The Quechee Lakes Concierge Offers Top 10 Picks: The Nation's First Complimentary Luxury Travel Concierge Service Debuts

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Quechee Lakes is a one-of-a-kind destination in the Northeast with year-round activities with a little something for everyone

Forget about spending hours sifting through online travel sites. Drop by, e-mail or call Quechee Lakes' new Concierge Center instead and speak to a Vermont native who can give you all the information you'll need for an easy, hassle-free getaway.

The new Quechee Lakes Concierge Center offers complimentary planning services for that perfect quintessential Vermont vacation. Owned by the Quechee Lakes Development Company, the Quechee Lakes Concierge Center assists residents and visitors alike.

"The Quechee Lakes concierge is the first in the nation to offer complimentary concierge services for visitors to a premier travel destination," said Oleg A. Vyadro, managing director of inSegment, the community's exclusive sales and marketing agency. "We are offering individualized services to our residents and to all visitors to the area so that they can fully explore and enjoy all that Quechee Lakes has to offer," Vyadro said. "We want them to see why Quechee Lakes has been ranked one of the nation's finest second home communities."

Quechee Lakes is within an easy two-hour drive of Boston and a short flight of New York's LaGuardia International Airport. It is located in the picturesque town of Quechee, known for its spectacular gorge, a mile-long rocky cleft, and near the historic villages of Woodstock, Vt., and Hanover, N.H.

"The concierge service grew out of the need among customers visiting Quechee Lakes for a guide to the area's wealth of recreation, dining and cultural activities," Vyadro said. "The goal of the service is to open visitors' eyes to New England's brightest hidden jewel as well as to raise the profile of local artists, businesses and organizations."

Whether their interests lie with fly-fishing, championship golfing, hot air balloon rides, wine tasting, gourmet dining, hiking, cultural events or antiquing -- or just getting away for a romantic weekend or a nature retreat -- visitors can now seek out the Quechee Lakes concierge to help them create their own customized itinerary, he said.

"Per square mile, Quechee Lakes is to four-season family activities, romantic settings and stunning natural attractions what Las Vegas is to gaming tables," Vyadro said.

As a local resident, Elizabeth Rogers, the founding concierge and program manager, and her team can draw on their knowledge of the area to help individuals, couples, and groups plan their stay. Rogers and her team have access to the most up-to-date information on activities and events, as well as strong contacts in the local business community.

"Quechee Lakes is a one-of-a-kind destination in the Northeast with year-round activities with a little something for everyone," Rogers said. "We are here to offer residents and visitors our services so they can discover the area's unspoiled surroundings, opportunities for family outings and fine dining."

For instance, the Quechee Lakes concierge recently helped a 70-year-old Dartmouth College alumnus from Stowe, Vt., with an itinerary for his fraternity reunion. The concierge has also helped visitors from throughout the Northeast; the Washington, D. C., area; and Florida who are vacationing or visiting friends and family in Quechee Lakes.

Rogers also will also act as a personal ambassador for the Quechee Lakes Development Company by organizing cultural events and exhibitions featuring local artists, businesses and organizations for the Quechee Lakes residential community.

The 5,200-acre Quechee Lakes community boasts an impressive array of townhomes, single-family homes and private home sites on a variety of topographical locations, guaranteeing buyers an opportunity for the Quechee Lakes Development Company to build them the home of their dreams.

Residents are granted exclusive membership rights to the community's two spectacular championship golf courses, a state-of-the-art clubhouse, an indoor and an outdoor pool, a fitness center, walking trails, tennis courts, ski slopes and other recreational amenities in pristine natural surroundings.

The Quechee Lakes Concierge Center is located in the yellow clapboard building at the corner of Route 4 and Waterman Hill Road in Quechee, Vt. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 pm. Guests are invited to stop in, call (888) 566-8244 or send an e-mail to concierge@quecheelakes.com

Top 10 Picks from Elizabeth Rogers, Quechee Lakes' Founding Concierge:

1. Simon Pearce: Quechee is the flagship location for Simon Pearce's retail store and restaurant at an historic mill overlooking a rushing waterfall. Visitors get to browse the spacious shop and see hand-blown glass and handmade pottery being created in the workshop.

