Two weeks prior, we settled into a campground on Lake Champlain, in Grand Isle, Vermont. These are some of the places we enjoyed during our stay.
Farmers and Foragers Dockside
This is a phenomenal food truck in Burlington, Vermont, on the shore of Lake Champlain. There was an hour long wait for seating on a sunny Sunday in August. It's not full-service, but they do offer a pleasant dining area in a large tent adjacent to the truck. Once your seat is availalbe, you order at the truck. They'll give you a number and they'll let you know when your food is up.
We had a lobster roll, fish tacos, and a cheese steak, with truffle fries. It was a lovely experience and food was very well-crafted. It was a highlight of our visit to Burlington and highly recommended if you're looking for a good place to get lunch or dinner!
Champlain Adult Campground
This is a very nice RV and tent campground in Grand Isle, Vermont, on the shore of Lake Champlain. It's run by a gentleman and his wife who have a really nice house on the property. It's well cared for, and the hosts are very friendly,
They cater mainly to older guests, so there aren't any children there, but they didn't object to having my 19 year old son as a guest.
The campground has been there for a while, and it felt like a somewhat exclusive and well-manicured best-kept secret. We found out about it by word of mouth; someone we met in Grafton, Vermont, recommended it. It was very spacious, with access to Lake Champlain, with a landing offering a place for one to enjoy the sunset, and watching the ferries pass, to and from New York.
It was a wonderful camping experience on Lake Champlain, and we wouldn't hesitate to return!
Music in the vineyard!
At Snow Farm Vineyard during the summer, every Thursday night they have live music and food trucks. A guest at our nearby campground told us about it, and we had a great time!
Snow Farm Vineyard & Winery
We didn't experience the wine, which I'm sure is delicious, but Snow Farm Winery was only a stone's throw from our campground on Lake Champlain, and every Thursday night, during the summer, they have an outdoor concert with food trucks.
This was a lot of fun, as we enjoyed craft pizza, refreshing beverages, and a jam band!
Located in South Hero, Vermont, this is definitely a recommended complementary experience if you're visiting the area or camping nearby.
On Pemaquid Point...
After Vermont, we made our way to coastal Maine, and enjoyed the peninsula of Pemaquid; located an hour north of Portland, and a few hours south of Bar Harbor. It was a great place to experience Maine's spectacular coast!
Pemaquid Point Campground
We found this campground on the Dyrt app, and it's very charming and well-kept, just a couple of miles from the lighthouse at Pemaquid Point, in coastal Maine. It's a short gravel loop, consisting of sites for all manner of tents and RVs. There is a restroom with running water and private shower rooms. Water, sewer, and electrical hook-ups.
It's a great place to experience coastal Maine, within a short drive from Damariscotta, a small town with a number of interesting looking dining opportunities.
The campground is about an hour north of Portland, and a few hours south of Bar Harbor, so if you're looking for a somewhat lesser-known stretch of Maine coast, this is a great option. It's also close to Pemaquid Seafood, which was a delicious highlight to our visit!
We'd recommend Pemaquid Point Campground, and stay here again. While it isn't on the water, it's close enough to hear an occasional fog horn, or to experience coastal mist as it blows across the peninsula. Very lovely and atmospheric!
We arrived on the Maine coast hungry on a sunny, summer, Sunday night. Googling ensued to try to find a good place to eat, and while most places were closed, we found Pemaquid Seafood, located only a few miles from our campground.
This rustic, Maine dining experience was phenomenal. It's a restaurant and a wharf, so the fishing boats come home with the catch, and all they have to do is walk it up the hill to the restaurant.
It offers the typical seafood you'd expect in Maine. Order at the counter, they give you a number and you take a seat, either inside, or outside at a picnic table overlooking the water. Great view!
We had lobster, and a lobster roll. It was a highlight dining experience on Maine's coast with delicious food, a charming, rustic atmosphere, and totally recommended!
Out for a hike!
While much of the coast along Pemaquid Point is developed, and privately owned, there are a few nature preserves that the general public can enjoy, featuring atmospheric woodland hikes to jagged coasts, and secluded coves.
Bass Rock Preserve
A beautiful, coastal hike in a small, eleven acre preserve on Maine's coast, near the village of Round Pond. It starts off in a dense wood on a narrow, primitive footpath, surrounded by ferns, and leads down to a rocky section of coast, flanked by private property.
It's not a far hike, by any means. It's just a charming corner of undeveloped coast preserved for your pleasure.
It's perfect if you just happen to have a broken foot, like me, and looking for a short stroll in an orthopedic boot!
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