America's Coolest Summer Cottages
Basin Harbor Club, Vergennes, VT
This old-fashioned resort on the shores of Lake Champlain dates back to 1886, with 77 Adirondack-style cottages on 700 acres that evoke the kitschy charm of Dirty Dancing. Each one has its own character, but the basics are the same: wooden screen doors and no televisions. The Sundial cottage, nestled in the trees with lakeside views and birds chirping outside the windows, is a favorite among return guests. Bikes are available to rent, and you’ll use them to get around between the 126 activities offered daily—from golf and tennis matches, to boating and other water sports, to board games, shuffleboard, and arts and crafts. Two dining rooms serve three meals a day, but cookouts and bonfires with s’mores are also regular occurrences.
Price Tag: From $470 per night (double occupancy), including meals and select activities; basinharbor.com.