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lake with loons that's near a bookstore?

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lake with loons that's near a bookstore?


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.


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Montpelier, Vermont
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1. Re: lake with loons that's near a bookstore?

Craftsbury and Greensboro would be beautiful w regard to lakes, although I am not sure about loons there. Also further west, I believe there are loons on Green River Reservoir.Hardwick and St. J are good w regard to bookstore, cafe etc. Sort of pushing the boundaries of the Northeast Kingdom, Plainfield has an incredible used bookstore, a food co-op and great pizza. It's hard to think of anyplace in Vermont these days that's not w/in 30 minutes of a farmers market (though I have no idea how you are defining "as long as it's good.") Except all these places may be parallel to or south of St. J...

Edited: 03 January 2017, 05:06
Burlington, Vermont
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2. Re: lake with loons that's near a bookstore?

Check out Island Pond and Seymour Lake, although both allow motorized boats. It's pretty remote north of St. J so finding a vacation rental that fits all your requirements might be difficult -- but then, that's why people love the NEK so much. You may need to first do some legwork on sites like VRBO.com where you can use the search function to find lakefront rentals that meet your budget and needs, and then start researching the nearby towns.

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3. Re: lake with loons that's near a bookstore?

I wonder if the lakes in the Calais/Woodbury area have loons? Nice, quiet lakes. Head to Hardwick or Montpelier for the bookstore, cafe, farmers market etc.

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