Colchester, located approximately three miles north of Burlington, is bordered by water on three sides. The Lamoille River borders the North, the Winooski River is to the South and Lake Champlain to the West, includes the excellent natural harbor of Mallets Bay. This proximity to Mallets Bay provides enjoyment throughout the year. The summer’s warm temperatures and breezes are ideal for sailing and relaxing on the beach, while the temperate, cool fall is great for taking in the famous Vermont foliage.
The Town of Colchester offers a mix of many attractive features to businesses looking to locate in the Northern New England region. Its environment is ideal for businesses to prosper and people to enjoy the beauty and tranquillity of Vermont outdoors. In addition, once a business has moved to Colchester, one can find a competent and hard-working person to meet the needs of just about any company. Part of the Town’s major assets is its location to the comprehensive transportation network in and around the area. Colchester has easy access to Interstate 89 that connects to Montreal, 90 miles to the North, and Interstates 91 & 93 to the South. Local Vermont routes branch out to various parts of the State. In addition, Colchester is only 15 minutes from the Burlington International Airport that provides connecting service to destinations throughout the U.S. and worldwide.
Equally important to residents of Colchester are the ample opportunities for recreation that exist year-round in the Colchester area. Colchester’s Parks and Recreation Department cares for more than 170 acres of public parkland. An additional 634 acres of natural area are located in Colchester and maintained by regional and state park departments. Three seasons of recreation programs are offered, including sports, fitness, arts & crafts, social and educational programs. Less structured opportunities abound for swimming, hiking, golf, fishing, sailing, tennis, baseball, and basketball, just to name a few. During the colder months, cross country skiing, ice skating, and ice fishing take over the Colchester recreation scene. Mallets Bay is the center of recreational activities for Colchester VT. The circular harbor is home to 8 marinas with over 350 moorings and 475 dock slips accessible to seasonal or transient boaters. Sail and powerboats can find a full range of services available in the Bay. Several clubs and groups are established in Colchester including a Historical Society, Friends of the Library, Recycling Club, as well as Boy and Girl Scouts, Lions Club, Rotary, PTO Little League, and others.
Education is a vital link in Colchester’s overall picture. Its high-quality system provides public education to approximately 2,450 students residing in the town of Colchester and accepts approximately 15 tuition students from the Islands (Grand Isle, North Hero, and South Hero). As in most Chittenden County communities, there is strong support for Early Childhood Education in Colchester. The Colchester VT School District currently operates five separate school buildings: three grade schools, a middle school, and a high school.