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Turning Travel Into a Vacation

Many of our guests here at Basin Harbor really make a beeline for our blissful spread on the shores of Lake Champlain when vacation hits—and of course we don’t blame them.

Maybe the realities of work schedules and other commitments mean you only have limited time off and want to maximize it by making tracks to Basin Harbor: completely understandable, and we’ll do our utmost to give you a full dose of extra-strength R&R.

If you’ve got a little wiggle room in your travel schedule, though, why not turn the road trip to Basin Harbor into its own little vacation? If our lakeside resort is the top-of-the-bill headliner, think of pit stops at on-the-way attractions as those supporting acts that sweeten the overall experience.

Approaching Basin Harbor from any direction takes you through some marvelous New England countryside and near at hand to some fascinating destinations in their own right. Here are a few examples!

Coming From the South: The Basketball Hall of Fame (Springfield, MA)
basketball hall of fame

If you’re a hoops fan, making a pilgrimage to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (named for the sport’s inventor, Dr. James Naismith) is a must. Reflect on the achievements of all-out roundball legends while honing your skills in interactive exhibits and live clinics. The Hall of Fame’s digs are their own attraction, the centerpiece being a great basketball-shaped dome.

Coming From the East: The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center (Concord, MA)

McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery CenterThis impressive air-and-space museum has real all-ages appeal. Named for Alan Shepard (the first American in space) and Sharon Christa McAuliffe (NASA’s first “educator astronaut” and a casualty of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster), the facility includes a wide variety of permanent and rotating exhibits chronicling aviation and spaceflight. From authentic and replica aircraft and spacecraft to the 103-seat planetarium, you and the whole gang will come away marveling anew at the achievements of human technology—and the wonders of the universe.

Coming From the North: Take a Brewery Tour in Burlington, VT

Burlington Beer Company

You may or may not be aware that Vermont, despite our modest size, is one of the shining lights of the American craft-beer industry—and the country’s leader in terms of brewpubs per capita! Burlington gives you just about the best all-around overview of Green Mountain State brewing: You can join a guided brewery-hopping tour or strike off on your own, sampling diverse suds-styles at stops such as Foam Brewers and Burlington Beer Company.

Coming From the West: Hike in Pharaoh Lake Wilderness Area

The Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York, which help form the across-the-lake scenic backdrop of Basin Harbor, are among the Northeast’s most precious reservoirs of wilderness. If you’re at all outdoors-inclined, we highly recommend taking a stretch-your-legs hike or two in the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness Area near Ticonderoga: towering groves, tucked-away ponds, mountaintop views—there’s primal New England magic here in heapfuls.