Small by “city” standards, Newport, Vermont is big on personality with a generous, kind touch. While you’ll be blown away by the natural beauty that surrounds Newport – from rich mountain views to stunning sunsets on the lake, you’ll be even more taken with the folks that call Newport home. From shopkeepers to restaurant and cafe owners just about everyone you meet will go out of their way to make your stay in Newport special. And if you take the time, you’ll find lots of interesting a colorful stories to share about how the ended up in Newport and, more importantly, why they stayed. Get details on Newport’s shopping district HERE.
And small doesn’t mean lacking – the city and surrounding offers golf, hiking, biking, and of course, access to the “beautiful waters” of Lake Memphremagog where you can fish, swim, water ski, and kayak in the summer or go snowmobiling, ice fishing and x-country skiing in the winter. Get more information on Newport adventuring, HERE.
We also have lots of good information for residents who already know Newport’s advantages and are looking to sign up for a local program, check out upcoming events, or search for employment opportunities. Click here for videos promoting Newport, Vermont
Meander through the site to get an idea of what Newport has to offer. We promise, you’ll be impressed.
Founded, officially, in 1793, the city of Newport, Vermont (incorporated as a city in 1918) sits on the east shore of Lake Memphremagog – a 27-mile long lake that straddles the US and Canadian border. The city has a long and colorful history informed by it’s unique location on the lake and early introduction of the railway.
Early businesses in Newport centered around the lumber industry and of course the lake itself. Many original, historic buildings are still standing in the main downtown area (including the Goodrich Memorial Library and the current federal courthouse) and are still in use as shops, restaurants and municipal buildings.
Today the city of Newport is a charming tourist town including specialty shops, boutiques, cafes and restaurants, is home to thriving local businesses, like Poulin Grain, and is surrounded by some of the most beautiful farms in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.
Living in the Northeast Kingdom isn’t easy but it does have its pluses. The glory days of the huge hotels and tour boats on Lake Memphremagog are long gone. As late as the 1970’s, Newport was a bustling town with at least a half dozen famous named department stores on Main Street alone. The railroad was one of the best paying jobs in the region and manufacturing offered livable wages to families in the area. Unfortunately, many of these jobs and industries vanished in the early 1980’s resulting in Newport becoming a “sleepy little town with a beautiful lake”. Even the traditionally popular Spring fishing season became extinct over the years.
Yet, Lake Memphremagog remains one of Vermont’s most beautiful lakes and is breathtaking on a sunny day. A new lighthouse mock-up now stands near the former Newport railroad station, as a beacon of hope for the future. There are high hopes that with the recent expansion of nearby Jay Peak, new jobs and a new vitality will return to the Northeast Kingdom, particularly the Newport area. It would be well deserved for a region that has so much to offer.
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