Guidebook for Sandgate

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Guidebook for Sandgate

Getting Around
We are a good hour away from Albany so a rental car is a must!
Albany/Rensselaer Amtrak
We are a good hour away from Albany so a rental car is a must!
Parks & Nature
Manchester - The clear lake is small and right off the main road north of Manchester. Great for non-motorized water sports. Rentals are available for canoes, paddle boats and stand up paddle boards. Small concession stand. Changing rooms and rest rooms.
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Emerald Lake State Park
65 Emerald Lake Lane
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Manchester - The clear lake is small and right off the main road north of Manchester. Great for non-motorized water sports. Rentals are available for canoes, paddle boats and stand up paddle boards. Small concession stand. Changing rooms and rest rooms.
Manchester - Climb the highest peak in southern Vermont! Hike from the base: equinoxpreservationtrust.org or travel by car: skyline drive vermont
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Equinox Mountain
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Manchester - Climb the highest peak in southern Vermont! Hike from the base: equinoxpreservationtrust.org or travel by car: skyline drive vermont
Stratton - Downhill/XC/snowshoe/tube/snowmobile/outdoor excursions etc in the winter and bike in the off season. Go to Stratton Mountain Bike Park and checkout the new Bike Park! 45-50 minutes away. Manchester is on the way back which features many dining options.
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Stratton Mountain
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Stratton - Downhill/XC/snowshoe/tube/snowmobile/outdoor excursions etc in the winter and bike in the off season. Go to Stratton Mountain Bike Park and checkout the new Bike Park! 45-50 minutes away. Manchester is on the way back which features many dining options.
Peru - Bromley is another great mountain to ski and 30-35 minutes away.
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Bromley Mountain Ski Resort
3984 Vermont 11
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Peru - Bromley is another great mountain to ski and 30-35 minutes away.
West Arlington - Guests love to enjoy a float down the Battenkill River. Stop in the Wayside Country Store to pick up snacks, drinks & lunch at the deli. “Big Big” is right next door and only 4 miles from the domes.
Big Big on the Battenkill Kayak and Tubing
2288-2350 NY-313
West Arlington - Guests love to enjoy a float down the Battenkill River. Stop in the Wayside Country Store to pick up snacks, drinks & lunch at the deli. “Big Big” is right next door and only 4 miles from the domes.
Manchester - The Appalachian Trail crosses RT 11/30 outside of Manchester. Great parking. Hike a stretch!
Appalachian Trail
Manchester - The Appalachian Trail crosses RT 11/30 outside of Manchester. Great parking. Hike a stretch!
Arts & Culture
Bennington Museum - Grandma Moses is featured in the permanent collection. Robert Frost is buried in the adjacent cemetery. The iconic Old First Church graces the top of the hill with a marker sharing the history of the spot.
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Bennington
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Bennington Museum - Grandma Moses is featured in the permanent collection. Robert Frost is buried in the adjacent cemetery. The iconic Old First Church graces the top of the hill with a marker sharing the history of the spot.
Manchester - An historical masterpiece built by Abraham Lincoln’s son, Robert Todd. Beautifully maintained grounds, house, rail car, fabulous gift shop and excellent docents. A goat farm is on the grounds as well as walking/XC ski trails. A local gem!
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Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home
1005 Hildene Road
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Manchester - An historical masterpiece built by Abraham Lincoln’s son, Robert Todd. Beautifully maintained grounds, house, rail car, fabulous gift shop and excellent docents. A goat farm is on the grounds as well as walking/XC ski trails. A local gem!
Manchester - A multi-disciplinary Arts organization. Go to SVAC.org to find out more!
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Southern Vermont Arts Center
930 Southern Vermont Arts Center Drive
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Manchester - A multi-disciplinary Arts organization. Go to SVAC.org to find out more!
Arlington - Fascinating stories behind Norman Rockwell’s Saturday Evening Post illustrations and the local models who sat for our most famous local artist will fascinate viewers. In addition, the Sugar Shack boasts wonderful treats including maple syrup, candy, ice cream, Kim’s delicious pies (our favorite!) and Vermont souvenirs.
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Norman Rockwell Exhibition
118 Sugar Shack Ln
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Arlington - Fascinating stories behind Norman Rockwell’s Saturday Evening Post illustrations and the local models who sat for our most famous local artist will fascinate viewers. In addition, the Sugar Shack boasts wonderful treats including maple syrup, candy, ice cream, Kim’s delicious pies (our favorite!) and Vermont souvenirs.
Bennington - Check out the marker on the median in front of the church for historic info. If you are lucky, you will arrive on a day when a docent will let you in to the see the box pews and absolutely stunning architecture. BTW- Robert Frost is buried in the cemetery. Follow the signs!
