Vermont 2013
Day 1. To Vermont (June 30, 2013 Sunday)
  • drive to Waterbury Center VT - 200 miles 4 hours
  • Quechee Gorge and Quechee State Park in Hartford VT
  • kayak the Winooski River in Waterbury VT
  • check in at Stowe Cabins in Waterbury Center VT
  • Day 2. In Waterbury VT (July 1, 2013 Monday)
  • kayak and swim on the Waterbury Reservoir
  • Waterbury Center State Park
  • Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory Tour
  • Green Mountain Coffee Visitor Center & Café
  • Day 3. In Stowe VT (July 2, 2013 Tuesday)
  • kayak the Winooski River from Middlesex to Waterbury
  • bike and hike on the Stowe Recreation Path - 5.3 miles
  • Mount Mansfield Auto Toll Road
  • Stowe Mountain Resort - Alpine Slide, Climbing Wall
  • Day 4. In Montpelier VT (July 3, 2013 Wednesday)
  • Rock of Ages Quarry Tour in Barre VT
  • Main Street, Montpelier VT
  • Vermont State House Tour
  • Hubbard Park and Vermont History Museum
  • Day 5. Lake Champlain in Burlington VT (July 4, 2013 Thursday)
  • Independence Day in Stowe VT - parade, village festival, fireworks
  • kayak the Winooski River from Winooski VT to Lake Champlain
  • Lake Champlain Chocolates Factory Tour in Burlington VT
  • bike and sunset at Burlington's Lake Champlain Waterfront
  • Day 6. Smuggler's Notch Scenic Loop (July 5, 2013 Friday)
  • kayak the Lamoille River from Johnson VT to Jeffersonville VT
  • Boyden Valley Winery Tour in Cambridge VT
  • Green River Reservoir State Park in Hyde Park VT
  • Lake Elmore State Park in Lake Elmore VT
  • Day 7. The Northeast Kingdom (July 6, 2013 Saturday)
  • Burke Mountain Toll Road in East Burke VT
  • kayak on Lake Willoughby in Westmore VT
  • Old Stone House Museum in Brownington VT
  • Lake Memphremagog in Newport VT
  • Day 8. On Connecticut River (July 7, 2013 Sunday)
  • drive back home to Norfolk MA
  • Cabot Cheese Visitor Center and Tour<
  • kayak the Connecticut River from Claremont NH 10 miles
  • Home Sweet Home
  • Day 1. To Vermont     (June 30, 2013 Sunday)
    About Vermont
    There's only one Vermont! The people, land, waters, mountains, forests, and our famous seasons all combine to make Vermont a truly unique destination. First and foremost - Vermont is community. The Green Mountains are where you'll find world famous fall foliage, the sweetest maple syrup, historic yet lively downtowns. But there is so much more too - the local foods produced by our neighbor-farmers and sold at farmer's markets all year long, the world-class artists, the endless recreational and relaxing opportunities, significant historic sites and pristine State Parks, the classic inns... the treasures of Vermont go on and on.
    Vermont's natural heritage covers a lot of areas.The abundance of natural beauty is made even more remarkable by the way it converges: seemingly endless emerald green fields lead to forests crowned by magnificent mountains. And then there's the water. A little known fact: Vermont is home to over 400 lakes and ponds, plus hundreds of streams. While Vermont rivers will often provide an exciting setting for your water adventures. The state name came from French "Verd Mont" meaning "Green Mountain". Source:
    7am depart Norfolk MA for Waterbury Center VT   - 254 miles and 4 hours 30 minutes driving time
    Quechee State Park and Gorge
    Hundreds of thousands of visitors stop each year to take in the breathtaking views of the Quechee Gorge. The focal point of the park is Vermont’s deepest gorge, formed by glacial activity approximately 13,000 years ago. Visitors can look down at the Ottauquechee River, flowing 165 feet below viewing points along Route 4. Located next to Quechee Gorge is a picnic area and a hiking trail along the gorge. Just west of Quechee Village, Ottaquechee River flows eastward within a broad and shallow meadow. At Dewey's Mills, the river turns south abruptly and plunges into the narrow, rocky cleft of Quechee Gorge, 165 feet deep and over a mile in length. At 5800 Woodstock Road, Hartford, VT 05047. Park website
    Kayak the Winooski River in Waterbury VT
  • put in at Waterbury Rec Field off Winooski Street in Waterbury VT
  • take out before Bolton Dam off River Road in Waterbury VT
  • estimated distance = 4.5 miles
  • Route Description: A steady current flows through this section of the river, which is mostly flat. Shortly after Waterbury you will pass the Little River as it enters the Winooski. This stretch of the river passes through the Green Mountains, offering breathtaking views of both the Green Mountain Range and the Worcester Range. Camel’s Hump will be visible on the left.
