Recreation and cultural heritage has a very strong presence here in the Northeast Kingdom. We have just about every recreational sport right here in the Burke Area. If you want to take it easy, enjoy the many quaint shops and studios in and around the Burke area featuring work from local artists. Whatever your pleasure, you are sure to find something for everyone right here in Burke and around the Northeast Kingdom!
Summer means world class biking on Kingdom Trails, fishing and boating on glacial lakes, hiking Mt. Pisgah, visiting our local farms, and casual golfing at Grandad's Invitational. For a fun adventure, head to Clyde River Recreation for a lazy paddle on the Clyde via kayak or canoe. If a lazy day at the beach is in order follow Route 114 to Island Pond or head to the North or South beach on Lake Willoughby.
Fall is short, but sweet and one of our busiest seasons here in Burke. Plan your trip early and charge up the camera to capture many shots of the spectacular autumn colors. Definitely, plan a trip to Burke for the last Saturday in September and the Annual Burke Fall Foliage Festival featuring a craft fair with over 60 vendors, wagon rides, lots of kids games, farm animals, a parade, a BBQ, live music, and much more. 2012 marks the 25th Anniversary of the festival!
Once the snow begins to fall, Burke is truly a Winter Wonderland. So much fun in the snow to be had - everything from ski joring (that's having your dog pull you on your cross country skiis) to extreme ice climbing on the glacial carved Willoughby Lake for the more adventurous! Bikes are put away and Kingdom trails becomes a Nordic Skiers paradise and there's no place better than the Northeast Kingdom for snowmobiling on the VAST trails network. And then, of course, there's Burke Mountain and 260 acres of terrain for skiing and riding.
Spring brings melting snow and the aroma of maple in the air. Don't miss the Annual Vermont Maple Open House Weekend which happens late March and is a great chance to tour local sugarhouses, learn about the sugaring process, and of course, enjoy some sweet samples. Come May, it's your chance to visit our many talented Artists and Craftspeople to learn what, how, and where they create during the Annual Vermont Open Studios Weekend.
Whatever your season, whatever your trail, there are adventures to be had all year long. Come, visit, and see for yourself!