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Day Drive Around Lake Champlain

Katie Dunn Canoeing on Lake Massawippi, in North Hatley, Quebec.

Photo: Katie Dunn

The ideal way to explore the 115-mile-long Lake Champlain valley and lake is by car—especially during fall foliage season.

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Destinations: Shelburne · Vergennes · Burlington · Essex

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    Inn at Shelburne Farms

    Built in the 19th century as a summer getaway by Lila Vanderbilt Webb, this stately, brick mansion with bay windows on the shores of Lake Champlain

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    Black Sheep Bistro

    60-odd sketches and prints by the French artist and caricaturist Honoré Daumier are on display at this favorite spot for buttermilk-marinated pork

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    Old Dock House & Marina

    Stop for steamed mussels or sesame-crusted yellowfin tuna in wild-berry sauce.

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    Muddy Waters

    Order an apricot- almond scone and a cup of Indonesian coffee at this neighborhood eatery.

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Activities (3)

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    BCA Center

    The five-story converted firehouse has rotating art exhibitions every fall.

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    Ticonderoga Ferry

    The ferry has operated continuously since 1756.

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    Daily Chocolate

    Pop in for a cup of hot cocoa, made with organic sugar, milk, vanilla, and a scoop of ganache.

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  • Burlington, Vermont: Not Just a College Town

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    Just what is it about Burlington?Is it the matchless location on Lake Champlain, sandwiched between the Adirondack and Green Mountains?The thriving downtown—a pedestrian-only carnival of smoothie p

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