Welcome to Northern Vermont – a place that’s
always gone its own way, for people who like to
go their own way. Venture up and you’ll be surprised
at what you’ll find. On the region’s western edge,
along the shores of Lake Champlain, you’ll uncover
Burlington: the state’s largest, most lively city,
chock-full of microbrews, the arts and marketplace
shopping and events for every interest almost every
weekend. Vermont’s largest body of water plays
host to man and fish alike, so if you thrive on water
sports you’ll delight in sailing, swimming, fishing
and floating on Lake Champlain with the summer
sun shining overhead. Weekly farmers’ markets get
visitors closer to the locals, and many restaurants
in the area feature seasonal produce, artisan cheese
and local wines in their offering well past the harvest
The western side of the mountain range reveals even more lakes and beautiful agricultural scenery with mountain views from every vista. Mount Mansfield, Vermont’s highest peak, reigns supreme and challenges day trippers as well as Appalachian Trail through hikers while Camel’s Hump lounges in wait of those who seek to connect the mountain peaks.
Ready to explore the other end of the spectrum? Drive an hour or two east and you’re deep in the heart of the Northeast Kingdom, the state’s least developed and most remote region. On the eastern side of the Green Mountains, the Kingdom consists of three rural counties boasting lakes, ponds, rivers and streams for days filled with plentiful fishing, silent exploration in a kayak or canoe, or motor boating. Beaches and parks encourage picnicking and a lazy afternoon of reading the likes of Vermont author Howard Frank Mosher whose stories are born from this region. Road and mountain bikers will uncover Kingdom Trails, some of the finest routes and trails of varying length and skill level nationwide. Or, splish splash your way to Jay Peak Resort’s Pump House - an indoor water park where you can surf, climb, or float the Big River. And, if you want to tee it up, there’s a variety of golf courses to challenge every enthusiast’s game with the potential of a random moose monitoring your backswing.
One of the most laid-back things to do is just to drive and explore Northern Vermont’s mill towns, covered bridges, grand Victorian architecture and Civil War history with no real destination in mind. The province of Quebec is close by, so a day trip to Montreal is easy, and you’re back by the nightly campfire. Visitors will find every kind of campground for their stay, satisfying the need for a relaxing vacation or an invigorating adventure, in Northern Vermont.