Small Town America: A Weekend in St. Johnsbury, Vermont
Featured image: downtown St. Johnsbury by Expedia.mx
Have you ever heard of St. Johnsbury? Chances are you haven’t – unless you live there, have been there (but it’s not a location most people scope out) or drove through the town on your way to somewhere else, anywhere else.
St. Johnsbury was an early-established, small town in Vermont. Most of the town centre looks like a movie set in the time of the 1800s – the buildings are old but beautiful and well maintained. Of course, there is new architecture giving the town a special blend of the two eras. St. Johnsbury was also named one of the most beautiful small towns in the U.S. as well as “Best Small Town” by National Geographic in 2006. It’s definitely worth a pit stop while road tripping or if you happen to find yourself in the Green Mountain State.
I spent a weekend in St. Johnsbury while staying at a beautiful tree cabin just outside of the town. I quickly discovered that St. Johnsbury is a special little town, with much more to explore (and eat!) than meets the eye. Photo of the Vermont Tree Cabin by Vt Tree Cabin
Your Weekend (or Week) in St. Johnsbury
Grocery shopping at Natural Provisions
Checkout the town health food store. Yes, you read that correctly – a health food store in such a small town. Natural Provisions sort of reminded me of the wardrobe in Narnia; it looked so small and simple from the outside but once I walked in, there was so much to see! NP felt like it was built piece-by-piece alongside the growing interest and demand in natural foods of the townspeople. Here you can find a cosmetics section, frozen goods and prepared foods, fresh produce, a great selection of candles and incense – even a take-out counter with an on-site kitchen and chef.
Enjoy a meal (and a brew) at Kingdom Taproom
Kingdom Taproom is the new player in town but it has quickly turned into a favourite spot for locals and passers-by alike. Right across the road from a quaint bookshop/candy shop you will find Kingdom Taproom’s modest entrance. Don’t be fooled by it’s exterior – Kingdom Taproom is a hip restaurant-come-pub with a fun (yet laid back) vibe. Open for lunch, dinner and your evening beer or cocktail, KT offers an array of great food, sure to please all. When I visited I had the special of the day, an organic black bean burger with a side salad. My travel partner had a non-vegetarian meal and beer that he was very pleased with – and he is known as a picky eater. Photo of Kingdom Taproom by Kingdom Taproom
Watch a Film at a Vintage Theatre
Visit Star Theatre in St. Johnsbury for a movie night (or matinee). With only 3 screens and at less than $7 per ticket ($6.50 for adults and $4 for children), going to Star Theatre becomes more of a nostalgic and unique movie-going experience than your regular visit to the movies (or laptop screening).
Explore the local Farmer’s Market
Most Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm, you can explore, taste and buy local produce, baked goods and maple syrup (and other maple products). I’ve heard there are often artist stalls and live music!
Slowing walking about St. Johnsbury and exploring the shops and cafés is what I enjoy most about this small town – but if you have a little more time and/or are seeking a little more excitement, what’s great about St. Johnsbury is that it’s close to a lot of day trip destinations in Vermont. You can easily visit the White Mountains or Stowe (Bingham or Moss Glen Falls), the town of Montpelier or the city of Burlington or even check out local breweries or maple factories. Photo of Kingdom Taproom by KT
Over to you! Have you ever been to St. Johnsbury?
What do love you about small towns?