The Great Northern Route

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. At the junction of US-2 and Route 15 in the center of town, you’ll see a micro-size covered bridge and the Hastings Store (802/684-3398), the local “if we ain’t got it, we’ll get it for you” emporium, selling cheddar cheese, maple syrup, fishing supplies, and other Vermont essentials.