We admit, theres not a lot to do in Charlotte, Vermont, about 20 minutes south of Burlington. But its worth the trip to catch a ride
from Lake Champlain Ferries over to Essex, New York, in Adirondack State Park. The ride across Lake Champlain (802-864-9804, www.ferries.com
, $6.25 round-trip for foot passengers) is about 20 minutes each
way and offers unparalleled views of both the Adirondacks and the Green Mountains. Grab a pub-style lunch at Essexs Old Dock House
restaurant (518-963-4232, 2752 Essex Road) and have a stroll around the town, many of whose buildings predate the Civil War, before heading back across the lake.