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Guidebook for Shaftsbury

Caroline

Guidebook for Shaftsbury

Drinks & Nightlife
COOL EATS AT THE BAR | This is a happy, funky place where you can hear live music while you draw on the bartop and sample local brews. They’ve just added a small and excellent selection of contemporary casual eats, like pulled pork sliders and Thai veggie bowls. This is a great place to enjoy some drinks, munch, and keep your ping-pong game fresh—Not a family style sit-down dinner restaurant. (Sean's Session IPA is the real deal.)
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Harvest Brewing
201 South St
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COOL EATS AT THE BAR | This is a happy, funky place where you can hear live music while you draw on the bartop and sample local brews. They’ve just added a small and excellent selection of contemporary casual eats, like pulled pork sliders and Thai veggie bowls. This is a great place to enjoy some drinks, munch, and keep your ping-pong game fresh—Not a family style sit-down dinner restaurant. (Sean's Session IPA is the real deal.)
The Crooked Ram is a recent, wicked cool addition to the area, and is a great place to sample and buy local and craft beers. It's a tasting room and retail store, rather than a bar you're going to park at until the wee hours. Brooklyn vibes.
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The Crooked Ram
4026 Main St
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The Crooked Ram is a recent, wicked cool addition to the area, and is a great place to sample and buy local and craft beers. It's a tasting room and retail store, rather than a bar you're going to park at until the wee hours. Brooklyn vibes.
SPAC is an amazing venue which brings all kinds of A-list music to our area. Grab an early dinner and town and then head for a show. It's about an hour from the Schoolhouse, so it makes for a fun night out.
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Saratoga Performing Arts Center
108 Avenue of the Pines
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SPAC is an amazing venue which brings all kinds of A-list music to our area. Grab an early dinner and town and then head for a show. It's about an hour from the Schoolhouse, so it makes for a fun night out.
This charming historic-farm-turned-inn, has weekly pub nights in the summer and early fall. Every Thursday evening they have food, music, and drinks open to the public. Enjoy at cocktail and delicious eats on the porch!
Hill Farm Inn
458 Hill Farm Road
This charming historic-farm-turned-inn, has weekly pub nights in the summer and early fall. Every Thursday evening they have food, music, and drinks open to the public. Enjoy at cocktail and delicious eats on the porch!
Food Scene
LUNCH + DINNER + DRINKS AT THE BAR | Kevin’s is the local hangout with seriously respectable burgers and a big menu of yummy, American pub food. Their house made buffalo sauce is fantastic, even if you’re not into buffalo, their’s is a bit different. The honey stung fried chicken, also a winner. There’s a family dining room on the right, and a sports bar on the left. Karaoke nights are funnnn!
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Kevin's Sports Pub & Restaurant
27 Main Street
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LUNCH + DINNER + DRINKS AT THE BAR | Kevin’s is the local hangout with seriously respectable burgers and a big menu of yummy, American pub food. Their house made buffalo sauce is fantastic, even if you’re not into buffalo, their’s is a bit different. The honey stung fried chicken, also a winner. There’s a family dining room on the right, and a sports bar on the left. Karaoke nights are funnnn!
DINNER + DRINKS | The left side of Pangea is the more casual “Lounge” with nightly specials and little bit of everything. There is a nice, well-stocked bar there too, with a crowd of usual suspects, open until midnight on the weekends. If outdoor seating is open, you get to look out over a beautiful waterfall whilst you sup. The right side is Pangea fine dining.
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Pangaea
1 Prospect Street
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DINNER + DRINKS | The left side of Pangea is the more casual “Lounge” with nightly specials and little bit of everything. There is a nice, well-stocked bar there too, with a crowd of usual suspects, open until midnight on the weekends. If outdoor seating is open, you get to look out over a beautiful waterfall whilst you sup. The right side is Pangea fine dining.
LUNCH + DINNER + BREWERY | Brown’s is one of our favorites. It’s a microbrewery in an epically cool renovated mill building next to a waterfall. The menu is contemporary pub fare… charcuterie, pulled pork, interesting salads, and burgers. And of course there are some FANTASTIC beers on tap. I'm a big fan of their small batch "sour" beers.
