Every fairy tale needs two things: a villain and a hero. Vermont may not have villains, but we sure do have a hero, specifically South Hero! There are many things hiding in plain sight that make this little island a true VT fairy tale. Let’s face it… When Jiminy Cricket said those famous words “When you wish upon a star, makes no difference where you are,” he clearly had never seen the stars from South Hero, Vermont!
All great fairy tales take place in a magical setting.
And South Hero is no exception. This beautiful island with just over 1,600 people is certainly enchanting.
You can get to South Hero by car or by boat...
But there is nothing like arriving via the bike path!
It's one of the most beautiful trails in Vermont.
Photo Courtesy of Brandon Scarfone
Riding your bike on this path is like flying over the water since the path is surrounded by Lake Champlain.
Mind the gap.
Don't worry about the break in the path. A seasonal ferry carries bikers to and from South Hero.
No fairy tale would be complete with out a castle.
South Hero has many castles, just not like the ones you'd expect.
These are Harry Barber's miniature castles.
Harry Barber was a gardner from Switzerland who found a way to bring the castles he loved from home to life in Vermont.
Between the 1920s and 1966, Barber made these castles by hand.
These castles were made from the stones he collected and are intricately made with moats, windows and turrets.
On a nearby Isle La Motte, there is the world's oldest coral reef.
Do we spy a fossil in one of these whimsical castles?
Everyone's gotta eat, even in fairy tales.
You'll find great seasonal snack places to fill up.
Along with castles, you'll find gorgeous homes.
And, of course, VT maple syrup.
Vermont maple syrup is magical all on its own.
The next best thing to fairy houses is colorful birdhouses.
If you head north of Whites Beach, you'll find hundreds of brilliantly colored birdhouses hanging from the trees along the swampland. The sight is kin to what leaf peepers must see while driving through Vermont during fall foliage. It's that show stopping!
Many years ago, the property owners put up a few birdhouses to control the mosquito problem from a nearby swamp.
For more than 20 years over 400 brightly colored birdhouses have been hung from the trees which makes it a spectacularly colorful sight.
South Hero is in Northern Vermont and is part of the Lake Champlain Islands chain, along with Grand Isle, North Hero, Alburgh, and Isle La Motte.
Who can resist a good fairy tail setting?
Don't believe us? See for yourself!