Kelly’s guidebook

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Kelly’s guidebook

Winter Gear

Get after it in the winter! All of these resources Rock!
Killington area ski rentals at Black Dog Sports in Killington! We like to call the owner Uncle Dave. He reps the best of Vermont Hospitality and is great with a ski tune!
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Black Dog Sports
133 East Mountain Road
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Killington area ski rentals at Black Dog Sports in Killington! We like to call the owner Uncle Dave. He reps the best of Vermont Hospitality and is great with a ski tune!
Killington snowboard rental? Head over to Darkside. We’ve been going there for over 20 years!
Darkside Snowboards, Killington, Vermont
1842 Killington Road
Killington snowboard rental? Head over to Darkside. We’ve been going there for over 20 years!
For Sugarbush snowboard rentals hit Splinters Boardshop, a dedicated snowboard shop at Sugarbush!
Splinters Boardshop
18 Sugarbush Access Rd
For Sugarbush snowboard rentals hit Splinters Boardshop, a dedicated snowboard shop at Sugarbush!
Top of the line ski rentals at Sugarbush
Mountainside Ski Service
205 Mountainside Dr
Top of the line ski rentals at Sugarbush
Get a meal, wine or specialty items while in Randolph. Its located in the old train station!
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Chef's Market
839 VT-12
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Get a meal, wine or specialty items while in Randolph. Its located in the old train station!
Classic coop!
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Middlebury Natural Foods Co-Op
9 Washington Street
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Classic coop!
Solid gourmet items!
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Mehuron's Supermarket
5121 Main Street
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Solid gourmet items!
Fable Farm
1544 Royalton Turnpike
The Sweet Spot is a sweet spot for coffee, lunch and pastries. In the summer you can swim in the river right out the backside of the café so bring your suit. Also in summer they host an event called The Round Up: a weekend gathering with food and music. Resource the website for information and schedule
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The Sweet Spot
40 Bridge Street
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The Sweet Spot is a sweet spot for coffee, lunch and pastries. In the summer you can swim in the river right out the backside of the café so bring your suit. Also in summer they host an event called The Round Up: a weekend gathering with food and music. Resource the website for information and schedule
American Flatbread’s original restaurant is on the Lareau Family farm on the southern border of Waitsfeild. It’s an amazing spot for a large group and in the summer there are outdoor activities and games as well as a fire pit where you can hang sipping on a beer while you wait for your table. And wait you may! They do not take reservations and it can be busy. They are only open Thursday-Sunday 5-9:30. The earlier you arrive the better if you want to get on the list. They start taking names at 4:00. You can go across the street as well to swim at on the river while you wait as well. You can see the parking area for the swimming hole across route Rt 100. You can also walk across Rt 100 to swimming area. There are also American Flatbread outposts in Burlington and Middlebury
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American Flatbread
46 Lareau Road
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American Flatbread’s original restaurant is on the Lareau Family farm on the southern border of Waitsfeild. It’s an amazing spot for a large group and in the summer there are outdoor activities and games as well as a fire pit where you can hang sipping on a beer while you wait for your table. And wait you may! They do not take reservations and it can be busy. They are only open Thursday-Sunday 5-9:30. The earlier you arrive the better if you want to get on the list. They start taking names at 4:00. You can go across the street as well to swim at on the river while you wait as well. You can see the parking area for the swimming hole across route Rt 100. You can also walk across Rt 100 to swimming area. There are also American Flatbread outposts in Burlington and Middlebury
In Waitsfield, in the same parking lot as Mehuron’s and Mad Taco, is Canteen. They offer snack foods, burgers and creative creemees. Creemee flavors are unusual and tasty. Also offer one of the few sought after cold brews in the valley.
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Canteen Creemee Company
5123 Main St
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In Waitsfield, in the same parking lot as Mehuron’s and Mad Taco, is Canteen. They offer snack foods, burgers and creative creemees. Creemee flavors are unusual and tasty. Also offer one of the few sought after cold brews in the valley.
Worthy Burger makes a nice locally sourced burger with vegetarian options.
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The Worthy Burger Too
114 Mad River Green
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Worthy Burger makes a nice locally sourced burger with vegetarian options.
Prohibition Pig is a must see and taste spot for any Vermont craft beer officianado! There is the restaurant up front and the brewery in back. They offer their own drafts as well as other local brewers. The food is solid and they don’t take reservations. Walk ins only. It’s a great spot to hit when in need of a road nosh after skiing or while touring north.
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Prohibition Pig
23 S Main St
