Did you know that Vermont has its very own little kingdom? It may not be magic in the fairy tale sense, but it is chock full of mountains, lakes, rivers, and moose. (Yes! Although you probably won’t see them. But still.) Not to mention a brand spanking new water park at Jay Peak. Which I think makes it more than a little magical. If you like a good dose of natural beauty for your summer vacation, it’s perfect, offering hiking, kayaking, swimming, golfing, and biking to say nothing of browsing in farmer’s markets and country stores.
The Kingdom, as it is referred to in Vermont, is less populated and more remote than the rest of the state, which makes it a more mysterious and even more Vermonty – like Vermont squared or Xtreme Vermont. People there ate poutine long before it became fashionable in New York and there’s even a town a where the border with Canada runs right through the middle of the local library and theater – on purpose. Even I, who has spent so much time in the state, has not ventured too far into this storied area beyond a quick visit to Saint Johnsbury. That’s why I’m excited by the Northeast Kingdom Travel and Tourism Association contest that’s running this month.
So what can you win? A two-night summer stay at Couture’s Bed and Breakfast, a working dairy farm where you can learn how maple syrup is made on the property…or just enjoy a maple breakfast. You’ll also win dinner for two at the nearby Tastings Food and Spirits, a chef-owned restaurant that features not only poutine with truffle oil but maple crème brulée (do you see a delicious theme at work here?). You can work off all this maple goodness with a visit to the Pump House Indoor Water park at Jay Peak, to which you will also win two passes, or by playing golf at the Orleans Country Club.
To enter, visit Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom Facebook page and click on “Promos”. (You need to be a resident of the United States or Canada; find all the terms and conditions of the contest there). Once you register, you’ll need to share your vision of a perfect summer day in the Kingdom (mine would involve a long bike ride followed by lots of playing in that water park – and then, you guessed it, poutine!). You can do this in verse form, using pictures, or even by making a video – whatever floats your boat.
The contest is open until April 30, so you’ve got loads of time to think about your entry. Having trouble coming up with your entry? A visit to the Travel the Kingdom website might inspire you.
It may be just the beginning of April, but this contest has me thinking of those long, sunny Vermont summer days. If it does the same for you, why not take those thoughts and enter?
Top photo courtesy of Mitchmaitree via Flickr.