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Lake vacations: Top Destinations

Relax by the water on your lake vacation

A lake vacation offers serenity, peace of mind, and a chance to reconnect with nature on a break from the fast-paced hustle of everyday life. If you're interested in swimming, water sports, or hiking trails that offer brilliant views of the water, a summer lake vacation is the perfect fit. Winter lake vacations offer spectacular views of frozen lakes and opportunities for ice-fishing, ice-skating, trailblazing on snowshoes, and getting cozy in a cabin.

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Year-round lake vacations from coast to coast

Whether it's Southern Lake Tahoe, California or Grand Lake, Colorado; the Sierra Nevada and Rocky mountain ranges that surround lakes on the west coast are picture-perfect complements to the clear waters. Gondolas, hot air balloons, and helicopters are wonderful ways to capture magnificent views of the crystal-blue waters and impressive peaks year-round.Whether you're looking to try something new or you're an experienced angler, many tour companies from Bigfork, Montana to Charlevoix, Michigan offer opportunities to get out on the water and try your hand at fly-fishing in the summer or ice-fishing in the winter. Make sure to check state laws to ensure you have the proper license to fish, or stick with reputable tour companies who can sort out the paperwork for you.If you enjoy the peacefulness of a lake vacation but aren't so keen on spending all of your time in the great outdoors, take advantage of the cultural and culinary attractions that many towns offer for visitors to popular lakes. Seneca, New York is surrounded by over 30 wineries and vineyards where guests can enjoy tastings, and the region is full of restaurants serving meals inspired by locally-sourced ingredients.The Seneca township hosts a weekly free summer concert series at the Lakefront Park Gazebo. Live music is a staple of many lakeside towns like Put-in-Bay, Ohio, where the arts council promotes local and regional artists throughout summer on the island for all visitors to enjoy.

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20 Best Lake Towns for a Workcation

Please Note: We're aware that COVID-19 is impacting travel plans right now. While we're continuing to share stories that highlight our favorite places, we don't expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. Please practice responsible social distancing and save your favorite vacation rentals for when you're ready to travel again.


Dreaming of an office with a lake view? This summer, more people are discovering the freedom of being able to work from anywhere with a good internet connection. And many of those who've been working from home for the past few months are craving a change of scenery.

With remote work policies in effect and many schools offering online learning, there's no hurry for travelers to head back after the weekend is over. Instead, more travelers are choosing to stay for longer periods of time and mix some working hours into their vacation.

For those who dream of a morning swim before work, a quick paddle at lunch, or an evening walk along the shore - HomeToGo has researched the most affordable lake towns with the fastest internet, to inspire your next workcation.

Surfing the USA: Interesting Lake and Internet Facts

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The State with the highest proportion of WiFi-friendly vacation rentals is New Jersey, with approximately 88% of vacation homes offering internet.

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There’s only one state in the U.S. without any naturally occurring body of water large enough to be considered a lake —  Maryland

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As of 2019, Fiber broadband internet is available to +30% of households across the US and expected to reach 50% of homes by 2025 [1]

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Over 7% of the US is covered by water, including Michigan, which has nearly half (41.5%) of its total area covered by water! [2]