  • Rapids/Obstacles: None although paddlers should always watch for barely submerged rocks.
  • Check-in at Stowe Cabins in the Woods in Waterbury Center VT
    Cabin #5 "Elm". At 513 Cabin Lane in Waterbury Center VT 05677. Phone 802-244-8533 Website
    Vermont cabins for rent in a beautiful, secluded Vermont forest, yet close enough to all that the Stowe Vermont Resort area has to offer. Be a world away from it all inside your own Vermont cabin. Vermont vacations don’t get any better then this.
    Conveniently located just off Route 100 only 2 miles from the Stowe Vermont town line, Stowe Cabins in the Woods offers you the perfect Vermont getaway and Vermont vacation. With hundreds of acres of woodland managed by the Green Mountain Club just outside your door, you can start your vacation as soon as you arrive!
    Accommodates up to 4 persons in beds (6 maximum if Futon is used). With 2 Bedrooms: One w/ Full Bed; one w/ Bunk Bed (2 Twins). Living Room w/ Dining Table, Full size Futon, Cable TV, & Full Bath. Kitchen includes Refrigerator/Freezer, Electric Stove & Oven, Microwave, Toaster, & Coffeemaker. Deck w/ Charcoal Grill (during summer). Linens, Towels, Cookware, & Tableware Included. WiFi Itinerary #: 6421236 Weekly rate of $173.31/night (tax included) for 6 nights. $519.93 paid.

    Day 2. In Waterbury VT     (July 1, 2013 Monday)
    About Waterbury VT
    The villages of Waterbury and Waterbury Center, just 10 minutes from Stowe, lie in a fold of Vermont's Green Mountain range where the Winooski River breaks through on its journey west to Burlington and Lake Champlain. Waterbury's broad main street - lined with well-preserved, stately old homes and a classic Meeting House and village green - hints at the many chapters of the village history, but as with many histories, sometimes you need a bit of help to figure it out.
    In Waterbury village itself, boutique shopping opportunities include the Stowe Street Emporium, Bridgeside Books, and The Tiny Acorn. From spring to fall, there is a weekly farmers' market on the Main Street green with a variety of produce, Vermont raised meats, maple syrup, fresh flowers, and Vermont crafts. In the evening following the farmers' market there are free live music performances from some of Vermont's best known bands such as folk, bluegrass, brass band, country, and oldies rock 'n roll. Weekends in Waterbury offer a large flea market, a regionally popular destination for locals and visitors.
    Outdoor sports in the summer offer an even greater selection to the enthusiast. The Green Mountain Forest is next door with two of Vermont's highest peaks (Camel's Hump and Mount Mansfield) overlooking the valley. Hiking and mountain biking start at the edge of town. Two miles away, a 900 acre lake with a manicured picnic area and boat launch access is open to swimming, boating, or fishing. Others might want to canoe down beautiful and mildly challenging runs starting in Waterbury. Source
    Kayak on Waterbury Reservoir
  • put in at Little River off Cottonbrook Road in Stowe VT
  • beach at Little River State Park
  • take out at Blush Hill Road ramp in Waterbury Center VT
  • estimated distance = 3.5 miles
    Waterbury Reservoir offers unique recreational opportunities for fishing, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, and other quiet uses. The Reservoir is the ninth largest body of water in the state of Vermont and was created in the 1930's by the CCC as a flood control project to protect towns and villages along the Winooski River Valley.
