Letters from Highland Lodge

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.

12/30/2018

Thanks to modern snowmaking capabilities (and a little help from Mother Nature) Burke Mountain opened early for the season--the earliest opening in years. At Burke Mountain, enjoy some of the finest ski slopes and trails in the area; hone your skills at the Burke Mountain Academy with a knowledgeable and experienced instructor, or put your skis to the test on the steep, ungroomed...

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. 

01/31/2018

The Northeast Kingdom of Vermont is a picturesque landscape that teeters between the civilization of its small villages and towns and the pristine, natural wilderness of its breathtaking landscape. Because of the distinctive terrain found here, we have some of the most remarkable and exhilarating outdoor activities in the country, especially during wintertime. With heavy snowfall, freezing...

01/17/2018

A quirky local favorite, Parker Pie Company, started as a small pizza shop in the back of a country store in West Glover, Vermont, near Lake Parker. The foodie destination boasts famous pizza and great American pub fare, along with a revolving beer menu with many selections that feature both Vermont brews and beverages from around the globe. Stop for a quick bite along your adventures, a cool...

12/22/2017

Only a half hour drive to the east, you’ll find Lyndon, Vermont and its welcome sign that reads: Welcome to Lyndon, The Covered Bridge Capital of the Northeast Kingdom. With five bridges in close proximity, Lyndon has been revitalizing the old structures for their scenic beauty, their utility, and their history rooted deep in the heritage of the state, not to mention their unique...

12/08/2017

Vermont is a winter adventurer’s paradise. Between snowshoeing, skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, and even sledding, the outdoorsmen of the colder months will find that there is no better state to be in than this mountainous mecca. The world’s best beer and cheese are just bonuses!

So between slices of sharp cheddar and growlers of Edward IPA, use this handy guide to find...

11/22/2017

If snow is your thing, then the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont is where you want to be this winter. One of the adventures we love is snowmobiling near St. Johnsbury less than an hour away from the Highland Lodge. So plan your trip and get snowed in with us here at Highland Lodge; with thousands of miles of trails, spacious fields, and glorious mountain peaks, getting snowed in just means another...

11/10/2017

Vermont is one of the best states to be in during winter. The famous landscape of the Green Mountains and steep water-filled valleys transforms into a snow-covered paradise during the winter season, and some of our biggest summits become meccas for winter sport enthusiasts and athletes. Between a daytime lesson, an alpine plunge from a true Vermont summit, and a moonlit snowshoe walk, these...

10/23/2017

Vermont is home to one of America’s best kept secrets: Smuggler’s Notch a nice day trip from the lodge to Stowe. The narrow pass in the Green Mountains, with scattered caverns and caves, once helped anything from alcohol to cattle to runaway slaves across the border between the United States and Canada. If you’re looking for a glimpse at pristine America, or a Prohibition-era...

10/09/2017

Fall is the perfect time to visit Vermont’s rolling hills, forested valleys, and unbelievable vistas. It’s even better to do it on horseback as you journey along backroad paths and grass fields instead of paved roads and highways. At D-N-D Stables, autumn views and the peaceful off-road trails are more than just a tour of the natural landscape; it’s an experience. And it...

09/21/2017

Vermont is famous for its rivers and ravines that unfold into broad expanses of dairylands blanketed in green grass. It’s the dairy farms that allow Vermont to produce another characteristic of its world-renowned reputation: cheese. To make a single pound of cheese, it takes ten whole gallons of milk; with the average person eating about 34 pounds of cheese per year, the United States...

09/07/2017

Originally built as a dormitory for the Orleans County Grammar School, the Old Stone House Museum is a historical granite block building known for its massive structure—and it’s lucky to be around. In the early 20th century, a building company targeted the Grammar School dormitory for its granite to use as blocks for railroad bridges. Its builder has a prominent place in...

08/25/2017

Any bookworms and art aficionados, history buffs and collectors will find a welcoming atmosphere at the scholarly hub and local public library known as the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum. The Athenaeum is a combined art gallery and library housed in an architecturally and historically phenomenal building designed in the Victorian style and full of the flavors of the 19th century, inside...

08/25/2017

Not too far north of the Highland Lodge sits the looming peak of Mount Pisgah, one of Vermont’s most iconic mountains best known for its location along the crystal clear water of Lake Willoughby. With a half-mile high summit and a breathtaking view of the lake below, Mount Pisgah is a serene escape into the natural side of the world that offers hiking opportunities on its three trails...

07/27/2017

So what if your Highland Lodge getaway was supposed to be all about rest and relaxation? You can still escape the stress and bustle of everyday life while remaining active with a visit to the Craftsbury Outdoor Center in Vermont’s tranquil and picturesque “Northeast Kingdom.” The Craftsbury Outdoor Center is a great headquarters for the region’s athletes, nature-lovers...

07/05/2017

Inspired by the panoramic views from atop the Barr Hill Nature Preserve, Caledonia Spirits makes Barr Hill craft gin and vodka using raw local and regional ingredients. The distillery’s mission is to support working landscapes and local agriculture from its vista views on Greensboro’s highest point, all while carefully crafting some of the world’s best gin. Its signature...

06/22/2017

Continue the tradition of craft beer at the nearby Hill Farmstead Brewery, a local craft brewery. The Tap Room is open Wednesday through Saturday 12 PM to 5 PM and features craft brews such as Mary, Marie, Edward, and George, as well as the ominous Birth of Tragedy, the oak barrel-aged version of Hill Farmstead’s annual winter porter called Twilight of the Idols. Available for onsite...

06/09/2017

Looking for that postcard-worthy view that has made Vermont famous? If you missed Barr Hill last month or are seeking something a little more spectacular, take the time to make the short drive down to Owls Head Mountain in the northern edges of Groton State Forest. Besides the world-class Owls Head vista, Groton State Forest also has a year-round network of hiking trails and one of the state...

05/30/2017

For over 65 years, Caspian Lake has been one of Vermont’s most popular vacation destinations and we’re just feet away from it. We have a great view of the lake, too, so we understand why so many people want to vacation here. Besides being famous for its quiet serenity and solitude in northern Vermont, the lake is also great for outdoor activities like water skiing, sailing,...

05/16/2017

The popular idiom—take a hike—takes on a whole new meaning with our proximity to Barr Hill Natural Area. Lace up your hiking boots and head straight from the Lodge or your private cabin up through the trail into the woods to the celebrated nature conservancy.