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The Newport City Inn & Suites along with the Derby Four Seasons Inn & Suites are the hub of many activities in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. The Newport area is blessed with the spectacular Lake Memphremagog, which extends beyond the northern border into Quebec. Newport’s colorful history is the subject of many books, including some authoritative works by local writer, Scott Wheeler of  Vermont’s Northland Journal.

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The first day of Spring in Vermont 2018 will be off to a cold start, with temperatures in the 30’s. However with that being said, an old, New England quote from Mark Twain’s certainly applies. He is reputed to have said, “If you don’t like the weather, wait a minute.”

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Let’s face it, winter’s are long in Vermont’s northeast kingdom. We tend to get more snowfall and lower temperatures than the rest of the state, so let’s just say we’re very, very good at “keeping our cool” up here in God’s country.

One of the things that has become an annual event is the Memphremagog Winter Swimming Festival

Organized and run by Kingdom Games, it’s one of the more unusual though extremely popular events in the Newport area. Although there are a number of informal, “penguin plunges” that take place during the winter month’s in Vermont, this swimming event is for the more hardy and competitive thrill seekers.

To get a preview of the event, check out the 2017 Memphremagog Winter Swim Festival, 50m Freestyle video below:

The swimming event takes place on February 23, 24, and 25, 2018 in Newport, VT on Lake Memphremagog. The schedule of events for 2018 and much more are posted here.

After attending the Swimming Festival, warm up and enjoy a performance of Lotus Land at the Jay Peak Resort

Are you a Rush fan or just looking to enjoy a good night with some great music?

When: Saturday, February 24, 2018 9:00 PM – 11:59 PM
Where: Foelger Ballroom, Jay Peak Resort, Jay, VT

With an unparalleled performance, The American RUSH Tribute Lotus Land brings the force of live Rush to life on stage. Enjoyed by die-hard Rush fans, musicians, and casual music listeners alike, the Lotus Land experience has been heralded as the ultimate celebration of RUSH’s musical craftsmanship and spirited performances.

With the true set up and sound of the Canadian power trio, Lotus Land delivers the thrill that people expect when they see RUSH in concert. Their performances have wowed sold-out houses in premiere concert venues and their fan base continues to grow nationally and internationally.

Order tickets and get more information here.

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If there’s one thing that the Northeast Kingdom is famous for it’s winter events and activities.

Winter often lingers around a bit longer in the northern regions of Vermont, to the delight of winter sports enthusiasts. Island Pond is well known as the “snowmobiling capital of the northeast” for very good reasons. Discover just a few of the activities and things you can do to enjoy winter in the Northeast Kingdom.

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Vermont’s best kept secrets are in the fabled Northeast Kingdom. Here’s how to find them!

As 2017 draws to a close, the snow gods have blessed our local Northeast Kingdom ski resorts with lots of snow. With the holidays soon behind us, it’s time to think about waxing the skis and snowboards and heading for the slopes. With Jay Peak and Burke Mountain easily within an hour or so of both our lodging locations, “ski & stay” is easier than ever!

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Ready to enjoy a day of skiing in the Northeast Kingdom after the Thanksgiving holiday?

A recent article in the Caledonian Record states that Jay Peak Resort opened Friday for the 2017-2018 winter season. The mid-November opening marks one of the earliest dates the resort has spun its lifts in recent memory, due to 10 inches of natural snow over the past week and prime snowmaking temperatures. Meanwhile, Burke Mountain is working to open Dec. 2, with early opening for passholders and employees Dec. 1.

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Autumn in Vermont can be extremely fickle.

Last year, the colors were fantastic, most likely thanks to the dry summer. In 2017, the rainy start to summer and the record high temperatures in late summer and fall, most likely confused Mother Nature as the fall foliage seemed uneven and not as colorful as usual.

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With the leaves changing color and the nights getting shorter, apples are growing delightfully sweeter by the day. Though there really aren’t many apple orchards in the Northeast Kingdom, there are a few.

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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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