See & Do

Little Gnesta is 2 hours from Montreal, 4 hours from Boston, 4 hours from Hartford and 1.75 hours from Burlington, right off of I-91 in Newport, Vermont.

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Lake Memphremagog, Vermont’s “other” gigantic, international, glacial lake is a three-minute walk, as is downtown with its restaurants, shopping, arts and entertainment venues and the historic Goodrich Memorial Library. Only a 45 minutes drive, within Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, you will find a wide assortment of things to see and do. We have included a sampling here, focused on outdoor recreation/silent sports and the arts.

Where to eat

Newport Natural Market and Cafe

Local/organic restaurant in Newport Natural Foods, downtown Newport-walking distance. Open Mon.-Sat. 8-8 and Sun 10-6

Dusit Thai

Downtown. 5-minute walk from Little Gnesta

Cider House Bar and Grill

In the NEK Tasting Center. Casual fare in a sophisticated setting. Emphasis on fresh local ingredients, innovative recipes. Five-minute walk from Little Gnesta.

Le Belvedere

On the lake in downtown Newport-walking distance. Open Wed.-Sun. 5 p.m. to close

The Eastside

Large menu and on Lake Memphremagog. 12-min. walk.

Lago Trattoria

Try their maple creme brulee in maple sugaring season or stuffed squash blossoms in the spring and early summer. Yummy! In downtown Newport, walking distance.

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Outdoor Recreation

Jay Peak Resort

Steap peaks. Not prices.

Northern Forest Canoe Trail

Northern Forest Canoe Trail protect and steward the water trail and foster community vitality to promote inspiring outdoor experiences in the Northern Forest Region.

Hiking at Mt. Pisgah at Lake Willoughby

Mount Pisgah is a mountain in Westmore, Vermont. It is located on the east side of Lake Willoughby.

Northwoods Stewardship Center

Provides science-based education, research and conservation services for the Northern Forest region.

Memphremagog Ski Touring Foundation

Cross country ski and mountain bike trails in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom.

Craftsbury Outdoor Center

A 4-season resort tucked beside a secluded lake in the Northeast Kingdom. Sculling, cross-country skiing. weddings and lodging.

Kingdom Games

Kingdom Games offers over 30 days of running, biking, swimming, kayaking, speed skating, Nordic skating, and winter swimming events in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and the Eastern Townships of Quebec.

Clyde River Recreation

Clyde River Recreation in northern Vermont provides high-quality equipment rental and all inclusive paddle trips.

Le Sentier Nature Tomifobia

Bicycling along the lake trail into Canada. Check US – Canada Border Crossing Guide.

The Pick and Shovel

A 5-minute walk from LG, you’ll find everything from the kitchen sink to pajamas at this locally-owned, Vermont-style hardware/general store.

Arts and Culture

Haskell Free Library and Opera House

Founded in 1901, the Haskell Free Library and Opera House supports the cultural needs of the community on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border, both English and French, through access to information, reading material, a broad range of library services and programming as well as the visual and performing arts. As a heritage building and as a cultural centre, the Haskell plays a critical role in enriching the lives of its members and the community.

Memphremagog Arts Collaborative

MAC Center for the Arts, a registered 501(c)3 charitable organization, supports Vermont’s Creative Economy through the sale of our member’s work at our 4,000 square foot Main Street gallery.

Goodrich Memorial Library

The Goodrich Memorial Library is a public library in Newport, Orleans County, Vermont. It is the largest and only one of two full-time libraries in the county.

The Bread and Puppet Theater

The Bread and Puppet Theater is a politically radical puppet theater, active since the 1960s, currently based in Glover, Vermont. Its founder and director is Peter Schumann.

Old Stone House Museum

The Old Stone House Museum is located on 55 acres of Vermont farmland. Bring a picnic lunch; take a walk on the grounds or a self-guided walking tour through the Brownington Historic District.

Catamount Arts

The only full-service arts center in northeastern Vermont, Catamount Arts has grown to be the cultural, entertainment, and arts home for 40,000 visitors each year.

