Day trips to this place are bite-sized respites from the real world. But given the number of attractions in and around Mount Vernon and Lisbon, you’ll return for seconds, thirds and fourths.
Hike at Palisades-Kepler State Park, catch a round of golf at Kernoustie Golf Club, tour the Cornell College campus, check out a weekend festival, tour Abbe Hills Farm to see organic farming in action, or catch a movie at the 100-seat Bijou, featuring family-friendly flicks and locally grown popcorn.
Take in a ball game at Lisbon City Park and cool off in the brand new splash/pad wading pool.
Enjoy a free community band concert in the park in the summer or sled down the famous Pres Hill in the winter, when the City of Mount Vernon closes one of the steepest streets in town for a public sledding hill.
Stroll along Main Street in Mount Vernon, where wrought iron baskets of purple and pink petunias hug street lights like puffy prom corsages. At your feet, traces of chalk drawings cover the sidewalks, souvenirs of the town’s Chalk the Walk art festival each May where 200 artists use over a half ton of chalk to paint the town.
Mount Vernon and Lisbon carry a torch for the past, with reverent preservation of all things old. There are three registered national historic districts, including the entire Cornell College campus, with its iconic King Chapel, the downtown shopping district and an area of colorful Victorian homes. Connected by the historic Lincoln Highway, the communities embrace their place on America’s first transcontinental road.
See this history painstakingly interpreted at the Lisbon History Center. Find it in sepia-tinted photos sprinkled throughout the town’s buildings, portraits of ancestors, homesteads, storefronts, tractors, and stone faced children.
Walk, run or ride past the scale model of the universe, to picaresque Saints Peters & Paul church, or down to Sutliff Bridge. Take in the fall colors at Palisades State Park. Try out one of the towns’ two disc golf courses. Enjoy world-class musicians at Heritage Hall, above Lisbon’s Public Library. Stop in the cozy children’s corner there or pick up a book at the Cole Library in Mount Vernon, shared by Cornell College and the City of Mount Vernon.