2. "Vermont's Little Grand Canyon": Make sure to make a pit stop at the Route 4 Bridge overlooking the Quechee Gorge or take an easy hike down the half-mile trail through the state park, which features picnic areas and overnight camp sites. Also, kayaking from the North Hartland Lake to the egress of the Quechee Gorge allows visitors a unique vantage point from which to enjoy the natural beauty of the gorge.

3. Gaga Over Golf: Great views from every hole are part of the appeal of the two private 18-hole championship courses designed by Geoffrey Cornish, New England's most famous golf course architect, at Quechee Lakes. While the courses are private, friends and family of Quechee Lakes' residents are welcome to play, as are area visitors staying at select inns.

4. Adventurous Ski Slopes: Quechee is a playground for all ages throughout the year, and winter is no exception. Enjoy skiing at one of the area's fine ski resorts. The Quechee Club's private ski hill allows for a more personal experience. Visitors can also skate on local ponds or lakes, cross country ski, snowboard or snowshoe on any of the extensive network of trails within Quechee and the surrounding communities.

5. Romantic Balloon Rides: Take a romantic champagne hot air balloon ride for two at sunset, or take the whole family on a trip they will never forget. This is one of the best ways to enjoy Quechee's beautiful landscape.

6. Canoeing on the Ottoquechee: Take an easy canoe trip down the Ottoquechee River culminating at Dewey's Pond where even the least experienced fisherman can have a successful day in the spring or autumn when the pond isn't covered with lily pads.

7. Billings Farm: This working dairy farm and interactive Vermont living history museum are presented in a way that every member of the family can enjoy. Go for a horse-drawn wagon or sleigh ride, pet a week-old Jersey calf in the nursery, churn butter in the 1890s period farmhouse and be sure to visit the museum for a tour of Vermont's agricultural history, complete with a handheld automated guide.

8. Getting Eye-to-Eye with Nature: Enjoy the Vermont Institute of Natural Science's (VINS) extensive collection of raptors and other native animals. A great way to end a visit to VINS is to take the new novice trail that connects to the Quechee Gorge trail network. The VINS experience, including the trails, is very family-oriented.

9. Montshire Museum of Science: Hands-on museum in Norwich, Vt. Outdoor science park, easy-to-moderate walking trails for all fitness levels, 60 interactive exhibits relating to natural and physical sciences, technology and astronomy.

10. The Vermont Sampler: Visit Quechee Gorge Village, home to wine tasting at the Ottoquechee Valley Winery, live craftsmen at the Route 4 Glass Blowing Studio and an old-fashioned blacksmith at Vermont Country Iron. This charming village also includes one of the largest antique malls in Vermont, The Vermont Toy & Train Museum, a carousel and a miniature open-air train that circles the property.

About The Quechee Lakes Concierge Team:
Named as the area's first complimentary concierge service, Elizabeth Rogers and her team are responsible for researching and developing programs and services to help visitors and local residents take advantage of everything there is to do and see in Quechee Lakes.

About Quechee Lakes:
Located in the picturesque town of Quechee, Vt., the area is known for its spectacular gorge, a mile-long rocky cleft, and wide range of year-round activities. It's also within a 15-minute drive of the Dartmouth College campus and medical facilities in Hanover, NH. The 5,200-acre Quechee Lakes luxury community boasts an impressive array of townhomes, single-family homes and private home sites on a variety of topographical locations.

Residents are granted exclusive membership rights to the community's two championship golf courses, a state-of-the-art clubhouse, an indoor and an outdoor pool, a fitness center, walking trails, tennis courts, ski slopes and other recreational amenities in pristine natural surroundings. Within an easy two-hour drive of Boston and a short flight from New York's LaGuardia International Airport, Quechee Lakes is synonymous with clean air and good living in the heart of New England. For more information, visit http://www.quecheelakes.com or call the sales center at (888) 364-5818.

About the Developer:
The Quechee Lakes Development Company is Quechee Lakes' largest residential real estate firm and landowner. It is owned by an affiliate of Taurus Investment Holdings, LLC, an international real estate company (http://www.tiholdings.com)

inSegment, Inc. of Needham, Mass. is the exclusive sales and marketing agency for Quechee Lakes Development Company (http://www.insegment.com)

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Rosa Cirianni                                                                
(908) 781-6420, ext. 117                        

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