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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 Memphremagog, a stone’s throw from our location

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Cool breezes & Vermont Country Fairs

autumn jay peak vt

…can only mean ONE thing. Autumn is just around the corner!

With the Orleans County Fair just ending, the locals say that it marks the official “end of summer” and with the cool temps of the past couple days, that certainly seems true! However, summer isn’t giving up yet with warm days coming back very soon.

Vermont’s fall foliage season begins around mid-September and the Northeast Kingdom has some of the most spectacular colors and locales in the state. With glorious autumn hues, also comes “leaf peepers” and area hotels and lodging vacancies tend to disappear quickly.

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With that in mind, we encourage you to plan accordingly and book ahead for a stay at one of our two locations, Newport City Inn & Suites or the Derby Four Seasons.





20 Interesting Facts about Vermont! How Many of these did you know?

1.The Green Mountain State is the other name of Vermont.

2.The state has earned a substantial amount of acclaim for its maple syrup.

3.The officially recognized fair of Vermont is staged in Rutland. The event is organized every September.

4.Mount Mansfield has a height of 4,393 feet. It is the tallest location in the state.

5.In 1609 Samuel de Champlain went around Vermont and claimed ownership of the state as a representative of France.

6.It was in 1724 that the English settlers turned up at the state.

7.Vermont became a part of USA on 4th March 1791. It was the 14th state.

8.The French words verts monts signify mountains that are green in color. These are the source word for the state’s name.

9.The earliest indigenous tribes to have resided in Vermont are Abenaki, Penacook and Mahican.

10.Of all the state capitals in USA, Montpellier has the slightest population.

11.Freedom and Unity is the officially accepted motto.

12.Sugar maple is the officially recognized tree.

13.Apple is the officially acknowledged fruit of Vermont.

14.Washington is the state’s geographic center.

15.Fort Ste. Anne was set up in 1666. It was the earliest French establishment in Vermont.

16.The earliest constitution was accepted in 1777.

17.Phish, a famous rock music outfit started its career in Burlington.

18.IBM and Ben & Jerry’s are the largest providers of jobs in the state.

19.Crown Point and Fort Ticonderoga were won by the Green Mountain Boys, who were helmed by Ethan Allen, in 1775. It is regarded as an important victory at the time of the American Revolutionary War.

20.New York and New Hampshire have laid claim to the state at various occasions.


Source: http://www.mapsofworld.com/usa/facts-and-trivia/vermont.html

An Owners Welcome! Posted November 25, 2015


At my Inn, I work very hard with my staff to ensure they welcome guests as though it were me standing at the front desk handing the guest the key to their room. Everything they say and do is a reflection of the warm welcoming spirit that I treat guest with personally. This newsletter is no different. It is our very first and we consider it a vital new member of our staff.

My team and I are dedicated to training this newsletter to extend to you interesting information about our Inn along with the surrounding area. It’s just another way to give you that warm welcome that our guests have come to expect whenever they visit. We hope this first issue speaks to you in that you will anticipate each future publication.

In our newsletter you will find information about our Inn, the staff, the Northeast Kingdom and the Newport area. We plan to publish thought provocative articles that speak to the pleasure as well as the business traveler. Our calendar will keep you in the know of area events, seasonal rate notices and special dates. The INNsource featured almanac will give you a monthly weather outlook for outdoor activities like skiing, fishing, hiking, boating and much, much more.

Everything we include in our newsletter is just another way to say come stay with us, feel welcomed, and let us take care of the rest.

Darrick Granai/Owner