High-speed Internet is widely available. Business owners telecommute from home-based offices, or reach major metro areas via two Interstate highways and two airports. The Islands are within an hour’s drive of Montreal’s six million residents, and a half hour’s drive from Burlington, the center of business activity in Vermont’s Lake Champlain region.
Tourism, the key economic engine for the Islands, attracts visitors from far and wide, in all seasons, but especially summer. The Islands have been a summer destination for over a century, where visitors have enjoyed recreation on the Lake, quiet B&B’s, great localvore dining and just relaxing.
Value-added Agriculture is the fastest growing business sector in Grand Isle County, which boasts Vermont’s longest growing season. It has powered the expansion of wineries and cideries, a successful summer farmers market, and helped to develop new products, from sunflower oil to pasta. Farmers and growers are diversifying their product line to ensure that their land will continue in agricultural production for the foreseeable future.