This next one is not as quaint as some of our other favourites on this list, but it is to be found in one of our favourite parts of the world: New England, United States. Beautiful year-around, it is blessed with idyllic scenery and some of the friendliest locals you could meet.
Lake Champlain, which is almost exclusively in the US state of Vermont (the northern end creeps into the Canadian province of Québec), is not only a beautiful body of water, but the whole region is the perfect place to spend a holiday any time of the year. The mighty Adirondacks, is a long, slithery natural freshwater lake measuring 125 miles by 14 miles at its widest and is 490 square miles. It was discovered in 1609 by the French explorer Samuel de Champlain and boasts a total of 80 islands as well as a number of lighthouses. The three main cities on its banks are Burlington (the largest city both on its banks and in Vermont), Colchester (also in Vermont) and Plattsburgh (New York). With several great beaches on its banks, there are also lots of activities to enjoy on and around the lake, whatever the season. In summer you can soak up the sun on the sand or go cycling, fishing, canoeing, kayaking or hiking. When it gets a little chillier you can go ice fishing and skiing (winter), leaf peeping (autumn) or wine tasting along some of the many routes. As for the town of Burlington, it's a lively place, being the home of the University of Vermont, and is full of restaurants, bars, shops as well as being a very creative hub.