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The view from our gallery

Norton's Gallery is located on the western border of Vermont along Lake Champlain. It is surrounded by pastoral settings--green grass, red and orange trees in the fall and wide open vistas which include the Lake and the Adirondack Mountains. It is also an historical area-- Fort Ticonderoga, Mount Independence and Mount Defiance can all be seen from our gallery.

Things to do in our area:


Ride the Fort Ticonderoga Ferry (one mile from Norton's Gallery) connecting the Middlebury and Central Vermont area with the Lake George, Adirondack region and Capital District of New York State. The Ferry is one of the last remaining cable ferries in the United States and is one of the longest running businesses in the country, having been in operation since 1759. The Ferry takes 7 minutes to cross Lake Champlain and operates from early May through late October.

From Shoreham, cruise Lake Champlain aboard the tour boat Carillon , a 60 foot 1920's style cruise boat. Enjoy being out on the Lake with live historical narration and unspoiled views of Hands Cove, Thunder Meadow, Mount Independence, Mount Defiance and Fort Ticonderoga.

Visit Revolutionary War forts and battlefields, such as Mount Independence, Hubbardton Battlefield, Mount Defiance, and Fort Ticonderoga. In addition to the rich history, many of these sites offer excellent hiking trails, bird watching and can be easily biked to.

This area has many apple orchards and farmers markets. You can go strawberry, rasberry and blueberry picking just minutes from here and even visit some local organic vegetable farms.

Our area is rich with many country roads, paved and unpaved, that are great for bicycling. A variety of companies in Vermont arrange weekend and 5-day inn-to-inn tours throughout the state, including Bike Vermont, Country Inns along the Trail, POMG Bike Tours and Bredeson Outdoor Adventures. The tours include all skill levels.

Visit the town of Middlebury, just 25 minutes away. See Middlebury College, shop in the local shops and boutiques and dine in the many fine restaurants there.

Visit other art galleries and craft shops that are close by, including Frog Hollow Vermont State Craft Center in Middlebury, and the Farrow Gallery & Studio in Castleton. There are also several potters in the area.

Whether you're here touring, hiking, biking, bird watching, canoeing, antiquing or just hanging out, the Lake Champlain Valley Region has over 30 inns and B&Bs that offer fine lodging. If you're planning a stay here, visit the Heart of Vermont Lodging Association for the best lodging in this part of Vermont.

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