History & Stewardship

Nestled along the shores of Lake Champlain in Vergennes, Vermont, Basin Harbor stands as a testament to a rich history that spans over a century. The origins of this historic resort can be traced back to 1886 when Ardelia Beach and her nephew Allen Penfield Beach established the property as a working farm and a summer retreat. Little did they know that their vision would evolve into a cherished destination, weaving together a tapestry of family heritage, natural beauty, and a commitment to hospitality.

In its early years, Basin Harbor served as a humble farmstead, cultivating the land and offering a tranquil haven for those seeking a summer by the lake. As time progressed, the property underwent a transformative journey, gradually morphing into the resort it is today. Under the enduring ownership of the Beach family, Basin Harbor has retained its original charm while expanding its facilities and amenities.

The heart and soul of Basin Harbor lie in its dedication of preserving the beauty of the land and providing a warm embrace to generations of guests. The resort boasts a diverse range of accommodations, from inviting guest rooms to quaint cottages across a sprawling 700-acre campus.

Lake Champlain with small sailboat in the distance
Photo by RodeoandCo

Throughout the years, Basin Harbor has become synonymous with an array of recreational activities, creating a destination for enthusiasts of golf, water sports, tennis, and more. The resort’s landscape, adorned with historic buildings like the venerable Homestead dating back to the late 19th century, adds to its nostalgic allure. The commitment to maintaining the cultural significance of the property is evident in its role as a venue for weddings, events, and gatherings that foster a sense of community and connection.

What sets Basin Harbor apart is not only its historical legacy but also its harmonious integration of its agricultural roots with its identity as a premier resort. The resort’s location along the shores of Lake Champlain provides not only breathtaking views but also an invitation to partake in a myriad of water-based activities, enhancing the overall guest experience.

In essence, Basin Harbor remains a living testament to the enduring spirit of family, heritage, and the seamless blending of the old and the new. Its story is one of evolution, where Ardelia’s initial dream has blossomed into a cherished resort, inviting visitors to immerse themselves in the beauty of Vermont’s landscape and the warmth of The Beach Family’s hospitality.

We don’t take for granted the land that we inhabit and consider ourselves guardian of the natural beauty that envelopes its expansive grounds. At the heart of Basin Harbor’s identity is a profound commitment to preserving the environment and serving as responsible stewards of the land, a commitment that has become an integral part of its ethos and daily practices.

The resort’s dedication to sustainability is manifested in a myriad of initiatives designed to minimize its environmental impact. From the careful selection of eco-friendly materials in construction to the implementation of energy-efficient infrastructure, Basin Harbor seeks to operate in harmony with its natural surroundings. The ethos extends to waste reduction strategies, including recycling and composting, as part of a broader effort to tread lightly on the Earth.

Land conservation takes center stage in Basin Harbor’s stewardship endeavors. The resort actively engages in efforts to maintain the natural habitats surrounding the property, understanding the importance of protecting wildlife corridors and fostering a biodiverse ecosystem. Responsible land management practices are embraced to ensure that the integrity of the landscape is preserved for generations to come.

History Talks with Bob Beach Jr.

Join 4th Generation Host, Bob Beach Jr., as he shares his passion for the land on and around Basin Harbor and Lake Champlain. As stewards of the land, The Beach Family has been a part of this landscape for over 130 years and continue to herald the rich heritage of Basin Harbor.

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