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Brown's Brewing Company's Walloomsac Taproom and Brewery
50 Factory Hill Rd
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LUNCH + DINNER + BREWERY | Brown’s is one of our favorites. It’s a microbrewery in an epically cool renovated mill building next to a waterfall. The menu is contemporary pub fare… charcuterie, pulled pork, interesting salads, and burgers. And of course there are some FANTASTIC beers on tap. I'm a big fan of their small batch "sour" beers.
LUNCH + DINNER + BREWERY | Craft beverage bar. Restaurant. Glass factory retail shop. All cool.
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The Tap House at Catamount Glass
309 County St
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LUNCH + DINNER + BREWERY | Craft beverage bar. Restaurant. Glass factory retail shop. All cool.
BREAKFAST + LUNCH + EARLY DINNER | This one is a classic! One of our all-time favorite diners anywhere, there is always a waiting line on for breakfast on the weekends, but it moves pretty quickly. Sourdough french toast, crunchberry pancakes, the rueben sandwich, and the turkey pot pie are some of our faves. Breakfast served all day. **** CASH ONLY ****
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The Blue Benn
314 North Street
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BREAKFAST + LUNCH + EARLY DINNER | This one is a classic! One of our all-time favorite diners anywhere, there is always a waiting line on for breakfast on the weekends, but it moves pretty quickly. Sourdough french toast, crunchberry pancakes, the rueben sandwich, and the turkey pot pie are some of our faves. Breakfast served all day. **** CASH ONLY ****
LUNCH + EARLY DINNER | Super yummy burritos, tacos, bowls, and salads made to order. Ingredients are locally sourced and dishes are made in-house. Fresh and authentic. Ask for pickled onions!! Take out or seating inside. (FYI You can’t phone in your order.)
Cilantro
203-205 South St
LUNCH + EARLY DINNER | Super yummy burritos, tacos, bowls, and salads made to order. Ingredients are locally sourced and dishes are made in-house. Fresh and authentic. Ask for pickled onions!! Take out or seating inside. (FYI You can’t phone in your order.)
FRESH BAKED GOODS | Fresh baked breads, pastries, pies, cakes that are among the best you can find anywhere on planet Earth. All from scratch. Great sourdough. Their mocha latte is unrivaled, real GANACHE PEOPLE! French silk pie… speechless.
Bakkerij Krijnen
1001 Main St
FRESH BAKED GOODS | Fresh baked breads, pastries, pies, cakes that are among the best you can find anywhere on planet Earth. All from scratch. Great sourdough. Their mocha latte is unrivaled, real GANACHE PEOPLE! French silk pie… speechless.
DINNER | This is a great place for a more grown-up dinner. (We haven’t brought our little kids, but older kids would be fine there.) We’ve savored each meal we’ve had there. From their site: “Focusing on eclectic-Italian cuisine, we proudly use seasonal ingredients from small, local farms.”
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Allegro
520 Main Street
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DINNER | This is a great place for a more grown-up dinner. (We haven’t brought our little kids, but older kids would be fine there.) We’ve savored each meal we’ve had there. From their site: “Focusing on eclectic-Italian cuisine, we proudly use seasonal ingredients from small, local farms.”
LUNCH + DINNER | Eat in or take out. New York style whole pizzas and slices, subs, pasta, and salads. There’s a good sports bar with a bunch of Vermont Beers on tap. They tend to be open later than most places in town, which is important to know on a Saturday night.
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Ramunto's Brick Oven Pizza
519 Main Street
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LUNCH + DINNER | Eat in or take out. New York style whole pizzas and slices, subs, pasta, and salads. There’s a good sports bar with a bunch of Vermont Beers on tap. They tend to be open later than most places in town, which is important to know on a Saturday night.
