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Attractions and Special Events Calendar at
The Old Homestead
Bed & Breakfast

The Old Homestead will be open through the Spring, Summer and Fall!
Plan now for a family visit, hear good music, creative shopping, or a retreat from the busy life.
Check below for highlight dates and book now for your choice of rooms.

You may reserve online. However, if you are staying for an extended period or plan to attend
a Karme Choling or Milerapa extended Program please book directly with the Inn.
All rooms are blocked from on-line reservations to be saved for Special Retreat Center Programs.
Always call us directly for last minute availabilities as the online closes 2 days before the date.
The on-line reservation service is through

** Fall Foliage -- 2016**

Fall Foliage and Color Festivals -- book your rooms NOW!
Secure your night time pillow and let us help plan your days activities.
Do not come on a weekend and expect to find a room! Plan ahead!!

September 26 through October 2nd -- Fall Foliage Festival Activities
Rooms are beginning to book for Special Fall Fun in Barnet Area
Thurs., Sept. 29th - Peacham (10 minutes from Barnet) - Ghost Walk, Activities, Spaghetti Supper
Friday, Sept. 30th - Barnet, six Villages, each with Craft sales ,history European Coffee, Lunch, Ham Supper, etc.
Saturday, October 1st - Groton - Parade, History, Chicken Pie Supper, Old Fashioned Hymn Sing
Sunday ,Oct. - 2ndThe Biggest Craft Fair of the Year in Danville (15 minutes!) Food, Crafts, Music, Color!

Expect good color from September 20th through October 22nd
The Old Homestead - 802.633.4016

Experience the Kingdom! Northeast, that is!!
Experience culture - tour the Kingdom - all from Barnet VT


Web sites to check for special dates and events: 

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St. Johnsbury is just 12 minutes north of Barnet on Rte.5, a lovely and easy drive.

A word about color touring in the Northeast Kingdom:

Foliage usually peaks within the first two weeks of October
For current Foliage Reports visit
* Color will be spectacular somewhere in the Kingdom from about Sept. 20 thru Oct. 20.
subject to major weather events like heavy rain, wind, or early frost.
2014 Foliage peaked 20 minutes north in the last week of September and was still very vibrant in Barnet the last week of October and into November -- very unusual!! An incredible foliage year!

especially on a weekend, or you may be sleeping in your car!
** Plan to stay 2 or 3 nights in one place and take advantage of your Innkeeper's knowledge.
Many Inns have two night minimums during foliage times, or offer reduced rates for multiple night stays.
** Vermont is a small state! From Barnet, in less than an hour, you reach the Canadian border, Montpelier, Craftsbury area, Burke Mountain area and Kingdom Mountain Bike Trails, The Great Corn Maze, Hanover and Dartmouth College, Groton State Park, the White Mountains and Mt. Washington.
*** Why would you want to pack up and move 20 minutes up the road every day?!!

Fall Foliage Festival 2016 – Dates: Sept. 26th through Oct. 2nd!. BOOK NOW!
Eight Towns in the southern part of the Northeast Kingdom each plan their special day.
Enjoy their craft fairs, color tours, Church suppers & luncheons, and a full day of activities.

The Festivities begin on Monday in Walden and proced to Cabot, Plainfield, Peacham, Barnet, Groton, and culminate with Danville Festival on the Green on Sunday.
Thursday, is Peacham’s Day, complete with Ghost Walk.
Friday, the fun is in Barnet, European Coffee, Crafts, Ben's Mill, History.
Saturday in Groton begins with a parade and ends with a traditional Chicken Pie Supper and Hymn Sing. Sunday on the Danville Green is just the biggest Market of the year for crafts, yummy treats, music, and everything you can imagine!


Karme Choling & Milarepa: for especially long stay, special events
Please call for availability and special prices and book directly with the Inn.
I will block these dates from on-line reservations but I do that in order to SAVE them for your programs.
Book directly with the Inn for availability and special rates.



Special Music in the North Country!

Catamount Arts web site lists special arts events is the booking agent in the area.
This includes nearly all of the arts activities in the northern Vermont and New Hampshire.

