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2021 Champlain Island Adventure Guide

Here are the details for 2021! You don’t want to miss this Adventure Guide! (Give this large PDF file time to download.)

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Attractions in Nearby Canada

Annual Events


🎃🎃 October

  • Trick or Trunk in Grand Isle

❄❄ November

  • Thanksgiving!


Extremely CasualSmart Casual

Extremely Casual

Extremely Casual – Shorts, t-shirts and flip flops are fine.

Wally’s Place Bagel & DeliBreakfast and Lunch. Closes at 2pm. Great selection of bagels! 802-372-4666. Address: 260 US RT 2, South Hero
Kim’s Snackbar (not open in 2021)Snackbar trailer. They also sell creemees. Picnic tables. Located at the intersection of US Rte 2 and Rte 314 in Grand Isle.
Seb’s Snackbar and Ice Cream Busy snackbar and ice cream venue. Ice cream may seem more expensive, but their servings are extremely generous. You may want to share! Picnic tables. Located near South Hero Post Office.
Pan’s Pizza I really like Pan’s Pizza. They make fantastic salads too — fancier greens, cucumbers, broccoli, tomatoes, onions, red peppers, etc. They make their own very tasty Greek salad dressing. Take-out only and limited hours (4-7pm and not all days of the week). 802-372-4729. Located in a little complex near The Blue Paddle Bistro in South Hero.
McKees Island Pub & Pizza Comfortable place to go with the family or the adults might just want to hang out at the bar. Pizza, subs, dozens of flavors chicken wings, burritos, salads, desserts and more. Call ahead and pick up your pizza! Their menu is online, although you’ll have to check in to see the daily specials. 802-372-5454. Address: 513 Route 2, South Hero.
Hero’s Welcome Their cleverly named sandwiches are the best! My favorites are the Norman Rockwell and the Dewey. No matter which, I also choose a tomato basil wrap and cheddar cheese for my sandwich. Ice cream and creemee counter. The general store is a great place to pick up pastries and muffins along with a variety of hot coffee. You can arrive here by boat too! 802-372-4161. Address: 3643 US Route 2, North Hero.
Steamship Pier Bar & Grill Lakefront dining. Owned and operated by North Hero House. Limited season. See their review in Seven Days newspaper. Open mid-June to Labor Day, Wed-Sun. 802-372-4732, Address: 3643 Route 2, North Hero
Two Heroes Grill & Tiki Bar See their Facebook Page. They’re open daily for lunch and dinner during the summer and weekends in the fall. 802-378-5576. Find them at North Hero Marina, 2253 Pelots Point Rd, North Hero, VT.
The Blue Paddle on The Bay See their FaceBook Page.. Outdoor Snack Bar featuring a mobile wood-fired pizza trailer, scenic deck and bar overlooking Keeler Bay with four boat slips for pick-up & docking!
Located at 456 US Route 2 South Hero, VT 05486
Emmons Supermarket Call ahead and have your subs ready for pick up at the deli counter. You can pick up chips, beverages and prepared salads and be all set for a picnic! Muffins, donuts, pastries and coffee available all day. 802-372-4351. US Route 2, Grand Isle.
The Naked Turtle Open air dining and bar at the marina in Plattsburgh. A fun place to go by boat. Live entertainment at night. Address: 1 Dock St, Plattsburgh, NY. 518-566-6200

Smart Casual

Smart Casual – You’ll need reservations for many of these choices.

