Letters from Highland Lodge

02/10/2020

The crown jewel of Willoughby State Forest is Lake Willoughby with its fjord-like presence. Flanked by tall, whale-like mountains surrounding the crystal clear lake, you’ll experience some of the most awe-inspiring views of your life. Willoughby State Forest encompasses three towns, two counties and 7,682 acres of ancient woodlands in Vermont's Northeast...

02/10/2020

Visiting Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom in winter is all about embracing the outdoors and the many exhilarating and invigorating experiences it has to offer. Our mountainous slopes contain several world-class ski resorts and one of the best spots to tackle winter terrain is in the nearby town of Burke. 

01/20/2020

February is the time to celebrate the one you love and what better way to do that than sharing new experiences in one of the most beautiful and romantic winter landscapes.  Nestled on Barr Hill between the villages of Greensboro and Craftsbury, our Lake Caspian view has long captured the imaginations of writers and artists since the late 1800s. Located on over a hundred acres of...

12/16/2019

Since its official opening in the summer of 2017, the Highland Center for the Arts has become Greensboro’s own Globe Theatre. Well on its way into the history books, the aptly named “Highland Center” is what it set out to become: a community hub created around the region’s vibrant arts scene. Nearby, you’ll find other cultural attractions like the Bread and...

12/16/2019

We can hardly wait for mid-December when the Vermont Association of Snow Travelers (VAST) system officially opens on December 16th. Comprised of hundreds of miles of trails through Caledonia, Essex, and Orleans counties, travelers from all over the country journey here for our famous, abundant snowfalls and well-groomed trails. The extensive system takes you to breathtaking vistas of Vermont...

12/16/2019

For decades, Catamount Arts has stood as the keystone of Northeastern Vermont’s cultural, entertainment, and arts communities. Along with world-class exhibitions by local and regional artists, they also offer a multitude of film screenings, live music, dance, theater, and educational and workshop programming. This November, Stile Antico, a Grammy-nominated Renaissance vocal ensemble,...

12/16/2019

Fans of abstract art will find themselves impressed by Brian Fekete’s five-piece exhibition on display at the 571 Projects gallery in Stowe this fall.

09/25/2019

Selected as one of the Top 10 corn mazes in America, the Great Vermont Corn Maze is the perfect outdoor fall activity to challenge your mind. Open seven days a week, the Great Vermont Corn Maze is the largest corn maze in New England. Visitors rave about the maze and always wish they had come earlier or vow to make a trip to tackle the labyrinth again next year. 

09/25/2019

Less than an hour from Highland Lodge, Stowe Mountain Resort is a renowned world-class destination that has made Stowe the quintessential New England ski town. Located on Vermont’s highest peak, and with the help of 314 feet of snow, Stowe Mountain Resort has become known as the Ski Capital of the East. 

09/20/2019

Early fall is one of our favorite times of the year and you’ll quickly learn what makes it so special as our landscape transforms into the fiery colors of autumn. Explore the Northeast Kingdom’s fjord-like valleys, rolling hills, and steep mountain slopes for a leaf-peeping adventure that is unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Lace up your sneakers and hit the trails...

09/20/2019

The Kingdom Taproom was founded on the tenets of good food, drink, and company and its values are instilled in its simple, locally-sourced menu that showcases the very best the region has to offer. The basement bar and ground level restaurant (behind Victorian display windows and a brick facade) is a great find, exposing the more kicked-back side of Vermont partnered with great brews...

07/18/2019

The Catamount Arts Center is an essential part of the culture and performing arts community of Vermont. It brings in nationally known artists to fill a lineup of world-class performances that open eyes to different cultures, stimulate the local economy, and educate and inspire young artists. The new Arts Center features two theaters, two state-of-the-art classrooms, an 80-seat performance...