  • Waterbury Center State Park
    Waterbury Center State Park lies on the easterly trivium of Waterbury Reservoir, a quarter mile off VT Route 100. It is an integral recreation resource in Central Vermont and one of the newer park facilities within Mount Mansfield State Forest. The park is located on a 90-acre peninsula with 22 picnic sites, tables, hibachis, swimming beach, nature trail, trailer boat ramp, boat rentals, concession area and restrooms. At 177 Reservoir Road, Waterbury Center, Vermont 05677.
    Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory Tour
    Nestled in the heart of the Green Mountains our ice cream factoru sits on a rolling pasture overlooking the Worcester Range heading North from the town of Waterbury. Our tour begins in the "Cow Over the Moon" theater with a company history moo-vie. Find out how two childhood friends, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, turned a correspondence course on ice cream making into a very successful business. From the theater we'll take you to the glassed-in mezzanine, where you get a bird's eye view of our production room and an explanation of the ice cream manufacturing process. Then it's off to the Flavorroom to indulge in a sample flavor of the day!
    During the summer months you will find outdoor activities, cows in the pasture, our Flavor Graveyard and plenty of space for picknicking.
    At 1281 Waterbury-Stowe Rd Route 100 Waterbury VT, 05676
    Green Mountain Coffee Visitor Center & Café
    The Green Mountain Coffee experience comes to life in Waterbury’s beautifully restored, historic train station. Cutting edge design and world-class exhibits offer a multi-sensory depiction of the coffee bean’s long journey from "tree to cup."
    After your self-guided tour, relax with a delicious cup of coffee and enjoy a fresh made baked item, sandwich, salad or other tasty treat. We encourage you to try our free coffee-of-the-day samples. Open daily 7am to 5pm. Located in Waterbury’s historic train station. Website
    Cold Hollow Cider Mill
    Vermont to the core! Located in the heart of the Green Mountains, Cold Hollow Cider Mill is a leading producer of apple cider and distributor of specialty Vermont food products. From the maple syrup that stocks our shelves, to our homemade apple cider donuts that we make right here at the mill, all the products we sell in our gift shop and online are local to the farms and hillsides surrounding us.
    Our tours are self-guided, free of charge and open to the public with no reservations required. In the event we are not pressing cider, there is an educational video in our viewing room that shows our cider making process. Website

    Day 3. In Stowe VT     (July 2, 2013 Tuesday)
    Kayak On Winooski River - from Middlebury VT to Waterbury VT
  • put in at the Middlesex Dam Powerhosue on Route 100B in Middlesex VT on the south side of the river. Follow the portage signs to parking and then the trail down to the river.
  • take out on the right at Waterbury Recreation Field near the mouth of Thatcher Brook off Winooski Street in Waterbury VT
  • estimated distance = 5 miles
  • Hugo Rapid, Junkyard Rapids, Rapids around island
  • Alternate put in below rapids at Community Park on Route 2
  • Route Description from Friends of Winooski Paddling Guide (page 17):
    This section of the Winooski features a variety of landscapes including the Middlesex Gorge, woodlands and rock escapements. The Mad River meets up with the Winooski shortly after the put in at the Middlesex Dam.
    Rapids/Obstacles: Shortly after the put in is the Hugo Rapid, which is caused by a rock constricting the channel. In high water, it is a very large wave. About ½ mile after the Mad River enters from the left, paddlers will encounter Junkyard Rapids. When approaching Junkyard Rapids hug the left shore and scout the rapid to determine your course. There is a relatively short portage over the rocks on the left.
  • Smugglers' Notch
    The famous Smugglers’ Notch is a narrow pass through the Green Mountains. Lined with 1,000-foot cliffs, the winding road is closed in winter. In the earlier days, only a footpath and trail for horses existed here.
    While its days of smuggling may have since passed, the Notch continues to offer all the ingredients for a thrilling visit by offering numerous recreational opportunities for all tastes. The enchanted landscape which features thousand foot cliffs, house sized boulders, and lovely green flora that climbs and clings on the rock walls will continue to inspire adventure and exploration for centuries to come.