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Prohibition Pig is a must see and taste spot for any Vermont craft beer officianado! There is the restaurant up front and the brewery in back. They offer their own drafts as well as other local brewers. The food is solid and they don’t take reservations. Walk ins only. It’s a great spot to hit when in need of a road nosh after skiing or while touring north.
Craft beer store that sells all the beer and cider your hearts desires from both near and far. Call to find out what days Heady Topper is delivered there if you’d like to purchase some for the road or for home. There is a max purchase though-two four packs.
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Craft Beer Cellar
3 Elm Street
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Craft beer store that sells all the beer and cider your hearts desires from both near and far. Call to find out what days Heady Topper is delivered there if you’d like to purchase some for the road or for home. There is a max purchase though-two four packs.
The Alchemist is where Heady Topper is produced in Stowe. They have a store where you can purchase a case of the brew, taste it and get a t-shirt.
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The Alchemist Stowe
100 Cottage Club Road
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The Alchemist is where Heady Topper is produced in Stowe. They have a store where you can purchase a case of the brew, taste it and get a t-shirt.
Trapp Family Lodge is located in Stowe, Vermont. It is a place to do a lot and eat a lot! They have a lodge, brewery, restaurant, fitness center. It’s a great place to spend the day. Resource their website for all of their offerings.
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Trapp Family Lodge
700 Trapp Hill Road
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Trapp Family Lodge is located in Stowe, Vermont. It is a place to do a lot and eat a lot! They have a lodge, brewery, restaurant, fitness center. It’s a great place to spend the day. Resource their website for all of their offerings.
Abby and Rogan are at the helm of this special eating establishment in Ludlow VT. There are not a lot of restaurants in this state who get both food and service (sadly). At Downtown Grocery they do! Cocktails and amazing, Abby always makes you feel at home and creates a festive environment! It is 45 minutes away but worth the trip of you want a solid Vermont food experience.
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The Downtown Grocery
41 South Depot Street
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Abby and Rogan are at the helm of this special eating establishment in Ludlow VT. There are not a lot of restaurants in this state who get both food and service (sadly). At Downtown Grocery they do! Cocktails and amazing, Abby always makes you feel at home and creates a festive environment! It is 45 minutes away but worth the trip of you want a solid Vermont food experience.
Solid Thai food that is quick and easy for take out!
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Sabai Sabai Thai Cuisine
22 Merchants Row
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Solid Thai food that is quick and easy for take out!
A gourmet Italian market that offers food for takeout, catering and some seafood for sale to cook at home. Costellos is in the Marble Work District buildings as is American Flatbread in Middlebur
Costello's Market
99 Maple Street
A gourmet Italian market that offers food for takeout, catering and some seafood for sale to cook at home. Costellos is in the Marble Work District buildings as is American Flatbread in Middlebur
Our fave apple picking experience locally is Happy Valley Orchard they have every variety of apple and the orchard is well mapped. They make apple cider doughnuts in the fall and also sell amazing pumpkins.
Happy Valley Orchard
217 Quarry Rd
Our fave apple picking experience locally is Happy Valley Orchard they have every variety of apple and the orchard is well mapped. They make apple cider doughnuts in the fall and also sell amazing pumpkins.
Foley Brothers Brewing has tasting room on site open Wednesday-Saturday 11-5, no food.
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Foley Brothers Brewing
79 Stone Mill Dam Rd
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Foley Brothers Brewing has tasting room on site open Wednesday-Saturday 11-5, no food.
Is a decent place for a meal but the service is hit or miss. You can get a solid steak, fish or pizza but we have had so many slow meals there that it’s hard to give it a glowing review. Gourmet Provence is their specialty store down the block that has crackers, cheese and wine. I’d stay away from their baked goods and prepared foods.
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Cafe Provence
11 Center Street
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Is a decent place for a meal but the service is hit or miss. You can get a solid steak, fish or pizza but we have had so many slow meals there that it’s hard to give it a glowing review. Gourmet Provence is their specialty store down the block that has crackers, cheese and wine. I’d stay away from their baked goods and prepared foods.
Anni Mackay is the owner and our local purveyor of culture. She is at the helm of Big Town Gallery in Rochester. She hosts artists of all kinds all summer. Check out her website to see what she has planned!
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BigTown Gallery
99 North Main Street
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Anni Mackay is the owner and our local purveyor of culture. She is at the helm of Big Town Gallery in Rochester. She hosts artists of all kinds all summer. Check out her website to see what she has planned!

