its scenic views o fLake Champlain and liberal “let it all hang out” culture. Spend the day exploring Burlington’s funky shops along Church Street, then grab a fine Vermont microbrew at Magic Hat Brewing Company.
Whether you’re seeking a quiet place for catching up on rest or quick access to invigorating activities in the outdoors, a stay at one of our St. Albans vacation rentals has you covered!
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