Addison County Misc. Info

The Lake

Lake Champlain is the largest mountain lake and the sixth largest fresh water lake in the United States. It is located between upper New York State (The Adirondacks) and Vermont. The 121 mile long lake was first visited by Europeans in 1609 when the French explorer Samuel de Champlain arrived in the area.




Bridport was chartered in 1761; yet it did not begin to grow and flourish until after the American Revolution. Today Bridport is your quintessential Vermont dairy farming community, bordering Lake Champlain with beautiful rolling meadows and spectacular views of the Adirondack Mountains of New York State. The town is convenient to the college town of Middlebury, the bridge to NY state, and many historical sites, museums, wildlife preserves, hiking trails, and miles of vista filled roads for bicycling and leisurely walks. Also located in Bridport is Pratt's Store, one of the many wonderful country stores and delis in the area, the Korda Families' Brookside Antiques on the village green and Broughton's Farm Supply (an unusual True Value) as well as other small businesses including a creamy stand (soft ice cream) open during the summer.



Addison County's shire town, Middlebury, was chartered in 1761 and settled just after the Revolutionary War. Middlebury is so much more than a classic New England College town! Today, the village is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is home to many shops, businesses and architecturally distinguished churches and public buildings. Passing through the heart of the historic village is the Otter Creek, the longest river in Vermont. You can see its powerful waterfall from the Battell bridge and through the windows of the Frog Hollow Vermont State Craft Center located in a building that was once a mill. Along the banks of the creek are several attractive restaurants featuring waterside dining.

14 miles away.


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Nestled at the foot of the Green Mountains‚ Bristol is a quaint village of about 3‚800 residents. Main Street is lined with friendly village shops that satisfy every interest: antiques‚ gifts‚ home accessories‚ Vermont-made products‚ handmade beeswax candles‚ clothing and shoes. Dine at restaurants with menu selections offering everything from pizza to champagne. Bristol is surrounded by serene woodlands‚ crystal clear streams and rivers and delightful mountain scenery. Four season natural beauty is within easy reach by car bike foot or fishing pole.

26.5 miles away. 


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Vergennes, Vermont is oldest city in Vermont and the third-oldest incorporated city in the United States, being succeeded by Hartford and New Haven, Connecticut.

At the base of Main Street are the forty-foot Otter Creek Falls that generated the wealth which provided the basis for the growth of the area.  The Falls' basin is 7 miles inland from Lake Champlain and forms the only inland port in the state. Today, the City of Vergennes provides water and power hook-ups free of charge to all boating visitors.  The city recreation park located at the Falls provides a picnic area, and fishing from the docks is fun for folks of all ages.

Points of interest in Vergennes include the Opera House built in 1897, the Rokeby Museum - a well preserved 1790s home on the Underground Railroad, the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum featuring naval exhibits and working displays of boat builders, the Bixby Memorial Library - a fine example of 1911 Greek Revival architecture, and the picturesque Grand Lady of Vergennes - an exquisite example of 1870s architecture.


Some Area Activities 

Sailing, water skiing, swimming, tennis, golf, hiking, biking, fishing, skydiving, snow skiing, snow shoeing and ice fishing, shopping, relaxing are just some of the activities available in the area through the seasons.

See Things To Do/Local Attractions for additional information.


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