05465 = 30 minutes to Burlington with Mt. Mansfield at your back, and nobody knows you're there (except for your neighbors who know quite well, and you're glad for it). Contact Kathy if you have questions or would like to know more about the area.
The town of Jericho is made of approximately 5,000 residents across three distinct village areas, each of which plays an important role in Vermont’s history. Jericho Corners is located off Route 15 and is home to The Old Red Mill and Museum, one of two historical mills of an original 8, that still stands along Browns River. Jericho Center is made of a large Town Green, host to several annual events, and off of which you will find several historic buildings, and one of Vermont’s oldest continually running country stores, the Jericho Center Country Store. The Riverside Area also known as The Flats, is located along Route 15 and borders the neighboring town of Underhill. The Riverside area has two general stores, two schools, the multi-use Mills Riverside Park, and Deborah Rawson Memorial Library. Jericho is located just 30 minutes southeast of Burlington making it an easy commute.
Students who grow up in Jericho will attend Jericho Elementary School or Underhill ID Elementary School from kindergarten through fourth grade, after which they attend Browns River Middle School, which teach grades five through eight. There is one high school in Jericho, Mount Mansfield Union High School, which serves students from Jericho, Underhill, Richmond, Huntington, Bolton, Jonesville, and Westford.
On the Landscape
Mills Riverside Park is made of 216 public acres of open meadows and woods and offers stunning vistas of Mount Mansfield. Utilize 6 miles of trails (wonderful for hiking and cross-country skiing), a large pond, Browns River access (great for fishing), the Lauryn Ashley Stockdale Memorial Fields (9 acres of meadow available to schedule for athletics), and a beautiful post and beam pavilion offering respite and a lovely spot to reserve for special occasions.
One mile south of Jericho Center is the Mobbs Farm Property consisting of 260 acres of open and forested land, open for hiking, running, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, and mountain biking. The property is essentially split into two halves by Fitzsimonds Road, the westerly parcel referred to as Mobbs Valley, the easterly as Mobbs Hill. There are 6 key intersections clearly marked, among extensive, well-maintained trails.
Plenty of recreational opportunities are available in nearby Towns. The Underhill State Park is located within Vermont's 39,837-acre Mt. Mansfield State Forest, lying at about 2000 ft. elevation on the west slope of the state's highest peak, Mt. Mansfield, at 4,393 ft. Just over the summit, you will find the Stowe Ski Area. Its vegetation is unique – most similar to that you would find in the Arctic Tundra, due to the harsh climate conditions on the slope. The Park includes a log picnic shelter, small campground, picnic grounds, and a group camping area. The campground has a restroom facility (no showers), and is walk-in only, due to its hillside nature. The park is best known for its hiking, with 4 trails leading up from the State Park to the summit of Mt. Mansfield, including the popular Sunset Ridge Trail (3 miles to the summit), and a portion of the Vermont Long Trail that traverses the ridge.
Mount Mansfield is the highest mountain in the State, at 4,393 ft., the summit of which is located in Underhill. Its ridgeline extends into Stowe and reaches the town of Cambridge on one flank. When viewed from the East or West, the ridgeline appears as an elongated profile of a man, and hence its name. A true form of Alpine Tundra survives here, dating to the Ice Age. Mt. Mansfield offers challenging hiking, snowshoeing, and skiing, but also trails for less advanced – making it one of the most popular recreational spots in the State. It helps to have one of Vermont’s finest ski Mountains, Stowe Mountain Resort, attracting locals and visitors alike. Find an interactive trail map of Stowe Mountain Resort here.
Two other popular ski resorts are close by. Just 25 minutes to the North is Smugglers Notch Ski Resort. It’s a family hot spot all year round, with endless recreational entertainment from zip lines to waterparks, air boarding to snowmobiling, and of course, great skiing. Ski Magazine readers rated “Smuggs” #1 Overall Resort in the East, and the #1 Family Vacation (15 years running!).
Bolton Valley Ski Resort is about 40 minutes from Underhill to the South. Bolton offers a variety of terrain, focusing on family accessibility. This is the go-to resort for reasonably priced tickets, great views, and a host of wintertime entertainment.
Also, of note is V.A.S.T., is a non-profit private snowmobiling organization active for over 40 years. With over 30,000 members, the group encompasses over 130 clubs statewide and includes over 5000 miles of trails. The organization maintains the trails year-round, grooming through the winter months. Clearly marked, and well-mapped, the trails traverse through amenities stops with gas, hotels, restaurants, and groceries easily accessible trail-side. Weaving in and out of Vermont’s wooded backcountry, local towns, villages, snow covered mountains, and along creeks and lakes, the trails offer Vermont vista views and beautiful winter scenery, connecting Vermont’s VAST winter wonderland.
Out and About
If you’re considering Jericho to call home, be advised that Snowflake Chocolates will become an irresistible indulgence. Established in 1986 by a second-generation confectioner, the company is now lead by the third generation of the Pollak family. These handmade treats, from creams to brittles to truffles will become a staple of your dessert tray, and the perfect gift for out-of-State family and friends. Visit the factory and store on Route 15 in Jericho year-round.
The Jericho Center Country Store is pleasant daily stop, with its gourmet deli, groceries, Vermont specialty products, and post office. As a registered State Historic Site, built in 1807, this Jericho Center hub of action offers an experience combined of old and new, complete with pickle barrels and vintage post-office boxes.
The Village Cup on Route 15 is the perfect stop for not only coffee but home-style bistro dinners featuring poutine to pot roast. This café and bakery sources as many products locally as they are able enjoys a staff of native Jericho residents to add to the family business, and regularly gives back to community organizations. The Village Cup offers breakfast (Monday through Friday), brunch (Saturday and Sunday), and dinner 7 days a week.
The Jericho Café and Tavern on Route 15 offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a wonderful atmosphere. The dinner menu includes starters of buttermilk fried chicken tenderloins and mushroom truffle arancini and entrees of caramelized scallops to roasted duck breast. Stop by for breakfast and you’ll be rewarded with Benedict Skillet, Challah French toast or a Caprese omelet. Located in a classic colonial farmhouse, both the atmosphere and the inspired meals made of locally-sourced foods will be an indulgence every time.
The Jericho Historical Society’s Snowflake Bentley Exhibit is open mid-March through December. Bentley was a Jericho resident (b. 1865 - 1931) who made a life of studying the details and idiosyncrasies of the snowflake, which he learned from the extensive study under a microscope, were totally unique for every flake. Since his discovery, the fact that “no two snowflakes are alike,” has been integrated into school curriculums worldwide. Visit the Jericho Historical Society at Red Mill Drive, and don’t the miss the Old Mill Craft Shop, operated by the Historical Society, right next door. The Craft Shop is open year-round, and offers handmade Vermont crafts, with proceeds allocated to the Old Red Mill restoration project.
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