Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, located in the northeastern region of Vermont, offers breath-taking scenery, outstanding lodging and dining, ecotourism and agritourism, Vermont made products, a rich diversity of art, and recreational opportunities which have gained the Northeast Kingdom national and international recognition. Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom is revered by residents and visitors alike for its lovely countryside, abundant natural resources and the preservation of traditional landscapes and lifestyles that have made the Vermont experience one to be cherished.
Sparkling holiday lights adorn quiet village streets. With its startling beauty and promise of pure playfulness, winter entices us to venture out with skis, sleds, snowboards, sleighs and snowshoes. Winter festivals, community ski races, resort activities and indoor entertainment venues of all kinds provide plenty of excitement and warmth during the snowiest months. In the winter the average temperature is a brisk 32 degrees.
As winter releases its grip on Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom locals and visitors’ alike welcome the arrival of spring. The sugarers are hard at work boiling sap and the aroma of wood smoke and hot, sweet maple syrup, wafts through the valleys as the world begins to thaw and fine green lace bedecks the trees. In the spring the average daytime temperature is 61 degrees.
Long, bright summer days that small of fresh cut hay are perfect for rambling around back roads, picking berries or dangling toes in mountain brooks and streams. Join the residents for town parades, country fairs and outdoor concerts. Lapp up creamies at the country store or sip tall tumblers of iced tea on shady porches. There are beaches to sun on, lakes to sail, trails to hike and perfect picnic spots throughout the Kingdom. The summer the average daytime temperature is a perfect 80 degrees.
In Autumn, brilliant fall foliage sets the entire Kingdom ablaze with color that becksons hikers, bicyclists, paddlers and “leaf peepers” to bear witness to the artistic capabilities of nature. The fresh, crisp days of fall foliage are filled with adventures to harvest festivals, pumpkin patches and church suppers. In the fall the average daytime temperature is a crisp 66 degrees.
Interstate 91 runs north to south through the Kingdom, connecting with other major roadways throughout New England and Quebec in Canada. Distances to Major Cities: Burlington, VT (2 hours); Montreal (2 hours); Manchester, NH (2.5 hours); Boston (3 hours); Albany (4 hours); Portland (4 hours); and New York City (6 hours).
Major airports that serve the region include Burlington, VT; Montreal; Manchester, NH; Boston and Albany. The Kingdom has three state airports: Caledonia County State Airport in Lyndonville; Newport State Airport in Newport/Coventry and John H. Boylan State Airport in Island Pond. All welcome light private and business aircraft.
Craftsbury Outdoor Center in Craftsbury, Vermont offers rowing and running camps in the summer months, and maintains many miles of nordic ski trails in the winter. The annual Craftsbury marathon attracts hundreds of skiers annually for a long-distance classic ski race.
As you browse the farm stand and farmers markets you may likely find yourself in the company of one of the talented chefs of an area restaurant. Throughout the region many restaurants collaborate with area farmers to infuse fresh, locally harvested agricultural offerings, including local produce, grass fed beef, free range chicken and artisan cheeses into their menus. This “farm to table” culinary practice insures a market for the local farmer which will help sustain the farm for future generations. Farm to table practices also allow restaurants the ability to incorporate fresh local foods into their menus creating a one-of-a-kind local dining experience that travelers can only find in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom.
If you are seeking a simple and traditional taste of the Kingdom, and want to enjoy a little local color, we invite you to try one of the country diners, village cafes or family restaurants or you could partake of some real home cooking by attending a church supper, hunters’ breakfast or local bake sale. A quick stop at a country store or village market can also offer you an assortment of specialty items that are just right for a quick snack, picnic plans or a meal on the go.
And while all of these classic country options may be expected in the Kingdom some folks are delighted to find four-star gourmet and fine dining restaurants offering superb food and service tucked away in comfortably restored country landmark buildings or situated in the heart of our historic downtowns. Here, trained chefs from all over the world prepare their best dishes in establishments where the hospitality is considered every bit as important as the food.
Hill Farmstead Brewery in Greensboro, VT offers both tastings and bottle/growler sales in a rustic setting.