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Agriculture

Jed’s Maple

800 beautiful acres are sustainably harvested premium maple sap made into the finest Pure Vermont Maple Syrup.

April’s Maple

800 beautiful acres are sustainably harvested premium maple sap made into the finest Pure Vermont Maple Syrup.

The Great Vermont Corn Maze

Voted one of the 10 best mazes in America, the Great Vermont Corn Maze offers more than just a maze, but an experience that can bring the whole family together.

Berry Creek Farm

A certified organic, four-season, vegetable farm located on the edge of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom in Craftsbury, VT.

Pete’s Greens

A certified organic, four-season, vegetable farm located on the edge of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom in Craftsbury, VT.

High Mowing Seeds

High Mowing Organic Seeds offers the finest quality organic, non-GMO vegetable, herb and flower seeds to both home gardeners and commercial growers.

Cabot Creamery

Cabot Cheese, owned & operated by real farmers, has been making award-winning cheddar cheese & other dairy products since 1919.

Golf

Orleans County Country Club

Orleans Country Club, located among the lush scenery in Orleans, Vermont, gives golfers a unique feeling, steeped all at once in relaxation, history and top-notch Vermont golf.

Newport Country Club

Located in scenic Newport, Vermont, Newport Country Club has a rich history of providing a fantastic golf experience. In fact, Newport Country Club has been hosting golfers for more than 90 years!

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Restaurant & Shopping

Locavores delight! Fresh by Nature is a collaboration between our local family farms and restaurants. Check out this link for the area restaurants which offer farm-to-table menus and for more information about the farms. Some restaurants are within walking distance from Little Gnesta!

Cider House Bar and Grill in the NEK Tasting Center
Casual fare in a sophisticated setting. Emphasis on fresh local ingredients , innovative recipes. Five minute walk from LG.

NEK Tasting Center
Home of Eden Ice Cider and so much more. Vermont foods including Maple Products and cheeses. Taste Vermont wines and ciders at the bar-walking distance downtown on Main St.

Lago Trattoria
Try their maple creme brulee in maple sugaring season or stuffed squash blossoms in the spring and early summer. Yummy! In downtown Newport-walking distance

The Chowder Shack
Open seasonally down by the city dock. Great variety of local and fresh snacks and meals.- walking distance

Newport Natural Market and Cafe
Local/organic restaurant in Newport Natural Foods,  downtown Newport-walking distance. Open Mon.-Sat. 8-8 and Sun 10-6

Dusit Thai Cuisine
Downtown. 5-minute walk from LG

Eastside Restaurant
Large menu and on Lake Memphremagog.-12-min. walk

Le Belvedere Restaurant
On the lake in downtown Newport-walking distance. Open Wed.-Sun. 5 p.m. to close

Jocelyn & Cinta’s Bake Shop
On Main St. in the NEK Tasting Center, 5-minute walk from Little Gnesta-walking distance

All About the Cake
Baked goods and coffee-walking distance

Little G’s sandwich shop
(Boar’s Head meats) in downtown Newport-walking distance.

Hoagie’s Pizza and Pasta
Within walking distance

Brenda’s Homestyle Cooking
On Main St., 5-minute walk from Little Gnesta

 Le Tomifobia Resto
Restaurant just across the border in Beebe, Quebec. About 15 minutes by car or take the bike path from downtown Newport and cross the border at Beebe. After lunch, continue on the Canadian bike path (right at Tomifobia) up to Ayer’s Cliff, Quebec. Specializing in simple cuisine and crepes from Brittany, France. Seasonal hours

Chansons pour Elle Resto
Also in Beebe. Light fare with a nice porch. Seasonal hours

Parker Pie
Pizzas and entertainment in W. Glover (about 20 minutes from Newport)

Sweet Basil Cafe
A delicious and incredible value just 30 minutes away in Lyndonville

Auberge le Coeur d’Or
In North Hatley, Quebec.  Marvelous prix-fixe menu in an elegant atmosphere in a charming little Quebec town. About 40 minutes by car

