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Lyndonville, VT

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Find a place then leave the car - these hills, trails, and waterways are best explored by bike, ski, canoe, or on foot. There are as many places to go as there are ways to get there. Trails for all seasons link towns through wooded hills and by stunning vistas. Let the "Lake Lucerne of North America" sweep your breath away. Rest in the shade of a covered bridge. Angle for trout or ascend a peak. The journey awaits.

Destination #1 - Lyndonville - Burklyn Arts Council Bandstand Park. The Summer Craft Fair (held every July on the Saturday closest to July 4th in Lyndonville's historic Bandstand Park) and the Christmas Market (held on the last weekend in December in the Lyndon Town School) feature works by Vermont artisans. Proceeds from the sales support arts in the local schools and communities.

Destination #2 - Lyndonville - Green Mountain Books & Prints. Browsers welcome! This general new, used and rare books store has an extensive Vermont section with guides and local authors and a large art, nature and history section. The children's room is filled with classics and popular titles.

Destination #3 - Lyndonville - Meadowbrook Farm. Jacqueline and Raymond Clark invite you to visit their farm, which has been continually operated since it was built in 1891. You will find milking Devon cattle and oxen, the oldest purebred cattle in the US introduced in 1623. Meadowbrook also has Belgian draft horses and antique farm machinery on display. The farm stand overflows with pumpkins, squash and corn in season. Open daily 9:00 - 7:00, September & October.

Destination #4 - Lyndon Center - The Shores Memorial Museum. This Queen Anne-style home, built by master carpenter James Shores in the 1890s, brings the Victorian era to life through its collection of period furnishings, clothing, fine china, and more. A "living classroom," the museum is operated by a partnership between the Lyndon Historical Society and Lyndon Institute.

Destination #5 - Lyndonville - Caledonia County Fair. For over 150 years, visitors have been coming to the beautiful fairgrounds during the 3rd week in August to see horse, pony and ox pulling; cattle, sheep, alpaca, rabbits, and swine shows. Demonstrations, family entertainment, and exhibits feature local agriculture and fun for everyone.

Destination #6 - Lyndonville - The Wildflower Inn - On 570 acres at the crest of a ridge along Darling Hill, the Inn occupies a series of buildings - including a petting barn, coach house, old horse barn, and farm house - that make up this full-service country resort. Kingdom Trails begins at the doorstep, for cross-country skiing or back country hiking. Sleigh rides in winter and children's theatre in the summer are part of the program for the whole family. Fresh local produce is featured in the restaurant.

Destination #7 - E. Burke - Inn at Mountain View Farm. This famous Vermont stock farm is now an inn, with a creamery, threshing barn, Morgan breeding barn, piggery, and ice house. Be greeted along the way by donkeys, Belgian horses, Hereford, Holstein, and Black Angus cows. Experience old-fashioned America at its best with a romantic horse-drawn wagon or sleigh ride amid the rolling hills and pastures of the Inn's 440 acres.

Destination #8 - E. Burke - Burke Mountain Club & White School Museum. Located in the center of East Burke Village, the Burke Mountain Club has served the local community as a library and meeting place since 1918. This busy spot sill has the paintings, wood carvings, bust of Lincoln, and banjo clocks over the fireplaces from its earliest days.

Destination #9 - E. Burke - Kingdom Trails. Pick up a day pass and map at the Kingdom Trails Welcome Center - this is your ticket to a 100 mile multi-use trail system of double and single track trails for hiking, biking, running, walking, skiing, and snowshoeing. Some educational programs are available as well.

Destination #10 - East Burke - Northeast Kingdom Country Store - Step back to the 1800s when you set foot in this original General Store. You'll find all you need - gifts, local crafts, prints, specialty foods - on the two floors of this gathering place. Need a break from the road? The fresh bakery offers tempting food, and you can relax in the gallery cafe. Be sure not to miss the rows of old-fashioned glass candy jars filled to the brim with sweets! A local favorite.

Destination #11 - East Burke - Clarner Woodworks An old restored barn houses the woodworking shop of Doug Clarner, who produces fine handmade, custom furniture using all types of wood. Visitors will see works in progress and can purchase small items-mirrors, frames, stools, etc. Open by appointment.

Destination #12 - Newark - Wooly Buggah Farm Anyone with an interest in knitting, weaving or wool will enjoy a visit to this farm. Donna Coughlin keeps an open and inspiring barn, with natural colored and hand-dyed yarns, supplies, hats, mittens and more. A look downstairs reveals the Nubian goats and Columbia ewes with their babies and Buttercup, a Halflinger horse. Across from the stall is a small dyeing kitchen. Open weekends, 10:00 - 4:00 or by appointment.

Destination #13 - Newark - Willoughby Gap Farmstand. Janice Solinsky and Linda Britt are hardworking sisters, who together with their families, run a fun and entertaining farmstand. The farm, on 3 Lake Road in West Burke, Vermont has been in the family for 3 generations and their old wooden silo is still standing! Both proud grandmothers, they enjoy raising children, growing vegetables and creating one-of-kind crafts. Come visit their farmstand, for a unique Vermont experience! Well known for their Saturday morning scavenger hunts and afternoon hayrides the Willoughby Gap Farmstand is a local favorite!

Destination #14 - Westmore - Northern Exposure Country Store. A little bit of everything can be found tucked into the corners of this welcoming country building, which has been a store since the early 1900s. Local crafts are sold, as well as food, fishing supplies, and drinks. Open year round.

Destination #15 - East Charleston - The Northwoods Stewardship Center. Located on 2,700 acres of forestland above the Clyde River, the Center's mission is to foster long-term stewardship of human and natural communities. Facilities include a conference center, built of timber harvested from the site, 30km network of trails, ropes course and woodshop. The Center offers programs for children and adults, including nature walks, natural history, lectures, classes, music, dancing and storytelling. Open year round.

Destination #16 - Island Pond Chisel & Saw - Steve Stacey creates imaginative and unusual chainsaw carvings for yard and home. His "Dancing Buddha" and "Wizard" sculptures charm his garden workshop. Open daily from May - October.