The Great Northern

Following US‑2 through wide-open spaces is guaranteed to bring new meaning to the expression “getting away from it all.”

West Danville: Joe’s Pond

West Danville, a summer community 20 lovely miles east of Plainfield on the edge of Joe’s Pond, is ringed by rustic vacation cabins. The pond, which at sunset in summer is one of the more idyllic spots imaginable, was originally called Indian Joe’s Pond, which explains the presence of Injunjoe Court (3251 US-2, 802/684-3430, $75 and up), a set of roadside cabins dating from the pre-politically correct era. At the junction of US-2 and Route 15 in the center of town, you’ll see a micro-sized covered bridge and the Hastings Store (2748 US-2, 802/684-3398), the local “if we ain’t got it, you don’t need it” emporium, selling cheddar cheese, maple syrup, fishing supplies, and other Vermont essentials.

At the hilltop cabins of Injunjoe Court, guests can borrow pedal boats or canoes from a 300-foot beach and hang out on the water. Injunjoe has a few RV sites, too. They offer weekly rates if you’re lucky enough to linger here awhile.

Injunjoe Court (3251 US-2)
Hastings Store (2748 US-2)