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Looking for Vermont's top natural places

ANN ARBOR, MI
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Looking for Vermont's top natural places

We will be spending a week or so in Vermont/NewHampshire in late August. We like to hike/bike/kayak/spend time outdoors, and are open to where to go? What are Vermont's most beautiful spaces? Where shouldn't we miss? Any hikes/lakes/rivers we must see? Favorite places? We're not big on shopping, night clubbing, etc. We're more the natural, crunchy-granola types. Any special inns or B & Bs? Any suggestions for New Hampshire?

Woodstock, Vermont
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1. Re: Looking for Vermont's top natural places

Hi Montonye,

Woodstock should be considered! We fit all your requirements in Vermont and you can walk from the village right into a National Park, this is the only place in the whole of the US that you can do this!

Check out www.woodstockvt.com the town website and also Trip Advisor for great lodging places including some non traditional Inns & B & B's. From the village you are near the Appalachian Trail and you can soon access Lake Champlain for the day as well as many smaller rivers etc. Consider traveling along route 100 north or south as this is the best route to see the sights of Vermont from.

Enjoy!

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2. Re: Looking for Vermont's top natural places

The Northeast Kingdom area sounds like exactly what you are looking for. This is the last of the "real Vermont" as some of us like to say. Not overrun with tourists and absolutely beautiful.

For lakes, definately Lake Willoughby. Breakthtaking. Good place to kayak and also a popular windsurfing spot. The Willoughvale Inn right on the lake is nice.

Also, East Burke is a biking mecca. Check out the Kingdom Trails - www.kingdomtrails.org - an incredible trail network. There are a couple really nice place to stay in that area - the Wildflower Inn and the Inn at Mountain View Farm to name a couple.

Woodstock is beautiful, but it's really touristy. If thats what you are looking for, then go for it!

As for NH, I really like the northern tip - Pittsburg. VERY quiet. Nice lakes and wildlife viewing (moose) opportunities.

Shaftsbury, Vermont
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Pretty much the whole state fits in with what you’re looking for. Maybe not Burlington so much, but even there your only ten, fifteen minutes to rural beauty.

If your planning on traveling in New Hampshire as well as VT [I’m going to guess that you'll be going to the White Mnts], you will probably wish to stay on the east side of the Greens in the CT River Valley area. Woodstock is nice as the previous poster listed, but you might want to check out some of even smaller towns. I love Newbury,VT and it makes for a great jump off place for canoeing on the CT River, fishing in the Wells River, hiking numerous trails, and its only about 30 minutes to the heart of the White Mnt in NH. This is a very tiny village with one country store and a couple of B and B’s. There is a camp ground just north in Ryegate,VT and some Mom and Pop motels in the towns north and south [Bradford and Wells River].

Chester, Vermont
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4. Re: Looking for Vermont's top natural places

Heres my two'penneth :-)

Please consider Chester - a small quintessential Vermont "victorian" village centred round a picture perfect village green. Its a very convenient location for many hikes and also close to several state parks, lakes and rivers. I believe the best thing about Chester is its still very 'real" and unspoilt by tourism - even though it offers almost every amenity a visitor could wish for,. Its probably one of Vermonts "best kept secrets!. With quaint little shops, fine restaurants, friendly people and beautiful scenery - all within walking distance of you Inn or B&B. There are several options for accommodation ranging from simple inexpensive to high quality elegance. As previsouly suggested use tripadvisor to find the "best fit" for you. I realise Chester won't suit everyone, there's virtually no night life or "serious shopping" but if your looking for a peaceful relaxing experience and a taste of real Vermont life then it could be a good choice.

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5. Re: Looking for Vermont's top natural places

Top Natural Places:

Lake Willloughby

The Long Trail (goes the leingth of the state. Check out the Green Mountain Club -- www.greenmountainclub.com)

Mount Mansfield

Groton State Park -- home of Kettle Pond and about 3 other nice little lakes -- also home to Owl's Head ... a beautiful hike.

Lake Champlain -- especially the Champlain Islands. Check out Isle La Motte for great kayaking ... or Keilor Bay ... or the Missiquoi Bay.

Enjoy. I can tell by your post that Vermont is the place for you!

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