Mutual love for the outdoors brought Gene and Lilly Devlin together during their UVM undergrad days. While Gene earned his degree in education and Lilly in human development, they both loved to snowboard and rock climb, among other pursuits. “We hiked Camel’s Hump more times than you could count,” Gene says. Post-graduation, working in summer camps for kids evolved into a love for and commitment to working more broadly with families.

The couple took a leap on that front in 2018 when they became majority owners of Quimby Country, the oldest family/sporting camp in the state of Vermont, founded 1893. It’s a place rich in history, nestled in Northeast Kingdom balsam woods. Located on Forest Lake and Great Averill Pond, the nineteen cottages at Quimby create a refuge where families come together to reconnect with nature and one another.
Running a place like Quimby is intense work in-season, but fulfilling, the Devlins say. “This feels like such a calling for us,” Lilly adds. “To see the depth of connection that people make, coming together in magical ways in the timelessness of this place. We appreciate that on a daily basis.”

Read a Yankee Magazine story about Quimby Country: go.uvm.edu/quimby
 

PUBLISHED

02-27-2020
Thomas Weaver