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 artistic expression. Her methods carry over into the practical nature and versatility of her pottery and are said to instill a palpable energy within them.
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 Guild also boasts an exhibition space, the Back Room Gallery, which displays solo and collaborative art exhibitions that change every six weeks.
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 the value in our concoctions and we naturally wanted to share them with everyone.
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 Stowe village, all from thousands of feet in the air.
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, further adding to the signature ambience. It’s just a short drive away from Highland Lodge (less than 15 minutes!).
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 theatre and seating for 250, and the tasty eatery, the Hardwick Street Café.
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 adventurer, the true explorer at heart.
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.
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!
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 explore the Kingdom’s most picturesque vistas