As the leaves turn to brilliant orange and flame red hues, there is no better place to enjoy mother nature’s fall canvas with your pet than Vermont. In Vergennes on Lake Champlain, about 30 minutes from bustling Burlington, the Basin Harbor Club and Resort is a breathtaking, 700 acre, pet-friendly resort with 73 charming, private cottages for you and your pet to unwind and enjoy simple joys. The hotel and resort boasts 126 things to do and is open to guests from mid-May through late October. And while you might be tempted to plan your trip to Basin Harbor Club and Resort in the fall to enjoy the season’s natural glow, summer’s frivolity at the resort is equally worth exploration. There is something for everyone at Basin Harbor, including pets. Among the 126 things to do:
- Take a stroll or bike ride through the property’s nature trails for glimpses of the local flora and fauna to include eagles, deer, foxes, and the occasional moose.
- Enjoy an evening on the deck in front of the fire taking in the views of the Adirondack Mountains and Lake Champlain.
- Golf on the property’s 19-hole course which is a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.
- Paddleboat, kayak, waterski or take advantage of numerous water sports.
- Anyone for Yoga or Tai Chi along the lake? Guests receive a list of Basin Harbor’s Wellness activities each day.
- Art classes, crafts, treks, and historic boating adventures beckon you at Basin Harbor’s Nature Center.
- Pamper yourself at the Simple Serenity Spa at Basin Harbor.
Four generations of the Beach family have welcomed two and four-legged guests to the historic, lakeside hotel and resort. Arrive by car, bus, boat–Basin Harbor has docking for boats, or by plane–Burlington International Airport is nearby, but Basin Harbor Club and Resort even has its own airstrip!
Basin Harbor Club and Resort is a Historic Hotel of America. Historic Hotels of America, a Preferred Hotel Group brand, is a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Pet amenities include Vermont-made biscuits, pick up mitts, and a welcome letter from the BHC Mascots, Piccolo, Ava, Fannie and newest pup, Rosie. Piccollo and Ava host a dog walk weekly with their owner, Pennie Beach and dog walking/dog sitting services are available.
All well-behaved pets are welcome in cottage accommodations only, for an additional charge per day, per pet and do not have to be crated or caged when owners are absent. Dogs must be kept leashed at all times on property and kept away from the pool and waterfront areas. The woods surrounding Basin Harbor are ideal for walking in the cool cover of the forest and the Edgewater Trail has some great swimming spots. It is understood that owners are responsible for any damage their pets may cause and that owners will “pick up” after their dogs.
A “VIC” amenity is available for an additional $125 and includes a logoed dog bed, custom collar and leash. And kitties are not forgotten here…A “VIF” package is also available for felines with catnip chair, food dish and kitty bed.
- Pet fee of $10 per day.
- Basin Harbor Club and Resort is the host of a yearly dog festival, “The Festival of Fidos,” to benefit a local humane society.
- The gift shop is stocked with custom doggie products, leashes, and collars.
- Dog sculptures from local artist, Norton Latourelle, enjoy prominence in the main lobby.
Enjoy the comforts of home without the distractions and responsibilities of home life. The goal at Basin Harbor Club and Resort is to make your life as simple as possible while you’re a guest. You can choose between a full or modified American plan, or a bed-and-breakfast offering. And complimentary amenities, including the popular kids programs, are included in your nightly rate. So you can feel free to leave your wallet and daily planner at home.
The cottages at Bain Harbor Club and Resort are pet-friendly. Each of the 73 private cottages at the lakeside resort has a personality of its own. No two are alike, accommodating up to eight people. What you’ll find in every one is that summer home feeling of simplicity and ease.
Nestled along the water’s edge or tucked beneath a canopy of old-growth trees, your private cottage will remind you of just why you needed to get away.
- Distinctive floor-plans with one to three bedrooms, baths, and views of Lake Champlain, gardens, or golf course.
- Close proximity to dining, recreation, and sports activities.
- Simple “summer home” décor, including decks or screened porches, custom millwork, and in some, fireplaces made of native stone.
- Wi-fi in all accommodations.