20 Best Lake Towns for Remote Workers

Rank
Town
State
Nearby Lake
Avg Price Per Night
Max Internet Speed
1
Blairsville
Georgia
Nottely Lake
$159.45
1000
2
Conroe
Texas
Lake Conroe
$167.15
1000
3
Branson
Missouri
Table Rock Lake
$193.81
1000
4
Saranac Lake
New York
Saranac Lake
$203.86
940
5
Burlington
Vermont
Lake Champlain
$204.05
1000
6
Stevensville
Michigan
Lake Michigan
$205.54
1000
7
Madeline Island
Wisconsin
Lake Superior
$225.37
1000
8
Wolfeboro
New Hampshire
Lake Winnipesaukee
$231.22
1000
9
Girdwood
Alaska
Crystal Lake
$235.45
1000
10
Holland
Michigan
Lake Macatawa
$237.38
1000
11
Watkins Glen
New York
Seneca Lake
$264.17
1000
12
Grand Haven
Michigan
Lake Michigan
$274.44
1000
13
Mammoth Lakes
California
Lake Mary
$281.10
1000
14
Lake Havasu City
Arizona
Lake Havasu
$288.39
1000
15
Grand Lake
Colorado
Grand Lake
$296.01
1000
16
Lakeville
Iowa
West Okoboji Lake
$370.07
1000
17
Canyon Lake
Texas
Canyon Lake
$374.75
1000
18
Lakeway
Texas
Lake Travis
$382.64
1000
19
Chelan
Washington
Lake Chelan
$394.89
1000
20
Tahoe City
California
Lake Tahoe
$401.54
1000

Mapped: Lake Towns with Blazing Fast Internet

1. Blairsville, GA

When it comes to natural beauty, Blairsville offers the best of both worlds: majestic mountains and peaceful lakes. In the heart of North Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, the town provides a perfect escape for people needing a break from city life.

Price Per Night: $159.45

Nearby Lakes: Lake Nottely, Lake Winfield Scott 

Nearby Natural Areas: Brasstown Bald, Vogel State Park


2. Conroe, TX

A paradise for the outdoorsman, the town of Conroe is on the doorstep of Lake Conroe and the Sam Houston National Forest. Each of the areas offer excellent boating, swimming, fishing, picnicking, and hiking, not to mention Lake Conroe’s 157 miles of shoreline.

Price Per Night: $167.15

Nearby Lakes: Lake Conroe

Nearby Natural Areas: Sam Houston National Forest



3. Branson, MO

Located in the heart of the Ozark Mountains, Branson is a family favorite and an ideal destination for people who don’t want to sacrifice comfort for outdoor adventure. The area is home to three beautiful lakes, each offering boating, fishing, hiking, and beautiful scenery.

Price Per Night: $193.81

Nearby Lakes: Table Rock Lake, Lake Taneycomo, Bull Shoals

Nearby Natural Areas: Table Rock State Park, Marvel Cave, Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area



4. Saranac Lake, NY

Saranac Lake was once a private and hidden holiday retreat for New York’s wealthiest families, including the Rockefellers. Today the village is a place for everyone to enjoy the stunning vistas, beautiful lakes and streams, and views of the Adirondack mountains.

Price Per Night: $203.86

Nearby Lakes: Saranac Lake, Lake Flower, Lake Placid

Nearby Natural Areas: Baker Mountain, Mt. Pisgah

5. Burlington, VT

Burlington is a charming college town located along the shores of Lake Champlain. The area is perfect mix of outdoor beauty and modern city comforts; as visitors will enjoy stunning views of the lake and mountains without having to worry about dropped calls.

Price Per Night: $204.05

Nearby Lakes: Lake Champlain

Nearby Natural Areas: Centennial Woods Natural Area, Red Rocks Park

How We Produced This Guide

HomeToGo's internal search data was used to identify the top 100 most searched lakes in the United States. We then researched the surrounding towns and cities to find those that offered a maximum internet speed of 900 mbps or greater, according to the Fixed Broadband Deployment Data from FCC Form 477 (current as of June 30, 2019). HomeToGo's own metasearch data was then used to forecast the median nightly price of a vacation rental between August 17 - September 28, 2020.

The data for this report was collected on July 31st, 2020 and is subject to change between now and the time of booking. All prices shown are in USD.

For additional questions, please contact [email protected]


Footnotes:

[1] Fibre Broadband Association, 2018 - All-Fiber Deployment Cost Study 2019, Press Release: https://ecfsapi.fcc.gov/file/1091254337624/Fiber%20Deployment%20Cost%20Study%20Letter.pdf

[2] U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 - State Area Measurements and Internal Point Coordinates https://www.census.gov/geographies/reference-files.html

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