    Smugglers' Notch State Park
    Wind up scenic Route 108 between Stowe and Jeffersonville and you will discover a taste something else uniquely Vermont: Smugglers’ Notch State Park. Carved between Mt. Mansfield to the west and Spruce Peak to the east, this uniquely Vermont landscape serves up hefty portions of scenic views, great hiking, and unlimited adventure.
    For those children or youthful spirits who cannot be constrained to the beaten trail, the caves and boulders of the Notch will capture the imagination of visitors of all ages. Just behind the parking area, children will find themselves swallowed by a wondrous landscape of hidden caves to explore, huge boulders to climb over, and narrow crevices to squeeze through. Better than any jungle gym around, this ideal area for exploration will provide the perfect outlet for excess, bundled up energy. Park website::
    Bike and Hike the Stowe Recreation Path - 5.3 miles
    The Stowe Recreation Path is free for use by all and remains a perennial favorite among visitors and area residents alikes. People of all ages enjoy spectacular views and a mostly flat and level path experience, allowing easy traveling along the entire length of the path. The Stowe Recreation Path is open all year long and is enjoyed by cyclists, runners, rollerbladers, as well as nordic skiers during the winter months. The Rec Path features attractive bridges, swimming holes and picnic tables, as well as many quiet spots to take in the beautiful views of Stowe and area mountains.
    Mount Mansfield Auto Toll Road
    The historic auto toll road zigs and zags its way to the summit ridge of Mt. Mansfield. You’ll see breathtaking views of Lake Champlain, the Adirondacks, the White Mountains, the Green Mountains and Mont Royal in Quebec (on a clear day). It’s an exciting drive on a narrow gravel road that zigs and zags up to an altitude of 3,850 feet. Three stopping points along the way to get out and check out the view. The second of these, Lot B (Nosedive), provides convenient rocks for tinkling if you had too much coffee. Hours 9am-4pm. $27/car.
    Stowe Mountain Resort
    Climbing Wall - Experience the challenge of mountain climbing on Stowe's Climbing Wall! Bungee Trampolines - Strap into the bungee harness and catch the biggest air of your life between bounces! Inflatable Obstacle Course - Put yourself to the test - or challenge a friend - on our super fun, inflatable obstacle course Alpine Slide - Experience an exhilarating 2,300 foot ride down Spruce Peak on the Stowe Alpine Slide. Fun and excitement for all ages! At 5781 Mountain Road, Stowe VT 05672. Website

    Day 4. In Montpelier VT     (July 3, 2013 Wednesday)
    Rock of Ages Quarry Tour in Barre VT
    Our lovely Vermont Visitors Center is your tour starting point. It features electronic kiosks and historical exhibits as well as a video presentation and a gift shop. Additionally the grounds surrounding our Vermont Visitors Center are dotted with interesting memorials and statuary and the world's only (to the best of our knowledge) outdoor granite bowling lane.
    GUIDED VERMONT QUARRY TOUR -- For safety and other considerations, the only way to see our quarry is by guided tour. The guided granite quarry tours of our Vermont Smith Quarry operate Mon-Sat 9:15am-3:35pm starts every 45 minutes. Note: factory closed first 2 weeks of July. At 558 Graniteville Road in Graniteville (Barre Town), VT 05654, Website
    About Montpelier VT
    The City of Montpelier is located on the shores of the Winooski River, in the Green Mountains, in north central Vermont. Named for Montpellier, France, the capital city was first settled in the 1780’s. Montpelier became the Vermont State Capital in 1805. Montpelier, a small city valued by local businesses and residents alike, has a population around 8,000. Even though tourism generates most of the income in this small state, Montpelier residents thrive on their small community and local products.