Part of the allure of these quaint lake cottages is that you never know what you’re going to find when you turn the corner—a built-in wooden bench, a Vermont marble fireplace, or stone terrace. Built in the 1920s and ’30s based on floor plans submitted by Basin Harbor Club and Resort guests, each cottage has its own history and sense of place. From a comfortable seat on your screened porch or deck, you can soak in the natural beauty of the surrounding woods and outstretched lake.
Whether you want an elegant dinner, a working lunch, or a picnic-style meal for the whole family to enjoy, Basin Harbor has it. Guests may enjoy lakeside dining in the Main Dining Room, or in the casual restaurant Red Mill restaurant for a laid-back lunch.
For the outdoor set, take an al fresco meal on the Homestead lawn or right on the water at the North Dock during the summer months. The restaurants at Basin Harbor Club and Resort specialize in eclectic New England fare that highlights fresh, local ingredients. A committment to the Vermont Fresh Network and local producers is important to Bain Harbor’s historic Vermont resort heritage.
Basin Harbor Club and Resort offers activities and entertainment for every season and vacation. Some guests are content to just relax in one of Basin Harbor’s Adirondack chairs and read in the beautiful gardens and others want to take part in the many classes and clinics we offer. Because of the resort’s location on Lake Champlain, activities often center on fun in the water.
Explore miles of nature trails and discover the mountains. Enjoy fishing or water skiing. Tap into your creative side with a painting or jewelry workshop. Attend a lecture and book signing by a Vermont author or join a history talk. Go for a swim in our Olympic-sized swimming pool. Catch the magic show or play a healthy game of BINGO. Or just pamper yourself with a trip to Simply Serenity Spa at Basin Harbor and take advantage of their wonderful spa offerings.
Basin Harbor activities reflect a variety of interests and age groups. From dancing, dining and outdoor walks, everyone can find what they’re looking for. Want a behind-the-scenes peek at Basin Harbor? Try a tour of the club and gardens! Then, wrap up your perfect day with a massage or a spa pedicure in our Vermont resort’s spa rooms.
Water Sports on Lake Champlain
Lake Champlain is the nation’s sixth largest lake with over 600 miles of scenic shoreline over its 120-mile length. Explore it in the Resort’s canoes, kayaks, paddleboats, small outboards or our powerboats. Skim its waves sailing or waterskiing. Kids will thrill to try out the popular floating water trampoline while you relax on the beach. Not sure how to work a sail? Sailing and water skiing lessons are offered.
Interested in Lake Champlain’s rich history? Take a guided cruise on the 48-foot tour boat–the EScape and catch the new ROV (remotely operated vehicle) tour and see the wonders of a shipwreck below the waters surface.
- Paddleboats, wooden kid boats, paddleboards complimentary
- Power Boat – 205 Dorado/185 Dorado
- All day – $395/360
- Half Day…………………….$320/
- 2 hours (minimum)…………….$200/185
- Additional hour………………..$75/$70
- Gas…..per gallon used
- Bike Rentals (per hour/day/week)
- Mountain bike…………………$6/30/130
- Cruiser Kids…………….……..$5/20/85
- Tag Along..…………………….$4/10/60
- Bike trailer……………………..$6/12/80
- EScape Boat Cruise (per child/adult—min. 6 guests)
- ROV Cruise……………………$10/20
- Waterskiing/Tubing…………………$110 per hr
- Sailing Lesson……………………….$40 per hr
- Kayak single/double……………….$12/16 per hr
- Canoe…………………………………$10 per hr
- Outboard…………………………….$25 per hr
- Sunfish……………………………….$18 per hr
- Daysailer-Cape Dory (half day/day) $45/80
- Fishing Charters are available with local companies.
Basin Harbor has limited floating docking for boats up to 55′ and 7′ drafts. Water levels and time of year play a part in availability.
Basin Harbor features two Hard-Tru courts and three all-weather courts. From mid June through Labor day, Tennis Pro Adam Kent and staff offer skilled instruction with lessons and clinics for all levels and ages.
The BHC ATP Player of the Week Program encourages all players to compete in this internationally themed event with the customary crystal bowl as prize.
The Basin Harbor Golf Course offers a demanding golf experience on a well-manicured course, with the Adirondacks and Green Mountains as impressive backdrops. The first nine holes were laid in 1927 by Allen Beach, nephew of the resort’s founder. Robert Mitchell designed the back nine in 1950 and in 1980, renowned golf course architect, Geoffrey Cornish reworked the course.
