A Four Season Destination
Northern Vermont offers big city amenities, world class outdoor activities, rural landscapes, miles of open water on lakes and rivers, great shopping and dining, and numerous opportunities for enjoying the arts and history. It's a four season destination and has something for every taste and interest.
Arts and culture is thriving. Enjoy outdoor concerts, theater performances, gallery openings and local variety shows in cities and towns across the region. Top notch cultural sites include St. Anne's Shrine and the Arnold Zlotoff Tool Museum in the Lake Champlain Islands region. South of the Canadian border, history and the arts can combine for a day trip to the Cold Hollow Sculpture Park in Enosburg Falls and the birthplace of President Chester A. Arthur. The Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium in St. Johnsbury is a Northeast Kingdom destination, while Shelburne boasts two world-class attractions: Shelburne Museum and Shelburne Farms. Stowe hosts the the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum, Helen Day Art Center and Spruce Peak Performing Arts.
Equally rich are the opportunities for shopping and dining. The nation's first state craft Center, Frog Hollow, specializes in high-quality, hand-crafted collectibles, jewelry and home furnishings. Northern variety grapes flourish here, and wineries like Shelburne Vineyard, Snow Farm, Eden Ice Cider, and Boyden Valley are well worth the visit. In towns throughout the region you can stroll through farmers markets and gourmet food shops. There are also a large number of restaurants featuring locally grown foods including meats, cheeses, baked goods and confections.
If you adore the outdoors, and are thinking about a side trip into Canada, Newport makes for a perfect destination. The city is a gateway to Canada and lies on the southern shore of Lake Memphremagog (meaning "beautiful waters" in the Abenaki language). The state's highest mountain, Mt. Mansfield, and perhaps the state's most iconic mountain, Camel's Hump, are a haven for outdoor enthusiasts year round, while the region's many rivers and lakes attract paddlers, boaters and skaters.Located in the heart of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, Burke is home to Burke Mountain Ski Resort and Kingdom Trails, named One of the Top Ten Places to Mountain Bike by USA Today! The Burke area and nearby Jay Peak Resort offer breathtaking beauty, year round recreation and cultural events with local roots. Speed it up or slow it down; bring your gear or leave it all at home.
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Go For A Hike
The Long Trail runs the entire length of the state, along the spine of the Green Mountains.
It is the oldest long distance hiking trail in the nation. That should tell you a lot about how important hiking is to the state. Whether you're looking for a day hike, over-nighter or long distance backpacking trip, this is the right place.