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Don & Karen

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My wife Karen (Speech & Language Pathologist) and I love to travel, cook, play music and garden. We live in a great ninety year old colonial that we moved from Amherst and plan to winter at our place on the beautiful island of Vieques in the Carribbean. We love to share our interests and homes in both locations through AirBNB. The Hadley property features a large furnished 2 bedroom walkout garden apartment. The apartment has two separate accesses. Access to the "mango" bedroom is through an amazing shard mosaic greenhouse from gardens on the edge of wetlands....an amazing sanctuary for a variety of birds and other wildlife. The other entrance is directly off the driveway through a mudroom/laundry. The house is a mile as the crow flies from UMASS and two miles to Amherst College in Amherst Center. Hampshire College is just another mile and a half from the center.
Our Vieques property has similar two-bedroom features in Isabella Segunda, the larger of the two small towns on that tropical paradise.
The Hadley property is six miles away from downtown Northampton and Smith College across the scenic Connecticut River surrounded by the Seven Sisters mountain range.
The area has become western New England's destination for arts, culture and entertainment. The Paradise City Arts & Crafts Festival, Green River Music Fest and Morgan Horse Shows supplement nearby country fairs and harvest festivals.
Vieques has the mountains and turquoise beaches on an island that time has forgotten. Our place on the island is only a few blocks from glass beach and five miles from the village of Esperanza. If you like isolation, solitude and wild horses...be sure to visit the link to Colorful, Convenient in the Carib! Now back to to the "Happy Valley".....
Southern Vermont ski areas are less than an hour away. We're two hours from Boston, three from New York and four from Montreal and Quebec.
At times the whole (five bedroom-3.5 baths) may be available during college graduation weekends. Vieques, off the coast of the east end of Puerto Rico, can be reached by a ferry that lands a few blocks from Casita Linda or by one of four small airlines i.e. Cape Air or Vieques Airlink.