Quimby Country is a 123 year-old, family wilderness retreat with main lodge and 18 lakeside cabins, some with kitchenettes, on 1000 remote acres in the Northeast Kingdom. Full service dining room serving breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and cookies, and dinner. Recreation activities led by QC counselors include fishing, boating, swimming, hiking, tennis, square dancing, and many other family and outdoor activities.
Quimby Country is Vermont’s oldest fishing camp and a back-to-basics family summer camp away from it all. Its century-old lodge and comfortable cottages are the perfect home base for hiking, boating, fishing, tennis, and swimming, or for quiet conversations, reading, or just soaking in nature’s beauty. Pets welcome, WiFi in Lodge, wood stove in every cottage and some cottages have full kitchens, but all overlook Forest Lake.
Nestled in the northeast corner of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, in the town of Averill, is Quimby Country, Vermont’s oldest family camp. Founded in 1894 by Charles Quimby as a men’s fishing get-away, it was transformed in the early 1900’s into a quintessential family summer resort by his indomitable daughter, Hortense Adelaide Quimby, who oversaw Quimby’s until a few years before her death in 1967. At that point a group of dedicated guests formed a corporation to ensure the continuance of their beloved Quimby’s. Quimby’s has been a wilderness retreat, touchstone, life changing experience, and “home” for hundreds of families, many of whom return year after year, generation after generation. It has also been an important part of the lives of many in the surrounding communities who have enjoyed working there over the years and are integral members of the Quimby’s family.
On December 20, 2015, a crushing letter from the Board of Directors informed the Quimby Country family that due to numerous factors, Quimby Country would be closed. After initial shock, and quite a few tears, within days a “Save Quimby’s” Facebook page was created, and from it came an outpouring of support. That support culminated in the election of a new Board dedicated to finding a way forward for this rare and special place. Dozens of Quimby Country devotees, former guests, staff, and friends, have been working together for the last year to create a sustainable future for this true NEK jewel.
In January 2017, the new Board sent out a very different letter. Quimby Country will be open for the 2017 season. Guests will be welcomed by a very talented and enthusiastic new manager, Matt Swan, who has worked for multiple outdoor retreats in the West. Matt and the Quimby Country board are in the process of hiring other key staff, developing a five year plan for repairing and upgrading facilities, and planning a summer that will restore the best of Quimby’s past and create new traditions to provide for a Quimby’s future. Summer 2017 guests will enjoy organized children’s activities, square dances, fishing, tennis, and cookouts, just to name a few favorites of the past, as well as an even richer experience involving local talent offering storytelling, guided botanical hikes, classes in nature photography, and much more. A return to more personalized service like lighting cottage fires in the early mornings, full dining room service for meals, cookies and tea in the afternoon, and a focus on the needs of individuals will provide for a unique experience for new and returning guests of all ages.
Cherishing the return to a place where you can relax, “off the grid”, many QC loyalists have already made reservations for summer 2017. While the basic modern convenience of free wifi is available in the main lodge, there is no cell phone service, no tv, and no wifi in the cottages. So what is there? There is the sound of loons on the lake, giggling children of all ages playing Capture the Flag and telling ghost stories around a campfire at night, the squeak of a rocking chair on the porch of the Lodge or a cottage, and the laughter at evening games of Pictionary and Charades followed by a card game or chess or backgammon. It’s volleyball and badminton and the Wednesday Quimbledon tennis tournament where a ten year old might be teamed up with a 70 year old. It’s swimming at the Rock and watching with a smile when your child happily swims out to the platform in Averill Lake for the first time—a Quimby’s right of passage. It’s QC chocolate cake, applesauce cake and peppermint ice cream available at every meal. And it’s seeing old friends and making new friends. It’s a return to an easier, more carefree world. It was almost lost —but now it’s back. Please come to Quimby Country this summer and see what all the excitement is about!!