Vermont Brew Tours
Check out Vermont’s micro breweries. Kingdom Brewing is  just five minutes from Little Gnesta

Roland Michon-Chef Traiteur
Catering services just across the border in Magog, Quebec

Newport City Renaissance Corporation
The organization representing downtown Newport and its businesses

North Country Chamber of Commerce
For more area choices

Northeast Kingdom Chamber of Commerce
For NE Kingdom dining options

Jay Peak Region Chamber of Commerce

The Stanstead Stone Circle
Stanstead, Quebec places to visit and eat (just across the border from Derby Line-about 15 minutes)

The Great Outdoors
Everything you need for enjoying yourself outdoors. Within walking distance.

Pick and Shovel
A 5-minute walk from LG, you’ll find everything from the kitchen sink to pajamas at this locally-owned, Vermont-style hardware/general store

Wider Than the Sky
Children’s books and toys a short walk away in downtown Newport.

Needleman’s Bridal and Formal Wear
In downtown Newport

Jon Somes Salon
Award-winning beauty salon in downtown Newport

Eweforium
Extensive selection of yarns and notions in downtown Newport on Coventry Street

Newport Jewelers
Downtown Newport

Vista Foods
Supermarket within walking distance

Rite Aid Pharmacy
Within walking distance

Maple Grove Farms

Dog Mountain
About 40 minutes from Newport near St. Johnsbury

Outdoor Recreation/Yoga

The Great Outdoors
Rentals and sales of outdoor equipment including bikes and skis. Just a five-minute walk from  LG.

Northern Star Cruises
Cruises on Lake Memphremagog, some including dining. Built in 2003, this boat reflects the style of a 1920’s plumb- stem, inland-waterway steamer. Just two block from LG.

Clyde River Recreation
Kayaks and canoes for rent on the Clyde River and just five-minute walk from LG on the South Bay of Lake Memphremagog.

Newport City Recreation
Includes 2.33 mile bike path (hard-packed snow in winter for xc skiing and kick sledding) from downtown Newport to the 3.8 path which goes to the Canadian border (Beebe Spur-Lake Memphremagog bike trail)

Barefoot Day Sail
Grace, an 1880’s oyster sloop, is available for approximately 3-hour sails from early afternoon. She can accommodate two people comfortably but has had six aboard. Weather permitting, the sails will be out or there will be motoring around Lake Memphremagog. Contact James Teuscher at 802-563-2037 to reserve.

Bicycling in the Northeast Kingdom-includes a map for the Lake Memphremagog bike trail (Beebe Spur)-start in downtown Newport

Phloatation Relaxation– Watsu water therapy-just 10 minutes away in Derby

Bicycling in Eastern Townships of Quebec-just across the border, six miles.

Map suggested local bicycle road routes by clicking here

Statewide cycling map

Hiking at Lake Willoughby (about 15 minutes by car)

Memphremagog Ski Touring Foundation
Groomed xc trails on the Lake Memphremagog bike trail  (Beebe Spur) and more. Also snowshoeing. Just five minutes by car.

Northeast Kingdom Byway

Catamount Trail (xc skiing)

Kingdom Aquafest
Local outdoor/athletic events-Run, bike, swim, kayak, fish and ski on Lake Memphremagog-downtown Newport

Hazen’s Notch
In nearby Montgomery, VT (45 min.) for xc skiing and snowshoeing in winter and hiking the rest of the year.

Northern Forest Canoe Trail
Just a short walk to Lake Memphremagog, the South Bay and the Clyde River

Northwoods Stewardship Center
A unique combination of programs and events which seek to enhance understanding and appreciation of the natural world.

Siskin Coutts Ecological Adventures
Outdoor educators, trip leaders and ecologists who connect folks of all ages with the forests, rivers, cultures and traditions of the Northern Forest region.

