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The Barton Fair is over and if you live and work in the Northeast Kingdom, you know that summer is pretty much over.

As the days get shorter, the cool breezes of autumn start to trickle in and the nights become chilly as the sun goes down. The wonderful green trees that grace the hills and mountains start to take on scattered blotches of orange, a sign of the inevitable foliage season that is rapidly approaching. After Labor Day, most people have exhausted their vacations and we all start preparing for autumn.

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When the summer heat reaches the upper 80’s and the humidity is so thick you can cut it with a knife, many locals run for cool relief at one of the many swimming holes, ponds and lakes that grace the area.

Four Corners (also known as the Jay Branch Gorge) is a popular local swimming hole in the Jay/Troy area. A beautiful, large, inviting swimming hole that’s approximately 30 yards in diameter. The entire pool is surrounded by a high rock ledge providing many places to jump into the deep pool. The water is clean and delightful, the falls are big and the sound of the water is soothing.

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With the 4th of July quickly approaching, here are a few things to do and events to participate in. In addition to the traditional town Independence Day celebrations, you can also enjoy a tour of the Vermont wind turbines and even a real circus.

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May Events in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom

May is a beautiful month to come and enjoy the Northeast Kingdom. We have some of the most gorgeous lakes and mountains in Vermont that attract visitors from around the world. Whether you enjoy boating, fishing, hiking or sightseeing, you will find plenty to do in the Kingdom.

We have some of the finest restaurants in Vermont and we’re just a short drive to Montreal and other wonderful Canadian towns and villages. At the Newport City Inn & Suites and the Derby Four Seasons Inn & Suites, you can literally rest in comfort with all this just outside the door. Whether it’s a mini-vacation or a week long stay, you’re guaranteed to feel right at home.

It seems there is always something going on from the Newport area down to St Johnsbury. There are plenty of events and things to do, see and enjoy, so why not indulge? Here are some events for the rest of May 2017 that we have compiled to get you off to a great start!

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While there are certainly no complaints from skiers and snowmobilers about this past winter, I think we can all agree that the warm breezes of springtime are certainly welcome!

Lake Seymour

The ice has melted off the lakes and rivers and fishing season is anxiously awaited by anglers of all ages. The Northeast Kingdom hosts a variety of places for fishing and Spring is the perfect time to grab a pole and some bait.  Best of all, fishing is an activity that is inexpensive and easy to learn. It’s also a great way to spend some quality time with the family. This is also that time that the state stocks the the waters with lots of fish.

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Years ago, it was common for Vermont to experience huge snow storms during the winter months. Usually, the snow would would be tallied up in feet rather than inches. Snowbanks along Main St. in Newport, VT. were like small mountains to climb over or find a path through.

During the past few years, Vermont has suffered a bit of a drought when it comes to snow. Last year especially. Ski areas and businesses have suffered and snowmobiles never left the garage. It hasn’t been easy. But that changed in 2017!

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The Best Snowmobiling in Vermont

When it comes to winter sports and snowmobiling, Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom region is your best bet for plenty of snow and well groomed trails.

Snowmobiling Vermont Northeast Kingdom

While some may prefer to read a book by a toasty warm, fireplace, there are more adventurous souls that prefer journeys through snow covered fields and woods, riding on snowmobiles. If that’s your passion, then you’ll fall in love with the Northeast Kingdom’s VAST trail networks, consisting of well-groomed trails.

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7 really fun things to do in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom during the holidays

Whether you’re a local just looking for interesting activities or perhaps a new visitor to the area, these places and/or things should make your visit to the area delightful. Of course, we’ve got two comfy and warm places for you to stay with tons of options so reserve your room now with either the Newport City Inn & Suites or the Derby Four Seasons Inn & Suites. When it comes to comfort and a warm place to relax and sleep, we’ve literally got you covered!

  1. Do you like to ski or snowboard?
    If so, then you’ll LOVE Jay Peak! Jay Peak is a four season resort in Northern Vermont, close to Canada and the Burlington, VT area. Enjoy the East’s best skiing and snowboarding. Jay offers a mountain getaway for everyone. After skiing, restaurants and pubs welcome you to a relaxing way to wind down and warm up. Kids young and old will love the year-round indoor water park and ice arena if skiing and snowboarding aren’t your thing.

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If you’ve ever wondered what happened to the picturesque Vermont of days gone by, well you’re in luck! With much of Vermont changing rapidly and losing much of it’s traditional character and culture, the Northeast Kingdom is perhaps your best bet for experiencing Vermont the way it was in days long past.

Courtesy of James Walsh

Courtesy of James Walsh

Traditional Vermont values and family life still survive

It’s not easy to find old fashioned general stores anymore and covered bridges are not as plentiful as they used to be. Neighbors don’t know each other as much as they used to “back in the good old days”.

Except in the Northeast Kingdom! Driving through many local towns these days, you’ll notice that there haven’t been a lot of changes over the years. Though logging and manufacturing isn’t quite what it used to be, the towns are still hanging on and adapting as best as they can.

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Ready for autumn foliage season in Vermont?

The colors are already starting to appear, the nights are getting cooler and the leaves are starting to fall throughout Vermont’s fabled Northeast Kingdom. If you’re staying with us at the Newport City Inn & Suites or the Derby Four Seasons Inn & Suites, then you are in the perfect place for viewing gorgeous Vermont autumn foliage. Here is a quick guide of some of the area’s best scenic areas.

Let’s get started on our fall foliage tour, right here in Newport, VT.

lake-mempremagog

Lake Memphremagog, a stone’s throw from our location

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