5 of the most secluded and pristine lakes in the Northeast of Vermont. From Marshfield to Craftsbury and points in between, kayak the clear, beautiful lakes that time has left untouched. Eat a farm fresh snack or lunch on a boulder in the most scenic spots Vermont has to offer. Get away from human sounds and unwind as you paddle a different small lake each day. Dinner and lodging will be at the small lodges around these waters. Hardwick, Cabot and Greensboro have first class dining even a farm experience where you eat right at the farm on top of the green mountains.
Starts on Wednesdays and goes through Sunday till the end of October.
I have twenty years as an outdoor guide and 15 years of coaching experience. I have worked for some of the areas biggest resorts, including Stowe Mountain Resort, Sugarbush Resort and Sunday River Ski Area, as a coach and an Instructor. I have CPR and emergency training. I can read the local weather and know the wildlife, plants and animals. This will be my 25th season in this area. I am the Parent (Mom) of 2 grown boys.
Meals and Lodging
Kayaks as needed
Small hikes in old growth forests to hidden waterfall to scenic vistas
Historic lodging or camping or a little of both
Sheer relaxation, rejuvenation and epic photo moments
Paddle coaching and explorer inspiration
First aid, safe, responsible guidance, back up plans for rainy weather
A visit to Bread and puppet theater in Glover, or an evening comedy/local play at Unadilla Theater in East Calais
Visits to some of our legendary local stores, Willies in Greensboro, plus a visit to the Glover store
Options I like are also a visit to Cabot Creamery, The Alpaca farm for some new age burgers, Jasper Hill Farm, and Hillstead Farm Brewery
We also have some choice farmers markets and farm stands to explore.
Breakfast can be , but that is your personal time option.
I will go out of my way to tailor the
kayak adventure to your specific needs and interests. The options are up to you, choices in food and interests, can be honed to fit your specifications. Entertainment is always varied and can include live music, visual arts or theater. It can also be a bonfire and hanging in the wilderness. Fresh produce and artisan foods are available in abundance around this area and can be tailored to be a foodie/adventure. The trails/ hiking in this area are seemingly endless and of such breathtaking variety, that a few should be explored if you want to add that in, some can only be hiked via a kayak ride. Also a trip to Stow for a night of dining/shopping is also a unique option. The capital city is also close by and a fun evening can be had there.
Full refund 2 days prior to tour.
129 Bayley-Hazen Rd. Walden Vermont
Caspian Lake, lunch at Willies Store, explore the lake, have paddle warm up day and refresher if needed. Stay at the Greensboro Inn/ Or on lake at the Cottages. Visits to Hillstead Brewery, Jasper Hill Farm are only minutes away and a good option. Strolling the winter ski trails is another healthy option and having dinner out on the front porch as the sunsets is the most relaxing end to a first day.
Nickels Pond out on a beautiful back road. Has you paddling the lonely loons home and experiencing the haunting opera of this fabulous water bird. Also take in the peepers and frogs of this clear and almost uninhabited lake. It is also the nesting area of several families of peregrine falcons. It has one shear cliff that abuts the lake making the perfect perch for these high fliers. We will bring a picnic lunch, full of local fare of the gourmet and freshest variety. Hang out on the charming island in the middle and let are selves take in the summer/ fall beauty. Thursday night could be a great theater night at the Unadilla or for exploring Montpelier about 40 minutes away. Kahagon is the Inn right at Nichols and a very unique stay.
Marshfield Dam is the next stop with a quick tour of Cabot store and Creamery as an option. Paddle the morning away and then have a late lunch at Rainbow Sweets, famous for his death by chocolate cake and other creations. From Marshfield we shall head on to Groton forest for a small sunset hike. Stay at the local camp ground and head out on Boulder Beach in the morning.
Boulder Beach morning paddle and then off to kettle pond for lunch and explore kettle pond. From Groton we will head up to Willoughby lake for a stay at the Inn and cottages. Fine dining at the
Willoughby lake, with its grand cliffs shaped by glaciers millions of years ago, leaving a very deep lake with dramatic cliffs and sunsets. Glover is close by and a trip to bread and puppet is possible, Sunday is the open house with performances in the afternoon. World views are put to the test as larger then life puppets play out humanity in all its conditions. I always leave with a warm , generous heart. It is a fitting end to a great adventure. Snacks from the Glover store will keep you till you get back home...Also reminder that fairs and farmers markets can be added and other Dining options can be added. There are also many other lakes to explore and can be available at your request.
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