view of harbor from lodge lawn
view of harbor from lodge lawn
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A Day in Burlington, Vermont

An hour’s drive or less from Basin Harbor lies Vermont’s biggest city and the largest on the shores of Lake Champlain: Burlington. This vibrant college town makes a great outing from our resort, and here are three reasons why—a recipe for a heck of a nice day out and about in the Champlain Valley!

Accept the Challenge at Esc4pe

Escape rooms are all the rage these days, and  Esc4pe (156 College Street) Burlington claims its own topnotch version. From the Gauntlet to the Minimalist to the Infiltrator, you and the rest of your team of “agents” have a mere hour to solve your way out of your very own reality game. Tackle the puzzles and mysteries in a race against the clock that emphasizes problem-solving and collaboration: a great option for families, friends, and colleagues on a Basin Harbor getaway!

Take a Deep Dive at ECHO

Given you’re spending such quality time on the shores of Lake Champlain as a guest at Basin Harbor, it only makes sense to learn about this tremendous body of water’s natural and cultural history at ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain (1 College Street, Burlington, VT). More than 167,000 visitors each year experience ECHO’s awesome interactive exhibits, which include information on Lake Champlain’s very own sea monster, “Champ”; displays concerning the basin’s indigenous inhabitants; and a full-size replica of the General Butler, one of several hundred shipwrecks the lake has claimed.

Then there are all the live animals representing the Lake Champlain watershed: from mudpuppies, snapping turtles, and lake sturgeon to hermit crabs and sea stars.

Swing by the Shelburne Museum

Just a little to the south of Burlington, you won’t want to miss the Shelburne Museum (6000 Shelburne Road, Shelburne, VT), set on 45 lovely acres. Established in 1947 by Electra Havemeyer Webb, the museum initially served as a place to keep and display her family’s impressive collection of horse-drawn carriages, but Webb soon began expanding the holdings. She had a wide variety of historic structures from across New England relocated to the grounds for preservation and education. Today you can see everything from an 1845-built covered bridge from Cambridge, Vermont to a 1901 round barn from East Passumpsic, Vermont to a 1965 circus building. Also, there are some fabulous Lake Champlain relics: an 1871-built lighthouse that once stood on Colchester Reef and the steamboat Ticonderoga, which was built in Shelburne and worked on Lake Champlain’s waters until 1953.

The vintage buildings and vessels are only part of the attraction: The eclectic Shelburne Museum also includes an excellent collection of paintings, a notable inventory of antique duck decoys, and much more.

Spend An Unforgettable Day in Burlington

Whatever brings you to Burlington, there is always a plethora of local attractions to keep you entertained. For some of the best shopping and dining in the city, head down to Church Street and indulge in the local flavor. Looking for the best view in the city? Venture to the Burlington Waterfront and experience breathtaking views of Lake Champlain. 

Fortunately, when you stay at Basin Harbor, all of this and more are just a day-trip away.