Lake Salem Inn

1273 Vermont Rt. 105, Derby, Vermont 05829
Innkeeper(s): Mo & Joe Profera
  • Introduction

    Our one of a kind pristine Vermont inn sits on seven secluded acres of peaceful tranquility with a scenic view of Lake Salem. Breathe "Inn" the clean, fresh air of Vermont's Northeast Kingdom.

    We are located in the lovely town of Derby, Vermont - the "Crown Jewel" of Vermont's Northeast Kingdom.

    Your innkeepers and hosts,  Mo and Joe   provide you with ambiance, comfort, and heartfelt hospitality. Mo is the chef at the inn and dinner is available by advance notice since all meals are fresh and prepared to order.  Mo is also a Senior Fitness Instructor, dance teacher, and a Nationally Certified Water Fitness Instructor.  She donates the money earned from her Senior Fitness class to the churches where she teaches and is also a volunteer with the Association for the Blind.  

    Even though Joe is retired, he stays very busy maintaining the beautiful grounds of the inn and clearing the snow from our property so our guests have a safe place to drive.  He has over 55 years experience owning a successful residential/commercial landscape business which he sold when we relocated from the suburbs of Philadelphia.  In addition, he owned a 4-star Italian Restaurant in the Philadelphia area along with a bakery.  He has been a Volunteer Fireman for over 55 years and serves as Chair on the Plannin Commission and Zoning Boards.           

    A full breakfast may include one of the following, Croissant topped with Joe's fluffy herbed eggs and Mo's delicious cheese topping; Omelets, Puffed Eggs served with Mo's homemade semolina bread and fresh fruit; Potato Bread French Toast topped with simmered apples, walnuts, raisins and brown sugar; Buttermilk Pancakes served with baked, stuffed pears. New England Spiced Pumpkin Bread.  Changes daily.  All entree's are served with fresh juice, freshly ground coffee and a variety of teas.  (We do not serve breakfast meats).  

    "Kindly let us know in advance if you have any special dietary needs" 

    Dining by reservation only.

    "Since all meals are prepared to order, please let us know your choice of entree' one day in advance" Dinner is served at 6:00. B.Y.O.B. Always fresh!

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Mo Profera for sharing her own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    We are the only inn that serves dinner and gives our guests free use of a kayak or canoe on our lake.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    We are best known for being on the lake and our food and dinners. We are also known for our personality. We are very unique, not a typical countryish or victorian inn.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    Great food and dinner available. Peace. Hiking. Relaxing. Skiing.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    "Feels like home. Where guests are treated like family. Delicious food."

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    We are 5 miles from the Canadian Border. Guests can drive 20 minutes to visit St. Benoit du abbey where they can hear Gregorian Chants on the week days.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    Those staying longer than a weekend can enjoy many things. Hike, bike, swim, canoe, kayak, fish, visit the Old Stone House Museum, take a ride to Canada. Montreal is 1 1/5 hours away. Ski, cross country ski with groomed trails, snow shoe, visit the Haskell Opera House situated 1/2 in the US and the other 1/2 in Canada, see a show at the Haskell, Spend the day in Magog, Canada where they have over 100 restaurants and unique shops. Visit Ben & Jerry's ..a 1 1/2 hour drive.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Only a place to walk.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Vermont Pie & Pasta which is minutes away and the restaurants in Magog.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    Check our website for links.

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have 4 rooms.

    Do you accept pets?

    We do not accept pets.

  • Weddings & Special Occasions


    What a more perfect way to begin your new life together then by exchanging your vows in an outdoor ceremony with natures backdrop of beautiful Lake Salem in Derby, Vermont.

    Reaffirm your wedding vows. Say "I Love You" all over again in a reaffirmation ceremony.

    The Lake Salem Inn sits on seven spacious acres of well manicured grounds and beautiful gardens.

    Special Occasions

    We offer our beautiful grounds for small weddings, receptions, or anniversary parties. Call us and let us help you plan your next affair.

    Are you celebrating an anniversary or birthday? Please let us know how we can make the occasion extra special!