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The Old First Church
1 Monument Circle
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Bennington - Check out the marker on the median in front of the church for historic info. If you are lucky, you will arrive on a day when a docent will let you in to the see the box pews and absolutely stunning architecture. BTW- Robert Frost is buried in the cemetery. Follow the signs!
Manchester - A destination artisan's gallery with a solid following. Beautiful local art work by juried artists. Be sure to checkout the website! Great place for special gifts and home decor.
Epoch Inc
4927 Main St
Manchester - A destination artisan's gallery with a solid following. Beautiful local art work by juried artists. Be sure to checkout the website! Great place for special gifts and home decor.
Food scene
Manchester - Reservations are a MUST! Recently voted #1 in the country by Travel Advisor!!! The restaurant recently moved to a former library in the heart of Manchester Village. (old photo) RAVE reviews! $$$$
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The Silver Fork
4201 Main Street
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Manchester - Reservations are a MUST! Recently voted #1 in the country by Travel Advisor!!! The restaurant recently moved to a former library in the heart of Manchester Village. (old photo) RAVE reviews! $$$$
Manchester - Historic Inn with great ambience. Reservations recommended.
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YE OLDE TAVERN
5183 Main Street
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Manchester - Historic Inn with great ambience. Reservations recommended.
Manchester - Casual. Mid-range
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Seasons Restaurant
4566 Main Street
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Manchester - Casual. Mid-range
Manchester - Farm to Table - Casual
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Mystic Cafe & Wine Bar
4928 Main St
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Manchester - Farm to Table - Casual
Manchester - Our favorite pizza!
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Christos' Pizza and Pasta
4931 Main Street
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Manchester - Our favorite pizza!
Manchester - coffee - pastry - soup - frozen prepared items - sandwiches - check out website
Charlie's Coffee House
39 Bonnet St
Manchester - coffee - pastry - soup - frozen prepared items - sandwiches - check out website
Manchester - food and furniture!
Depot 62
515 Depot Street
Manchester - food and furniture!
Manchester - EXCELLENT Italian fixings. Owner is from Sandgate!
Fortuna's Sausage & Online Italian Market
4943 Main St
Manchester - EXCELLENT Italian fixings. Owner is from Sandgate!
Manchester - EXCELLENT Italian deli!
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Al Ducci's Italian Pantry
133 Elm Street
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Manchester - EXCELLENT Italian deli!
Arlington - 7 miles away! Lovely inn with great food. Reservation recommended. One of our favorite places to dine.
The Arlington Inn
3904 Vermont 7A
Arlington - 7 miles away! Lovely inn with great food. Reservation recommended. One of our favorite places to dine.
West Arlington - Beautiful setting. Great food and ambience. 6 miles away. Closest fine dining but you can go casual.
West Mountain Inn
West Mountain Inn Road
West Arlington - Beautiful setting. Great food and ambience. 6 miles away. Closest fine dining but you can go casual.
Dorset - 40 minute scenic drive. Great food. Tavern and dining room. I prefer the casual atmosphere in the tavern.
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The Dorset Inn
8 Church Street
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Dorset - 40 minute scenic drive. Great food. Tavern and dining room. I prefer the casual atmosphere in the tavern.
Dorset - Great food. Reservations recommended.
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Barrows House Inn & Restaurant
3156 Vermont 30
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Dorset - Great food. Reservations recommended.
Bennington - Italian and very popular.
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Allegro
520 Main Street
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Bennington - Italian and very popular.
Bennington - Casual cafe close to great historic sites.
The Loose Cannon Cafe
139 Main St
Bennington - Casual cafe close to great historic sites.
Bennington - THE BEST DINER IN THE US!
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The Blue Benn
314 North Street
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Bennington - THE BEST DINER IN THE US!
Manchester - Seasonal - Dot's favorite: NY Super Fudge Chunk and Coffee Coffee Buzz Buzz
Ben & Jerry’s
454 Depot St
Manchester - Seasonal - Dot's favorite: NY Super Fudge Chunk and Coffee Coffee Buzz Buzz
Manchester - Delicious food in a casual atmosphere. Very popular.
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Zoey's Double Hex
1568 Depot St
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Manchester - Delicious food in a casual atmosphere. Very popular.
Manchester - Great lunch! Check out the prepared options in the case as you enter for tasty accompaniments.
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Zoey's Deli
539 Depot Street
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Manchester - Great lunch! Check out the prepared options in the case as you enter for tasty accompaniments.
Manchester - New Sports bar with indoor and outdoor dining and a good selection of beer on tap.
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Union Underground
4928 Main St
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Manchester - New Sports bar with indoor and outdoor dining and a good selection of beer on tap.
