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Newport, St. Johnsbury or Burke?

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Newport, St. Johnsbury or Burke?

We're trying to decide between 3 cottages in Vermont for a summer vacation.

One is located on Lake Memphremagog near the town of Newport.

One is on Lake Willoughby and is about the same distance to Newport and Burke.

One is located on Miles Pond closer to St. Johnsbury.

Which option would give us a better range of restaurants?

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1. Re: Newport, St. Johnsbury or Burke?

Hmmmm....Lake Willoughby is gorgeous. That would probably be my pick based on scenery alone!

Memphremagog would be your best bet to put you close to restaraunts/shops etc. Newport is a fairly large town for Vermont standards. There is very little at Willoughby (Willoughvale Inn comes to mind) and NOTHING at Miles Pond. Miles Pond is pretty isolated-you'd have to drive 20 plus minutes to St. Johnsbury or Lancaster NH for restaurants though there is a greasy spoon place in nearby Concord that is popular with locals (Moose Look or something like that).

Edited: 9:13 pm, February 10, 2013
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2. Re: Newport, St. Johnsbury or Burke?

Agree with Vter...Willoughby is great, especially if you are going to be doing any hiking. But if you are looking for restaraunts/shopping, Newport would be the best choice. Memphremagog is a beautiful lake and there are a few restaraunts worth visiting in Newport. Also, you are only 20-30 minutes away from Willoughby and the same distance to Jay, where there are restaraunts and activities that will keep you busy for a day or two.

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3. Re: Newport, St. Johnsbury or Burke?

Many thanks for the replies.

Our plans have actually changed - looks like we're going to be going more for a mountain experience and staying on a river-side cottage near Lincoln VT.

Different, for sure, but looking forward to it.

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4. Re: Newport, St. Johnsbury or Burke?

If you need restaurant recommendations for areas near Lincoln let me know. Heck I won't wait. Make sure to go to the Bobcat Cafe & Brewery in Bristol. You should make a reservation.

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5. Re: Newport, St. Johnsbury or Burke?

Thanks! Will definitely check them out.

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