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Lake Bomoseen is the largest lake entirely within the state's borders. It has a surface area of 2,415 acres and is located in the towns of Castleton and Hubbardton, west of the city of Rutland. It has a state park and town-run beach.

Another lake in the region is Lake Hortonia, a 479-acre lake in Hubbardton and Sudbury. Other smaller bodies of water in the region are Beebe Pond (111 acres) in Hubbardton,  Burr Pond (85 acres) in Sudbury and Perch Pond and Sunset Lake in Benson.

In addition to being able to take advantage of the summer activities of swimming, fishing and boating in the region, some of the vacation rentals in this region can be used year-round, making it possible to commute to ski areas such as Pico, Killington, and Okemo in the winter.

The historic town of Castleton is home to Castleton State College, a state-run institution that sometimes features cultural and musical events. Founded in 1787, it was the first college to be established in Vermont.

Nearby Fair Haven is known for its slate industry. Hubbardton hosts a state park – Half Moon Pond State Park – that offers canoes for rent on its pond, as well as hiking trails, including one to another pond high in the hills. Hubbardton is also the location of the Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Site.

The Lake Bomoseen area is located in south Central Vermont on the western edge of the state, not far from the New York state border. It is easily accessed by car from areas south and west of Vermont, and is served by airports in Albany, NY, Hartford, CT, and Burlington, VT. An Amtrak train travels from New York City to Rutland, and there is low cost bus service on a route connecting Rutland, Castleton and Fair Haven.