Manchester - Small craft beer and wine. Munchies. National award winners!
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The Crooked Ram
4026 Main St
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Manchester - Small craft beer and wine. Munchies. National award winners!
Manchester - MMMM....CHOCOLATE! and so much more! Sweet tooth delight! Fabulous cakes both large and small. Flourless chocolate cake is incredible and for a small dessert pick up two chocolate mousse cupcakes with a chocolate cupcake liner. YUM! Lemon lulu is a favorite...gotta check this out! Say "Hi" to Jackie from Dottie.
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Mother Myrick's Confectionery
4367 Main St
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Manchester - MMMM....CHOCOLATE! and so much more! Sweet tooth delight! Fabulous cakes both large and small. Flourless chocolate cake is incredible and for a small dessert pick up two chocolate mousse cupcakes with a chocolate cupcake liner. YUM! Lemon lulu is a favorite...gotta check this out! Say "Hi" to Jackie from Dottie.
Shaftsbury - RT 7 S - Handmade ice cream made on premise with the BEST ingredients.
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Chocolate Barn
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Shaftsbury - RT 7 S - Handmade ice cream made on premise with the BEST ingredients.
Manchester - Breakfast and Lunch - Delicious!
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Little Rooster Café
4645 Main St
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Manchester - Breakfast and Lunch - Delicious!
Manchester - Great Thai food! Three Musketeers is one of our favorite dishes.
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Thai Basil Restaurant
4940 Main Street
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Manchester - Great Thai food! Three Musketeers is one of our favorite dishes.
Manchester - Exceptional fine dining experience for a special occasion.
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The Reluctant Panther Inn and Restaurant
39 W Rd
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Manchester - Exceptional fine dining experience for a special occasion.
Peru - Great deli with delicious finds for takeout or eat-in. Limited seating
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Bromley Market
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Peru - Great deli with delicious finds for takeout or eat-in. Limited seating
Peru - Great food - Love the sandwiches - Casual
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JJ Hapgood General Store & Eatery
305 Main Street
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Peru - Great food - Love the sandwiches - Casual
Natural Food Market
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Natures Market
303 Center Hill Rd
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Natural Food Market
Manchester - Sports bar and restaurant with outside limited outside/street side dining
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Mulligan's Pub & Restaurant
3912 Vermont 7A
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Manchester - Sports bar and restaurant with outside limited outside/street side dining
Cambridge, NY - 14 miles away. Small shop but great for folks who prefer to shop in a coop. This is the closest one! There are natural food stores in Manchester and Bennington, too!
Cambridge Food Co-Op
1 W Main St
Cambridge, NY - 14 miles away. Small shop but great for folks who prefer to shop in a coop. This is the closest one! There are natural food stores in Manchester and Bennington, too!
Manchester - NEW! Located in an art center, Curate is a secret spot where the atmosphere welcomes casual and dressy. Food is fabulous!
Curate
930 Southern Vermont Arts Center Drive
Manchester - NEW! Located in an art center, Curate is a secret spot where the atmosphere welcomes casual and dressy. Food is fabulous!
Sightseeing
Manchester - Fun on the Farm! Lisa has a wonderful setting for getting up close to farm animals. If you are lucky she will have her famous jalapeno dip in stock. Ice cream, too!
North Meadow Farm
726 N Rd
Manchester - Fun on the Farm! Lisa has a wonderful setting for getting up close to farm animals. If you are lucky she will have her famous jalapeno dip in stock. Ice cream, too!
Arlington - Rockwell lived in West Arlington and the museum boasts many prints with local history of folks who posed for him. Great stories! BONUS! Located at the Sugar Shack in Arlington. Great soft maple ice cream and maple products as well as VT souvenirs.
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Norman Rockwell Exhibition
118 Sugar Shack Ln
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Arlington - Rockwell lived in West Arlington and the museum boasts many prints with local history of folks who posed for him. Great stories! BONUS! Located at the Sugar Shack in Arlington. Great soft maple ice cream and maple products as well as VT souvenirs.
Dorset - Excellent kitchen store for the discerning cook/chef. Also great for a hostess gift (cocktail napkins, flour cloth dish towels, unique dish ware). Known for fine woodwork - cutting boards, etc.
J.K. Adams
1430 VT-30
Dorset - Excellent kitchen store for the discerning cook/chef. Also great for a hostess gift (cocktail napkins, flour cloth dish towels, unique dish ware). Known for fine woodwork - cutting boards, etc.
Manchester Center - A full service bike shop with rentals.
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Battenkill Bicycles
99 Bonnet Street
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Manchester Center - A full service bike shop with rentals.