Saturday morning markets in St. Johnsbury include music, crafts, lunch and more!

Opera HD Live at the Met, Many Saturdays during the winter and Spring Season
Summer Encore Series on Wednesday evenings in July, $22 adult tix.
A small intimate venue with treats during intermissions and informal gallery also available!

Ballet from the BOLSHOI and drama from National Theatre of London
also Live in HD

Chamber Music Classical Series, Main Street Arts at St. Andrews, and Music @ North Church
Summer Band Concerts on Mondays, Concerts in the Park often

Find it all at www.CatamountArts

Check Individual Web sites for details and Catamount Arts Web site for Calendar & Tix
For a very rural area the arts flourish in the North Country. We have a lot going on, a lot of participation, amazingly good quality from many top drawer professional artists who just love to come to the North Country! You will love what they do also, and finish off your special time in the 'Kingdom' with good cusine and an elegant stay!

For special Arts rates book directly with the INN, not the On-line Reservation Services.
The Old Homestead will give you special rates for two or three night stays for Arts Events.
AND: If you are celebrating a special event at The Old Homestead let me know and I may add a little something special to help the celebration! Elegance with comfort is the Homestead way!



Theater in the North Country!

Special Arts Patron Rates: Book two or more nights and ask us to reserve your tickets!

Live in HD: National Theatre of London, Bolshoi Ballet, Met Opera
Also live from St. Johnsbury Academy Theatre and NEK Players.

Check Catamount Arts web site for special arts events in the area.

Art Galleries in the North Country!

Catamount Arts Gallery: - a new show every month.
Several other area Galleries as well as restaurants displaying local artists!

The Atheneaum -- our greatest treasure -- is an art gallery and a library in a restored building!
Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild
-- Railroad St., St.Johnsbury, center of town - Guild Store & Gallery
The Artful Eye -- St. Johnsbury across from the Artisians Guild. Find a unique $20 gift or $2,000 treasure.
An Antique Mall connected the The Artful Eye--New!- and red tag store on the other side!
Find a unique gift for $20 or collectors piece for $2,000!
Or just look and dream!
Galleries at: Dylans Cafe, Artful Eye, etc.
Antiques: Carmen's on Railroad Street,
She knows her antiques, lots of them!
Bethlehem NH, seven stores in one block.
and in St. J., now 3 stores in one block!!
Book Stores can be a special breed of Gallary -- ours is very special!
Planetarium at the Fairbanks Museum
Readings and Special Events at the Athenaeum




These are a few of my favorite places. Vermonters have a very special relationship with their foods! Most of these restaurants serve local foods. Be sure to plan to be in the area a few days to sample several cusines! And don't you dare tell me there is no place to eat in the area!

  • NEW!! Kingdom Tap Room, informal dinning, local beers specialities, music on weekends.
    Bailiwicks – elegant dinning, in St. Johnsbury. – the old Elements building and better food!.
  • Dylan's Cafe -- NEW! -- next to Catamount Arts - hip, fresh, delicious, especially for lunch.
  • Gerardos Italian Restaurant has returned to St. J. -- and right downtown! as good as ever, open every night - a local family run restaurant - a real Italian family! A real favorite of my L.A. cousin!
  • Ramunto's our newest ‘brick oven’ Pizza place with expanded Italian offerrings – it's great!
  • Anthony’slong time local diner, always good and plentiful home cooking, American diner style.
  • Kham’s Thai CuisineChoose it hot, mild, or on fire –you’ll never find a cleaner, fresher, or more friendly Thai Restaurant. Small and totally local, totally Thai!
  • Pizza and beer on Friday Nights at Trout River Brewery-local micro brew in Lyndonville
  • Wine Gate -- downtown St. J.,eat on the deck in the summer, lunch always, dinner sometimes.
  • Perfect Pear in Bradford -- now has new name -- Mill (?? something??) Under new ownership - good reports! still well worth the 40 minute drive! elegant and delicious!
  • Colatina, also in Bradford -- Main Street Bradford, forever, and always casual and wonderful! Yummy!
  • Brown's Market Bistro in Groton -- Limited hours and menu for dinner on weekends only, reservations certainly recommended, but well worth the advanced planning! (on the web)
  • Happy Hour in downtown Wells River, on Rt. 5, family style, inexpensive, always open, good history!
  • Bentleys Cafe in Danville open for lunch and bakery treats w/coffee (closed Jan.,Feb.,March)
    My Favorite in East Burke, The River Garden Cafe, is closed.

