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Liz's Town Spotlight: Exploring Newport, Vermont


Nestled in the picturesque landscape of Vermont, Newport offers a charming escape for travelers seeking a blend of natural beauty and small-town charm. With its rich history, stunning scenery, and diverse range of activities, Newport has something for everyone to enjoy. Here are nine must-do activities and places to see that showcase the essence of this delightful town:

1. Newport Waterfront and Bike Path: Begin your adventure by immersing yourself in the breathtaking views of Lake Memphremagog at the Newport Waterfront. Stroll along the scenic boardwalk or rent a bike to traverse the Newport Bike Path, a picturesque route that winds along the shoreline. The path offers both recreational and awe-inspiring views, making it a favorite among nature enthusiasts and photography aficionados.

2. The Northern Star - The Spirit of Newport: Take a scenic cruise on Lake Memphremagog for 2 hours or go for a dinner cruise on Friday or Saturday night! Only there for a weekend and want to end on a great note? Sign up for the Sunday Brunch Cruise for brunch favorites and panoramic views!

3. The East Side Restaurant & Pub: Enjoy lakeside dining at this fabulous restaurant. Serving everything from Eggs N’ Toast to Strawberry Waffles to Eggs Florentine at breakfast. Sit by the water and have a sunset dinner with appetizers like Maple Barbeque Wings and Poutine, lots of soups and salad choices to follow, and entrees include meals choices of Teriyaki Bowls, Chicken N’ Biscuit, Surf N’ Turf and more! Head on over for a bit to eat next time you’re in town.

4. MAC Center for the Arts: Art lovers will find their haven at the MAC Center for the Arts, a hub of creativity and expression in Newport. This vibrant gallery features a diverse collection of local and regional artwork, including paintings, sculptures, and crafts. Visitors can marvel at the talent of Vermont's artists and even have the chance to purchase unique pieces to take home as souvenirs.

5. PetSafe Kingdom Dog Park: Whether you live near Newport or brought your dog on vacation with you, check out PetSafe Kingdom Dog Park for some fun for the dogs! Only a 10 minutes drive from the center of Newport, this friendly dog park is a great place for your dog to make new friends. 

6. Jay Peak Resort: A short drive from Newport lies the renowned Jay Peak Resort, a year-round destination for outdoor enthusiasts. During the colder months, the resort offers exceptional skiing and snowboarding opportunities on its well-maintained slopes. In the warmer months, visitors can enjoy hiking, mountain biking, and exploring the resort's indoor water park, making it a perfect family-friendly retreat.

7. Memphremagog Historical Society Museum: Dive into Newport's rich history by visiting the Memphremagog Historical Society Museum. Housed in a charming Victorian-era building, the museum showcases artifacts, photographs, and exhibits that depict the town's evolution over time. Gain insight into the lives of early settlers and discover how Newport has transformed into the inviting community it is today.

8. Lake Willoughby Trails: Take the time to slow things down and go for a walk, hike or run on one of Lake Willoughby’s gorgeous trails. There are trails for all levels from Lake Willoughby South Shore Loop being a nice easy walk to enjoy the lake views to harder trails for the adventurous hikers like Mount Pisgah Via North Trail! Find your favorite trail in Willoughby State Forest next time you visit.

9. Vermont's North Country Chamber of Commerce: For a comprehensive understanding of Newport and its surroundings, make sure to stop by the Vermont's North Country Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center. Friendly locals can offer insights into the best places to eat, shop, and explore in the area. Grab maps, brochures, and recommendations to ensure you make the most of your visit.

In conclusion, Newport, Vermont, is a captivating destination that seamlessly combines natural beauty, cultural richness, and recreational opportunities. Whether you're drawn to its serene waterfront, its vibrant arts scene, or its outdoor adventures, Newport offers an enchanting escape for travelers of all interests. So, pack your bags and head to Newport to experience its unique blend of small-town warmth and captivating attractions.

Liz Story
Cell: 802-494-4874


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    Ash's Town Spotlight: The Valley in August

    Welcome to the mesmerizing wonderland of Vermont's own "Mad River Valley," consisting of Fayston, Moretown, Warren and Waitsfield. If you're a nature lover and adventure seeker, you're in for an unforgettable treat. Let's embark on a journey to explore the delightful spots that make this region so special.

