Rustic and nestled atop a 2200 ft.elevation mountain in Walden, Vt., this lakefront summer cabin has all the back-to-nature elements: clean air & water, cool breezes whistling in the spruces; loons, ducks, birds all swimming or flying by. You might even spot a moose across the lake, while you are out boating or fishing. The perch is plentiful. But the best part is watching the sun set every night from the full porch--absolutely gorgeous. And you can see the stars on a clear night without a telescope, but bring your own if you are a star watcher. Gas heater warms you up on chilly nights. Sleeper sofa (double) in the living area provides extra sleeping space for company. Everything is provided, except the linens, and there are plenty of extra blankets on hand. New refrigerator and microwave. Landline cordless phone, free in-state calling is available, and possibly cell phones may work if outside on the road, but few cell towers up in beautiful, almost untouched landscapes of Vermont. Internet service is provided, there's wi-fi and a printer is available also, if you must touch base with the world. Bring your own laptop with DVD player if you are a movie fanatic. There is also a small, propane hibachi table-top grill for your use, and a new Cuisinart electric stand-up grill. There's so much to do outside: a canoe, paddles & life vests are available, along with a little inflatable dingy, for an older child, up to 100 lbs. A local hike in the Steam Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, on the other side of the mountain, up about 1.2 miles into the woods leads to an old hidden-away mill foundation and a spectacular waterfall called Cheever Falls. On a warm day, wear a bathing suit under your clothes, and you are all set to jump into the pool at the bottom of the falls. It's a very magical place. Other hikes, attractions and places to explore are provided in a Notebook at the cabin. A public beach and larger boat or sailboard launch is about 8 miles away, at Caspian Lake in Greensboro.
Particulars: We ask that you sweep-clean the place upon leaving, (e.g., leave it as you found it), take all trash and recycling with you, or take it to the nearby Hardwick Convenience Center, Sat. morns. on Rte. 14 South, about 1.5 mi. from the center of Hardwick. There is a small fee to use it. A bit closer there is a truck parked outside the Tops supermarket on Sat. morns., just outside Hardwick, on Rte. 15 West, Wolcott St., and they also charge a small fee. The number to call the Center should be either on the fridge, the little message roll on the doorway to pantry, or in the Notebook, or in the local phone book. Please return the key to where you found it. Instructions on access, directions, etc. will be provided once payment is made and you are booked. We know, once you are there, you'll relax, thoroughly enjoy the peace and quiet, except for the occasional loon calls, or ducks quacking as they swim by the shore :)
Coles Pond, actually more of a small lake, is atop Walden mountain, in the town of Walden, about 27 miles west of St. Johnsbury, 28 miles northeast of the Barre-Montpelier-Stowe area, nestled in whats known as the Northeast Kingdom -- beautiful, pristine, spring-fed waters, spruce, cedar & fir trees all around, and miles and miles to walk or hike. Of course, the biggest hike, up Mt. Mansfield and the Spruce Peak is in the Green Mountains, and part of the Appalachian Trail, about 30 miles away. Lots of small towns have unique country stores, lots of farmers markets, arts and crafts and their artisans dot the countryside roads. You won't see any billboards or much pollution in the clean state of Vermont, just clean air and cool lakes and rivers. Stop and ask any Vermonter directions and they will be happy to tell you how far off the trail you are, and perhaps weave a story or two into the conversation. Our neighbors on Eastern Avenue are very friendly, some live there year-round and brave those sub-zero winters, and are there for you if you have any questions, but will not bother you any other time. Across the lake belongs to the Vermont Department of Natural Resources, so it will never be developed; translates to beautiful natural views--just nature and you! Just a few cottages are on the west and south side, all accessible by country dirt roads, and easy on the feet for running and hiking. Most civilization is just about 6 to 10 miles away, in small villages and towns, from Marty's First Stop on Vt. Rte. 2, coming off of I-91, going west, then Vt. 15, approaching Danville. There will be every provision there you'd need for your stay, including fresh produce (usually local), a deli & meat counter, coffee bar, frozen treats, groceries, barbecue supplies, propane, gas station, even a bank & ATM.. For a bigger shop, a trip to Hardwick to the Big Top supermarket, or to either St. Johnsbury or Morrisville for the Price Chopper supermarkets (25 mi.) There's a Shaw's over in Stowe (and the famous Von Trapp Family Lodge up Mountain Rd.) But probably the most popular, local country store is over in Greensboro, called the Willey's Store. All provisions, produce, meat counter is there, toys, candles, newspapers, magazines, plus a complete hardware store and outdoor fitters counter is also attached. Then upstairs is a small selection of clothing for every age, T-shirts, bathing suits, shoes, flip-flops, you name it. A trip to the Northeast Kingdom isn't complete without a visit to Willey's store and the Caspian Lake public beach area!