    Main Street gives a fresh and lively look to Montpelier. Not only does it serve fresh baked culinary delights, but you will also find unique shopping, including an array of clothing and book stores that thrive on their diverse clientele from around central Vermont and beyond. On State Street you will find a number of small stores, restaurants, the post office, several banks, our state-operated information center and our downtown information booth. Source:
    Vermont State House Tour
    The Vermont State House is one of the most beautiful and well-preserved statehouses in the country. Its style is reminiscent of Greek Revival architecture. Originally designed in 1857 and built in 1859, it has preserved most of the original furnishings in very good condition. On top of the dome stands Ceres, the goddess of agriculture. It is open on Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with free tours available from July to mid-October. Just a short distance from a Montpelier Inn, the Capitol Building is a must-see in Montpelier, Vermont. Source:
    Hubbard Park
    After a visit to the unique state capitol, topped by its golden dome, head up behind the building into Hubbard Park, one of the oldest city-owned parks in Vermont. Over 185 acres with a great diversity of plant and tree life, Hubbard park has 7 miles of hiking and skiing trails, numerous picnic areas, a soccer and ball field, small pond, sledding hill, and a 54-foot observation tower built from stone from old local walls. Enjoy the distant views of the area from the top of the tower. Be sure to wander around the base of the tower and roam around the fruit and nut trees planted in order to attract wildlife park users. Park website
    Vermont History Museum
    Pavilion Building at 109 State Street, next to the State House, Montpelier, VT. Our museum's core exhibit, "Freedom and Unity: One Ideal, Many Stories," opened in March 2004 and won a national award. The multimedia exhibit, which represents Vermont's history from 1600 to the present, fills 5,000 square feet in the Pavilion Building in Montpelier. Visitors walk through time and experience a full-sized Abenaki wigwam, a re-creation of the Catamount Tavern where Ethan Allen's Green Mountain Boys gathered, a railroad station complete with a working telegraph and a WWII living room furnished with period music and magazines. Source

    Day 5. Lake Champlain in Burlington VT     (July 4, 2013 Thursday)
    Independence Day in Stowe VT
    Enjoy a multi-dimensional day-long extravaganza of food, music, entertainers, fireworks and more! Starting with the Moscow parade and ending with Stowe’s incredible annual fireworks display. The Moscow Parade - Moscow Village’s “very local” event with marching music by the local radio station. Be early! It’s a very short parade! The Village Festival from 11 am-3 pm, includes, face painting, dunking booth, music, bouncy house, clowns, balloons and food. There are 7 miles of sales to keep shoppers busy. At 6 pm the fun continues in the Mayo Farm events field with carnival style fun and the fireworks at dusk.
    Kayak On Winooski River - from Winooski VT to Lake Champlain (10 miles)
  • put in at Milyard Canoe Access below Winooski Gorge Dam on West Canal Street in Winooski VT
  • take out at Colchester Point off Windemere Way in Colchester VT
  • Route Description: The river is wide and slow moving from Winooski to the lake. The river meanders through farmlands, wetlands and forests on it last leg to Lake Champlain. Near the railroad bridge just downstream from the Millyard Access Point is the site of the first European settlement on the Winooski in 1773. Three miles downstream on the left is the Ethan Allen Homestead. The Winooski travels through some unique ecological habitats including the McCrea Farm, Derway Island and Half Moon Cove. At the mouth of Lake Champlain 55-acre Delta Park is home to rare plants and animals.
  • Lake Champlain Chocolates Factory Tour in Burlington VT
    Lake Champlain Chocolates has crafted specialty chocolates in Burlington, Vermont, for over 25 years. Visit us in person at our Factory Store! See chocolates made right before your eyes and take in the aromas and tastes (not to mention free samples) of our chocolate factory. Our free, through-the-window factory tours offered 11am-2pm Mon-Fri at 750 Pine Street, Burlington VT. Website
    Bike at Burlington's Waterfront Bike Path (7.5 miles)
    This is a 7.5 mile recreational route that runs from the southern end of Burlington at Oakledge Park to the northern end at the Winooski River, where it connects via the bike path bridge to the Colchester Bike Path. The Bike Path follows the Lake Champlain shoreline, offering wonderful views of the lake and the Adirondack Mountains to the west. The bike path links six major waterfront parks, along with the Burlington High School and the central Waterfront district.
    Lake Champlain Sunset on Burlington Waterfront
    Fabulous waterfront with restaurants, bike paths, and gorgeous sunsets. You can go running along the lake, roller blade or just walk to enjoy the scenery - beautiful lake with the Adirondack mountains on the other side, sail boats, etc. Its mountain backdrop is one of the reasons author and world-traveler Rudyard Kipling said Lake Champlain was one of the most spectacular places in the world to view a sunset.