Shore Acres Restaurant You’ll probably want to make reservations. Ask for a table near the windows. Fantastic views to the east of the Lake Champlain Inland Sea. Dress is business casual or a little nicer. You can arrive by boat. Chef prepared meals! 802-372-8722. Address: 237 Shore Acres Dr, North Hero.
Blue Paddle Bistro Open Tues-Saturday. You need reservations. Chef prepared food. Go for the food. No lake views. 802-372-4814. Address: 316 US Route 2, South Hero.
The Ransom Bay Inn & Restaurant I’ve never been here, but it look like I should add it to my to-dine list. We’ve had a few guests dine here and say the food and service were wonderful. Call for reservations. 802-796-3399. Address: US Route 2, Alburgh.
Ruthcliffe Lodge & Restaurant I haven’t been here, but I’ve heard wonderful things. You’ll need reservations. They have a sample menu online. 802-928-3200, Toll Free: 800-769-8162. Address: 1002 Quarry Road, Isle La Motte.
Alburgh Golf Links Restaurant Casual dining. Sunday brunch. Check their Web site for hours. 802-796-3586. Address: 230 Route 129, Alburgh.
Cafe at the Gallery Limited hours — see Web site. Reservations required for dinner. Menu changes frequently. 802-378-4591. Address: 259 US Route 2, Grand Isle.
North Hero House Restaurant Groups of 4 or fewer should ask to be seated in the front to have a lake view (eastward). Bigger parties will not have a lake view. Dress is business casual or dressier. Chef prepared meals. You want to make reservations. You can make reservations online from their Web site. Address: 3643 US Route 2, North Hero.

Rentals & Fishing

Rent Equipment

Ladd's MarinaNorth Hero MarinaHero's WelcomeApple Island MarinaPaddlesurf ChamplainMotor Boating Requirements

Ladd’s Marina

Ladd’s Marina. Rent a pontoon boat, sailboats, motor boats, kayaks, canoes, row boats here. Two minutes away. Address: 412 US Route 2, Grand Isle.

North Hero Marina

North Hero Marina. Rent a pontoon boat here. About 15 minutes away. Address: 2253 Pelots Point Road, North Hero, 802-372-5953

Hero’s Welcome

Hero’s Welcome. Summer rentals: Bikes, kayaks, paddle boards, canoes, single skull. Winter rentals: Snow shoes, x-country skis, ice skates. Fishing gear and bait. Plus the stores sell lots of eclectic stuff. It’s fun to shop. Less than 10 minutes away. Route 2 in North Hero.

Apple Island Marina

Apple Island Marina. Located at the south end of South Hero, about 20 minutes away. Rent Pontoon Boats, Boston Whaler Power Boat, Kayaks, Canoes, Rowboats, Pedal Boats. 802-372-3922.

Paddlesurf Champlain

Paddlesurf Champlain. Rent a paddle board. They advertise that they rent weekly and provide delivery and pick-up. They also provide lessons in City Bay. Less than 10 minutes away. 3543 US Route 2, North Hero.

Motor Boating Requirements

★ IMPORTANT ★ Anyone born after January 1, 1974 is required to have boater’s safety certificate on them when operating a motorboat on the public waters. See the Vermont Boater’s Requirements law. You can get this education and certificate as issued from your home state. The boater’s safety course is available online. There is a small fee, but it really is well worth it for your safety and those around you on the lake. If you fall into this age category, you’ll need to present your certificate to rent a motorboat.


Lake Champlain AnglerDriftwood Tours

Lake Champlain Angler

Lake Champlain Angler. Fishing charter operates out of Plattsburgh, NY, but call to see if accommodations can be made for pick up in the Champlain Islands. (518) 578-9273

Driftwood Tours

Driftwood Tours. Cruises and private charter on the Inland Sea of Lake Champlain. Starts at North Hero House Pier, less than 10 minutes away. 802-373-0022.


Emmons Bait & TackleVT Fishing License

Emmons Bait & Tackle

Emmons Bait & Tackle . Located behind Emmons Supermarket; in Grand Isle. Fishing equipment. Bait. Marine toys. Fishing Licenses. Less than 5 minutes away.

You can also pick up bait at Ladd’s Marina in Grand Isle and Hero’s Welcome in North Hero.

2020 Vermont Fishing License Fees

2020 Vermont Fishing License Fees
2020 Vermont Fishing License Fees – * Days are inclusive and consecutive.

You can pick up a paper copy at Emmons Bait & Tackle behind Emmons Supermarket; or go online and buy one. However, the law states that you must have a signed paper copy on you. An electronic copy is no good. If you buy a copy online while you’re here, forward it to me in an email and I can print a copy for you.

