My wife and I have twice rented a cottage on the same small lake 20 minutes south of St.Johnsbury. My favorite day trip was to gorgeous Lake Willoughby. Hung out on the sandy beach, kayaked around the crystal waters (found the epic rope swing on the undeveloped west side) and hiked up the small but steep Mt.Pigsah to enjoy the magnificent views. Then drove over to Glover for the big finale: savoring the taco special at Parker Pie on a picnic table in their grassy backyard. That’s the day I fell in love with NE Kingdom.
Anyhoo, my wife is talking about renting south of St.Johnsbury again this summer. But I want to advance my love/knowledge of the Northeast Kingdom. Hoping to find a lake cottage rental north of St. J’s. Here’s what I’m looking for:
1) No more than 20 minutes away from a sweet small town with a good cafe/restaurant and a book store. Like Chester, VT.
2) Loons on the lake. Little or no motor boat activity.
3) At least 2 farmers markets within 30 minutes drive. Small markets are ok as long as they are good. Peacham’s is small but one of my all-time favorites.
Thanks in advance for your suggestions.