    Celebrating? Let us assist you with a catered sit-down dinner or buffet style dinner. A luncheon or hors d'oeuvres may also be arranged. We can assist you with all the details of your wedding from tent rental and beverages, to caterers, flowers, etc.

    The inn is also a beautiful location for your bridal or baby shower.

  • Four Season Activities

    Spring & Summer

    You are steps away from our boat dock. We have a
    canoe or kayak for guests to use. Swimming in our lake is very refreshing!

    Relax on the back deck while sipping a cool beverage, and enjoying a light snack.

    For the fisherman, Lake Salem is one of the cleanest lakes in Vermont. Our lake has pickerel, walleye, fresh water salmon, bass, lake winter, the ice fishing is fabulous. Ask us about license requirements.

    Hiking is best in the Northeast Kingdom. Lake Willoughby State Forest has over 12 miles of hiking trails. We are also within easy driving distance to the Long Trail, part of the Appalachian Trail system. Take a picnic lunch and spend the day on the  mountain!


    Lake Salem Inn - ImageIn the Fall and Winter, a warm, toasty fire awaits you after your day of adventure in our beautiful mountains. We will welcome you home with warm apple cider and home baked goodies.

    Or, if you just want to renew your spirit from the stress of everyday living, simply relax in our sunken living room where beautiful music plays quietly in the background.

    You don't want to miss our glorious fall season in all it's splendor! Our rooms book far in advance, so book early!


    Mount Pisgah at Lake Willoughby is near the Quebec border and is one of New England’s best ice climbing venues. The big west-facing cliff, towering above the frozen lake, offers the largest concentration of hard routes in the Northeast from single pitch to committing multi-pitch climbs.

    In the winter enjoy cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Ski and snow shoe rentals are available at the Vermont Leadership Center. Great down-hill skiing and snow boarding is available at nearby Jay Peak and Burke Mountain.

    We are located directly on well-groomed VAST Trails. There is plenty of room to park your trailer.  Look for specials.

    We have many restaurants from fast food to fine dining. Also, for great shopping and gourmet restaurants, we are 4 miles from  the Canadian Border,  2  1/2 hour drive to Quebec City,  25 minutes from from the European town of Magog, 40 miles from St. Benoit bu Lac Monastery.

    The fabulous Montreal Casino is just a 1.5 hours drive away.

    Visit the nearby Coaticook Gorge in Canada which is famous for the longest suspension bridge in the world!

    Whatever your interests you will find something to delight you. Or if you prefer you can just enjoy the peaceful beauty of our lakefront home and grounds.

    "You may even encounter a moose! MO has a variety of unique framed photos for purchase at the inn."

  • Local Businesses

    • Clyde River Recreation
    • St-Benoit-Du-Lac
    • Travel The Kingdom
    • Historical Haskel Opera House
    • Northwoods Stewardship Center
    • Vermont Dept. of Fish & Wildlife
    • Jay Peak Resort
    • IROC
    • Kingdom Biking Trails
    • Old Stone House
    • Museum Newport Country Club
    • VAST
    • snowmobile trails
  • Guest Comments

    "... it's more than a house, it's a paradise" - Mile & Val, Montreal

    "... what a wonderful relaxing place to stay. The food is fantastic, and beautifully prepared" - Roger & Emy

    "... we were delighted to find this exquistite treasure, perfect in every detail! The dinner was so fine and the conversation and ambiance really superb. We'll be back" - Barb & Zo, MA"

    ... What a wonderful, relaxing and hospitable stay we had with you folks! The conversation and food were super as was the lovely, comfortable room. Thanks for making our time in Vermont so memorable," - Roger & Marlis, Holdridge, Nebraska

  • Directions

    From the South:

    1. Take I-91 North to exit 28 - Newport/Derby Ctr
    2. Make a Right off exit at the stop sign
    3. We are about 3 miles from this point
    4. Go to a "T" where you will be facing the Cow Palace Restaurant
    5. Make a right
    6. Pass through a residential area
    7. The Derby Village Store will be on your left
    8. Continue on and cross over a small bridge
    9. We are located about 1 mile past the guard rails on the left