Mountain Bike Trilas

Green Mountain Trails are a short drive from the house and offers lots of trails. You can access them from the Ahmee Farm Turn off on the left before you get to town or you can drive through town and take a left at road just past Riverside Farm and Drive and park at the back parking lot at Riverside Farm. You can see a map at www.gmtrails.org
Sherburne Trials is a limited trail system for beginner riders and kids. We love going there as a family and with friends with kids. It is on the left side of route 100 in Killington. It is well marked.
Sherburne Trails
926-1828 VT-100
Sherburne Trials is a limited trail system for beginner riders and kids. We love going there as a family and with friends with kids. It is on the left side of route 100 in Killington. It is well marked.
This says Cross Country because that what the system entered....But here are directions:\\Drive North on Route 100 to Warren Plunkton Rd turn off on Right. Drive down about 1.5 miles until you see the lake on the right and the parking area. You will see the access point across from aprking area. You can look at trailhead map at www.trailfinder.info/trails/trail/blueberry-lake-leonard-s-loop. This is a well marked and very reasonable and established trail system. Good for getting your feet wet and your legs ready for more challenging rides.
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Blueberry Lake Cross Country
424 Plunkton Rd
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This says Cross Country because that what the system entered....But here are directions:\\Drive North on Route 100 to Warren Plunkton Rd turn off on Right. Drive down about 1.5 miles until you see the lake on the right and the parking area. You will see the access point across from aprking area. You can look at trailhead map at www.trailfinder.info/trails/trail/blueberry-lake-leonard-s-loop. This is a well marked and very reasonable and established trail system. Good for getting your feet wet and your legs ready for more challenging rides.
Are the two resources to use for understanding the local backcountry options. For local mountain biking go to idigvt.com and click on Play and then Bike. The closest trails are the Contest and Ash Hill Trials and can be accessed at the top of Liberty Hill Road. Take a left out of the driveway at the bottom of the hill take a right up Liberty Hill about a mile and you will see where the maintained road ends. There is a parking area there and a National Forest sign. I like to drive up in my car to the parking, unload my bike and access the trails from there. The first climb is a grinder and you may want that but I like to save my energy for the forest and the single tracks. You can access the Contest Trail Down on your left about ¾ of a mile down.
Contest Trail Trailhead
3306-3430 Liberty Hill Rd
Are the two resources to use for understanding the local backcountry options. For local mountain biking go to idigvt.com and click on Play and then Bike. The closest trails are the Contest and Ash Hill Trials and can be accessed at the top of Liberty Hill Road. Take a left out of the driveway at the bottom of the hill take a right up Liberty Hill about a mile and you will see where the maintained road ends. There is a parking area there and a National Forest sign. I like to drive up in my car to the parking, unload my bike and access the trails from there. The first climb is a grinder and you may want that but I like to save my energy for the forest and the single tracks. You can access the Contest Trail Down on your left about ¾ of a mile down.
There is a beautiful and brand new trail behind the Green Mountain Ranger Station at the Northern Border of the town of Rochester. You can access the trailhead from the parking lot. Head directly back from the parking class through the grass and you will see the high grass split in two, that’s the beginning of the trail. It’s a 30 min climb and a quick down. I like to lap it a few times. I call it the “Health Club”. I don’t know the proper name.
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Rochester Ranger Station
99 Ranger Rd
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There is a beautiful and brand new trail behind the Green Mountain Ranger Station at the Northern Border of the town of Rochester. You can access the trailhead from the parking lot. Head directly back from the parking class through the grass and you will see the high grass split in two, that’s the beginning of the trail. It’s a 30 min climb and a quick down. I like to lap it a few times. I call it the “Health Club”. I don’t know the proper name.
Green Mountain Trails are a short drive from the house and offers lots of trails. You can access them from the Ahmee Farm Turn off on the left before you get to town or you can drive through town and take a left at road just past Riverside Farm and Drive and park at the back parking lot at Riverside Farm. You can see a map at www.gmtrails.org
Green Mountain Trails
4276 Vermont 100
Green Mountain Trails are a short drive from the house and offers lots of trails. You can access them from the Ahmee Farm Turn off on the left before you get to town or you can drive through town and take a left at road just past Riverside Farm and Drive and park at the back parking lot at Riverside Farm. You can see a map at www.gmtrails.org
In the summer months Killington becomes a mountain bike adventure destination. Go the website to see all of the options available. There are guided tours of the bike park, ebike tours, Dirt Divas (all girl rides), and all kid opportunities.
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Killington Ski Area
4763 Killington Rd
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In the summer months Killington becomes a mountain bike adventure destination. Go the website to see all of the options available. There are guided tours of the bike park, ebike tours, Dirt Divas (all girl rides), and all kid opportunities.
Woodstock has some super sweet rails that are easily accessible to Rochester. Check out http://www.mtbwoodstock.com/trails/ and it will take you to a Trailforks page which will map the trial for you!
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Woodstock
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Woodstock has some super sweet rails that are easily accessible to Rochester. Check out http://www.mtbwoodstock.com/trails/ and it will take you to a Trailforks page which will map the trial for you!
A mountain bike park with something for everyone.
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Pine Hill Park
2 Oak Street Extension
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A mountain bike park with something for everyone.

