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.
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 history as well: Alexander Twilight, headmaster of the school, was the first African-American to graduate from college in America and to be elected to public office.
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 and out.
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 and three outlooks. When you see Mount Pisgah, you can imagine the hike isn’t all that easy.