Speaking of gourmet cuisine: Need a special diet? - Gluten Free, heart smart, celiac, Vegan, etc.
Tell me when you reserve.  We will serve your breakfast ‘gourmet style, your way!’

More, and more!! Fun in the Kingdom!!

  • Would you like a massage or an acupuncture.  It may be arranged with experts right here at the Barnet Wellness Center!  Let me arrange an appointment for you when you make your reservation
  • Farmers Market – Saturdays in St. Johnsbury all summer and fall and indoors during the winter! Fresh seasonal produce, bakery goodies, maple products, crafts, locally roasted coffee, locally made speciality soaps, music, lunch. This is truely 'buy local'! A piece of rural Vermont! Vermonters have a special relationship with good healthy foods.
    Winter markets are held at the Welcome Center -- Historic Rail Road Station!
  • Film: Great film series at Catamount every night at 5:30 & 7:30 Two films nightly, each in an intimate small theater and now 9 o’clock Sat. showing. Ask about free movie passesl
  • Enjoy Nature and the Great Out of doors: Hike, bike or Boat, Kayak, Swim, or just walk!
  • Rent a Kayak with or without a guide, 1/2 day or the whole week-end or an evening guided wild life tour on the River-- check it out at (sorry, they closed!)
  • Road Biking? Let me help you plan your route(s) four days here would be a start! Return every afternoon to the same secure bed and shower and plenty of snacks. Been there, done it on a bike!
  • Mountain Biking! Kingdom trails is 20 minutes away! The BEST in the WEST - & the EAST!

Always and Anytime: The first four are a must before leaving St. J. area!

St. Johnsbury is a Victorian Town, established and built at the turn of the 20th Century largely by the Fairbanks Family. A walk, or slow drive, on Main Street with self-guided tour in hand will give you a glimpse of the life, archetechture and worship of colonial northeast Vermont.

Visit the Athenaeum:  St. Johnsbury’s greatest treasure! Eclectic Art Collection and library in a wonderfully restored Victorian Building!

The Artistians Guild -- the best of Vermont’s artisans – Downtown St. Johnsbury, the building with the purple awning! Glass, pottery, ceramics, weaving, prints, painting, jewelry, rug hooking, etc. etc. etc., gallery and store – worth your trip for the gallery alone! And there are several more galleries in the area. Save a day for an 'art tour'!

The Artful Eye -- a new store featuring local North Country Artists -- Just across from the Guild above and has set a new standard for our area stores and galleries -- treasures from $20 wearable art to $2000 sculpture.

Catamount Arts -- You may by now realize the arts abound in this area! Catamount Arts has a gallery, two film theaters showing nightly arts and foriegn films and documentarys, a performance space, video rental, comfy lounge, and much more! It occupies newly and beautifully renovated space in the Masonic Temple Building on Eastern Ave.

Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium --  also stunning architecture! The Planetarium celebrates its 50th anniversary this year with a lot of new equipment for its presentations.  Planetarium Shows, Eye on The Sky Weather Reporting, and Special Shows along with exhibits of local history and cultural, natural science, a fantastic collection of birds. Check out

Antiquing --  I’ve shopped at all of them!  Let me help plan your day! (Did Vermont at one time have a huge population to create all these antiques?) Carmen is back on Railroad Street with her high end expertise! And there is a 'Red Tag Store', and another new Antique storein St.J.

Make a Family Visit to checkout St. Johnsbury Academy for your next year's high school? Prestigious, well established, high academic standing, many arts offerrings, and new dorms for boarding students next year! Check it out! I'm 12 minutes away.

The Old Homestead
P.O. Box 150
Barnet, VT 05821
(802) 633-4016
Fax: (802) 633-4924


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