The friendly and homey Terry Inn (2925 West Shore Rd., Isle La Motte, 802/928-3264, $79–99) feels a world away from everything, tucked into a shoreside corner of sleepy Isle La Motte. Rooms are humbly decorated, but all have private baths, and the inn has a private beach.
If convenience and simple comfort are your priorities, reserve one of the four guest rooms at Sunset House (78 Main St., 802/864-3790, www.sunsethousebb.com , $99–149). Rooms are outfitted with quilts, queen or twin beds, and old photos (the home was built in 1908), and it’s a close walk to downtown Burlington .
The Willard Street Inn (349 S. Willard St., Burlington, 802/651-8712 ($125–225) is as beautiful inside the rooms as it is out; the sprawling Victorian manse lays claim to impeccably decorated rooms. Each is filled with thoughtful details—a hand-carved antique chest here, a gas fireplace with antique mosaic tile there. Terry bathrobes, wireless Internet access, and a full breakfast served in the marble-floored solarium come with every stay. Children under 12 are not welcome.
Arguably the most gentrified spot in the Lake Champlain Islands , The North Hero House (3643 Rte. 2, North Hero, 802/372-4732, www.northherohouse.com , $125–350) is poised on the banks of the lake in one of the islands’ more central areas. The colonial-style inn houses 26 lovely individually decorated rooms, most with antique beds (four-poster to wrought-iron), floral linens, and some with a private balcony. The semiformal on-site restaurant overlooks the water and serves an excellent menu of ambitious dishes (the shrimp and scallop tian is a favorite).