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Old 07-28-2008, 08:32 PM
 
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Am interested in a summer home that gets me away from humidity, constant heat and mosquitos (S.FL.) A higher altitude should combat some of these issues.

I heard VT. was lovely in the summer, and possibly for a week or so in fall (leaves) and winter (ski).

Would love to be near a small and charming town (coffee shop, bookstore etc.), but still rural with decent size property and maybe a small carriage house or redone barn.

Husband fly-fishes, so close fishing water is a must, and we both play golf so a course nearby would be perfect.

Maybe near a college, as hubby is a prof and might enjoy having a summer class.
Have never been so am open......am planning on going this summer to tour the state (along with NH)

thanks,
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Old 07-29-2008, 05:27 AM
 
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Lots of places sorta like that. Smaller towns won't have the bookshop and might not have the coffeeshop. Pick a river or a college then go look around the area.
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Old 07-29-2008, 06:29 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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Middlebury comes to mind-Middlebury College, Vermont Bookshop, Carol's Hungry Mind Cafe, the Otter Creek for fishing. There are not too many second home owners in the area (unless you count hunting camps up in Ripton!).
Personally, I'd look into a resort town-there will be many other folks in your situation in those areas (meaning that the houses sit vacant most of the year) and there are more services available to you to keep your house going when you are not there (rental agencies if you want to rent it, cleaning agencies, etc.). Stowe, Waitsfield/Warren and Manchester come to mind.
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Old 07-29-2008, 07:12 AM
 
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Vermont is pretty humid in the summer. I checked the other day and it was 92%
It's better today.

I think Manchester would have worked 15 years ago. Awesome bookstore, headquarters for Orvis so flyfishing is popular in the area but with the all the outlet stores now it gets very busy with lots of traffic on the weekends so I feel the charm is gone. Stowe also gets very busy on the weekends, lots of traffic.

I think Middlebury might work. How "small" is small for you. To me a small town is one less than 2,000. I would add South Royalton and to the list. Not too far to Dartmouth, bookstore and flyfishing on the White River. Location of the Vermont Law School.
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Old 07-29-2008, 09:50 AM
 
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Am interested in a summer home that gets me away from humidity, constant heat and mosquitos (S.FL.) A higher altitude should combat some of these issues.

I heard VT. was lovely in the summer, and possibly for a week or so in fall (leaves) and winter (ski).

Would love to be near a small and charming town (coffee shop, bookstore etc.), but still rural with decent size property and maybe a small carriage house or redone barn.

Husband fly-fishes, so close fishing water is a must, and we both play golf so a course nearby would be perfect.

Maybe near a college, as hubby is a prof and might enjoy having a summer class.
Have never been so am open......am planning on going this summer to tour the state (along with NH)

thanks,

Middlebury is a great call. I'd also consider Norwich, which is right across the river from Dartmouth.

But I got bad news about the mosquitoes....
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Old 07-29-2008, 12:42 PM
 
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Trust me, Vermont is not the place to go if you think you wont have mosquitos.
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Old 07-29-2008, 02:39 PM
 
Location: on a dirt road in Waitsfield,Vermont
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Middlebury is a great call. I'd also consider Norwich, which is right across the river from Dartmouth.

But I got bad news about the mosquitoes....
I thought of Norwich but I don't remember a bookstore there but then Hanover as you mentioned, is just across the river.
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Old 07-29-2008, 03:30 PM
 
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Norwich has a nice bookstore.
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Old 07-29-2008, 05:29 PM
 
Location: on a dirt road in Waitsfield,Vermont
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Norwich has a nice bookstore.
Cool...thanks. With an awesome general store, the Montshire Museum and I assume there must be alot of bakers in Norwich since King Arthur is right there I would add it to your list. For skiing Northeast Slopes(small local ski hill) is not far, Burke and Ascutney about an hour.
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Old 07-29-2008, 05:34 PM
 
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bookstore is on main st. about a block east of dan and whit's. Dartmouth skiway is also close and you might be able to score a ride on the college's shuttle bus.
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