    1. Blueberry Lake: Hey, water lovers! Blueberry Lake is your dream come true! Whether you're up for a refreshing swim or want to paddle around in a kayak, this serene lake has got you covered. It's the perfect spot to unwind and soak in the beauty of nature. Don’t forget about the abundance of mountain biking and hiking by the lake as well!

    2. Warren Falls: Brace yourself for a jaw-dropping spectacle! Warren Falls boasts a series of magical waterfalls that will leave you awestruck. Take a dip in the natural swimming holes or capture some Insta-worthy shots of this breathtaking wonder.

    3. Wu Ledges: Hey, hikers and explorers! Wu Ledges is your gateway to stunning vistas that will take your breath away. Prepare for an epic adventure as you hike to these majestic viewpoints overlooking the Mad River Valley.

    4Disc golf. Sunset Ledge: Calling all sunset chasers! Sunset Ledge is your golden ticket to witness nature's most beautiful spectacle. A quick hike up the long trail for your next adventure! Grab your camera and get ready to capture the stunning sunset colors painting the Valley's sky.

    5. Disc Golf at Sugarbush: Golfers with a twist, this one's for you! Disc golf at Sugarbush is a whole new level of fun. Enjoy the scenic mountain views as you toss frisbees through the courses.

    6. Mad River for Fishing: Fishing enthusiasts, reel in the fun! Mad River is the go-to spot for peaceful fishing adventures. Relax by the clear waters, cast your line, and let nature work its magic. 

    7. Covered Bridges: Step back in time with Vermont's charming covered bridges. These picturesque structures are like something out of a fairy tale, and they offer a delightful glimpse into the region's history.

    In conclusion, Vermont's Valley is a nature lover's paradise and an adventure seeker's dream come true. Get ready to immerse yourself in stunning landscapes, make unforgettable memories, and experience the warm hospitality of The Valley's friendly locals. So pack your bags, bring your adventurous spirit, and get ready to fall in love with this enchanting corner of Vermont. Happy exploring!

    Ash Carr
    Cell: 802-494-4905


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      Flooding in Vermont

      VermontOur thoughts are with those who have been impacted by the devastating flooding around Vermont. Stay safe. Together, we will get through this.

      Thank you to everyone who is working hard to help our communities.

      • For information and helpful resources available in Lamoille County, visit

      • Vermonters affected by the storm and flooding can report damages at

      • For local news coverage, go to, or

      • Find out how to stay safe in a flood at

      • Visit to offer support to other Vermonters. 

      • For information on (and current locations of) the Vermont Emergency Management Multi Agency Resource Centers (MARC) available around the state, visit

      • Federal assistance is available to eligible individuals and families affected by the Vermont flooding disaster. Go to for information and to apply (

      • Efficiency Vermont opens new rebates for flood damaged equipment at

      KW Cares

      KW Cares is a nonprofit that supports Keller Williams associates and their immediate family members facing extreme hardship as a result of a sudden emergency, such as an accident, a house fire, a hurricane, flooding, a medical emergency or unaffordable funeral and burial expenses. By giving today, you will provide relief and peace of mind to those who need it most.

      Empower, support and protect our KW family.

      Please consider making a donation at (Anyone can donate; you don’t have to be a Realtor or affiliate.)

      Vermont Disaster Relief Funds

      Flood relief

      The Vermont Association of Realtors® has now established TWO Disaster Relief Funds to provide financial support to Vermonters who were impacted by the July floods (VAR Disaster Relief Fund and Realtor® Relief Foundation).

      “When communities are in need, Realtors® are there to provide hope and help and make things happen,” VAR President Sarah Peluso said. 

      100% of donations will support our Vermont friends and neighbors as they rebuild their lives.

      • VAR Disaster Relief Fund:

      • Realtor® Relief Foundation:

      • Flood recovery, insurance and other resources:

      • Make your tax-deductible donation:

      • Local news coverage of our Realtors Steve Foster and Steven Lawrence distributing flood relief funds to Vermonters: “Housing troubles follow July flood” (News & Citizen, August 17, 2023)


      We can weather this storm together.