07/18/2019

While you’re in Greensboro, you may want to take advantage of the front row seats to Hill Farmstead Brewery, right here in Greensboro. As some people line up outside the small farmhouse before open hours, others are navigating eight-hour drives to our small corner in the Northeast Kingdom. 

06/16/2019

Take a scenic half hour drive south west to Elmore State Park this summer. Enjoy the open water of Lake Elmore on a stand up paddleboard or kayak, or take the two hiking trails to a breathtaking summit view of the Vermont’s Green Mountains.

06/16/2019

With arguably the best mountain biking in the country, Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom has everything you could ever ask for in terms of a beautiful natural landscape for outdoor recreation. It’s easy to lose yourself (figuratively speaking) in the scenery of nature as you explore the remote corners of our region. 

After a great breakfast at Highland Lodge and exploring the...

05/29/2019

Ann Young was born in Chicago, raised in Illinois and Nebraska but she has lived all of her adult life in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. She dabbled in the “back to the land” movement and raised a family here. From her first paying job illustrating the varmints of the Nebraska plains through her stint as an illustrator for The Center For Northern Studies, to her pseudo-abstract...

05/29/2019

Anyone with an interest or appreciation for the wonders of the natural world and universe will enjoy the fascinating spectacle of curiosities on display at the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium. With its outer facade of red brick in the Richardsonian Romanesque style, fine wood interior, original display cases, and full-habitat dioramas and taxidermy from the 19th century, the Fairbanks Museum...

05/29/2019

One of the main reasons visitors come to our area is to explore our network of trails. Whether it be for hiking, biking, snowmobile riding, snowshoeing, or sightseeing, you’ll quickly find yourself strolling along these backroads and pathways whether you planned on it or not. Thankfully, you have one of the best trail mapping resources available to you right at your fingertips and it...

04/25/2019

You can see a larger collection of my work at the Vermont Supreme Court in Montpelier, Vermont, until June 28th, 2019. The pieces at the court are wine foils collaged over oil paintings, and part of a numbered series that narrate...

04/25/2019

The best thing about biking is that you can explore the hard-to-reach, out-of-the-way locations that paved roads don’t even go near. In the remote reaches of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, this is especially true. When the pavement stops, make sure you’re on a fat bike or hybrid and begin your off-road adventure in a landscape unlike any other.

04/25/2019

Vermont’s spring Open Studio Weekend, May 25-26th, is a unique opportunity for visitors to get an inside look at some of the Northeast Kingdom’s most talented artists and the interesting processes that are used to create a work of art. Browse the latest wares available for purchase or take advantage of the opportunity to speak with the artist directly.

03/20/2019

If you didn’t already know, one of the sweetest things you can find at the grocery store calls our area home: Ben and Jerry’s. As you travel throughout the Northeast Kingdom’s majestic landscape, visit the Waterbury Ben and Jerry’s factory for a guided 30-minute tour and learn how the popular brand makes their delicious ice cream. Find your favorite flavor to sample or...

03/20/2019

With some of the most breathtaking views on the continent and verdant greenery blanketing huge mountain peaks, the natural landscape of our region is legendary. But it’s not just our mountains that made us fall in love with the region and the true outdoorsmen knows how to appreciate all facets of Mother Nature’s effortless beauty. Exploring the Northeast Kingdom’s...

02/26/2019

Color has attracted my attention all my life; before I could talk I drew with crayons. Growing up in Ohio as a farmer’s daughter, I spent time in the fields, marveling at the distant tree line and being aware of the upturned rocks at my feet.  I have studied art through high school, university, and workshops.

The urge to create is instinctive and...

02/20/2019

Take a break from exploring our miles and miles (and miles and miles…) of cross country skiing and snowshoeing trails and put something new on your feet. Lace-up those ice skates and spend an afternoon exploring the Northeast Kingdom’s ice skating rinks!

