National Geographic Society selects the Northeast Kingdom
The National Geographic
is developing a geotourism program here. The world-renowned organization recognized both the uniqueness of this area of Vermont and Vermonters' staunch commitment to preserving quality of life in selecting the NEK for one its first geotourism programs.
Geotourism is all about sustainable tourism that enables a place and its unique character to remain unspoiled for future generations, while also promoting sustainable economies for the local people -- which further encourages conservation. Over 20 local NEK member organizations have organized the Geotourism Alliance to support the program. Go to the program's website
Life on Burke Mountain is removed from the frenzy of the modern world. In part, because Burke is squarely in the middle of the Northeast Kingdom, an area that makes up one-fifth of Vermont's size, yet just one-twentieth of its population. Those who live here are surrounded by mountains, forest, lakes, rivers and meadows (often dotted black and white with Vermont's famous cows). This natural four-season wonderland presents recreational possibilities at every turn. Golfing, mountain biking (with some of the country's best trails), fishing, boating, hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are at your doorstep. And, add diverse pleasures to the mix, from foliage peeping and sleigh rides to dining and music festivals.
How the name came about
This corner of the state was dubbed Northeast Kingdom by US Senator George Aiken (1941-1975) who said on a visit, "You know, this is such beautiful country up here, it should be called the Northeast Kingdom."