Greater St. Johnsbury Area
2019 STAY TO STAY WEEKENDS
September 13–16 and October 4–7, 2019
This vibrant community is the southern gateway to the beautiful region known as Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. St. Johnsbury is a picturesque town characterized by elegant Victorian architecture and richly preserved history. It is also the cultural hub of the Kingdom, bustling with year-round performances and activities, culinary gems, eclectic and practical shopping, museums, and easy access to a variety of outdoor recreational activities, including the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail and a short drive to the mountain biking mecca, Kingdom Trails. From the bustling downtown, you have at your fingertips the pristine wilderness of the Kingdom, covered bridges, mountain vistas, and more.
Encompassing nearby towns Lyndonville and Burke, the region offers a wide array of careers in finance, healthcare, education, manufacturing, and hospitality, as well as amenities and resources for those who own or are looking to start their own businesses. The combination of activities and opportunity creates a work/life balance that rivals any in the nation. The educational opportunities are also world-class; local independent secondary schools St. Johnsbury Academy and Lyndon Institute welcome local students as well as those from around the world, adding diversity to our community.
Did you Know?
- In the early 1900’s, St. Johnsbury became known as the “Maple Center of the World,” a tradition that lives on with the sweet “World Maple Festival” each April.
- The phrase “Northeast Kingdom,” a popular term for Vermont’s three northeastern counties, was first uttered by then-Governor George Aiken who, moved by the beautiful, rugged environment of the region, coined the term during a political appearance in Lyndonville in 1949.
- The first platform scale, originally used to weigh hemp, was invented by Thaddeus Fairbanks in 1830. The Fairbanks family went on to become major benefactors of St. Johnsbury, supporting the cultural, architectural, and educational gems you can find here today.
- In 2018, St. Johnsbury set the Guinness World Record for the largest astronomy lesson ever, organized by the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium.
HERE'S WHAT THE WEEKEND LOOKS LIKE:
Saturday is unstructured to provide ample time for participants to explore our vibrant communities and attractions. You could spend the full weekend just walking around downtown, taking in the culture and visiting dining establishments featuring delicious home-grown food and beverages... but we have some ideas to help shape your stay. On Saturday, September 14th, St. Johnsbury hosts the annual Colors of the Kingdom Festival. Start your day off with a pancake breakfast, visit our bustling farmers market, take a train ride to enjoy the beautiful fall foliage, enjoy the 2nd Annual St. Johnsbury Bluegrass Festival, and close out your day at Kingdom Taproom & Table sampling Vermont’s famously high caliber of local breweries, with best-in-the-world Hill Farmstead Brewery always on tap.
St. Johnsbury boasts a veritable cultural campus of unique attractions, including architectural gems like the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium and St. Johnsbury Athenaeum; beautiful art and craft galleries at Catamount Film & Arts, Northeast Kingdom Artisan Guild, and Stephen Huneck Gallery at Dog Mountain. Or take a road trip to experience the scenic views and quaint village centers that make up this beautiful region. Here in the Northeast Kingdom, there are innumerable ways to enjoy the beautiful outdoors.
To take full advantage of the many resources available to you throughout the weekend, we encourage you to connect with the community and business leaders you meet at the Friday reception, and make plans with them for additional conversation, introductions, and activity ideas based on your interests.
Our September Weekend is a Stay to Stay Mountain Biking Weekend. In addition to riding the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail or visiting Kingdom Trails, you can participate in a guided mountain biking trip on Sunday:
Sunday Mountain Biking
Join us for one of 2 guided mountain bike rides at the legendary Kingdom Trails trail network. Rides will be offered in two categories: Kids/Family Ride and Intermellow Ride. Please let us know you plan to attend one of these rides so that we have enough trip leaders. RSVP via email.
When: Sunday, September 15 at 9:30 a.m.
Where: The Village Sport Shop Trailside Shop parking lot, 2099 Darling Hill Road, Lyndonville.
Bring a water bottle, snack, and helmet, and be sure your bike is ready to ride. If you plan to rent a demo or other bike, please reserve it in advance. The shop has coffee and snacks, bathrooms, equipment, and one sweet view.
Situated on one of the more picturesque hills in Vermont, the trails wind through a wooded and pastoral setting. This system has trails for all skill levels, whether it's the old cart roads and doubletrack trails for beginners or tight, fast, flowing, singletrack for riders of all abilities. Some of the more renown trails are Tap n' Die, Sidewinder, Troll Stroll, Kitchel, Tody's Tour, Coronary Bypass, Pines, and Webs. We know you will be talking about some of these trails long after your visit.
Kingdom Trails is offering a 20% discount on the cost of a day pass for the trails. You will find that coupon in your Welcome Bag at Friday night’s Welcome Reception. More info about the trail network can be found here. And here are some great videos of riding at Kingdom Trails to get you ready:
Monday Morning Networking
Wrap up your weekend with a solid sense of the employment opportunities in the region. Monday morning is your chance to meet with employers in specific sectors and with business owners who can discuss what it’s like to work in the community. You can also sign up to meet with a local realtor who can show you potential housing options, visit a co-working or maker space, or visit a child care center.
Monday, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The employer industry sectors offered include:
If you would like to meet with an employer in a different industry, please indicate your preference in the form below.
Monday, 1:30–3 p.m. at Do North Coworking
930 Broad Street, 2nd Floor
Lyndonville, VT 05851
Monday, 3-5 p.m. at Sotheby's International Realty
1184 Main Street
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
St. Johnsbury has the kind of accommodations that will make your stay in the Northeast Kingdom comfortable and relaxing. Our pet-friendly hotels deliver the accouterments needed for all types of travelers while our charming inn and B&Bs let you get away from it all. Explore the options in St. Johnsbury.