Out of Doors!

SO much to do and see in the out of doors in Rochester. There are many more but here are some of our local jaunts!
The Long Trial runs the length of Vermont and many folks plan long adventures to do the trail. We have access to a really sweet piece of it 15 min drive up rt 73. Drive to the top of the Brandon Gap and park in the lot on the left hand side. Once you've parked cross the road to climb the Long Trail on the North side of the gap. Its a quick 35-45 hike straight up to a beautiful lookout over the valley. Falcons also nest and breed there so know that there are times that you can't access that lookout but you could stay on the same side of the highway and resource the long trail that way.
Long Trail
The Long Trial runs the length of Vermont and many folks plan long adventures to do the trail. We have access to a really sweet piece of it 15 min drive up rt 73. Drive to the top of the Brandon Gap and park in the lot on the left hand side. Once you've parked cross the road to climb the Long Trail on the North side of the gap. Its a quick 35-45 hike straight up to a beautiful lookout over the valley. Falcons also nest and breed there so know that there are times that you can't access that lookout but you could stay on the same side of the highway and resource the long trail that way.
A family favorite! We paddle board here, swim and hang all summer! You can also camp easily go to Reserve America to check out availability. There is also a little patch of grass to the left of the Barnard Country Store where you don’t have to pay a park access fee and you cans still enjoy the lake.
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Silver Lake State Park
20 State Park Beach Rd
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A family favorite! We paddle board here, swim and hang all summer! You can also camp easily go to Reserve America to check out availability. There is also a little patch of grass to the left of the Barnard Country Store where you don’t have to pay a park access fee and you cans still enjoy the lake.
Warren Falls is an amazing spot for hanging out and jumping off of rocks. If you're headed there in the summer it gets busy. The earlier you get there the better. Take lunch and hang out!
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Warren Falls
3919 VT-100
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Warren Falls is an amazing spot for hanging out and jumping off of rocks. If you're headed there in the summer it gets busy. The earlier you get there the better. Take lunch and hang out!
Organic raspberries are ready to be picked soon after the Fourth of July weekend. Blueberries follow in late July. Pick your own or pick up. We visit many times a summer and freeze for winter deserts and smoothies.
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Sunshine Valley Berry Farm
129 Ranger Road
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Organic raspberries are ready to be picked soon after the Fourth of July weekend. Blueberries follow in late July. Pick your own or pick up. We visit many times a summer and freeze for winter deserts and smoothies.