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        Steven's Town Spotlight: Johnson in July

        Johnson, VermontGet ready to embark on an exciting journey through the captivating town of Johnson, Vermont. I'm Steven, your virtual guide and Johnson local, and I can't wait to share the highlights of this charming destination during the vibrant month of July.

        In Johnson, there are a ton of outdoor activities and events that will create unforgettable summer memories. Here are some must-do experiences in Johnson this July:

        Foote Brook Farm: This family-owned farm stand offers more than 145 varieties of organic produce! In addition to their beautiful store, they also have a CSA option, so you can have fresh veggies all summer and fall long.

        PizzaLamoille Valley Rail Trail: Pedal your way through scenic landscapes on this picturesque biking and walking path, surrounded by rolling hills, wildflowers, and charming covered bridges. While you're at it, stop by the Old Mill Park right off the Rail Trail - a beautiful park that is one of my favorite places to bring my kids.

        Monday Night Pizza and Tuesday Night Live: One of the truly special things about Johnson is its Community Wood Fired Oven, where the town hosts free events on Monday nights in the summer! Tuesday Night Live is the town's concert series, featuring both local musicians and those traveling from other States to share their talents.

        Johnson Woolen Mills: Dive into the town's history by visiting the iconic Johnson Woolen Mills. Explore their showroom filled with timeless woolen products, from cozy blankets to classic flannels, and witness the craftsmanship that has shaped Johnson's legacy for over 175 years.

        Blueberry picking: My favorite spot is Waterman Orchard, where you can get a "BIP (a.k.a. Berry Important Person) Pass," which gives you access for the season to the best picking and other treats! 

        So, pack your sense of adventure, your love for nature, and your appreciation for small-town charm. Get ready to uncover the wonders of Johnson, Vermont, this July. Whether you're seeking outdoor thrills, local flavors, or cultural experiences, this vibrant town has something for everyone.

        Stay tuned for more exciting spotlights as we continue our journey through the hidden gems of Vermont. Until then, embrace the warmth of July and let Johnson enchant you with its boundless beauty!

        Happy exploring,

        Steven Lawrence
        Cell: 802-444-0276


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          Welcome to Our New Website

          Our team at Hickey & Foster Real Estate is proud to announce we have a NEW website - with a NEW look, BETTER features and MORE real estate information to help you buy or sell in Vermont! You’ll see expanded agent pages, so you can really get to know our dedicated team members; updated community guides, so prospective buyers can explore north-central Vermont towns; extensive property marketing information, the how-to of listing, pricing, marketing and showcasing your home; current and sold listings; and a new year-in-review section, so you can be on the pulse of Vermont real estate trends.

          When you are looking for Vermont real estate services, choose the award-winning team of Hickey & Foster Real Estate, providing "All The Best In Real Estate Services!"

          Thank you for visiting our website!


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            NAR Presents Ken Libby with Service Award

            Ken Libby

            SAN FRANCISCO (November 11, 2019) – Ken Libby, a Realtor® from Stowe, Vermont, received the National Association of Realtors® 2019 Distinguished Service Award. The honor is presented yearly to no more than two of NAR's 1.4 million members. Winners were recognized at the REALTORS® Conference & Expo in San Francisco. 

            NAR established the award in 1979 to honor Realtors® who have made outstanding contributions to the real estate industry and who serve as leaders in their local communities. It is considered the highest honor an NAR member can receive; recipients must be active at the local, state and national association levels, but must not have served as NAR president.

            “It is my privilege to present the Distinguished Service Award to Ken Libby. His long history of service to the real estate industry, his community and our country is remarkable’, said NAR President John Smaby, a second-generation Realtor® from Edina, Minnesota. 

            “Our industry and our nation are better because of Ken’s service to his fellow Realtors® and countrymen.”

            [Click here to read the full November 11, 2019, press release: NAR Presents Realtor® Ken Libby with Distinguished Service Award]

            Ken Libby and Kit Hale    Ken Libby

            Photos courtesy of the National Association of Realtors®


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