With the spectacular Newport Centennial now in the rear view mirror, it truly seems like summer is half way over. The Orleans County Fair is less than a month away, starting on August 15th. As the Northeast Kingdom saying goes, “…once the fair has come, summer is pretty much over.”
With that being said, there are still a multitude of things to see and do in Orleans County.
Traditional Vermont Covered Bridges
Vermont is famous for it’s covered bridges and you will find several of them nestled within the rolling hills and valleys of Orleans County.
Coventry, Vermont’s Orne Covered Bridge is a replica of a historic bridge located on Back Coventry Road in Irasburg, Vermont.
Built in 2000, it is a replacement for a 19th-century bridge which stood on the site until it was destroyed by arson in 1997. The historic bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.
The River Road Covered Bridge is located in a rural area of central Troy, near the eastern end of Veilleux Road. It spans the Missisquoi in a roughly east-west orientation, resting on abutments of stone and concrete.
The Auger Sugarmill Bridge is located near Barton, along Rte. 16 at the Sugar Mill Farm.
Country Clubs for the Golf Enthusiasts
The Newport Country Club is perched high upon the hills of Mt Vernon St., in Newport City. If you’re looking for a great day of golf along with incredible views of Lake Memphremagog, this is a must visit golf course.
Orleans Country Club is located at 316 Country Club Lane in Orleans, VT. Proud of its history, the Club started ladies’ activities in 1929, which are indicated by a the Club Champion record that year. In subsequent years, the course has hosted a Twilight League, member-guest events, best ball matches, and state and club tournaments — all open to members.
The Barton Golf Club located at Telfer Hill Road in Barton, VT, is not far from the Orleans Country Club. They are a family owned and operated golf course in the beautiful Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, where the atmosphere is casual, and the people are friendly
The Jay Peak Golf Course describes itself as “down to earth”, with beautiful terrain, natural waterways and manicured greens. Jay Peak also offers summer hiking and a simply fantastic water park, for all ages, to cool down in at the end of a hot summer day.
Mountainview Country Club in Greensboro, VT is a family friendly club founded in 1898. The club features seven clay tennis courts that are among the finest in the area, as well as a challenging par 35, 2,816-yard, nine-hole golf course that hugs the contours of our hillside location and offers spectacular views of Mount Mansfield and Caspian Lake.
Bread & Puppet Theater Museum is a massive accumulation of the puppets, masks, paintings and graphics of the Bread and Puppet Theater, housed in a 150-year-old barn in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, 25 miles south of the Canadian border, in Glover, VT. It is said to be one of the largest collections of some of the biggest puppets and masks in the world!
The Old Stone House is located in the picturesque village of Brownington, VT. Once a student dormitory known as Athenian Hall, it is a museum run by the Orleans County Historical Society. The building itself has a fascinating history and story about how it was built.
Sentinel Rock, located on Hinton Hill Road in Westmore, VT, is a huge rock left over from the glaciers that formed nearby Lake Willoughby.
The 356-acre Vermont state park is mostly undeveloped, and features a parking area, interpretative signage and ADA accessible trails that lead visitors to Sentinel Rock and to the former site of the farmhouse. The park offers a day-use area for visitors to enjoy the wonderful qualities of the area.