LUNCH + DINNER | This is where we usually order our pizza. Artisan/hippie-style pizza, with local, super-fresh ingredients, lovingly put together. The salads are my favorite—every vegetable tastes fresh. They have a few small tables where you can sit and eat in, but it’s mostly take out. Makes for a good picnic!
Marigold Kitchen Pizza
25 Main St
LUNCH + DINNER | This is where we usually order our pizza. Artisan/hippie-style pizza, with local, super-fresh ingredients, lovingly put together. The salads are my favorite—every vegetable tastes fresh. They have a few small tables where you can sit and eat in, but it’s mostly take out. Makes for a good picnic!
COFFEE + DELI | A big selection of sandwiches and hot coffee, and cold drinks. We’re big fans of the breakfast burritos finished on the panini grill (served all day).
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Powers Market
9 Main Street
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COFFEE + DELI | A big selection of sandwiches and hot coffee, and cold drinks. We’re big fans of the breakfast burritos finished on the panini grill (served all day).
LUNCH + DINNER + ICE CREAM | ****** CASH ONLY ***** CLOSED IN WINTER ****** Veggie Burger (with Michigan sauce), Onion rings, Vanilla shake. ‘Nuff Said.
Arlington Dairy Bar
3158 Vermont 7A
LUNCH + DINNER + ICE CREAM | ****** CASH ONLY ***** CLOSED IN WINTER ****** Veggie Burger (with Michigan sauce), Onion rings, Vanilla shake. ‘Nuff Said.
SANDWICHES & GROCERIES | The Wayside is the quintessential country store, and has a wide selection of groceries for its size—Wines, nice cheeses, some local baked goods and produce. There is also a deli counter in the back where they make great (and voluminous), sandwiches. We love to pick up a picnic lunch here and take it on the road.
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Wayside Country Store
3307 Vermont 313
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SANDWICHES & GROCERIES | The Wayside is the quintessential country store, and has a wide selection of groceries for its size—Wines, nice cheeses, some local baked goods and produce. There is also a deli counter in the back where they make great (and voluminous), sandwiches. We love to pick up a picnic lunch here and take it on the road.
LUNCH + DINNER| WE LOVE SUSHI BOAT!!! This is a hole-in-the-wall sushi heaven, and the owners are the nicest people in the world. If you’re vegetarian, try the yam tempura roll! BYOB.
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Sushi Boat
4971 Main St
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LUNCH + DINNER| WE LOVE SUSHI BOAT!!! This is a hole-in-the-wall sushi heaven, and the owners are the nicest people in the world. If you’re vegetarian, try the yam tempura roll! BYOB.
LUNCH + DINNER | This is grown-up Thai food, and it is, fantastic. The basil rolls are a signiture dish. All of the curries are lovely.
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Thai Basil Restaurant
4940 Main Street
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LUNCH + DINNER | This is grown-up Thai food, and it is, fantastic. The basil rolls are a signiture dish. All of the curries are lovely.
BREAKFAST + LUNCH + DINNER + GENERAL STORE | If you’re up near Bromley, don’t miss Hapgoods. It’s an ultra-cool and delicious gem, tucked into the tiny town of Peru, which is off the main drag. Worth the drive.
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JJ Hapgood General Store & Eatery
305 Main Street
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BREAKFAST + LUNCH + DINNER + GENERAL STORE | If you’re up near Bromley, don’t miss Hapgoods. It’s an ultra-cool and delicious gem, tucked into the tiny town of Peru, which is off the main drag. Worth the drive.
FANCY DINNER | Meze is a our pick for a special occasion. And if you go in the summer, you might just spot some of the actors in town for the annual theater festival. From their site “The food is handcrafted by our chefs who take great care to source local and seasonal ingredients including farm-fresh produce, meats, cheeses and breads. Menu items are paired alongside small-batch microbrews, locally distilled spirits and seasonal, small-production wines.”
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Mezze Bistro + Bar
777 Cold Spring Road
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FANCY DINNER | Meze is a our pick for a special occasion. And if you go in the summer, you might just spot some of the actors in town for the annual theater festival. From their site “The food is handcrafted by our chefs who take great care to source local and seasonal ingredients including farm-fresh produce, meats, cheeses and breads. Menu items are paired alongside small-batch microbrews, locally distilled spirits and seasonal, small-production wines.”
