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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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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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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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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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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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