No vacation venue has evolved over the years quite as much as camping. Today, camping can mean traditional backcountry locations and tent living to resort-like campgrounds with all the comforts of home. Accommodations range from tents to RVs to cabins. Locations include beach, forest, close to cities, you name it. And activities… everything from golf to boating to factory tours. Here are just a few examples.
Pull your RV into The Shelburne Camping Area, a private campground just 2 miles from Lake Champlain. With full electrical, sewer, cable, and water hook-ups, your home on wheels has all the comforts of home. The property includes two swimming pools, laundry, and hot showers. Take advantage of the watersports on Lake Champlain like fishing and boating. Or head into Burlington (only 5 miles away) for the nightlife or a fabulous meal. Take the kids to the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory, just 2 miles down the road in Shelburne.
North Beach Campground located right in Burlington is truly a hidden treasure. Managed by Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront, these nearly 45 acres of woods and beach make you feel as if you are in the country even though you are only a short bike ride from the bustling city. Pitch a tent, park an RV or trailer and enjoy shaded campsites, a sandy beach, picnic grounds, bathroom and shower facilities, free WiFi, and much more. Cook on the provided grills, or head to nearby Burlington restaurants and other Burlington attractions. This campground truly provides the best of both worlds.
For a vacation that celebrates the natural beauty of Vermont, head to the Northeast Kingdom and Lakeside Camping in Island Pond, Vermont. Get back to nature by pitching your tent with a view of the 1500 feet of sandy beach. (The campground also welcomes RVs and campers.) Listen to the loons calling to their mates and keep an eye out for a moose or two. The pond offers excellent trout fishing as well as boating and kayaking. Or visit nearby Kingdom Trails in East Burke for what has been voted “the best mountain bike trail network in North America.” For your convenience, the campground also offers a general store, restrooms with hot showers, laundry, boat rentals, and a fireplace and picnic table at each site. There is a video arcade and playground for the kids.
The Vermont State Parks also have some campgrounds with a varying list of amenities. One interesting option is Lake Shaftsbury State Park which has a fully furnished waterfront rental cottage that sleeps six. The park’s snack bar concession has rental canoes, kayaks, rowboats, and pedal boats. Located just a short distance from Bennington, you’ll want to visit the Bennington Museum to view the amazing Grandma Moses collection. Or head to nearby Manchester for a day of shopping. If golf is your game, you can play 18 at nearby Stratton Mountain which boasts 27 holes – The Forest, The Lake, and The Mountain courses.
Campgrounds are perfect for families or couples. You choose the site, the nearby activities you want and the price. (Camping has always been known as an economical choice for vacationing.) Because of the popularity, make reservations early. We look forward to seeing you in Vermont this summer.
For more information:
The Shelburne Camping Area
Vermont Teddy Bear Company
Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront
Vermont State Parks
Stratton Mountain Golf