FANCY DINNER | Call way ahead for reservations. This acclaimed hideaway is a great spot for a contemporary, seasonal menu.
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SoLo Farm & Table
95 Middletown Road
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FANCY DINNER | Call way ahead for reservations. This acclaimed hideaway is a great spot for a contemporary, seasonal menu.
LUNCH + DINNER | High quality Indian fine dining. Incredible flavors. One of our favorites.
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Spice Root
23 Spring Street
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LUNCH + DINNER | High quality Indian fine dining. Incredible flavors. One of our favorites.
DINNER + DRINKS + WINE + ART | New Addition: Wood fired menu with local ingredients. There is a large, open dining area with long tables on one side, and an equally big gallery and vintage retail shop adjoining it. Less than 20 minutes from the Schoolhouse, but it feels like you walked out of the woods, and into the art world :)
Yucelesque
9 John St
DINNER + DRINKS + WINE + ART | New Addition: Wood fired menu with local ingredients. There is a large, open dining area with long tables on one side, and an equally big gallery and vintage retail shop adjoining it. Less than 20 minutes from the Schoolhouse, but it feels like you walked out of the woods, and into the art world :)
DINNER + DRINKS | We haven't been yet, but are hearing good things about Cask & Kiln. Sounds like the spot for some serious spirits, and an approachable, but sophisticated menu. .
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Cask & Kiln Kitchen
4 North Main Street
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DINNER + DRINKS | We haven't been yet, but are hearing good things about Cask & Kiln. Sounds like the spot for some serious spirits, and an approachable, but sophisticated menu. .
COFFEE SHOP | This is a vibrant, contemporary cafe, with friendly, dedicated baristas. Grab a coffee and pop into Yucelesque, the vintage gallery next door.
Iron Coffee Co.
9 Main St
COFFEE SHOP | This is a vibrant, contemporary cafe, with friendly, dedicated baristas. Grab a coffee and pop into Yucelesque, the vintage gallery next door.
This is a small but vibrant local market, with produce, baked goods, homemade goods, and usually a food vendor or two. Check Facebook for location updates. The midweek market is sometimes hosted at a different location. Saturdays (10 – 1) May 6 through Oct 28 Tuesdays (3 – 6) June 6 though Oct 10 I'll post winter hour when I find out their schedule.
Walloomsac Farmers' Market
This is a small but vibrant local market, with produce, baked goods, homemade goods, and usually a food vendor or two. Check Facebook for location updates. The midweek market is sometimes hosted at a different location. Saturdays (10 – 1) May 6 through Oct 28 Tuesdays (3 – 6) June 6 though Oct 10 I'll post winter hour when I find out their schedule.
The Manchester Farmers Market runs from May 26th-Oct 6th. Every Thursday, rain or shine, from 3pm-6pm.
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Manchester Farmers Market
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The Manchester Farmers Market runs from May 26th-Oct 6th. Every Thursday, rain or shine, from 3pm-6pm.
Open Year Round Every Sundays 10am – 2pm. This is the big farmers market in our area. It draws a crowd every weekend with some incredible farmers and vendors. Summer Outdoors at the H.N. Williams Store, 2732 VT Route 30 Winter Indoors at J.K Adams, 1430 VT Route 30, Dorset
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Dorset Farmers Market
2732 VT-30
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Open Year Round Every Sundays 10am – 2pm. This is the big farmers market in our area. It draws a crowd every weekend with some incredible farmers and vendors. Summer Outdoors at the H.N. Williams Store, 2732 VT Route 30 Winter Indoors at J.K Adams, 1430 VT Route 30, Dorset
We’ve been known to go here twice in one day. This is the farm stand of all farm stands. Fresh organic produce, herbs, local baked goods, local meats and cheeses, flowers, and more. In summertime when I don’t know what to make for dinner, I run down to Clear Brook and get bread, caprese makings, and some sausage for the grill. Never disappoints! Open May-September
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Clear Brook Farm
47 Hidden Valley Rd
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We’ve been known to go here twice in one day. This is the farm stand of all farm stands. Fresh organic produce, herbs, local baked goods, local meats and cheeses, flowers, and more. In summertime when I don’t know what to make for dinner, I run down to Clear Brook and get bread, caprese makings, and some sausage for the grill. Never disappoints! Open May-September
Delicious confections and fabulous home-made ice cream, made with local, seasonal ingredients. They make their strawberry ice cream with berries from Clear Brook farm right across the road from them. My favorite is pecan praline.
