by Amanda Geronikos
Basin Harbor Club isn’t a hotel — it’s a vacation destination. Located on Lake Champlain in Vermont, the hotel affords beautiful vistas of the Adirondack Mountains in New York. In fact, they’re so close that guided hikes from the resort are offered!
Other ways to enjoy the lake and natural surroundings include lakeside dinners al fresco, lake swimming (complete with a water trampoline!), a beach, water sports rentals, and paved pathways throughout the resort. The fun continues with a kids’ camp, teen program, and a weekly schedule of events packed with even more fun, from move nights to fairs with carnival food and rides.
Convenient for families, meal plans are also offered, allowing guests to package accommodations with meals for a nearly all-inclusive experience.
Of course, you may want to explore other areas of Lake Champlain and the Lake Champlain Byway while you’re here, but you don’t have to — you can easily enjoy a vacation without leaving this special, family-owned and operated property in Vermont.
Our Editor Loves
- Cozy cabins
- Lake swimming
- Kids' programs
- Water Sports
- Children Programs
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
- Game Room
- Meal Plan
- Onsite Dining
Rooms & Rates
Basin Harbor Club offers a total of 45 guestrooms, spread across four buildings on the property. Mini-fridges are included in all guestrooms, as are flat-screen TVs.
Perhaps the best feature at Basin Harbor Club is its cottages, many of them situated right on Lake Champlain. And while there are 74 of them, no two of them are alike, offering a truly unique stay. All cottages sleep up to eight guests -- perfect for families -- with kitchenettes that include mini-fridges, and coffeemakers. Some cottages don't have TVs, allowing families to disconnect.
Our family travels often, and we look forward to the first few weeks of Summer when we like to travel. We find that the last two weeks of June are often slower in New England. This year we decided to stay a little closer to home and visit the Basin Harbor Club. We were a little skeptical about booking our reservation given that the lake temperatures are so cold and our children would have want to swim. However, we decided to take a Gamble. We could not be happier with our experience at Basin Harbor Club. The customer service is top-notch with wonderful staff always willing to meet your needs. For example, on one of our first nights here we were a little disappointed to learn that there wasn't a regular campfire with s'mores. We asked the front desk if it was a possibility and before we knew it they were setting up a fire and bringing us everything we could possibly need for s'mores. We have met such a wonderful staff from all over the world. We decided to purchase the All-American plan, which means that all of our food and activities were all inclusive. As such we were able to put our children in the children's camp. At first we were not going to do it because we thought that our children would be bored. However, we told them to try it for one day and they absolutely loved it. Their counselors were fantastic. I was nice for my husband and I to get sometime golfing or just walking around and enjoying some quiet time. And made our vacation so much more enjoyable when the kids were in Camp from 9:30 to 1:30. We could have lunch by ourselves, and then have energy to enjoy the children in the afternoon. Our cabin was cute and clean. Be reminded that this is not the Ritz-Carlton, so there are going to be some mosquitoes and spider webs. This is Vermont after all. My only critical comment is that the water front could be improved a little bit. On our first day of arrival, the water trampolines were caked with seagull poop. The kids could not enjoy them. Now in the resorts defense, there were seagulls there every morning. I imagine that would be hard to keep up with. However, the deck was also caked with say go poop throughout the day. It seems as though they should have somebody cleaning the deck and the water trampolines a few times a day. The bar down by the Waterfront is awesome and the bartender, Elliott, was top-notch. I mean this young man was one of the best bartenders I've come across. Professional, wonderful drinks, and personable. I could have go on and on about this great Resort but we highly recommend it. Thank you Basin Harbor club for a wonderful family vacation!
Had a girls tennis weekend with the pro, Erick. He was outstanding! We learned so much in a short amount of time. The rest of the staff and service was excellent as well. Basin Harbor is a beautiful place to visit. Looking forward to my next stay.
Beach and Lake
The highlight of a visit to Basin Harbor Club is the beach and lake swimming -- there's even a diving board on the lake and a water trampoline! In the summer, a lifeguard mans the waters.
The resort has a giant pool, located next to the Ranger Room. Pool games are often hosted in the summer months.
Offered in the summer months, Kid's Camp is divided into three age groups: 3 to 5 (Champs Camp), 6 to 8 (Harbormates) and 9 to 12 (Explorers). While the morning sessions are most popular, afternoon and evening activities are also offered and include everything from scavenger hunts to guided hikes.
Access to Kid's Camp, which includes a designated clubhouse and playground, is included in rates.
It's fun to be a teen at Basin Harbor Club, which offers Teen Escape, a program that includes organized games, lake cruises, dance parties, mocktail hours and even offsite excursions!
The resort has a few tennis courts, with both adult and kids' clinics offered throughout the week. Tennis equipment can also be rented at the resort.
In the summer, the resort offers a full weekly schedule of events that include guided hikes (across the lake in the Adirondack Mountains), parties on the beach, movie nights, bingo, garden tours, kitchen tours, and cruises on the lake. On Tuesdays evenings, the resort also hosts Harbor Fair, with rides and carnival food.
Meal plans are available for families who would like to package their rates and create an all-inclusive-like experience.
Main Dining Room
Breakfast is served in the Main Dining Room, which features lovely views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains. In the summer, guests head to the dining room for formal dinners and themed events that are ideal for both family and date nights.
Red Mill Restaurant
The Red Mill Restaurant serves hearty pub fare and libations in a cozy setting. Bonus: There's a playground behind the restaurant where kids can blow off some steam while you wait for your food! For more information, click here.
The Ranger Room is where you'll find lunch (an extensive buffet complete with a sundae bar) in the summer months. Overlooking the pool, it's a nice place to grab a bite to eat while the kids swim or before everyone heads to the pool together.
Dinners by the Lake
Make a reservation for dinner by the lake! Basin Harbor Club serves delicious dinners al fresco in the summertime, with classic barbecue favorites and fish on the menu. Kids' options are available, as well.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
The resort provides complimentary Wi-Fi, but service may be spotty in some of the cabins. It works well in most common areas, including the restaurants.
Open 24 hours, the resort's fitness room is more like a mini-gym, with cardio machines, plenty of free weights and most major strength training equipment.
Pets are welcome to stay in select accommodations for $15 per pet, per night.
Located by the fitness room, a coin-operated laundry facility is available to guests.
The Art of Smart Timing
Basin Harbor Club is a seasonal resort, open mid-May through mid-October. It is, of course, busiest when school is out of session.
Basin Harbor Club is seemingly off the grid in Vergennes, Vermont, with Burlington (about an hour away) the closest "city." And while Burlington has a small, regional airport, you'll find more flight options through Montreal-Pierre Elliott International Airport in Canada (about two hours away in Quebec) or Albany International Airport in New York.
The resort, while large, seems much bigger than it actually is. You can easily walk everywhere, with paved trails throughout the property. Staff with golf carts can also assist guests in getting around during their stay and at check-in and check-out.
For Mom and Dad
The resort's weekly schedule of events includes activities that are perfect for couples, including cocktail cruises and paint-and-sip parties. Send the kids to Kid's Camp for a few hours and enjoy some alone time! It's also nice to simply settle into some Adirondack chairs and enjoy a bottle of wine at sunset.