Up North Canoe/Kayak fishing guide service
Target fish is small mouth bass. Clyde River and Clyde River Reservoir

Pleasant Valley Fly Fishing Guides

Craftsbury Outdoor Center
Sculling, xc skiing, running-about 40 minutes from LG

Hiking VT’s Long Trail

VT Fish & Wildlife
Kayaking, fishing, birdwatching on the Lake Memphremagog south bay-about 5 minutes from LG

More about wildlife on Lake Memphremagog’s south bay

Conservation/Education/Recreation resources

Kingdom Trails
Mountain biking, xc skiing, snowshoeing-about 40 minutes from LG

Jay Peak
Downhill/xc skiing, golf, ice arena-about 30 minutes from LG

Burke Mountain
Skiing-about 40 minutes from LG

Ole’s Ski and Snowshoe center
About two hours from Newport

Vermont Outdoor Guide Association (VOGA)

Vermont Trails and Greenways

Eden Mountain
Dogsledding, skijoring, snowmobiling, you can also enjoy cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, country walks, bird watching, and maybe take in a moose-siting or two. About 50 minutes from LG

 

Trails Festival
Mt. Orford National Park
30 minutes away near Magog, QC

Bed, Breakfast and Bikinghttp://www.bbbiking.com

Bed Breakfast and Biking lists bike-friendly B & B’s and inns along or near the bike trails and byways throughout the state of your choice. The innkeepers along the bike trails offer hospitality and respite for travelers. They will be happy to help you plan a trip using their B & B as a base or as one of several stops on your biking (or hiking) vacation.

Yoga and more

North Country Hospital Wellness Center
5 minutes by car.

Freedom Physical Therapy
about 5 minutes by car

Wild Blue Yoga
In Craftsbury, Hardwick and West Glover, 25-40 minutes by car.

Studio for Life
In Barton, 15 minutes by car. Contact Rebecca Marcotte at
rebecca.marcotte@myfairpoint.net

Flowing Motion
Guided walking, hiking, snowshoeing or xc skiing, incorporating yoga or Tai Chi. flowingmotionvt@gmail.com, 802-318-1206.

Arts & Culture

Memphremagog Arts Collaborative and gallery
In downtown Newport.

Haskell Opera House
Historic venue, built on the border: half is in Canada and half in the U.S. Broadway quality entertainment just a 10 minute drive from Newport in Derby Line.

Warebrook Contemporary Music Festival
Different venues in the Newport area during summer.

Catamount Arts
40 minutes away from Newport in St. Johnsbury-movies, theater and more.

Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center in Stowe
About an hour from Little Gnesta

Goodrich Memorial Library
Five minute walk  from LG in downtown.

North Country Hospital
Community pages

Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium
About 40 minutes from LG in St. Johnsbury

Craftsbury summer chamber music series
About 40 minutes from LG by car-in Hardwick

Theatre LacBrome
World class theater about 45 minutes away across the border.

Lake Memphremagog
Events, places to eat and of interest from the Canadian side of the border on Lake Memphremagog

Bread and Puppet Theater
In Glover, about 20 minutes by car.

River Arts
Morrisville about 45 minutes drive.

The Music Box
Music performances in Craftsbury – 40 minutes from Newport.

Old Stone House Museum
About a 15-minute drive from LG.

Vermont Humanities Council
A varied program in venues across the state.

Vermont Arts Calendar
Just input your dates and location and it will give you a list of arts events in the state.

Sutton Tourisme
Arts, events, etc. about 45 min. from LG across the border in the Sutton area. A beautiful drive.

Agriculture

Food and Farm list

Cabot Creamery

High Mowing Seeds

The Great VT Corn Maze

Golf

St. Johnsbury Country Club
Barton Golf Club

Travel to the Kingdom/Area information

FlyHere
Find direct and non-stop flights to Burlington, VT (including Jet Blue flights from NYC)

Boston’s Logan Airport

Montreal’s Trudeau Airport

Hartford’s Bradley Airport

Manchester
NH Airport

Newport City Renaissance Corporation
The economic/historic revitalization organization for Downtown Newport. Includes information about Newport’s Main Street with store, restaurant and other information about the downtown.

Vermont’s North Country Chamber of Commerce
Area information