Chocolate Barn
Delicious confections and fabulous home-made ice cream, made with local, seasonal ingredients. They make their strawberry ice cream with berries from Clear Brook farm right across the road from them. My favorite is pecan praline.
This is a wonderful organic veggie farm with a world-class wood-fired bakery to boot. I think you can go right to the farm to buy bread and pastries but you’ll also see them at the Manchester and Dorset farmers markets as well. During the summer, they also do a vegetarian dinner buffet at a local inn.
Earth Sky Time Community Farm
1547 Main St
This is a wonderful organic veggie farm with a world-class wood-fired bakery to boot. I think you can go right to the farm to buy bread and pastries but you’ll also see them at the Manchester and Dorset farmers markets as well. During the summer, they also do a vegetarian dinner buffet at a local inn.
This place is a local favorite for giant, homeade doughnuts. I think they offer a broader breakfast menu too, but I've only ever made it as far as the doughnuts!
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Mrs Murphy Donuts
374 Depot St
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This place is a local favorite for giant, homeade doughnuts. I think they offer a broader breakfast menu too, but I've only ever made it as far as the doughnuts!
Fresh pasta! This shop just opened and we are so excited it is here :)
DiBuono Ravioli Co.
516 Main St
Fresh pasta! This shop just opened and we are so excited it is here :)
We love Sunhee's Farm and Kitchen! It has a delicious array of Korean small plates and entrees, and the atmosphere is rustic, warm, and romantic.
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Sunhee's Farm and Kitchen
95-97 Ferry St
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We love Sunhee's Farm and Kitchen! It has a delicious array of Korean small plates and entrees, and the atmosphere is rustic, warm, and romantic.
When you're craving spicy siracha steamed pork buns and big bowls of ramen, this is the place. Plus it's in a funky renovated train car diner.
Tanpopo Ramen and Sake Bar
893 Broadway
When you're craving spicy siracha steamed pork buns and big bowls of ramen, this is the place. Plus it's in a funky renovated train car diner.
If you're craving a grass-fed burger, hand-cut fries, and a shake, this is the spot. It's a great spot to get a hungry family fed quickly, in a cool atmosphere. (From the same folks who brought you SoLo Farm and Table.)
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Honeypie
8811 VT-30
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If you're craving a grass-fed burger, hand-cut fries, and a shake, this is the spot. It's a great spot to get a hungry family fed quickly, in a cool atmosphere. (From the same folks who brought you SoLo Farm and Table.)
Downtown Bennington VT now has a bright and cheery frozen yogurt shop. Get ready to "create your own dessert" with our tasty toppings. Open 7 days a week!
Leap'n Cow Cafe & Frozen Yogurt
411 Main St
Downtown Bennington VT now has a bright and cheery frozen yogurt shop. Get ready to "create your own dessert" with our tasty toppings. Open 7 days a week!
This is a really cool shop and cafe that has retail section with local products in the front, and a small dinging section in the back. They have great sandwiches, hand pies, quiches and more. And there are a bunch of VEGAN FRIENDLY options.
Bringing You Vermont LLC
434 Main St
This is a really cool shop and cafe that has retail section with local products in the front, and a small dinging section in the back. They have great sandwiches, hand pies, quiches and more. And there are a bunch of VEGAN FRIENDLY options.
This place has serious salads, sandwiches, soups and baked goods that will leave you happy!
