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Area Description

If you are considering a move to Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, you are not alone. In the past 10 years, the region has become a favorite spot for people looking for a great place to live and work, while surrounded by one of the world’s most spectacular landscapes.

Don’t just take our word on how beautiful our region is. The Northeast Kingdom has been featured in the national and international editions of the bestseller “1,000 Places to See Before You Die” since the books were first released. “Here,” state the books, “thickly forested hills of sugar maple, beech and ash give way to sleepy hamlets, one-church villages and gorgeous lakes – particularly the fjordlike Lake Willoughby, often compared to Switzerland’s Lake Lucerne.”

But we are far more than just a beautiful place to visit. Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom has traditionally been the state’s most reasonable place to start a business and offers a skilled, productive and eager work force. The region offers an enviable quality of life that is easily accessible to major market centers, interstates and state highways. The area, in fact, has been singled out in a number of publications for its quality of life, welcoming business climate, safety, cultural organizations and educational institutions.

Situated at the transportation hub of interstates I-91 and I-93 and U.S. Routes 2 and 5, the Northeast Kingdom features vibrant downtowns, prime industrial sites with development potential and strong local schools, college and tech centers. The region also is conveniently located to major markets in the U.S. and Canada.

Whether you are considering a long-awaited move to the Northeast Kingdom or would like to find the perfect place to start up that desired business, we will help you as you make those moves. Contact the Northeast Kingdom Chamber, and we will do whatever we can to make your move to the region one of the best decisions you have every made.

Includes Cities/Towns: Albany, Barnet, Barton, Canaan, Concord, Coventry, Craftsbury, Danville, Derby, Derby Line, East Haven, East Ryegate, Glover, Granby, Greensboro, Greensboro Bend, Groton, Guildhall, Hardwick, Irasburg, Island Pond, Lowell, Lower Waterford, Lunenburg, Lyndonville, Morgan, Newport, Newport Center, North Concord, North Troy, Norton, Orleans, Peacham, Saint Johnsbury, Sheffield, Sutton, West Burke, West Charleston, West Danville, Westfield.

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   Cultural events of many kinds can be found year-round and offer a variety of cultural activities:

•The Catamount Film & Art Center
•Lyndon State College
•St. Johnsbury Athenaeum (Library & Art Gallery)
•The Haskell Free Library and Opera House
•Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium
•The Old Stone House Museum
•Vermont Children's Theater
•Craftsbury Chamber Players
•Bread & Puppet Theater
•The St. Johnsbury Players
•Shores Museum

Farmers' Markets

Enjoy fresh produce, meats, baked goods and handmade items from local Vermont farmers, bakers and artisans! Listen to music, meet new people, and maybe even bring home a new recipe to try for supper.


In the winter, choose from alpine skiing at our local resort, offering a 2,000 foot vertical drop with exceptional trails and glades or cross-country skiing on picturesque trails that bring you through silent evergreen and birch forests, hardwood groves and across open meadows.

If power and speed are more your style then try snowmobiling across hundreds of miles of trails! Feel the awesome, raw power of a dogsled team racing across acres of open fields and forest wilderness as you learn how to mush!

Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom – the counties of Caledonia, Essex and Orleans – features some of the most beautiful landscapes and scenery in New England. From the southern border of the Kingdom, featuring Groton State Forest, to the northern stretches of the region, with Barton’s striking Crystal Lake State Park, there are many choices for recreation and camping in our beautiful corner of the state.

To get a sense of our unparalleled region, consider the following if you are considering an outdoor experience in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom:
•2,053 square miles comprise the Kingdom;
•1,313,710 acres of land;
•71,315 acres of public state forest lands and parks;
•1,632 acres of public federal forest lands and parks;
•5,855 acres of public town park lands;
•37,575 acres of public lakes and ponds;
•3,840 miles of public rivers and streams;
•50 public boat launches on the lakes in the Kingdom; and
•Thousands of miles of snowmobile trails, some of the finest snowmobiling in the East.

