Away from it all, Highways and Byways in Vermont
Away from it all
Remote, rugged and unspoiled, the Northeast Kingdom is dotted with lakes, fine country inns and charming hamlets, such as Craftsbury Common.
Come in summer to this peaceful region north of St Johnsbury to walk and paddle, play tennis or golf.
Stay in winter for downhill and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling.
The pace is slower, so the days seem to last even longer. But during the week, even famous villages are peaceful:
Weston, with its oval green, old-fashioned bandstand and summer theatre. Add in fine inns and restaurants, plus the Vermont Country Store, stocked with practical items beloved of grannies and great-grannies, and you have a truly special retreat.
More of a town, but equally photogenic, is Woodstock. A summer resort for over a century, its green is guarded by a famous old inn.
The roads that cross the Green Mountains from east to west are charming.
Take the Middlebury Gap Road, 7.5 miles of Route 125, slicing through the national forest.
Or Route 131, the 7-mile-long Cavendish Road that runs along the Black River through the town of Cavendish.
Or Route 9, the 39-mile-long Molly Stark Trail, named after the wife of a Revolutionary General who fought in the 1777 Battle of Bennington,
an event marked with a 306ft-tall monument
Jackson House Inn, Woodstock