Your Belly's Deli
100 Pleasant St
This place has serious salads, sandwiches, soups and baked goods that will leave you happy!
The Publyk House is a serious all-American steak house. It's a family-friendly dinner restaurant with something for everyone. In the summertime they have a great porch with outdoor seating and a lovely view of the mountains surrounding Bennington.
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The Publyk House
782 Harwood Hill Road
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The Publyk House is a serious all-American steak house. It's a family-friendly dinner restaurant with something for everyone. In the summertime they have a great porch with outdoor seating and a lovely view of the mountains surrounding Bennington.
Artisanal PIZZA, Craft BEER & WINE in a super cool and romantic setting in the town of Hoosick Falls. This place just opened and people are loving it. Plus it's open until 11 on Saturday nights which is like 4 AM CBT (Country Bumpkin Time)
BYTE
15 John St
Artisanal PIZZA, Craft BEER & WINE in a super cool and romantic setting in the town of Hoosick Falls. This place just opened and people are loving it. Plus it's open until 11 on Saturday nights which is like 4 AM CBT (Country Bumpkin Time)
Maple Creemees, homemade donuts and baked goods (pie, cookies, etc.), maple syrup, local preserves and honey, and MANY other great Vermont products tucked away in this little shop. Also home to the Norman Rockwell Exhibition.
Sugar Shack/Norman Rockwell Exhibition
29 Sugar Shack Ln
Maple Creemees, homemade donuts and baked goods (pie, cookies, etc.), maple syrup, local preserves and honey, and MANY other great Vermont products tucked away in this little shop. Also home to the Norman Rockwell Exhibition.
Wonderfully friendly, cozy, comfortable café and wine bar with an emphasis on local produce. Enjoy tapas and more with our great collection of fantastic wines.
Mystic Cafe & Wine Bar
4928 Main St
Wonderfully friendly, cozy, comfortable café and wine bar with an emphasis on local produce. Enjoy tapas and more with our great collection of fantastic wines.
A warm, friendly, low-key atmosphere and incredible Bermese food. You order at the counter and then the food is brought to your table quickly. Curries, salads, rice and noodle dishes—there is a wonderful array of fresh flavors here. Great vegetarian options.
MOONWINK
4479 Main St
A warm, friendly, low-key atmosphere and incredible Bermese food. You order at the counter and then the food is brought to your table quickly. Curries, salads, rice and noodle dishes—there is a wonderful array of fresh flavors here. Great vegetarian options.
An eclectic, contemporary breakfast and lunch menu with great coffee and espresso as well. Breakfast burritos, salads, and veggie/GF options as well. Highly recommend the Fusion sandwich, if you're a fan of Banh Mi.
The Loose Cannon Cafe
139 Main St
An eclectic, contemporary breakfast and lunch menu with great coffee and espresso as well. Breakfast burritos, salads, and veggie/GF options as well. Highly recommend the Fusion sandwich, if you're a fan of Banh Mi.
This historic Inn has an exceptional restaurant and tavern. Local, seasonal ingredients are presented beautifully in this quintessentially Vermont farmhouse atmosphere. Call ahead for reservations ahead of your trip, if you're looking for someplace really special.
West Mountain Inn
West Mountain Inn Road
This historic Inn has an exceptional restaurant and tavern. Local, seasonal ingredients are presented beautifully in this quintessentially Vermont farmhouse atmosphere. Call ahead for reservations ahead of your trip, if you're looking for someplace really special.
Essentials
A small natural food grocer with lots of local food available.
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Natures Market
303 Center Hill Rd
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A small natural food grocer with lots of local food available.
Bennington’s natural food grocer.
Spice'n Nice
223 North St
Bennington’s natural food grocer.
Bennington has a few supermarkets, but this is our favorite place for groceries. They have a wide selection of produce, cheeses, some local items, and a great aisle of wines.
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Hannaford Supermarket
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Bennington has a few supermarkets, but this is our favorite place for groceries. They have a wide selection of produce, cheeses, some local items, and a great aisle of wines.
