Arts And Heritage
From rural regions to bustling cities and towns, Northern Vermont offers up warm and friendly people doing extraordinary things.
For some, museums and art are their life's work.
Visit Brownington in the Northeast Kingdom to tour the Old Stone House Museum and experience the best of 19th century Vermont. Discover the "cabinet of curiosities" that is the fantastic Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium in St. Johnsbury. Shelburne Museum is worth a two-day visit at least, while ECHO Lake Aquarium brings visitors face to face with what lives and thrives in Lake Champlain.
Stowe offers numerous galleries, from crafts and art for home and gift-giving at Stowe Craft Design and contemporary art at the West Branch Gallery and Sculpture Park. St. Johnsbury has long benefited from artists passionate about sharing. Catamount Arts produces a whole range of performances, while the Dog Mountain Chapel features the whimsical and warm work of sculptor Stephen Huneck. To the west, Burlington exudes the arts at every turn where the maker's movement and new theater join with established artists and arts organizations.
For other Vermonters, music and performance is their muse.
Emerging contemporary musicians get their start in the north, and lucky for us return often. Other musicians who have seen the world now make Vermont their home. Many Vermont performance venues are located in beautifully restored opera houses and theaters. These venues offer intimate spaces for true communication between world-class visiting performers and Vermont audiences.
Trust us - this barely describes what's available in northern Vermont when it comes to arts and culture. Search PLAN YOUR VISIT and make discoveries you'll be talking about for years to come.
Artist Studio Tours
Vermont is home to an impressive number of highly talented artists and craftspeople who open their studios to welcome visitors for conversation, demonstrations, browsing and sales. Learn more: Putney Craft Tour, Rock River Artists Open Studio Tour, and Vermont Open Studio Weekend.
Forest Heritage Trail
Vermont forests are rich in northern hardwoods, ideal for making fine wooden products. The Forest Heritage Trail helps visitors explore a centrally-located managed forest and visit a variety of woodshops and showrooms making fine furniture, hand-turned bowls, and wooden toys and games.