Vermont's Islands & Farms area in the northern region is a destination for boaters and swimmers, fishermen and fowl hunters, fossil hounds and bird watchers, thanks to its protected wildlands and waters. Here Fort St. Anne, Vermont's oldest settlement located on Isle La Motte, is now St. Anne's Shrine with a chapel, grottoes and Stations of the Cross.
Much of Stowe, which embodies the appeal of a historic New England town, is on the National Register of Historic Places. Maple syrup and related products are on the shelves at the Vermont Maple Outlet in Jeffersonville. Vermont specialty foods, cheddar cheese and smoked meats are included.
The spectacular Kingdom Trails network winds through mountains, forests, meadows and fields along the northeastern part of this region. The International Mountain Biking Association placed it among the "Top Ten" Best trail systems of its type in the world. In St. Johnsbury the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium claims to have the largest display of mounted mammals and birds in northern New England. Antique tools, toys and other artifacts also are on exhibit.
Back country roads, cultural life, nightlife, fine cuisine and shopping can be discovered in the Lake Champlain area. The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum at Basin Harbor features a 54-foot gunboat replica, the Philadelphia II, as well as the 1813 anchor of the British flagship Confiance. Also in this area is the Frog Hollow Vermont State Craft Center in Burlington, one of three affiliated galleries consisting of a wide array of Vermont's premier crafts.