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.
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 temperatures, and plenty of ice, you’re either huddled up by the fire or bundled up outside climbing a frozen waterfall on one of Vermont’s largest mountains.
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 beverage, or pick up a pizza and a case of beer and bring it back to enjoy at your cabin at Highland Lodge.
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 architecture and design. Overall, it’s another way to truly get to know the Northeast Kingdom and Vermont’s heritage as a whole, and that’s what traveling is all about.
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 all the most exciting winter activities and outdoor recreation near and around Highland Lodge.
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 adventure.
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 mountain peaks provide the perfect recreational excursion this winter.
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 history buff, Smugglers’ Notch offers a historical and picturesque landscape that has seemingly remained untouched by human hands.
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’s one that will let you truly get to know the Northeast Kingdom and all of its splendor.
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 needs (yes, needs) over 10 billion pounds of cheese annually.