Unlike Champ, the illusive Lake Champlain monster, this destination spot is easy to find, just 20 minutes from Vergennes and Middlebury, and 45 minutes from Burlington.
Prior to being run by Dana and Lorraine, Gordon and Flora Franklin bought the land as a working dairy farm in 1970. They operated it while raising their family until 1989. “We were lucky enough to be able to purchase it from my parents at that point,” Dana said.
The cows are now gone, but the Franklin farming legacy continues. Champ’s Trading Post is chock-full of Vermont made foods. There’s plenty of local maple syrup, cheese, fudge, and chocolates to go around as well, along with commemorative shirts, toys, gift baskets, and lake and lodge decor. Fresh produce is also sold in season, of course.
Outside are 9 holes of mini-golf, Vermont’s own take on fun and frustration set in a rolling, rural hillside. Inside there are an abundant array of the most unique Champ souvenirs in the state, and the finest, must-sample, home-crafted jams made from the fruits and veggies grown right on the Franklin’s farm.
This extreme mini-golf course is a quality way to spend an afternoon with the whole family because there are no windmills or other kitsch, just challenging, long, winding holes that twist through beautifully landscaped gardens and natural stonework. The course rolls and dips, uphill and down, around natural obstacles. Suitable for all ages!
Champs Trading Post & Extreme Mini-Golf is open seasonally from Memorial Day to Columbus Day and the Trading Post is also open for the holiday season Thanksgiving to Christmas to sell trees and wreaths.
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