Commonly referred to as “the Northeast Kingdom” or just “the Kingdom,” this area, which begins to take shape in Lamoille County, is known for its rugged natural beauty and eclectic character.
With quiet spaces and room to think, the Kingdom often attracts artists and writers, many of whom congregate in an emerging arts scene in St. Johnsbury or at Vermont Studio Center in Johnson or Circus Smirkus in Greensboro. Businesses such as rowing company Concept2, and mountain resorts Jay Peak and Burke Mountain, impart a distinct all-season, outdoorsy vibe to the region, which also includes the nationally known mountain bike trails of East Burke, classic fishing and hunting havens, and snow-laden trails in the VAST network, a major attraction for snowmobilers. The area’s heritage in textiles (and knowing how to stay warm) is reflected by the presence of Johnson Woolen Mills and Vermont Flannel Co. in Johnson, while the presence of high-tech companies like Revision Military point to a new area of growth. Newport, the northernmost center in the area, wraps around scenic Lake Memphremagog, one of many stunning lakes that dot the region.