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Lyndonville, VT: Loving the Small Town Charm, Fall Foliage and Food!

Downtown Lyndonville, Vermont
Article and photos, unless otherwise noted, by Eric Hurwitz.  Page created on 9/10/17.

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Downtown Lyndonville, located in the largely unspoiled Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, looks like something out of the 1940s. With a splendid village green, old brick buildings, a few restaurants and traditional downtown businesses (check out Green Mountain Books at 1055 Broad St.), Lyndonville has certainly not become gentrified or precious like some other Vermont towns that have sold out to transplants with agendas. Lyndonville does have its rough edges, but more importantly, this small town never pretends to be something it isn't.  You could picture Andy Griffith walking down the street to Floyd's Barber Shop here, although, yes, the southern drawls would have to be replaced by New England accents.  The bottom line is that if you like towns that haven't changed much over the years -- and have not become depressed -- then Lyndonville is certainly worth a visit. It is a great place to walk and strike up conversation with one of the friendly locals.

The location is also ideal, near Burke Mountain for skiing and Lake Willoughby for summer recreational opportunities -- not to mention incredible fall foliage during October...

Burke Mountain in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.
Burke Mountain.

OK, enough of the foliage. I'm hungry!
We understand and after a long trip to the northernmost part of Vermont, you deserve it. Here are two places in Lyndonville that I think you will absolutely love...

The Lyndonville Diner
Lyndonville Diner in Lyndonville VT
The Miss Lyndonville Diner is a local gem, a friendly down-to-earth diner that the locals love -- and us visitors, too. It's like you've arrived in someone's living room, while waiting for that piping hot homemade food to be lovingly served.  The Miss Lyndonville Diner is terrific for breakfast, lunch or dinner, but I recommend going with breakfast at the counter or booths -- especially the pancakes, muffins, and anything you can put real Vermont maple syrup on! If not going out for breakfast, I'd recommend the roast turkey dinner and maple cream pie for lunch or dinner -- simply wonderful!

Originally starting as a Sterling diner car in 1951 at the current location, the Miss Lyndonville Diner is my go-to place when dining out in Lyndonville.  The Miss Lyndonville Diner is located at  686 Broad St. Lyndonville, Vt.. Tel. (802) 626-9890.

Lyndon Freighthouse Market and Cafe
The Lyndon Freighthouse in Lyndonville VT

Tapping into organic and natural locally sourced foods, the Lyndon Freighthouse does a terrific job serving healthier versions of comfort foods without having the items taste like cardboard. It’s a welcoming place, too, located in a renovated 1878 freighthouse with a long farmer’s porch on the outside and a rustic Vermont feel on the inside.

The farm-to-plate approach is certainly unique in this region and the presence of Carmen’s Ice Cream parlor with “nearly 100 flavors of hard and soft serve ice cream, frozen yogurt, organic ice cream, and creative sundaes” makes the overall experience that much better.  Breakfast and lunch items at the Freighthouse include pancakes (made with organic flour), omelets (made from organic eggs) organic beef burgers, wraps, salads, Vermont beer and wine (that would be for lunch!), homemade desserts  and Starbuck’s Coffee. 

Freighthouse Burger from Freighthouse Market and Cafe in Lyndonville VT.
Certified organic grass-fed beef burgers on a handmade bun. Photo source: Freighthouse Market and Cafe Facebook fan page at

Adding to this appealing mix is the Farmhouse Pantry selling local products that support sustainable agriculture, small family farms and individual farmers and craftsmen. The Lyndon Freighthouse is located at 1000 Broad St., Lyndonville, Vt. Tel. (802) 626-4000. Web site:

Looking to stay at a first-class hotel with amazing mountain views near Lyndonville? Try the Burke Mountain Hotel and Conference Center in East Burke

For more to do than just looking at a downtown, eating and seeing foliage, please check out the Northeast Kingdom web site for complete travel, vacation and seasonal events information!

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