This region covers the city of Burlington and rental properties in surrounding towns in Chittenden and Franklin Counties. Burlington, the state’s largest city with 40,000 year-round residents, lies along the edge of Lake Champlain. The city offers various water recreation opportunities, including public beaches. Cultural, dining and entertainment opportunities are around every corner, especially on and near pedestrian-only Church Street in the center of the city.
Although other towns along Lake Champlain are not included in this region of our website, Lake Iroquois in Williston and Lake Carmi in Franklin, the fourth largest lake in Vermont, are included in this area. To see vacation rental properties in other towns on Lake Champlain, go to the Lake Champlain & Islands region.
Burlington is home to the University of Vermont and Champlain College, and St. Michael’s College is in nearby Colchester. The ECHO Science Center along the edge of Lake Champlain in Burlington offers opportunities to learn more about Vermont’s working heritage and natural environment. The Burlington Community Boathouse and Waterfront Park offer lakefront access for all. (Read more information about Lake Champlain area.) The Flynn Center for Performing Arts, located in the center of Burlington, offers world-class entertainment of every kind. Every June, Burlington hosts the Discover Jazz Festival.
In the town of Shelburne, south of Burlington, visitors can find the Vermont Teddy Bear factory, the world-renowned Shelburne Museum, and Shelburne Farms, a 1,400-acre working farm open to the public. This region is also home to St. Albans, located in Franklin County in the Northwest corner of Vermont. Each April, St. Albans, self proclaimed Maple Sugar Capital of the World, hosts the Vermont Maple Festival to celebrate sugaring season.
Also located in this region is Swanton, a town of just over 2,000 and home to the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge. Situated on the shore of Lake Champlain, the 6,642-acre refuge is a mix of wetlands and hardwood forests offering opportunities for hunting, fishing, hiking and birding. The bustling Canadian city of Montreal can be reached by car from Burlington in about one and one-half hours. Passports (or qualified photo identification) required for the border crossing.
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The area is accessible via airplane from the Burlington International Airport, or from airports in Boston and Montreal. The region lies along the I-89 Interstate corridor, and can also be reached by Amtrak train and ferries from New York state.