    Day 6. Smuggler's Notch Scenic Loop     (July 5, 2013 Friday)
    Scenic Drive to Cambridge, Jeffersonville, and Johnson - 82 miles loop
    From Smugglers' Notch Distillery: Smugglers' Notch takes its name from smugglers who used this rugged mountain pass and thick forest and caves surrounding it to move goods and liquor from Canada into the United States. This smuggling route was first used during the 1800s to move goods during the trade embargo and then again in the 1920s to move liquor during prohibition. This is a trip through Smugglers' Notch from the south to north, which is probably the most scenic approach.
  • (A) Stowe Cabins to (B) Boyden Valley Winery in Cambridge VT - 27 miles 46 minutes
  • (B) Cambridge to (C) Jeffersonville - 3 miles 5 minutes
    On Route 15 in Jeffersonville VT is a War Memorial which we think you will find is an imaginative and charming alternate to monolithic statutes, old field pieces or piles of cannon balls. Thence you drive up the Valley of the Lamoille, the River of the Gull, as the French named it. Just under a mile out of Jeffersonville, there is a side road to the left with a fine covered bridge over the river and another to the right carrying the railroad across. In Jeffersonville is the Smuggler's Notch Distillery.
  • (C) Jeffersonville to (D) Johnson - 9 miles 14 minutes
    At Johnson there is Johnson Woolen Mills to visit. The Dog's Head Gorge on Lamoille River is on River Road East.
  • (D) Johnson to (E) Green River Reservoir in Hyde Park - 13 miles 22 minutes
  • (E) Hyde Park to (F) Lake Elmore - 11 miles 21 minutes
  • (F) Lake Elmore back to (A) Waterbury Center - 20 miles 34 minutes
  • Boyden Valley Winery Tour in Cambridge VT
    Our Vermont Mountain Winery is located in an ideal climate for producing high quality red wines, white wines and dessert wines. Boyden Valley Winery is part of a fourth generation farm producing, “Big Barn Red”, a bold red wine, elegant Vermont white wines, and “Vermont Ice”, the premier line of Vermont ice wines. Located in a restored 1875 carriage barn on our family farm, the Boyden Valley Winery is steeped in the culture and agricultural heritage of Vermont’s Green Mountains. From 8000 grapevines and 100 acres of maple trees, lovingly tended by our family for four generations, we craft wines that feature only the finest locally grown fruit from the loamy soils of the Lamoille River Valley. The care with which we’ve nurtured the Boyden Farm for 100 years lends itself to traditional winemaking techniques, producing wines clean to the palate and balanced.
    All of our wines are fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks to produce elegant, lively whites, and medium bodied reds full with character. Aged in time–honored French Oak casks our cellars yield mature, European–style wines. Source:
    Kayak the Lamoille River from Johnson VT to Jeffersonville VT
  • put in at Willow Crossing on Route 15 in Johnson VT
  • take out at Route 108 in Jeffersonville VT
  • estimated distance = 7 miles
  • optionally paddle half mile upriver from put in to Itiel Falls and return
  • Smugglers' Notch Distillery in Jeffesonville VT
    Vodka is different from other spirits because it is pure with nothing added to mask the natural flavor. To create the best vodka, the finest grains and water must be used to impart a subtle, intriguing flavor. For Smugglers' Notch Vodka, the grains winter wheat and corn are sourced from Idaho, where the combination of light alluvial soil, cool nights, warm days, and snowmelt water creates a spectacular growing environment. Our selection of raw materials, recipe, technology, and process controls allows us to produce a product of unparalleled quality with a hint of sweetness and smoothness found only in Smugglers' Notch Vodka. Winner of 2011 San Francisco World Spirits Competition Double Gold - Vodka. Website
    Johnson Woolen Mills
    Located in the village of Johnson, just north of the skiing mecca of Stowe, the clothing company still makes the same woolen shirts, jackets and the famous iceman's pants that have been best sellers for nearly 50 years. In spite of the fact that icemen no longer ply their trade on those frozen expanses, the Johnson mill is still selling plenty of the amazingly thick, warm pants and much more old-fashioned cold weather gear as well.