02/20/2019

If you’ve visited Vermont or the Northeast Kingdom in March before, or if you’re a nearby resident of the region itself, then you know what March means. If not, I’ll give you a hint: it has nothing to do with basketball. The month of March, for us, is way, way sweeter. This remarkable time of the year is when Vermont’s sugar makers open the doors to their...

01/12/2019

Many of our guests choose Highland Lodge for their lodging while they trek the nordic ski trails nearby and explore the scenic outdoors of the Northeast Kingdom. But there’s nothing wrong with taking some time to relax; in fact, we encourage it! At the Highland Center for the Arts, join Sophie Barsalow for a breath...

01/12/2019

Devoted to our tradition of lodging cross-country skiers during their winter adventures, the Highland Lodge is just steps away (literally!) from some of the most enjoyable Nordic trails in the country. The Greensboro trails, groomed and maintained by the Craftsbury Outdoor Center, run between the villages of Greensboro and Craftsbury. Conveniently nestled on a hilltop between the two, Highland...

12/30/2018

A great day trip from Highland Lodge is Darling Hill Road, which is said to be the “prettiest mile in Vermont.” Pass historic barns and ornate Victorian homes while, up ahead, you look towards the landmark of Willoughby Gap.

11/21/2018

Just because we are well into the autumn season and winter is soon approaching doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy fresh produce and the delicious things that grow. When you join in on the trend toward locally-sourced food, eating right becomes a four-season effort but it doesn’t have to be difficult during the winter months. Just like any other season, winter has its own host of...

11/21/2018

The drive northwest to the Vermont Reindeer Farm in Brownington is well worth the journey. Celebrate the holidays with the only live reindeer in the entire state! Walk the nature trail on snowshoes as the reindeer, named after Santa’s own, stroll through the forest in search of snacks.

10/17/2018

Dedicated to enlightenment and enhancing our inner wisdom, compassion, and kindness for the betterment of society, Karmé Chöling has been offering meditative and contemplative programs for over 40 years using Buddhist traditions. Walk the beautiful grounds, volunteer for a day, or attend a meditation session in the evening.

10/17/2018

Call it what you want. Farm to table. Farm to plate. Field to fork. Take your pick. It all means the same thing and it’s redefining every fabric of our lives. So bring your appetite. The movement that serves these mouthwatering fruits, vegetables, meats, and cheeses, fresh from the farm six miles down the road, is growing faster than arugula.

09/24/2018

On a ridge above the village of Barton, Windswept Farm is a part of the Northeast Kingdom’s working landscape with its roots in the rolling fields and rugged mountains, near and far away, that reach for the sky. It’s this breathtaking natural beauty that attracts visitors to Windswept Farm, also a popular wedding venue for those seeking the wholesome values of the rural Vermont...

09/12/2018

Perhaps one of the Northeast Kingdom’s most famous characteristics is the breathtaking colors that blanket our rugged landscape in the fall. Usually starting around mid-September, the dense forests covering the Green Mountains (kind of ironic right now, don’t you think?) provide ample opportunity for some of the absolute best fall foliage viewing in the country. We’ve...

08/23/2018

Vermont is known for its outstanding views of one of North America’s most breathtaking landscapes especially the Fall season. From this roof of the world, nestled in the wilds at the highest, and northernmost, reaches of the United States, the true outdoorsman will find himself at home. Nature-lovers, outdoor explorers, and breathers-of-fresh-air all journey to the Northeast Kingdom for...

08/08/2018

One of the hidden gems of the Northeast Kingdom is no crown jewel; it’s mud. A lot of mud. Or rather, the beautiful, colorful, and smoothly molded pottery from Vermont-born Lynn Flory’s studio, Mill Village Pottery. Her space, called a sanctuary by visitors, is a place where decades of professional discipline, practice, and training meet the imaginative freedom of creation and...

07/24/2018

Now starting their third decade as a united venue, the Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild now features works handcrafted by more than 100 juried artisans and makers from Vermont.  Jewelry, glass, painting, metal, paper, and wood are just a few of the many different facets of these new and traditional crafts. Located in St. Johnsbury's downtown Historical District, the Artisan's...

