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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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      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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        Mike's Town Spotlight: Summer in Stowe

        Stowe, VermontAs the lingering piles of snow on the mountain continue to shrink, I’m looking ahead to summer and feeling gratitude about the endless activities that our beautiful area has to offer when the sun is shining. This is the time of year when we tend to have lots of family and friends visiting, so here are some of my favorite things to do to make our time feel special (and show off our great state!).

        For Thrill Seekers

        We’ve got some of the best mountain biking trails in the state within an hour of Stowe. My wife and I love to do a quick lap at Cady Hill after work - and if we have people visiting, it is easy for them to rent a bike at Ranch Camp so they can join us. Adams Camp is for the days when we really want to work for it! Another network that I really love is at Little River State Park - we can do a great mountain bike ride and then take a snack down to the Waterbury Reservoir to enjoy the sun and views!

        For Outdoor Enthusiasts

        There are basically an unlimited number of hiking trails in the area, and Stowe is renowned for its scenic trails. Some popular options include Mount Mansfield, Vermont's highest peak, which offers breathtaking views from its summit. The Sterling Pond Trail, Smugglers' Notch, and the Long Trail are also excellent choices for hikers. If you’re looking for something a little more relaxing, the Stowe Recreation Path is a picturesque 5.3-mile paved trail meanders through Stowe's scenic landscapes, including fields, forests, and the West Branch River. It's perfect for walking, jogging, biking, or rollerblading.

        47 Hollow View Road, Stowe, VT 05672For Foodies

        Every Sunday, the Stowe Farmers' Market offers a delightful array of fresh produce, local crafts, artisanal products, and delicious food. It's a great place to explore and support local businesses. When folks are visiting, another go-to for us is the Ben & Jerry’s Factory Tour in Waterbury. Besides the guided tour, you also get ice cream samples and free rein of the beautiful grounds, which include the famous Flavor Graveyard full of hilarious epitaphs. Of course, any perfect day ends at a brewery, which I have already professed my love for in a few of these articles.

        For Art & Culture Enthusiasts

        The Trapp Family Lodge, established by the famous von Trapp family from "The Sound of Music," hosts outdoor concerts during the summer. Enjoy live music performances in a stunning alpine setting...bring cheese and wine for optimal viewing pleasure! The Stowe Arts Festival happens every August and showcases the work of local and regional artists. Here you can explore a wide range of art mediums, including painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, and more.

        There is never a dull moment in Stowe in the summer, no matter your style. I hope to see many of you in the coming months as the weather warms. And if you’re ever looking for something to do, reach out and I would be happy to give suggestions on more of my favorite things.


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          Mike's Town Spotlight: Eden

          Eden, VermontEden is a small town located in northern Vermont, known for its natural beauty and outdoor recreational opportunities. It's a great place to live, visit, and play, with plenty of attractions and activities for visitors of all ages.

          One of the main draws of Eden is its stunning natural scenery. The town is surrounded by mountains, lakes, and forests, providing a picturesque backdrop for outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, fishing, and hunting. In the fall, the foliage in the area is especially breathtaking, with vibrant hues of red, orange, and yellow painting the landscape.

          Eden is also home to several recreational areas, including Lake Eden and the Green River Reservoir. These bodies of water offer opportunities for swimming, boating, kayaking, and fishing, and are popular spots for picnicking and relaxing in the sun. The town also has several parks and trails, including the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail, a scenic path that runs through the heart of town and offers stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

          Visitors can also explore the nearby town of Johnson, which is home to the Vermont Studio Center, a renowned artist residency program, and the Johnson State College Performing Arts Center, which hosts a variety of concerts, plays, and other cultural events throughout the year.

          As you know, I always try to talk about my favorite local beers, too. While there aren't any breweries located directly in Eden, VT, there are several great options located within a short drive from town. Here are a few of the local breweries that I’ve already highlighted:

          1. Lost Nation Brewing - located in nearby Morrisville, VT, Lost Nation Brewing is a popular spot for craft beer enthusiasts. They specialize in Belgian-style ales and lagers, and have a rotating selection of beers on tap. The brewery also has a restaurant on-site, serving up tasty pub fare.

          2. Rock Art Brewery - located in nearby Morrisville, VT, Rock Art Brewery is a family-owned and operated brewery that has been producing craft beer since 1997. They offer a wide range of styles, from IPAs to stouts, and have a spacious taproom where visitors can sample their brews.

          3. The Alchemist Brewery - located in nearby Stowe, VT, The Alchemist Brewery is known for its award-winning IPAs, including the famous Heady Topper. 

          4. Idletyme Brewing Company - also located in Stowe, VT, Idletyme Brewing Company is a brewery and restaurant that offers a range of craft beers and delicious food. Their outdoor beer garden is a popular spot in the summer months, with plenty of seating and a relaxed atmosphere.