They stock a wide variety of local beers, wines from all over the world, as well as fine liquors.
Bennington Beverage Outlet
125 Northside Dr
They stock a wide variety of local beers, wines from all over the world, as well as fine liquors.
DELI + GROCERIES +BULK FOODS | This is a great place to stock up for a picnic or the drive home. They also carry local meats in their freezer section.
Market Wagon
1896 Harwood Hill Rd
DELI + GROCERIES +BULK FOODS | This is a great place to stock up for a picnic or the drive home. They also carry local meats in their freezer section.
Arts & Culture
This is a world-class museum that is a treat to have about 45 away. Check out their site to see the latest shows.
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Mass MoCA Way
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This is a world-class museum that is a treat to have about 45 away. Check out their site to see the latest shows.
The Clark Art Institute is best known for its French Impressionist paintings by Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro, and especially Pierre-Auguste Renoir, with more than thirty paintings by the artist. The collection is also rich in American paintings by Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, George Inness, Frederic Remington, and Mary Cassatt; Italian and Northern Renaissance masterpieces; portraits and landscapes by European masters; and an extraordinary collection of silver, porcelain, and furniture. An active program of special exhibitions brings great works of art from around the world to the museum.
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Clark Art Institute
225 South Street
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The Clark Art Institute is best known for its French Impressionist paintings by Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro, and especially Pierre-Auguste Renoir, with more than thirty paintings by the artist. The collection is also rich in American paintings by Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, George Inness, Frederic Remington, and Mary Cassatt; Italian and Northern Renaissance masterpieces; portraits and landscapes by European masters; and an extraordinary collection of silver, porcelain, and furniture. An active program of special exhibitions brings great works of art from around the world to the museum.
Founded more than 50 years ago by a group of local artists, the cultural center includes a beautiful Georgian mansion that showcases changing exhibits, the Arkell Pavillion, a performing arts center and the Elizabeth de C. Wilson Museum, which houses the center's permanent collection of more than 700 paintings. There's a great outdoor sculpture walk as well.
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Southern Vermont Arts Center
930 Southern Vermont Arts Center Drive
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Founded more than 50 years ago by a group of local artists, the cultural center includes a beautiful Georgian mansion that showcases changing exhibits, the Arkell Pavillion, a performing arts center and the Elizabeth de C. Wilson Museum, which houses the center's permanent collection of more than 700 paintings. There's a great outdoor sculpture walk as well.
The Weston Playhouse Theatre Company produces a wide variety of acclaimed live shows in picturesque Weston, VT. Bring the whole family!
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Weston Playhouse Theatre Company
703 Main Street
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The Weston Playhouse Theatre Company produces a wide variety of acclaimed live shows in picturesque Weston, VT. Bring the whole family!
"Our mission is to create bold, innovative, and authentic theatre that engages a diverse, multi-generational community, and economically diverse region: enlightening, entertaining, and inspiring our audience through the celebration of great plays. We aim to redefine the landscape of theatre by presenting thought-provoking productions drawn from the new and classic canon, as well as through the development of new plays, new audiences, and new artists for the future of American theater. We produce theatre that matters."
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Dorset Theatre Festival
104 Cheney Road
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"Our mission is to create bold, innovative, and authentic theatre that engages a diverse, multi-generational community, and economically diverse region: enlightening, entertaining, and inspiring our audience through the celebration of great plays. We aim to redefine the landscape of theatre by presenting thought-provoking productions drawn from the new and classic canon, as well as through the development of new plays, new audiences, and new artists for the future of American theater. We produce theatre that matters."
This is the local art house movie spot. Grab dinner at Spice Root, Meze, or Hops & Vines, and then head over to a charming, small town cinema.
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Images Cinema
50 Spring Street
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This is the local art house movie spot. Grab dinner at Spice Root, Meze, or Hops & Vines, and then head over to a charming, small town cinema.