Vermont’s State Parks in the Northeast Kingdom offer a wide variety of camping experiences, including drive-in camp sites, lean-to’s, cabins, cottages, remote campsites, group camping areas and even an inn-style lodge, with all surrounded by the region’s beautiful mountains, lakes, forests and fields. It should be noted that all state parks open on Memorial Day Weekend and close for the season on Labor Day Weekend.


Cultural Activities





Cultural events of many kinds can be found year-round and offer a variety of cultural activities:


•The Catamount Film & Art Center
•Lyndon State College
•St. Johnsbury Athenaeum (Library & Art Gallery)
•The Haskell Free Library and Opera House
•Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium
•The Old Stone House Museum
•Vermont Children's Theater
•Craftsbury Chamber Players
•Bread & Puppet Theater
•The St. Johnsbury Players
•Shores Museum

Public transportation




The Northeast Kingdom has three state airports within the tri-county region known as the Kingdom - Caledonia, Essex and Orleans. Pilots should check out the web site, www.airnav.com, for current FAA charts and airport specifications.

Scheduled airline service is available in Berlin, Vt. or Lebanon, N.H. International flights are through Burlington, Vt.; Montreal, Canada; or Manchester, N.H.

Caledonia County: Caledonia County State Airport, 2107 Pudding Hill Road, Lyndonville, VT 05851. 802-626-3353. Fax: 802-626-3857

The Caledonia County State Airport does not have staff on-site, but does have self-serve fuel 24 hours a day. The airport runway is asphalt.

Orleans County: Newport State Airport, 2628 Airport Road, Newport, VT 05855. 802-334-5001. Contact person is Dan Gauvin. dan@lakeviewaviation.com, www.lakeviewaviation.com

Newport State Airport is staffed by Lakeview Aviation from 9 am. to 5 pm. and has self-serve fuel available 24 hours a day. Lakeview Aviation offers flight instruction and aircraft rentals. The airport has an asphalt runway.

For information on the local state airports, please visit www.airnav.com

PUBLIC TRANSIT SHUTTLE BUS

Serving Caledonia, Essex, Orleans and Lamoille counties. Bus service nine (9) times a day between St. Johnsbury, Green Mountain Mall, Lyndonville, and Lyndon State College. Also between St. Johnsbury and Montpelier, St. Johnsbury and Littleton, NH and between Newport, Derby and Derby Line.

Rural Community Transporation
Lyndonville/St. Johnsbury Office: 802-748-8170. Fax: 802-748-5275. 1677 Industrial Parkway, Lyndonville, VT 05851.

Newport Office: 802-334-0243. 27 Sias Ave., Newport, VT 05855.
www.riderct.org

Free public transportation, serving Caledonia, Essex, Orleans and Lamoille counties.

Both the "Jay-Lyn" and the "Highlander " bus routes are Deviated routes. Deviations from the routes are available up to a distance of 1/4 mile along the route upon request. To make a request for deviation simply call your local RCT Office at least one business day in advance. Calls can be made Monday thru Friday 7:30 am to 4:30 pm except holidays.

**When traveling with children, Infant/Toddler seats are required, booster seats are requested.**

Jay-Lyn Bus Shuttle: Makes nine round trips daily, Monday through Friday. The shuttle travels from St. Johnsbury to Lyndonville, including stops at Human Services, Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital, Norris Cotton Cancer Center, doctor's offices, Lyndon State College, housing complexes and grocery stores.

The Highlander Bus Shuttle: Makes four round trips daily, Monday through Saturday. The shuttle travels from Newport through Derby to Derby Line. Stops include North Country Hospital, Human Services, IROC Fitness Center, public housing areas and grocery stores. The shuttle also goes past the local High School.
Other services include coordinated transportation for elderly, disabled and medical needs.
Rates: FREE

PUBLIC TRANSIT INTERSTATE BUS
Available in parts of Vermont. Interstate passenger service is furnished by Greyhound Bus Lines., Tickets by phone: 800-231-2222 or visit www.greyhound.com.

