Our Town and the Northeast Kingdom
With a population of 1,300, Craftsbury Common is a friendly, community-oriented town located in an unspoiled part of Vermont known as the Northeast Kingdom. Breathtaking scenery is the backdrop to amazing activities—everything from cozy cafes to organic farms to rugged wilderness is right in our backyard.
The Common itself is often a venue for town-wide events such as concerts by the Craftsbury Chamber Players. Also located on the Common is the Craftsbury Public Library and Stardust Books and Cafe. From May to October there is a local Farmers' Market every Saturday. Down the hill in Craftsbury Village, there are two General Stores for food, movie rentals, and local charm, as well as The Music Box, which offers folk music shows and other programs.
The Craftsbury Outdoor Center is famous for the finest cross-country ski trails in New England, and also maintains trails for mountain biking, running, and snowshoe expeditions. In the summertime, the Outdoor Center is a prime destination for competitive rowers.
About 10 miles away, Hardwick has restaurants, two grocery stores, the Galaxy Bookshop, and the Buffalo Mountain Food Co-op. In recent years Hardwick has received national media attention as the hub of a sustainable food system, with businesses such as Claire's Restaurant and High Mowing Seeds inspiring a rennaissance of local agriculture.
A slightly larger town then Hardwick, 'Mo-Vegas' is about 20 miles away and has many restaurants and stores, a hospital, an outdoor store, and a movie theater.
About 8 miles away is Greensboro, home to Willey's General Store, where if you can't find it, you don't need it. The renowned Circus Smirkus is located in Greensboro as well.
The entire area of northeastern Vermont is known as the Northeast Kingdom, a sparsely populated area with great diversity of wildlife and wild lands.
Vermont, with a total population of half a million, is known for its friendly, down-to-earth people. The state features a working landscape of farms, wild lands, and communities. For more information on Vermont lodging, dining, and activities visit Vermont.com.
Entertainment & Area Events
A popular style of dancing in the North Country, contra dances are held every other Saturday in Montpelier (about an hour away). Occasional dances are held at Sterling College as well as in the surrounding communities.
Bread and Puppet
Bread and Puppet, located in nearby Glover, is an organization that has performed theater productions with political, social and environmental themes for over 30 years. Anyone is invited to participate in their shows during the summer. B&P also tours throughout the year in parades and does school residencies and special performances.
Circus Smirkus, based in Greensboro, is a summer camp and performance group for kids 8-17. With only a few weeks of rehearsal, the group tours their show throughout New England.
Vermont Life Magazine has an events calendar for the entire state.
We've grouped a few highlights of the area into three categories: "In the Kingdom", "Within 60 miles", and "Great Day or Weekend Trips." Check it out below.
In the Kingdom ...
Within 60 miles...
Great day or weekend trips...