Everyone has already told you about the welcoming gifts, how spotless and comfortable the cottage is, how serene the pond is, how Kristi and Ed and Arthur think of everything. They are absolutely right, and no one could be disappointed with time spent at the Getaway Cottage. Even being in Boston on important personal business didn't keep Kristi from calling twice to see if everything was ok and did we need anything else? Kristi had included driving directions to several places like local eateries or day trips like Stowe to make it more convenient, and lots of local information in a big binder. You could not find a more thoughtful host couple, and Daniels Pond is like a magnet - I couldn't walk past the large windows without stopping to see what was going on on the water. Loons, herons, even bald eagles made appearances. Having DirecTV and internet made the evenings fun and we could still stay connected.
I only managed one sunset evening due to weather conditions, the full moon made stargazing impossible, and we didn't see the moose we were hoping for, so that was disappointing. But the area is so beautiful and the people are so friendly it didn't interfere with us having a wonderful time. We did the touristy things, hiked or visited waterfalls, grilled some hot dogs, and ate some great meals at the Cow Palace in Derby Center and East Side in Newport. Do visit Derby Line, where the US/Canada border cuts through the center of town - very interesting. I can recommend Boyden Valley Seyval Blanc white wine and the Barn Red, and also liked the Flag Hill Sapsucker Organic Hard Cider. Do not miss the Dog Chapel near St.Johnsbury if you are a pet lover, it will bring a lump to your throat and a tear to your eye. The trails and views at Brighton State Park near Island Pond were terrific. And I think we stopped at Currier's Store in Glover every day!
Mornings spent enjoying coffee and watching the pond were my favorite times. Either there was a mirror-like reflection on the pond, or the mist rising off the water was beautiful. What a great way to start your day!
We were thrilled with our time at the cottage, and would highly recommend it to anyone. The week went by too quickly!