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Seven historic villages surrounding scenic Lake Brome combined into one town in 1971, creating a circuit that combines nature, scenery, culture, history and cuisine. Knowlton was a prosperous small city and tourist haven as far back as the mid 1800s, and its streets are still lined with elegant homes, some of them now inns. Adding to the experience of a stroll around Knowlton’s historic streets and art galleries, a waterfall highlights the center of the village in Coldwater Park. This area was settled by Loyalists, the Canadian name for American colonists who did not support the Revolution and fled north, so it has a distinctly British air. ...

Seven historic villages surrounding scenic Lake Brome combined into one town in 1971, creating a circuit that combines nature, scenery, culture, history and cuisine. Knowlton was a prosperous small city and tourist haven as far back as the mid 1800s, and its streets are still lined with elegant homes, some of them now inns. Adding to the experience of a stroll around Knowlton’s historic streets and art galleries, a waterfall highlights the center of the village in Coldwater Park. This area was settled by Loyalists, the Canadian name for American colonists who did not support the Revolution and fled north, so it has a distinctly British air. But the French heritage is apparent in the cuisine, and in the nearby rural areas. Any of the lake towns make a good base for exploring the Country inns with outstanding dining rooms dot the region, and food lovers can visit farms to learn about cheese, honey, herbs and other local products. The level shore makes this route around the lake popular with cyclists, and of course the lake offers swimming and a variety of other water sports.

Barbara Rogers
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Barbara Radcliffe Rogers has written or coauthored more than 30 guidebooks, including The Portugal Traveler, Drive Around Portugal, City Spots Munich, City Spots Helsinki, City Spots Stockholm, Eating New England, and the Maine section of Thomas Cook's Independent Traveller USA.

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    This is a four-season destination, but for outdoor sports the best seasons are summer and fall.