Four New England Cities Make ‘Country Living’ List of 40 Best Small Lake Towns
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Well, so much for privacy.
Just days after two New Hampshire beaches made a list of the Top 100 Secret Beaches in the U.S. (thereby rendering them, you know – not secret), four New England towns made Country Living’s list of the nation’s “40 Best Small Lake Towns.”
When you bill yourself as “the oldest summer resort in America,” are you really a “small lake town?” Especially when you play host to the likes of Mitt Romney and my old boss, Jimmy Fallon (play “Holiday Road” nonstop while you hang on the dock – he loves that). Country Living also cites the Libby Museum of Natural History, the New Hampshire Boat Museum, and the Wolfeboro Inn as Wolfeboro musts.
The Lake Opechee Inn and Spa gets a shoutout from Country Living, with a nod to the “gorgeous dogs” you can pet and play with while on the property (just make sure they aren’t on the run from Massachusetts). Gunstock Mountain and the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad also receive special mention.
This is admittedly (and even after growing up in New England) the first I’ve heard of Vergennes – I guess because it generally falls under the Lake Champagne umbrella. But Country Living says the food is what separates this Vermont town from the others (though I saw no mention of any nine-ton ice cream sundaes). If you do head down to the Lake, ask Champ if she’s related to the Sea Serpent of Gloucester, Massachusetts.
Moosehead Lake qualifies Greenville as a small lake town, and Country Living notes its open-water fishing, boating, and cruise tours. Also mentioned: the legendary Kelly’s Landing, famous for its lobster rolls.