Services & Shopping

MedicalGroceriesLiquorGiftsPost OfficesATM & BankingShopping Centers


University of Vermont Medical Center – Fanny Allen Campus Walk-in emergency service. I believe they close at 8pm. About 40 minutes away. 790 College Pkwy, Colchester. 802-847-0000
Champlain Islands Health Center About 15 minutes away. 260 US Route 2, South Hero, VT. Appointments: Monday-Friday 7:45am – 4:30pm. 802-372-4687
University of Vermont Medical Center – Main Campus Main hospital in Burlington, VT. About 40 minutes away. 111 Colchester Avenue. 802-847-0000


Emmons Supermarket, Citgo Our local supermarket. You’ll find most things you need here. Prices are fair and comparable to the big grocery stores. They also have a bottle return building out back. Less than 5 minutes away. 193 US Route 2, Grand Isle. 802-372-4531
Grand Isle Farmers Market St. Joseph’s parking lot every Saturday, 10am-2pm during the summer. Local farm produce and meats. Baked goods. Pick up prepared food too. Enter through the north entrance and exit through the south. Just a few doors down from Emmons Supermarket.; Less than 5 minutes away.
Pomykala Farm Self-serve produce stand. All grown locally. Summer-Fall. Less than 5 minutes away. 197 E Shore N, Grand Isle.
Savage GardensSelf-serve produce stand. All grown locally. Summer-Fall. About 10 minutes away. 303 Savage Point Road, North Hero. 802-522-2826
Shaw’s SupermarketFull service grocery store off I-89, Exit 16. Near Costco. About 25 minutes away. 66 Mountain View Dr, Colchester. 802-654-7803
CostcoYou need to be a member to shop here. Off I-89, Exit 16. About 25 minutes away. 218 Lower Mountain View Dr, Colchester. 802-655-4356
Trader Joe’sOff I-89, Exit 14E. About 35 minutes away. 200 Dorset Street, South Burlington. 802-658-4500
Healthy LivingOur local health food store with lots to choose from. Off I-89, Exit 14E. About 35 minutes away. 222 Dorset St, South Burlington. 802-863-2569


Keeler Bay Variety Located in South Hero. About 10 minutes away. There is a 15 cent bottle deposit fee. This is also a mini-supermarket. It’s a bit tighter to park here. If you want to stop in and there’s no parking, park across the street at the church.
You’ll find beer, wine coolers, wine and other alcoholic beverages at any grocery store.


Hero’s Welcome This store is a series of buildings that sells lots of eclectic stuff. If you’re looking to buy mementos of your trip or gifts or a floatie, this is a great place to shop. Less than 10 minutes away. Route 2 in North Hero.
The Green Frog Gifts & Clothing About 10 minutes away. Address: Route 314, 7 Ferry Road, South Hero.
Viva Marketplace Attached to Seb’s Snack Bar and next to South Hero US Post Office. About 15 minutes away. Address: 295 US Route 2, South Hero.

Post Offices

Grand Isle US Post office 203 U.S. 2, Grand Isle. Less than 5 minutes away.
North Hero US Post office 3537 U.S. 2 U.S. 2, North Hero. Less than 10 minutes away.
South Hero US Post office 291 U.S. 2, South Hero. About 15 minutes away.

ATM & Banking

Emmons Supermarket, Citgo Less than 5 minutes away. 193 US Route 2, Grand Isle. 802-372-4531
McKee’s Island Pub About 10 minutes away. 513 US Route 2, South Hero.
Community Bank About 15 minutes away. 301 U.S. 2, South Hero. Not staffed on weekends.