07/12/2018

Our state may be small, but we have a long history riddled with ingenuity, innovation, and inventiveness, especially in the Northeast Kingdom. Because of our relatively secluded location (stopping at the neighbors for some sugar sometimes meant a three-mile hike one-way) our ancestors had to get creative with what they had and make their own of whatever it was they needed. Sometimes, we saw...

06/19/2018

Our mountaintops may have some world-class views of the nearby fjord-like lakes or neighboring ranges, but nothing can compare to the views from pilot Don Post’s flight tours of Vermont’s spectacular scenery. His business, Stowe Soaring, has a variety of trips from ten minutes to one hour that explore local landmarks like the Lamoille Valley, Mt. Mansfield, Green Mountains, and...

06/08/2018

There’s no better way to spend a summer Saturday in Vermont than attending the Annual Antiques and Uniques Festival. Continuing more than 40 years of tradition in Craftsbury and the surrounding towns, it is one of the area’s most cherished summer events. Over 100 antique vendors cover Craftsbury Common in a picturesque, country way while live folk music performances entertain,...

05/21/2018

We’re not quite sure what the best part of the Highland Center for the Arts is between the music, breathtaking art, and mouthwatering food. Recently opened this past year, the HCA is just a short drive south (as in five minutes short) on the south end of Caspian Lake. Nestled amongst the lake’s rolling hills, the HCA features an art gallery, state-of-the-art performance...

05/11/2018

Even though we’ve had to reluctantly pack away our winter gear and our favorite skis, spring and summer blanket the Northeast Kingdom, revealing the landscape’s breathtaking natural beauty that earned it its moniker. Countless mountain peaks roll off to the horizon and beyond like towering oceanic rogue waves. Just as it is in the winter months, Vermont is perfect for the outdoor...

04/18/2018

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail runs from Old Forge, New York to Fort Kent, Maine, allowing paddlers to explore the breathtaking natural beauty of the northeastern United States and Quebec. Following the customary routes of Native Americans, the Northern Forest Canoe Trail spans 740 miles through the states and provinces of New York, Vermont, Quebec, New Hampshire, and Maine.

04/05/2018

Take a step back in time with a nostalgic shopping spree at Red Sky Trading in Glover, VT. Doug and Cheri open their doors for the summer season, offering their patrons the unique style and experience you can only find at Red Sky. From kitschy collectibles to local artisan cheese, this small shop is the kind of care-free and casual the world needs more of!

03/16/2018

There’s nothing more serene and tranquil than the cascades of a waterfall, especially during the annual snowmelt in the beginning of spring. Our famous mountainous terrain has created some beautiful waterfalls that give visitors a peaceful way to experience the breathtaking natural landscape found only in the Northeast Kingdom. So, pack your sneakers and a picnic lunch and prepare to...

03/16/2018

Take a trip into town at St. Johnsbury to catch some great views, shop the wares in the artisan stores, and discover some of the Northeast Kingdom’s best-kept secrets. St. Johnsbury’s Main Street Historic District is an attractive and timeless section of the Northeast Kingdom’s largest town. From elegant architecture of the Victorian era to the soaring heights of Italianate...

02/26/2018

Explore the natural landscape of Vermont this March with the team from the Northwoods Stewardship Center. The Dashney Nordic Center Naturalist Tours are educational and enchanting, and are always enjoyable. Meet at Burke Mountain and trek the surrounding Nordic Trails. The $10 tickets are cheap and include your snowshoe rentals!

02/13/2018

March can mean many things to Americans. For some, it’s all about basketball. For others, it’s simply the end of winter, the de-thawing in preparation for the April rains. In Vermont, March means maple syrup season, or "sugaring," when thousands of maple farmers feverishly await the flow of precious maple sap from their sugar bushes.