- Driving range
- Practice green
- Great walking course
- 19th hole
- Certified Audubon Sanctuary
Biking & Hiking
Basin Harbor’s miles of nature trails offer lovely scenery and glimpses of local wildlife, all manner of birds including eagles, deer, foxes, and the occasional moose. A special trail guide ilustrated by Basin Harbor’s artist shows you the best route for your ramblings, and the lovely country road lanes beg to explored by bike (rentals are available).
Hiking opportunities also abound, whether you take one of Basin Harbor’s guided hikes or head off-campus to Snake Mountain, Camels Hump or the Adirondack Park. Nearby Button State Park includes a beautiful nature preserve. Vermont’s Green Mountains and famous Long Trail, all beckon to the more adventurous.
Basin Harbor Wellness integrates all elements of human potential by recognizing the importance of mind, body, and soul in creating a safe environment for guests and members enhanced through interaction with qualified health professionals. Begin your journey to well being on Lake Champlain.
Do you love to vacation and also want to watch your diet and maintain your exercise regime? Basin Harbor is catering to today’s health-conscious travelers with a new “Wellness Program” that fully integrates nutrition and exercise, fitness activities, the beauty of the outdoors, spa therapies, and healthy dining options to create the opportunity for a complete rejuvenation of body, mind, and soul.
Every day, guests receive a schedule of the day’s Wellness Program-activities developed by the Wellness staff; outdoor opportunities are available to guests anytime. This comprehensive regime, Pilates, core training, yoga, meditation, tai chi and more, is perfectly paired with a daily collection of outdoor activities and a selection of very healthy menu items for your dining pleasure.
Basin Harbor Club and Resort considers itself a steward of their land. Their connection to the flora and fauna is strong and so they introduced a Nature Center to the resort. Basin Harbor Club and Resort was the first golf course and first resort property in Vermont to become a Certified Audubon Sanctuary. The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program is an education and certification program that helps organizations and businesses protect our environment while enhancing the bottom line by improving efficiency and promoting conservation efforts.
The Nature Center focuses on providing its guests guided activities that are educational, hands-on, entertaining, and unique. Offerings include art classes, crafts, treks, and historic boating adventures. The little nook itself, adorned in murals of local landmarks and wildlife, provides a colorful and quiet place to learn about the natural history of the Champlain Valley. Displays about geology, edible plants, shipwrecks, and Champ are set up on all four walls, and guests can pick up all kinds of maps, birding guides, and even recipes for wild foods.
Basin Harbor Artist and Nature Enthusiast Abbey Andersen is available throughout the week to answer questions about trails, flora and fauna, and the local area. She leads a series of creative classes including Drawing Up Close, Wildlife in Pastels, and Birch-Bark Journal Binding. Naturalist Matt Witten, a veteran of the Vermont outdoors, joins the BHC Nature Center twice a week to lead kayak treks, hikes, and boating activities.
Serenity Spa at Basin Harbor offers a menu of relaxing and rejuvenating therapies to complete the wellness state of mind. Spa rooms are located in the lodge and the professionals on staff will pamper you.
126 Things to Do at Basin Harbor Club
With over 126 things to do, you should never be bored at Basin Harbor Club and Resort.
The resort’s location on Lake Champlain is not only gorgeous but allows for a plethora of recreational activities. The Nature Center, The Treehouse Wellness Center, our arts and crafts classes, cooking classes, spa services…. Of course you are always encouraged to do nothing as well! The Basin Harbor chairs scattered around property are waiting for you to sit and relax.This Lake Champlain resort is perfect for your family in so many ways. Download a printable checklist here.
The Basin Harbor Chair
The Basin Harbor Adirondack Chair is a unique piece of history, much like Basin Harbor Club. The chair is an original design created by second generation host, Allen Penfield Beach in 1909. The design was taken from the traditional slatback Adirondack chair developed in 1885 across Lake Champlain in Westport, New York.
A Historic Hotels of America, National Trust for Historic Preservation
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To be nominated and selected for membership into this prestigious program, a hotel must be at least 50 years old and listed in or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places or recognized as having historic significance.
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