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 Here Comes Summer!

The snow is gone and it's suddenly Spring!  Things are greening up around here and it's time to tune up the bikes, dust off the paddles, and lace up the hiking boots.  In these parts, we take advantage of any temp above freezing and just turn the open sign around for summer.   Kingdom Trails is already open for mountain biking, the Burke Bike Park opens later this month, and the lakes are thawed for a paddle or a chilly dip.  Come on over and get an early start to the season!

Other events this month include....

May 7th - LynBurke Bike Swap

May 14th - Mother's Day Brunch at the Foggy Goggle Osteria

May 14th - Mother's Day Brunch at Stepping Stones Inn

May 14th - Mother's Day Brunch at Burke Mountain

May 20th - Dandelion Run

May 20th & 21st - Victory Hill Enduro Race

May 26th - Sip & Create


 Unpack & Unwind

It's a great time of year to get an early start to the season in Burke.  Lodging choices abound!  Got a pooch traveling with you and need doggy day care or boarding? Check out Kingdom Canine Center in Lyndonville, Angels with Furry Souls in East Burke, or Off the Beaten Trail in Newark.

Kingdom Farm Lodge offers beautiful, rustic accommodations made for mountain bikers.  The lodge offers direct trail access, a bike wash station, bike storage, and even a work shop for repairs.  Enjoy an affordable stay among the camaraderie of fellow bikers.

Whether you're coming to bike, hike, or fish, Snowed Inn the NEK offers easy access to it all and rates as affordable as $50 per night.  4 guestrooms, each with private bath, are offered along with a common area living room, kitchen and laundry.  Outside, enjoy the picnic area and fire pit.

It's camping season!  Burke Cottage Rentals & Campground offers indoor and outdoor lodging options including 4 cabins and 25 spacious family tent sites, plus lots of space for picnics and smores.

If you're coming with the whole gang, you might just need a whole house.  Play Hard Mountain Sports offers a gorgeous post and beam home on 13 acres located just a few minutes from the trails.  The house sleeps up to 10, featuring 3 bedrooms, a loft, and high grade kitchen for the family chef.
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  Deal of the Month

It's time to tune it up!  The bike, that is.  East Burke Sports can get your ride ready for summer for just $50.    You can count on these guys to take good care of your ride. They know their wheels and gears since they are avid riders themselves. 

Don't have a ride?  Check out the new, easy to use bike rental booking service on their website.
 Time for Summer Fun!
There's so much to do all summer long so why not start NOW!  Fishing season is here so head to Island Pond or Lake Willoughby or enjoy a lazy, scenic paddle with Clyde River Recreation It's just about time to tee off amidst amazing Kingdom views at the family owned Barton Golf Club which offers a challenging course and very affordable greens fees of less than $25.  The trails have pretty much dried out so you can gear up and go mountain biking.
If you're new to mountain biking or new to our trails, check out guided tours offered by Kingdom Experiences.  Guides are local folks who know these trails well and are happy to provide tours for all ability levels including kids and families brand new to the sport.  Tours are personalized for you and your group.  Their goal is for you to have fun and become a better rider!
Of course, trails are for more than just biking.  Check out the ShoeFly Trail Running Series with monthly group runs in Littleton, NH and East Burke.  All running levels and paces are welcome!  The series caps off in September with a weekend festival in Burke.
A great way to motivate yourself to get in shape for summer is by signing up for some of the many great races that happen in the area and summer is peak season for those.  Check out the many offerings of Kingdom Games including road bike, running, swimming and paddling races.  Next month, The Moose will be rolling through East Burke, into Island Pond and north to Canaan.  The 107 mile ride starts and finishes at Mike's Tiki Bar, a perfect end to a day of biking in the Kingdom.  Right next door, you can refuel with a burger or one of the best burritos around at the Vermont Food Truck. Of course, it's not summer without ice cream so meander over to RubyLee's for a cone or a smoothie.  107 miles on the road!  You earned it! 
There's lots more to look forward to this summer including County Fairs, beach days and performances from our young thespians of the Vermont Childrens' Theater.  Pack your bags, load the gear, bring the dog and head to Burke for Summahtime fun!

    Burke Area Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 347
East Burke, VT  05832