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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.

Things to Do

With January being one of the colder Winter months, the Northeast Kingdom is usually blessed (or some might say cursed) with sub-zero temperatures. This is great for ice fishing, snowshoeing, skating on Lake Memphremagog and other area activities.

If the snow gods cooperate, and bring us a lot of fluffy white snow, you will find some of the very best snowmobiling on the VAST trails in every corner of the region.

Skiing and snowboarding are also essential for keeping mind and body fit during the long winter months and you’ll find a number of ski areas within just minutes from either the Newport City Inn & Suites or the Derby Four Seasons Inn & Suites.

Perhaps the best way to enjoy the new year is with a celebration and there are several venues offering New Year’s Eve festivities around the greater Newport area. You’ll find more information in the Events Calendar below.

2020 Events Calendar

New Year’s Eve Calcutta Celebration
December 31, 2019
Hosted by VFW Post 798 Auxiliary
141 Central St, Newport, Vermont 05855

Mike Goudreau Trio at Eastside Restaurant New Years Eve Party
December 31, 2019
East Side Restaurant
47 Landing Street, Newport, VT

New Year’s Eve Parties and Fireworks at Jay Peak Resort
December 31, 2019
Help us ring in 2020 the right way; music, dancing and fireworks. Northstar Fireworks will kick off the night with an on-mountain display that can be seen from all resort properties. Keep your eyes peeled up the mountain around 9:00 PM.
Following the fireworks, Lazer Dad, will get the party started in our Foeger Ballroom for a 90’s themed evening of live music and dancing.
$15 advance tickets for adults 18+ and $20 at the door (Parents: stay tuned for our Kid-friendly options, coming soon).
Admission includes a complimentary drink ticket for beer or wine (for those 21+)

Get Off The Couch Campaign
January 1, 2020, 1:00 PM
Memphremagog Trails
3600ish, Darling Hill Road, Newport, VT
More info here

Story Time in Newport
January 1, 2020, 11:30 AM
Goodrich Memorial Library
202 Main Street US 5, Newport, VT

Further North LIVE at The Tavern On The Hill!
January 3, 2020
1724 E Main St, Newport, VT 05855

Circling (Interpersonal Meditation) New Years Retreat
January 3, 2020
Monastic Academy
751 Page Road
Lowell, VT 05847
Join the Monastic Academy as we embark on a relational journey weaving together silent meditation and Circling (interpersonal meditation) for a New Years Immersion. This program is often a deeply transformative experience for empowering you to relate to others in more productive, fulfilling, and engaged ways. More info here.

Paint and Shoot Art Show at Jay Peak
January 24, 2020
Are you visiting, new to town, or a local looking to fill up some wall space in your home?
Join us near the Tower Bar/Aroma area of the Tram Haus Lodge for an evening of art featuring a variety of talented local painters, photographers, and craftsmen. See below for 2019-2020 dates. Each Paint & Shoot is FREE to attend, and we’ll even have FREE live music on select dates in the Tower Bar as well. More info 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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November is well known as “stick season”. That odd time of year when Thanksgiving is arguably the highlight of the month.

Halloween is gone, fall foliage is nearly gone with piles of leaves to clean up and the trees are left barren and gray, like sticks in the wind. Hence the saying “stick season”. The good news is that there are still some fun events and sports activities to take part in.

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2019 Fall Foliage Colors in the Northeast Kingdom

Usually, the autumn colors gracing the hills and valleys of the Northeast Kingdom are at their best after a long, dry summer. If that rule continues to apply, then 2019 should be absolutely fantastic as rain was a bit lacking throughout the summer months. Some great Fall 2019 events are lined up right here…

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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. This August 2019, is sure to be a hot one in many ways. From farmer’s markets to events and places to see, it’s all here!

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July 4th Celebration in Newport

Independence Day in the Northeast Kingdom is full of festive activities. The day begins bright and early with the Harry Corrow Freedom Run and the ever-popular Derby Parade. After a brief lunch break, families are invited to Gardner Park for and old-fashioned celebration including live music, food, games and of course, FIREWORKS!

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With Summer just ahead, this is a great time to think about vacation plans in the Northeast Kingdom. The Newport area has some great events, places to see and visit and restaurants to indulge in. Let’s not forget that two of the best places to stay in the Newport area are the Newport City Inn & Suites and the Derby Four Seasons Inn & Suites.

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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!

If you’re looking for culture and historical places to explore, you’ll find plenty, such as the Old Stone House in Brownington in the photo below. Many places and things to do, all within minutes from either the Newport City Inn & Suites or the Derby Four Season Inn & Suites.

Old stone house museum

There is plenty to do and see in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom and a visit to the Newport area is a great “hub” from which you can easily explore a wide variety of outdoor sports activities including hiking, mountain biking, tennis and much more.

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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Spring is Coming to Newport, Vermont

It won’t be long before snowbanks, ice fishing and skiing are a distant memory. It’s been a fantastic season for winter activities in the Northeast Kingdom but the snowmobile trails will soon transform into carpets of green with dandelions stretching into the horizon. If you’re a winter sports and activities enthusiast, take advantage while it lasts.

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Cold Winter but Great for Events! Posted February 28, 2019

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The winter of 2018/2019 certainly has been a cold one but that’s just fine with winter sports enthusiasts!

With Lake Memphremagog frozen over, ice fishing communities on the lake are a common site. The freezing temperatures certainly have helped ice fishermen around the Northeast Kingdom, enjoy their activities.

Snowmobiling enthusiasts are reveling in one of the best snowmobile seasons ever with great snow conditions and perfect temperatures!

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