Shopping Centers

University Mall Indoor mall. About 35 minutes away. Free parking. I-89, Exit 14E. 155 Dorset Street, South Burlington. 802-863-1066
Church Street Marketplace Outdoor and indoor mall. About 40 minutes away. I-89, Exit 14W. Pay parking until 10pm Monday-Saturday. Some garage parking free for first 2 hours. 2 Church St, Burlington. 802-863-1648
Maple Tree Place Dick’s, Old Navy, Staples, Best Buy, Christmas Tree Shops, Yankee Candle, Majestic 10 Theater, restaurants and more. Walmart, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Marshall’s and other big stores are also nearby. About 35 minutes away. I-89, Exit 12. 28 Walnut St., Williston.


Local NewspaperVermont 511Lake Champlain StatsVermont Vacation GuideFerriesFishing LicenseBoat AccessesBoater's EducationFoliage TourPlow TrucksBuy Mementos

The Islander

The Islander Newspaper - our local paper

The Islander Newspaper – our local paper published every Wednesday. Check it out before you visit to know what’s happening.

Traffic, transit, biking, weather, airports

Vermont 511- Plan ahead

Vermont 511 – Traffic, transit, biking, weather, airports

Lake Champlain Stats

Current Lake Champlain Statistics - lake level and water temperature

Current Lake Champlain Statistics – lake level and water temperature. You can edit date range.

Vermont Vacation Guide

Vermont Vacation Guide

Vermont Vacation Guide – Museums, Festivals, Performing Arts, and so much more!

Lake Champlain Ferries

Lake Champlain Ferries - Grand Isle Crossing

Lake Champlain Ferries – Grand Isle Crossing to Cumberland Head (Plattsburgh), NY

Vermont Fishing License

Fish Lake Champlain Year-round

Fish Lake Champlain Year-round. Get your fishing license.

Vermont Boat Accesses

Vermont Boat Access Areas

Vermont Boat Access Areas. Find the lake access areas.

Boater’s Safety Education

Boater's Safety Education Card

Motor boaters born after Jan 1, 1974 must carry card from home state indicating successful completion of Boater’s Safety Course. Card required for renting motor boats if you were born after Jan 1, 1974.

Susan’s Fall Foliage Tour

Fall foliage tour

See Susan’s favorite foliage trek.

Where are the Vermont Plow Trucks?

Find Vermont State Plow Trucks Interactively

If it’s snowing, find the nearest Vermont State Plow truck using this interactive application.

Buy Mementos From The Green Cottage

Buy Mementos From Susan on RedBubble

Susan’s Photos taken from around our area are available on practical products like facemasks, tote bags, notebooks, coasters, mugs and more. Purchase online from Susan’s RedBubble account and have the memories sent to your home!

Activities at Your Leisure

Pelots Natural Area 3 miles of nature walk in North Hero. Station Road, North Hero.
Niquette Bay State Park Nature walk in forested area along Lake Champlain. Only about 20 minute drive away from The Green Cottage. Raymond Rd, Colchester.
Underhill State Park Hike Mt. Mansfield, the tallest mountain in Vermont. Underhill. About an hour away.
Lake Champlain Land Trust Guide to Hiking and Paddling.
Shore Acres Tennis They sell tennis balls. You probably need to bring your own rackets. There is a fee. North Hero. About 7 minutes away.
Alburgh Golf Links Play a game of golf and have lunch at their restaurant. Alburgh. About 20 minutes away.
Sparetime Bowling and Entertainment
215 Lower Mountain View Dr, Colchester (I-89, Exit 16).
Bowling, arcade and laser tag. Laser tag is so much fun and a great work-out! About 25 minutes away.
Petra Cliffs Indoor rock climbing facilities. Burlington. About 40 minutes away.
MetroRock Indoor rock climbing facilities. About 40 minutes away in Essex, VT.
Majestic 10 Movie Theater 190 Boxwood Street, Williston. Watch a movie on the big screen. About 35 minutes away.
Palace 9 Cinemas
10 Fayette Drive, South Burlington.
Watch a movie on the big screen. About 35 minutes away.