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Basin Harbor Club

4800 Basin Harbor Rd.
Vergennes , VT , United States
(802) 475-2311

The aptly named Beach family has run this lakeside resort for 118 years. Its stone and shingled cottages (there are 77 of them, spread over 700 acres) have carved-wood screen doors that swing shut with the thwack that says summer.

PRUNY FINGERS Kids spend their days in the Olympic-sized pool, or down at the lake kayaking, sailing, waterskiing, and cannonballing off the water trampoline. Rite of passage: learning to swim well enough to get out to the floating dock.

DRESS FOR EXCESS In July and August, "gentlemen over the age of 12" must wear a coat and tie in the main dining room after 6 p.m.(parents, take note: the restaurant has a Wine Spectator-recognized wine list). More informal families head instead to the resort's Red Mill (in an old sawmill) for a burger, or they join the weekly picnic, shore dinner, or grill by the dock. (Kids, take note: the buffet lunch in the Ranger Room ends with a sundae bar.)

ANY RESEMBLANCE TO BARNEY IS PURELY ACCIDENTAL Champ, the sea monstersaid to inhabit Lake Champlain, makes weekly appearances. Other throwbacks: hayrides, golf, and Adirondack chairs painted red and green.

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