          Overall, Eden, VT is a charming and welcoming town that offers a wide range of activities and attractions for visitors and residents alike. Whether you're looking to soak up some natural beauty, enjoy some outdoor recreation, or explore the area's rich history and culture, there's something for everyone in this picturesque Vermont town.

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            Mike's Town Spotlight: Morrisville

            The town of Morrisville is one of Vermont’s most diverse towns in terms of real estate. Morrisville has inventory spanning from downtown apartments to modest capes, all the way up to multi-million dollar estates with sweeping views of the mountains. 

            Peoples AcademyThe town has done an amazing job renovating and revitalizing their downtown with restaurants, a great coffee shop, convenience stores, and boutiques. Downtown Morrisville is now a destination for people in all of the surrounding areas.

            One of my favorite things about Morrisville is the town’s high school, Peoples Academy. That may sound odd, but I think that the Academy is one of the most picturesque schools in all of Vermont - like something out of a movie! The great, traditional high school is the centerpiece for a campus that contains all of the town’s school buildings from elementary school on. From the architecture to the athletic fields, this quaint campus really conveys a sense of community that is prevalent throughout the town.

            ILost Nationf you’ve read my previous articles, you know that one of my favorite subjects to discuss is beer. I’m a big time beer enthusiast and love trying out all of the options that our great state has to offer…and I can confidently say that Morrisville doesn’t disappoint. Two of the oldest breweries in Vermont, Rock Art and Lost Nation, have roots here. Rock Art has been around since 1997 and has a great facility right off of Route 100. Lost Nation Brewery is actually home to one of my all time favorite beers: Mosaic. For you beer enthusiasts, Mosaic is brewed using only mosaic hops, which are my favorite. People have tried to replicate this beer, but I’ve never tasted one that topped the original. If you like food while you sip, Lost Nation also has a seasonal barbecue-style restaurant where the chef does a great job pairing beers with the food options.

            If you’re looking for a location for a ski house, Morrisville is a great fit. It’s about a half hour from three major ski resorts: Stowe, Smuggler’s Notch, and Jay Peak. Smuggler’s Notch was just rated (again!) as one of the top family resorts in the country! Speaking of recreation, Morrisville has an extensive and well-maintained rail trail for bike enthusiasts, which currently stretches from Hardwick to Swanton. Sections are still in development, but it will eventually be extended all the way to St. Johnsbury! Far from simply a bike trail, it serves as a casual recreation path in all seasons and can even be snowmobiled in the winter! Whether you’re looking for convenience, adventure, or community, Morrisville has the ingredients that make it an excellent hometown.

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              Mike's Town Spotlight: Waterbury

              When I’m working with buyers in Lamoille County, I hear them say over and over again that they are dead set on living in Stowe. For many people who aren’t familiar with the area, that might be because they don’t know about some of the other great options nearby. If people tell me that they want to be close to the mountains and enjoy the benefits of a cute downtown, I always tell them to check out Waterbury.


              Waterbury’s historic downtown area has developed a lot in recent years to include some A-grade food and beverage options. My family and I love to go to The Blackback Pub, which is right in the heart of downtown. They have an outstanding beer list and some surprising and innovative pub food options. Always and without fail we get the nachos, which come with a special ingredient… maple syrup. Sounds unusual, but the maple on the nachos is an amazing combination. 

              And speaking of beer, this town has a great beer culture - it was the first location of The Alchemist, after all. You can go to an intimate taproom like Free Folk Bier, a lively pub like Blackback or The Reservoir, or take the foodie route at Prohibition Pig, where you can choose between their brewery or full service barbecue restaurant.

              Sticking with the beer theme, Waterbury is always a destination for those on a Beercation. Waterbury has several options for purchasing the local brews, and the two that I always stop at are the Beer Cellar, and the Waterbury Village Market. Both have a great selection of local craft beers and the Beer Cellar has beer from all over the world. The Waterbury Village Market is a great little grocery store (my wife Kelly tells me the meat department is fantastic); their beer selection is just as fantastic and the local beers represents every corner of Vermont and beyond.  


              Not to get too hung up on the food scene, Waterbury is also arguably a world-class destination for outdoor enthusiasts. One of the town’s slogans is “Recreational Crossroads of Vermont” because of its unbeatable access to the outdoors. Stowe, Sugarbush, and Bolton Ski Resorts are all a half hour or less from downtown. The town is home to the Green Mountain Club Visitors Center, which is the state’s information hub for hikers. The Long Trail is just one of the hiking options right in the town. If mountain biking is more your style (it sure is mine!), there are two beautiful networks in town with terrain at all skill levels.

              To round it all out, Waterbury’s awe-inspiring Little River Reservoir is one of the prettiest natural areas in the state, and a great place to bring the family for camping, swimming, hiking, biking, fishing, boating… you name it. 


              Check out our current listings in Waterbury… and contact us if you want to learn more about this spectacular town!


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