Just a couple miles from the shores of Lake Champlain, the small town of Swanton makes for a relaxing summertime retreat. The historic Swanton village in the center of the city offers amenities and shops, while the surrounding area features endless outdoor recreation year-round.
From boating and swimming on the lake in the summer, to snowmobiling and admiring the frozen landscape in the winter, you'll feel right at home when you stay at one of our Swanton vacation rentals.
Located in northwestern Vermont, Swanton sits on the west side of Lake Champlain. Quebec Province in Canada is about 10 miles north, while the larger city of Burlington is about 35 miles south.
In Swanton, you'll have St. Albans City only 10 miles away for more amenities, plus the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge just north of town. Both I-89, Route 78, and Route 7 lead to the village center, so it's easy to get into town.
The area of Swanton dates back to long before colonial times, with the earliest Native American inhabitants in the area dating back as far as 10,000 years. Today, you can learn all about the Abekani tribe at the tribal headquarters and museum in Swanton.
In 1763, the town was chartered by New Hampshire governor Benning Wentworth, back when the Vermont territory was originally claimed as part of New Hampshire. Get the whole story and more at the Swanton Historical Museum at the city center.
The Missisquoi River, which feeds into Lake Champlain, offers an array of outdoor activities in the summer. From kayaking and paddleboarding on the river to scenic walks alongside it, there's plenty to choose from. Nearby, you'll also have the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge for exploring the local wildlife and beautiful natural scenery.
In the spring and summer, fishing is another popular pastime in this area. You'll find everything from Bullhead and Northern Pike fish to Smallmouth Bass and Yellow Perch. Access the river via a fishing spot off of St. Albans Road for a fun and relaxing outing.
Avid hikers and bikers will love exploring the many trails that run along the scenic shoreline of Lake Champlain. For a great workout on the water, you might swim or kayak the mile from Maquam Bay to quiet North Hero!
Whether you're looking for a small-town New England retreat or a lakeside getaway, you can't go wrong when you stay in one of our Swanton vacation rentals near Lake Champlain.
Photo Credit: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service via Flickr