    Green River Reservoir State Park in Hyde Park VT
    Green River Reservoir became a state park in March 1999 when 5110 acres were purchased from the Morrisville Water and Light Department. This is not your typical Vermont State Park – Green River Reservoir provides camping and paddling experiences in a remote setting. The park will remain in its wild and undeveloped condition, with low-impact, compatible recreational use allowed on and around the Reservoir. Management activities will be only those necessary to maintain the property’s character, protect the environment and critical resources, demonstrate sustainable forest and wildlife management, control excessive recreational use, and ensure high-quality outdoor experiences for visitors. At 1393 Green River Dam Road, Hyde Park, VT 05655. Website
    Lake Elmore State Park in Lake Elmore VT
    The Town of Lake Elmore calls itself “The Beauty Spot of Vermont.” Located in the southeastern part of Lamoille County, Elmore is mostly forested and agricultural land. Lake Elmore and Elmore Mountain, which rises almost from the lake’s shore, are prominent features of the town. Lake Elmore is 219 acres, and lies northwest of the village and empties into the Lamoille River through Pond Brook. Elmore Mountain is in the "Hogback Range" and its timber is mostly hardwood. The mountain has an elevation of 2,608 feet. Park website

    Day 7. The Northeast Kingdom     (July 6, 2013 Saturday)
    The Northeast Kingdom
    Vermont's Northeast Kingdom comprises the three northeastern-most counties of the state -- Caledonia, Essex, and Orleans countries. Together, they make up a region rich in cultural history, stunning natural beauty, and opportunities for unparalled outdoor recreation. In 1949 on a visit to the region, Vermont Senator George Aiken exclaimed "This is such beautiful country up here -- it should be called the Northeast Kingdom!" The area adopted this name, and has affectionately been called 'The Kingdom' or the 'NEK' since. Recreation, forestry, and agriculture round out the economy. Dairying, a traditional mainstay, is changing, as more family farms produce specialty cheeses or organic foods. The area also contains thousands of acres of deep forests, and is regarded as Vermont's "lakes country", with more than 30 lakes and ponds. Most spectacular is Willoughby Lake, a five-mile stretch of water between two mountains with Biblical names--Pisgah and Hor.
    Burke Mountain Toll Road in East Burke VT
    Tucked away in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom is the most remote -- and one of the most rewarding -- of our summit drives. Burke Mountain, at 3,267 feet, is the training ground for many American Olympic skiers. It also offers a route to the top, replete with hair-raising switchbacks, knockout foliage (the yellows of birches dominate in these parts), and views that take in virtually the entire northern portion of the Green Mountain State. That's Lake Willoughby over there to the west, nestled between mounts Pisgah and Hor; farther south is the profile of Mount Mansfield. Over to the east is Mount Washington; up north, it actually looks as if winter is about to come lumbering over that nameless jumble of Canadian hills. Source
    Kayak on Lake Willoughby in Westmore VT - Northeast Kingdom’s Alpine Gem
    From Lake Willoughby is one of those special lakes that are rarely found in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom. The action of prehistoric glaciers gouged out a portion of high ridges to create Mount Hor and Mount Pisgah. Between these landmark mountains, glaciations left an exceedingly deep lake: Lake Willoughby. Lying fjord-like at the base of the towering granite slabs that comprise the sides of these two famed mountains, Willoughby Lake's 300 foot depth holds a wealth of native fish. With natural sand beaches at both north and south ends of the lake, lovely Lake Willoughby is a vacationer's dream. The source of the Willoughby River, Lake Willoughby's waters flow north to join the Barton River and drain into Lake Memphremagog on the Canadian border. Much of the shoreline of Lake Willoughby is undeveloped. Both Mount Pisgah and Mount Hor are within the boundary of 7300-acre Willoughby State Forest. Willoughby Cliffs Natural Area encompasses the vertical cliffs of both mountains.
