Lake Champlain separates Vermont from New York, from the Quebec border for 125 miles. I was fortunate enough to spend a few days on its shore in Bridport, Vermont. The area is known more for dairy farms than resorts, so it was very quiet and idyllic.
Middlebury, Vermont was the nearest big town. Home to Middlebury College, it has a wonderful food co-op, galleries, and a raging waterfall.
An hour north is Burlington, the largest city in Vermont. Home to Bernie Sanders (former mayor) it is a busy commercial city with delightful pedestrian streets with lots of restaurants, ice cream, craft beers, and outdoor stores.