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Christmas Vacations on Lake Champlain

Lake Champlain in its summer and early-fall guise—the guise familiar to all of our Basin Harbor guests—is bewitching and beautiful. It’s a joy to look upon—and all the more so to take a dip in or a boat ride over.

But even though we’re closed for the year here at Basin Harbor—although staying busy managing our beloved and long-running resort and preparing for the 2019 season—the Champlain Valley is still an excellent place to explore in our “off-season,” not least for a cozy, postcard-perfect Christmas getaway.

That’s in no small part because of Lake Champlain’s wintry loveliness, and the recreation available along its glazed-over shores this time of year. Here’s a snapshot of what awaits you on a yuletide escape to one of America’s grandest waterways!

Hitting the Slopes

Vermont, of course, hosts some of the finest skiing in New England, and you’ve got plenty of nearby slopes to explore on a Christmas visit to the Champlain Valley. These include Stowe Mountain Resort, Mad River Glen, Smugglers’ Notch, Sugarbush, and Bolton Valley. Learn more about these highly regarded ski resorts at this Basin Harbor blogpost!

Cross-Country Skiing & Snowshoeing

Beyond downhill thrills, the Lake Champlain area is a winter wonderland for cross-country skiers and snoeshowers. That includes on Nordic routes at some of the developed ski resorts as well as the trails lacing such public lands as the Mount Mansfield State Forest.

Christmastime Birdwatching Along Lake Champlain

As we’ve profiled here at the Basin Harbor blog before, Lake Champlain is a year-round birdwatching hotspot, and the winter months come chockablock with their own special birding opportunities. Along with ducks and geese flocked on open waters of the lake, the Champlain Valley welcomes some overwintering visitors from the Far North, including snow buntings, horned larks, and rough-legged hawks. And meanwhile tough-as-nails chickadees, juncos, woodpeckers, owls, and other resident birds are all the easier to say in the leafless thickets and canopies.

We’ll See You at Basin Harbor in 2019!

If you manage to make a Christmas getaway to Lake Champlain this year, you’ll never forget the snowbound scenery and rich array of wintertime activities our region serves up. And meanwhile we hope to see you in the balmier months ahead here at Basin Harbor!