TAXICAB AND RENTAL SERVICES

Town Taxi: 802-748-1119
Enterprise Rent-A Car: 802-748-2300, 800-736-8222

Medical Facilities


Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital, is a modern general hospital located on Hospital Drive, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819.
(802) 748-8141
www.nvrh.org
info@nvrh.org


North Country Hospital & Health System, is a modern general hospital located on Prouty Drive, Newport, VT 05855.
(802) 334-7331
www.nchsi.org

Northern Counties Health Care, is the administrative office for home health care and primary care health clinics in the following communities: St. Johnsbury, Concord, Danville, Hardwick and Island Pond.
(802) 748-9405,
info@nchcvt.org
www.nchcvt.org

VA Littleton Clinic
685 Meadow St Littleton, NH 03561
(603) 444-1323

Climate

Monthly Temperatures / Rainfall

 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain
 Jan  1.7  13.0  24.3  2.9 "
 Feb  2.7  15.8  29.0  2.3 "
 Mar  14.3  26.7  39.0  2.7 "
 Apr  28.3  40.5  52.7  2.8 "
 May  39.3  53.2  67.0  3.6 "
 Jun  48.7  62.2  75.7  4.2 "
 Jul  53.7  67.0  80.3  4.3 "
 Aug  51.7  64.7  77.7  4.6 "
 Sep  43.7  56.0  68.3  3.7 "
 Oct  32.3  43.8  55.3  3.6 "
 Nov  24.0  33.0  42.0  3.4 "
 Dec  9.7  19.5  29.3  3.2 "


Summers are warm and sunny for swimming, boating, hiking, biking and picnicking. Fall Foliage Season is a beautiful time of year. Winter is great for ice skating, skiing, sled riding and snowmobiling. Spring has an abundance of budding trees, flowers and of course, Maple Sugaring season.

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Cost of Living for Northeast Kingdom, VT

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Northeast Kingdom Council on Aging
481 Summer Street, Suite 101, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
802-748-5182, 800-642-5119
www.nekcouncil.org, info@nekcouncil.org

The Agency's Senior HelpLine Coordinator, Vicki Giella, can help family members find information about home delivered meals, transportation, legal assistance, health insurance counseling, volunteer opportunities, exercise and wellness programs, food and fuel assistance, other benefit programs, housing and long term care issues, including alternatives to nursing home placement.
Oddly enough, many who live in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom love the region for what it does not offer ... no traffic jams, skyscrapers nor any real urban sprawl. What we do offer are pristine lakes, friendly neighbors and a burgeoning economy. And it's a great place to raise children. It is not only a safe place to live but a fun place to live, with plenty of sports and activities the whole year round.

Vermont's Northeast Kingdom truly offers an enviable quality of life that is easily accessible to major market centers, interstates and state highways.

In a recent report, Vermont ranked the most livable state in the nation, according to "The Rating Guide in America's Fifty States."

Based on analyzing numerous factors - relating to quality of life, business climate, safety, arts, politics and more - Vermont received the only perfect score in the report.

For more information on moving to Vermont, please contact the Northeast Kingdom Chamber at nekinfo@nekchamber.com.

Senior Assistance in Northeast Kingdom, VT

Northeast Kingdom, Vermont offers the following assistance for seniors:


The Agency's Senior HelpLine Coordinator, Vicki Giella, can help family members find information about home delivered meals, transportation, legal assistance, health insurance counseling, volunteer opportunities, exercise and wellness programs, food and fuel assistance, other benefit programs, housing and long term care issues, including alternatives to nursing home placement.

For general information on senior issues, contact:

Northeast Kingdom Council on Aging
481 Summer Street, Suite 101, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
802-748-5182, 800-642-5119
www.nekcouncil.org, info@nekcouncil.org

Job or Volunteer Opportunities

There are lots of volunteer opportunities in the Northeast Kingdom. There are three hospitals which use senior volunteers, as well as the Chamber of Commerce, and local schools which utilize mentors.
Vermont Associates for Training and Development in St. Johnsbury is a nonprofit providing job training and employment services to mature workers throughout Vermont

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