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Let it Snow!
Opening Weekend

Winter is here and it's time to play in the snow!   We already have a beautiful blanket of white out there and Burke Mountain had the earliest opening day in almost 20 years!  Kingdom Trails will be up and running for Nordic and fat-biking fun mid-month as will VAST snowmobile trails.  Make sure you know the rules before you ride.  Check out and our local volunteer club, Burke Drift Skippers, for the rules, regs and to get your passes.  There's also a Snowmobile Safety Course on December 8th in Lyndonville.

There's lots happening this month to celebrate the season and the holidays including Polar Express Train Rides, Santa's Annual Pilgrimage to West Burke and our Tree Lighting Celebration.
Other events happening this month include....

December 1st & 2nd -   Burklyn Arts Council Christmas Market

December 3rd-10th -  Wilderness First Responder Course

December 15th & 16th -  Beautycounter Shopping Event

December 16th - Burke Music Jam

December 23rd - The Nutcracker

Ongoing Events...

In This Issue



News from Burke

Kingdom Trails expanding!   Kingdom Trails Association has been working to expand its trail network beyond its main areas in Lyndon and Burke, to add variety for the thousands of repeat mountain biking enthusiasts as well as to reduce some trail congestion."... Read more...

Burke Mountain plans massive snowmaking upgrades!  " Burke Mountain Resort is proposing to build a 30 million-gallon pond in East Burke to support its expanding snowmaking efforts this season." 



Unpack & Unwind

It's time to make some winter getaway plans and there are lots of options in and around Burke.

KT Cabin is located walking distance to the village and offers plenty of room for the whole family with 5 bedrooms and a chef's kitchen. The cabin also has a fireplace, internet access, washer/dryer and many more amenities. There's even a gameroom and foosball!  

The Kirby Compound was designed and built by local artists and it shows!  The 40 acre property offers 3 rental spaces including a cottage and a loft, both perfect for a couple's getaway,  The apartment has 2 bedrooms and a full kitchen.  If it's a group vacation, just rent the entire compound and have plenty of room for everyone.

The Farmhouse at Kingdom Farm Lodge is located on a quiet dirt road just around the corner from Burke Mountain.  Built in the 1800's, the farmhouse has 3 bedrooms, a full kitchen, laundry room, internet access and, of course, a porch for enjoying winter sunsets.

Deal of the Month

A healing technique based on the principle that the therapist can channel energy into the patient by means of touch, to activate the natural healing processes of the patient's body and restore physical and emotional well-being.

Here's a chance to try reiki and see if it's for you.  Trail2Wellness is offering a December Special for Reiki sessions with Janice.  Enjoy 20% off Reiki treatments scheduled through December 31st and gift certificates purchased through December 31st.  
Gift Ideas from Up North

The holidays are here and there are lots of great gifts on the shelves of our Mom & Pop shops in and around Burke.  You won't find crowds or aisles and aisles of mayhem here, but you will find genuinely helpful folks, no pressure atmospheres and unique products.  

Of course, there are lots of ways to please your favorite outdoor enthusiast.  East Burke Sports has a great selection of bikes, skis, clothing and gear, not to mention friendly staff with expert knowledge to help you find just the right gift for your favorite skier or biker. Right now they have bikes available for 20% off and bicycle clothing at 50% savings.   Village Sport Shop has two locations stocked with equipment and accessories for everything from biking and skiing to water sports and hunting.  Get over there soon for the 2018 demo bike sale!  Over in Island Pond, Simon the Tanner is a must stop for brand name clothing and footwear including Merrell, Camelbak, Uggs, The North Face and more.  Definitely, check out the bargain basement for, you guessed it, amazing bargains!

Just a quick gander around Burke and you'll notice lots of heads adorned with colorful hats from Skida.  Get in on the warmth and style and pick yourself up a hat, bandana or maybe a shawl from the new cashmere collection  Skida products are available at select local shops and online. 

And for the fat-biker in your life, head over to Fat Bike T-Shirts on the world wide web to get them some duds to go with the sport.  Choose from the classic shirt or one of the new designs.

There's more to this town than just bikes and slopes, though.  Many artists and crafters live and work here.  Visit the NEK Country Store to see and buy some of their creations including photography, hand-knit items, pottery, wooden sculptures or specialty foods like maple syrup and hand-made jams.  

Just down the road, you have to visit Sam and Weeza at Sanderson's Wooden Bowls.  They'll be glad to invite you in the studio where they take local hardwoods and turn them into beautiful wooden bowls of all sizes.  They even have pens made with wood salvaged from the old East Burke Dam.  Of course, you can also meet some cute goats and donkeys, too!

Over in Sutton, High Beams Lighting sells beautiful hand-made lamps, shades, wall sconces and ceiling lights to brighten up any home.  These one-of-a-kind creations feature brass, copper and mica with botanicals and images of nature often incorporated in the designs.

If you're on the NH side of things, check out Colonial Antiques in West Lebanon for all sorts of treasures whether it be a tea kettle, an antique dresser or some music on good ole' vinyl.

Of course, it's not the holidays without some chocolate in the stocking or on the table.  Definitely head over to the little yellow candy shop, Burke Mountain Confectionery, for decadent treats and truffles with flavors including Spiced Eggnog, Maple Bourbon, and even, Maple Bacon.  For a special breakfast treat, check out the peppermint bark pancake mix.  

Naturally, you need a tree to put all those presents under.  Ruggles Christmas Trees supplies us with the display of trees decorated in East Burke Village and they would be glad to be your tree supplier, too. Look for them this season in the parking lot at The Freighthouse in downtown Lyndonville.  And no worries if you aren't in Vermont. You can have a Vermont Christmas tree no matter where you live.  The Land Farm ships Balsam Fir Christmas Trees in early December.  Visit their website to learn more and place an order.

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