United and US Airways offer nonstop flights from Washington Dulles and Reagan National, respectively, to Burlington, Vt.
WHERE TO STAY
North Hero House Inn & Restaurant
3643 U.S. Route 2 , North Hero
Historic 26-room inn and restaurant looking out over Lake Champlain. Peak-season rooms from $125 midweek.
Ransom Bay Inn
4 Center Bay Rd., Alburgh
Historic 18th-century B&B. Rooms from $80.
WHERE TO EAT
Blue Paddle Bistro
316 U.S. Route 2, South Hero
Cozy, bustling bistro with a changing menu. Dinner entrees from $18, bar fare starting at $10.95.
3537 U.S. Route 2, North Hero
Eclectic country store full of Vermont-made oddities, puzzles, games and books. Full deli with oversized sandwiches named for historical figures, from $4.49.
WHAT TO DO
Local Motion Bike Rental
1 Steele St., No. 103, Burlington
Right on the Burlington Bike Path (part of the Island Line Trail), Local Motion’s Trailside Center remts hybrid and comfort bicycles, tandems, kids’ bikes, trailers and tag-alongs. One-hour adult rental from $18.
Island Line Trail
Runs from Oakledge Park in Burlington through Colchester to Allen Point Access Area in South Hero. Bill and Carole Hauke bike ferry (www.bikeferry.org; 802-861-2700) runs Friday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in summer; reduced hours in fall. Day pass $8; kids $5.
150 South St., South Hero
Pick-your-own apples, petting paddock and farm store selling Vermont-made products and maple creemees. Rent adult, tandem or kids’ bikes and tag-alongs for half-day or up to a week. Adult half-day rental $20.
197 East Shore North, Grand Isle
Family-run farm selling fruits and vegetables.
Fisk Quarry Preserve and Goodsell Ridge Preserve
3849 West Shore Rd., Isle La Motte
Fisk Quarry is the site of the Chazy Reef, a 480-million-year-old fossil reef. Visitors’ center open Wed.-Sun. 1- 4 p.m. July to Labor Day: Sat.--Sun. 1-4 p.m. Labor Day to Oct. 11. Free.