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Town of St. Johnsbury

Greater St. Johnsbury Area

2019 STAY TO STAY WEEKENDS

October 4–7


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:


Welcome Reception

The Welcome Reception takes place on Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Kingdom Taproom | 802-424-1355
397 Railroad Street
Saint Johnsbury, VT 05819

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 activities based on your interests.

Weekend Activities

Saturday and Sunday are crafted to provide ample time for participants to explore our vibrant communities and attractions.

St. Johnsbury boasts a veritable cultural campus of unique attractions, including architectural gems and beautiful art and craft galleries. You could spend the full weekend just walking the vibrant streets downtown, taking in the culture and visiting dining establishments featuring the best home grown food and beverages available in Vermont. Or, you can choose to take a road trip to experience the scenic views and quaint village centers that make up this beautiful region.

Just a sampling of the events taking place throughout the region on October 5th and 6th include the hugely popular Fall Dog Party at Dog Mountain; arts, food and craft festival Autumn on the Green in Danville; Brew Moon BeerFest at the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium in St. Johnsbury; Dead North haunted corn maze in Danville; and world-class performances at Catamount Film & Arts in St. Johnsbury, and the Highland Center for the Arts in Greensboro.

We are predicted to have peak foliage conditions during the weekend, so it will be a perfect time to enjoy the beautiful outdoors in the Northeast Kingdom. If outdoor recreation is your passion, sign up for a mountain bike clinic or group ride, take an ATV tour, hike our beautiful mountains, a paddle on the Clyde River, or take an e-cycle ride on the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail. 

Sunday Mountain Biking

We are pleased to offer a special guided mountain biking experience on Sunday, October 6th just for our Stay to Stay participants, including free day passes to the legendary Kingdom Trails network!

RSVP via email to gsewake@discoverstjohnsbury.com. Rides will be offered in categories that match participant experience level - please indicate the ages and experience levels of all participating.

When: Sunday, October 6th 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. Bikes are available to rent in advance through the Village Sports Shop. The shop has coffee and snacks, bathrooms, equipment, and a sweet view of the surrounding hillsides.

Situated on one of the most picturesque hills in Vermont, the Kingdom Trails network winds through wooded and pastoral settings. This system has trails for all skill levels and abilities. Some of the more renowned 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! 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.

Visit Child Care Centers

Monday, 9 a.m.–10:30 a.m. Visit Child Care Centers - Little Dippers Doodle Daycare and ABC and LOL Child Care

Employers

Monday, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The employer industry sectors offered include:

Healthcare
Manufacturing
Hospitality
Finance
Recreation

Co-working/Maker Space

Do North Coworking
930 Broad Street, 2nd Floor
Lyndonville, VT 05851

If you would like to meet with an employer in a different industry, please indicate your preference in the form below.

Realtor

Realtors from Sotheby's International Realty will attend the Friday evening welcome reception. You are encouraged to connect with them to schedule home tours over the weekend and on Monday.

SIGN UP FOR A STAY TO STAY WEEKEND

The deadline to register is one week prior to the first day of each weekend.

St. Johnsbury Chamber of Commerce

ST. JOHNSBURY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

The St. Johnsbury Chamber of Commerce stimulates and promotes the vitality of St. Johnsbury’s cultural, commercial, and community resources.

Northern Community Investment Corporation Logo

Northern Community Investment Corporation

NCIC provides capital and expertise to strengthen businesses, communities and employment opportunities across New Hampshire and Vermont.

Kingdom Trail Association

KINGDOM TRAIL ASSOCIATION

Kingdom Trails is a charitable non-profit conservation organization, driven by a volunteer Board of Directors, working in partnership with private landowners, local businesses, government agencies and other non-profit organizations to create and manage out-door recreation opportunities and preserve and protect trails.

Caledonia Trail Collaborative

CALEDONIA TRAIL COLLABORATIVE

The Caledonia Trail Collaborative is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization that believes trails enhance the quality of life for area residents and contribute to the vibrancy of our communities.


LODGING AVAILABILITY


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.

Frequently Asked Questions for Stay to Stay Weekend.

Questions about Stay to Stay Weekends?

Thinking about signing up for a Stay to Stay Weekend but have some questions first? Please read these frequently asked questions.


ADDITIONAL STAY TO STAY WEEKEND LOCATIONS


Rutland Regional Chamber of Commerce Building

RUTLAND

October 18–21

Welcome to the real Rutland County — a colorful combination of country roads, quaint villages, and historic downtown centers in the heart of Vermont’s Green Mountains.

Downtown Newport overlooking Lake Memphremagog.

GREATER NEWPORT AREA

December 13–16

Just south of the Canadian border, welcoming Newport straddles cultures and waterways. This small city, perched on jewel-like Lake Memphremagog, is surrounded by natural beauty and vast recreational opportunities.

The Equinox in Manchester, Vermont.

THE SHIRES OF VERMONT

October 25–28

Bennington and Manchester are located in the beautiful region between the Taconic Range and the Green Mountains.

Hotel Brooks in Brattleboro, Vermont.

SOUTHEASTERN VERMONT

October 25–28

Overlooking the Connecticut River, downtown Brattleboro is lined with buildings that house galleries, restaurants, shops, breweries, and a 1938 art deco hotel and movie theater.

A sunset over Lake Champlain from the Burlington waterfront.

BURLINGTON

November 8–11

Compact and beautiful, Burlington is home to a thriving arts scene, creative entrepreneurship, great shopping, three colleges and a university, and a full range of four-season outdoor pursuits.