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Our Region

The community of Alburgh, in Grand Isle County, Vermont, traces its charter back to 1781. The name is actually a contraction of "Allenburg" or "Allensburgh" That's because it was founded by Ira Allen, younger brother to Ethan Allen. Indeed, Ira joined with Ethan as one of the famed Green Mountain Boys. In that, he is also considered to have been a founder of the Republic of Vermont (prior to statehood). Of course, before Allen were the Abenaki (a tribe of the Algonquin nation). Samuel de Champlain first visited the lake in 1609, and proclaimed this to be a land of "Green Mountains," hence "vert mont." In 1791 Vermont became the first state to join the original thirteen in the Union.

Fall Foliage

Leaf Peeping from mid September through mid October is fantastic. Also check these Foliage links for latest conditions.

Watch the Milky Way on a dark and moonless night while the waves lap gently beneath you. You can relax in the sun or swim in the bay. If you bring your own gear it is ideal for kayaking and canoeing.


Fall Foliage Report


Fall Foliage Guide
The Missisquoi Wildlife Refuge is 4 miles away and provides trails for nature walks. The Shrine of St. Anne is located on Isle La Motte. St. Anne was the first settlement in Vermont, constructed in 1666. Guests may enjoy the picnic areas and the sandy beach where Samuel de Champlain first landed.
The Goodsell Ridge Fossil Preserve is also located in Isle La Motte. The 85-acre preserve offers year-round free access to 480 million year old fossils from the Chazy Fossil Reef. Visitors can take a self guided tour of the fossils and continue to explore the beautiful former farm fields on longer trails traversing the property.

You'll find good antique shopping on Rte 2. Don't miss our local country festivals throughout the summer.

Apple orchards are open and apple festivals in progress throughout autumn

Local Links

The following links provide more information about the sights and services you can find in our area. Please let us know if you find them helpful.