    Old Stone House Museum in Brownington VT
    Located in a quiet and picturesque Northeast Kingdom village, the museum includes six buildings on fifty five acres. Seemingly untouched by time, this hillside town is centered around a monumental stone dormitory, called Athenian Hall, built in 1834-36 by the Rev. Alexander Twilight, the nation's first African-American college graduate and state legislator. The stone house now houses 21 rooms of exhibits focusing on 19th century life in northern Vermont. The collection includes furnitures, textiles, photographs, pottery, folk and fine art, and many of the tools and utensils of daily life. The exhibit continues in Twilight's own house, two more history houses and a traditional barn. The museum is located in Brownington Village Historic District. Admission $8.
    Lake Memphremagog
    Lake Memphremagog straddles the Canadian border, extending 33 miles from Newport VT to the beaches in Magog, Quebec. The lake was an important sumggling route during Prohibition. See if you can find Skinner's Cave, a notorious smugglers' hideout. With shores in two countries, Memphremagog served as a canoe route for indigenous peoples. Abenaki for "beautiful waters", Lake Memphremagog now attracts fishermen, boaters, and other recreationists.
    Newport VT
    At the end of your day traveling the Northeast Kingdom, rest assured you’ll find just what you need in Downtown Newport. The city offers a quiet beauty, friendly faces and an abundance of opportunities for a unique and genuine small-town experience that residents are proud of and visitors are charmed by. As you walk along Newport's historic Main Street you'll spy majestic views of the international Lake Memphremagog between the buildings. To enjoy the full panorama, head down Seymour Street to the overlook or stroll the boardwalk at the water's edge. Since these views are only steps away from Newport's stores and restaurants, you won't have to make a choice between enjoying the beauty of the lake and shopping! Town website
  • Newport City Dock - Whether you're looking for transient docking or seasonal slips and moorings, come see the beautiful Newport City Dock. Our boardwalk and bike path hug Lake Memphremagog with stunning views of our tranquil lake. Newport City Dock also offers a pavillion and public boat launch.
  • Goodrich Library - A tradition of learning and imagining since 1868, The Goodrich Memorial Library envelopes you in its stunning woodwork, cozy fireplaced nooks and crannies, and the impressive staircase. You'll be drawn back in time with the grandeur and friendly access of books to peruse, computers to use and events happening for locals and out-of-town visitors as well.

  • Day 8. On Connecticut River
        (July 7, 2013 Sunday)
    8am depart Waterbury Center VT to Cabot VT - 37 miles 52 minutes
    9am to 10am Cabot Cheese Visitor Center and Tour in Cabot VT
    Cabot Creamery is a 1,200+ farm family dairy cooperative with members in New England and upstate NY producing all natural, award-winning cheeses, including the "World's Best Cheddar", as well as a tasty variety of flavored cheddars. At our Visitors Center in Cabot, where we began in 1919, you can join a factory tour, watch talented cheese makers create our award-winning cheddars, and enjoy plenty of samples — all in one of the most scenic spots in America. Take our guided tour and view our award-winning cheese as it's being made. You'll learn a ton about cheese making, and Cabot's history, not to mention a bit about Vermont agriculture. Tour Fee $2 children under 12 Free. Open Daily 9am-5pm. At 2878 Main Street, Cabot, VT 05647. Website
    10am depart Cabot VT to Cornish NH and Claremont NH - 90 miles 1 hour 50 minutes of driving time
    12noon thru 4pm Kayak the Connecticut River from Cornish NH to Claremont NH
  • put in north of covered bridge on Route 12A in Cornish NH
  • take out at Ashley Ferry landing on Ferry Road in Claremont NH
  • estimated distance = 10 miles
  • Cornish Covered Bridge, Mount Ascutney, Ascutney State Park, Wilgus State Park
    Route Description from Connecticut River Joint Commissions:
    Mt. Ascutney, inspiration for the Cornish colony of artists settling nearby in the last century, drifts in and out of view until you round the bend above the Cornish Windsor Covered Bridge. This is the longest historic wooden covered bridge in the US, and has been replaced four times. Below the railroad bridge is Chase Island, owned by NH Fish & Game Dept. Chase Island is NOT open to public camping.
  • 4pm to 7pm drive back home to Norfolk MA - 160 miles 3 hours 10 minutes of driving time
    7pm Home Sweet Home

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