What We Love
- Locavore menus: Vermont-made cheddar cheese and maple syrup, chicken that was raised one town away, produce fresh from a nearby farm
- The 700 acres are made for walking; entire resort is a Certified Audubon Sanctuary
- Incredible sunset views over Lake Champlain toward the Adirondacks
What To Know
- Many activities, including biking and boat rides, are an extra fee
- No TVs in the rooms
- The scene here is low-key and relaxed, though the bar at the Red Mill restaurant stays open ’til midnight
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
On a winding road that ends at Lake Champlain, Basin Harbor Club is a sprawling resort of cottages and guesthouses clustered around a harbor. With tennis courts, a championship golf course and a private airstrip, it’s a preppy scene — we’re talking coats and ties each evening for men 12 and over in the main dining room — without a stuffy attitude. Visitors bring their dog, their kids or both and relish the only-in-Vermont air of refined chaos and downright cheerful surroundings.
Bed & Bath
The 74 cottages provide a true Vermont home-away-from-home, with pattern-loving bedrooms (or two or three), a living room, kitchenette and deck or porch. Each one is unique, from the layout and the furnishings to the lake views and size of your screened-in porch. In the main lodge, Historic Guest Rooms are on the small side at 200 square feet, but have expansive views of Lake Champlain, the Adirondacks, the award-winning flower gardens or the golf course.
Most guests stay and play at the resort all day. Each morning a list of activities is handed out near the main dining room, cruise ship–style. There are exercise classes at the gym and guided hikes, pampering spa treatments, boat rides, bonfires, bingo games, bike rentals and much more. The kids area is wildly popular, keeping campers busy with scavenger hunts and crafts and swimming. And then there’s the water. A diving board dares you to jump in the lake, and a big floating trampoline makes it fun to stay out there all day. You can rent paddle boats and kayaks, go waterskiing or take a banana boat ride. On the dining front, choose from hearty meat-heavy entrees in the main dining room; the more casual Red Mill restaurant for burgers and grilled dishes; or bumper buffet fare in the seasonal Ranger Room.
In the Area
For a dose of retail therapy and city action, head due north to Burlington, also on Lake Champlain, or get away from it all on a self-guided hike along any of the lakeside paths. Kids love the trip to Shelburne Farms, a bucolic working farm where you can milk a cow, collect eggs, watch cheese being made and buy fresh produce. Or, since the entire resort is a Certified Audubon Sanctuary, stay onsite and attend one of the frequent talks and classes at the nature center.
How to Get There
A celebration of an important birthday took place at BH in early October. Family involvement made this weekend very special!!
BH is very special and has been for years. Our daughter was married there many years back. Aside from special birthday celebrations, BH does a remarkable job with weddings of any size. While there over a three day weekend, BH serviced three weddings!
The food, the service, and,
all the amenities including a fantastic golf course are second to none.
Can’t wait till Spring....I have no choice !
BH is a very special destination in Northern Vermont.....
Very picturesque spot, nice food and very friendly staff. Food was tasty and a nice range was offere at most meals. This being a budget meeting, we did not get much free time for any leisure activities and it was pretty cold outside. But the scenery is great and the staff are excellent.
Beautiful resort with many things to do on property! Service was amazing! Everyone from the desk clerk, wait staff, housekeeping etc were all exceptionally accommodating! I felt like I was in the movie Dirty Dancing. Wonderful family resort with plenty of activities for everyone!
Beautiful area, very quaint and peaceful right by Lake Champlain. I'm sure it would be a great place to come to in the summer. Only complaint was the cottage we had needed renovating badly. Smelled very musty as we walked in, nice size, had a living room and a nice size bedroom but it was really worn. Carpeting was torn and really old. , lamp shades were torn and falling apart. Lots of cobwebs everywhere. It was somewhat clean but it could had been a lot better. Bed was comfortable and sheets and towels were clean. Windows were horrible dirty. Apparently they didn't have any other cottages available and we were there for only 3 days so we dealt with it and it was right by the lake, good location. We heard from the other guest that some cottages were renovated and some weren't. you might want to ask before you book, I don't think the ones that need renovating are any cheaper either. Most likely we wouldn't go back, we would like to try other resorts.
The Basin Harbor Club is a "thing" unto itself. It boasts beautiful views, easy access to water, a pool, multiple tennis courts, a gorgeous golf course, a club house, and 2 restauants. There are rooms and there are little cottages all over the property which encourage couples to full families to gather, relax and to soak in time together with plenty of things for everyone to do. Its super friendly and accessable--with the rooms being (at least ours in a half of a little cottage) very clean, accomodating but without many frills. No TV (to my delight) but working Wifi in each space--though its styled more Yankee grandmother than bleeding edge hipsterness. That styling for me, is part of the decompression. We only had one night and while sipping coffee overlooking a beautiful clear fall morning over Lake Champlain, we committed to coming back with our kids to really have some fun and better experience the entire Basin Harbor experience.