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Summer in the Jay House
Submitted: December 2, 2012
Stayed: July 2012
This was one of our favorite vacations. Our large family of 3 adult siblings/spouses, dad, and 5 grandchildren stayed here for a week. We usually go to the Outer Banks but wanted a shorter drive this year. We were afraid of boredom setting in, but we had tons of things to do, many of them free! The house itself was spacious and beautiful, with a sturdy yet elegant feel. The rooms were large, and the kitchen was huge and well-stocked with necessary utensils/pots/dishes/etc. This kitchen was even better than the fancy Outer Banks kitchens we were used to. Make sure you bring what you need for other supplies; big stores are far away. Surprisingly, that made the stay even more pleasant. About 5 minutes down the road is an awesome swimming hole with a waterfall and rope swing. About 15 minutes away is a ski resort with an indoor waterpark. One day we rode up the mountain in the gondola and a few of us hiked back on the Long Trail. There is a restaurant/bar with delicious food and an outdoor pool. The bartender there was really nice, particularly when she found out we were staying at the Jay House. Another day we drove to Stowe and hiked and had a picnic with llamas. We went geocaching in a beautiful area that took us to covered bridges and more waterfalls, and we had a fire outside in the yard that was already completely set up for a fire. Our 13 year old, to our surprise, LOVED Vermont. She is not a nature lover at all, but she had so much fun doing family activities that she said she wants to move there! The only drawback was that we were very, very hot the first two days. The temperatures that particular week were abnormally high, so I don't think that would be a problem again, although I would suggest bringing a couple of fans if you go in the summer. We quickly learned to take a dip in the swimming hole to cool off by the second day. I would also suggest bringing an extra folding table if you have 10 or more people going. The table there is large, and there are seats at the counters, but having a plastic craft table and extra space for dinner worked out well and there's PLENTY of room to set it up. We had a fridge problem and some trouble with bees, but both Mike and the owners were quick to respond and make things right for us. I wouldn't hesitate to go back to this house the next time we go to Vermont. The only problem you'll probably have is trying to stay up past 9 p.m. after a long day of natural fun.
Owner's Response: I'm really glad you all had such a great time. Thanks for the great review.
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