By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: We’re recently retired and are interested in pursuing many road trips. First on our list is a getaway to Vermont. We don’t want to overspend and hope you can offer some suggestions for overnight accommodations and sights.

A: About an eight hour drive from Toronto, Vermont is packed with charming waterfront resorts nestled along Lake Champlain, sleepy hamlets, and laid back charm. It’s where intrepid travelers who have toured the finest places in the world seem to end up.

One famous family is the von Trapp family whose real life story was captured in the academy-award winning classic film, “The Sound of Music.” Johannes, one of the sons and his family, lives in Stowe Vermont.

You can overnight at the Trapp Family Lodge, their 200-acred lodge, and taste traditional Austrian cuisine with dollops of sour cream, Viener Schniztel and heavenly pastries.

For reservations call 1-800-826-7000. For vintage car lovers, five vintage automobile shows are scheduled annually.

For schedules and lodging information log onto And for overnight stays, there are reasonable rates to be had where you’ll find all of the properties also offer a full breakfast.

The four-generation family-owned Basin Harbor Club is situated on 600 acres and overlooks Lake Champlain with breathtaking views of the Adirondack Mountains. Off-season prices start from $99US per night with double occupancy. It’s 1.25 hour drive from neighboring Stowe. For reservations call 1.888.339.8074 or visit

Another area on Lake Champlain is the Grand Isle and Franklin County offering more “a la carte” style activities which translates as smaller outfitters who specialize in activities like biking, boating etc… For more information on this northwest corner of Vermont, call 1-800-262-5226 or visit

Around here, overnight stays start from $75US for a couple. Ransom Bay Bed and Breakfast is a restored historic inn with four guest rooms and inn keepers Richard and Loraine have trained at the New England Culinary Institute and offer homemade breakfast, dinner and complimentary wine. For reservations call 1-800-729-3393. Price range is $75US-$120US.

For the most pristine part of Vermont where virtually no development has ever been done, venture to the place where all the Vermonters vacation. The northeast part of the state holds the moniker, “Travel The Kingdom.” For info, visit or call 1.800.884.8001. You’ll find everything is a short drive in Vermont too.


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