Located in the historic village of North Bennington, Vermont, VAE carries out its mission through art education programs and workshops both public and private as well as exhibitions and performances which present local, national and international artists. ---------------------------------------------------- Check out their calendar of events for cool happenings like the Basement Music Series and North Bennington Outdoor Sculpture Walk.
Vermont Arts Exchange
29 Sage St
Located in the historic village of North Bennington, Vermont, VAE carries out its mission through art education programs and workshops both public and private as well as exhibitions and performances which present local, national and international artists. ---------------------------------------------------- Check out their calendar of events for cool happenings like the Basement Music Series and North Bennington Outdoor Sculpture Walk.
Norman Rockwell lived in the town of Arlington, VT for many years, and painted many of his iconic paintings there. One of the best parts of the exhibition is getting to see the local people from Arlington who were models in some of his most memorable images.
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Norman Rockwell Exhibition
118 Sugar Shack Ln
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Norman Rockwell lived in the town of Arlington, VT for many years, and painted many of his iconic paintings there. One of the best parts of the exhibition is getting to see the local people from Arlington who were models in some of his most memorable images.
This place is a gem. A small theatre company that produces a wide variety work. The venue also screens films, concerts, and other live shows. Check their calendar to see what's going on while you're in town.
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Oldcastle Theatre
331 Main St
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This place is a gem. A small theatre company that produces a wide variety work. The venue also screens films, concerts, and other live shows. Check their calendar to see what's going on while you're in town.
Check out their outdoor sculpture park, overlooking the mountains. open year-round! There are a variety of shows and seasonal events to take in as well.
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Salem Art Works
19 Cary Lane
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Check out their outdoor sculpture park, overlooking the mountains. open year-round! There are a variety of shows and seasonal events to take in as well.
Entertainment & Activities
Hathaway's Twin Drive In Theater Open Thursday-Sunday
4762 New York 67
Glass blowing class at Manchester Hot Glass!
Manchester Hot Glass
79 Elm St # 1
Glass blowing class at Manchester Hot Glass!
Fishing School - Orvis
4169 Main St
A classic, family-friendly ski resort in the winter. And an outdoor amusement park in the summer, with an alpine slide, water slide, zip line, devil carts, bungie trampoline, etc.
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Bromley Mountain Ski Resort
3984 Vermont 11
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A classic, family-friendly ski resort in the winter. And an outdoor amusement park in the summer, with an alpine slide, water slide, zip line, devil carts, bungie trampoline, etc.
Learn to drive a Land Rover in its natural habitat!
Land Rover Experience Driving School
80 Union St
Learn to drive a Land Rover in its natural habitat!
Check out some serious equestrians compete for some serious pots of gold. The competitions last for about 6 weeks over the summer, and the Grand Prix events attract some world-class competitors. If you want to see Olympic level riding close-up, this is the place to do it!
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Vermont Summer Festival
2971 U.S. 7
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Check out some serious equestrians compete for some serious pots of gold. The competitions last for about 6 weeks over the summer, and the Grand Prix events attract some world-class competitors. If you want to see Olympic level riding close-up, this is the place to do it!
Not to be missed! Canoeing, kayaking, tubing on the gorgeous Battenkill River. These outfitters will rent you the equipment to explore the river yourself, or take you on a guided trip.
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Battenkill Valley Outdoors
1414 New York 313
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Not to be missed! Canoeing, kayaking, tubing on the gorgeous Battenkill River. These outfitters will rent you the equipment to explore the river yourself, or take you on a guided trip.
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Zoar Adventure Center
36 West Main Street
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Bike rentals and suggested routes
Battenkill Bicycles
99 Bonnet Street
Bike rentals and suggested routes
Nordic ski and snow shoeing center
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Wild Wings Ski Touring Center
246 Styles Ln
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Nordic ski and snow shoeing center
Nordic Skiing and snow shoeing
Prospect Mountain
Nordic Skiing and snow shoeing
Apline skiing and riding at a luxury resort.
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Stratton Mountain Resort
5 Village Lodge Road
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Apline skiing and riding at a luxury resort.
Apline skiing and riding. Seasonal events as well.
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Mount Snow
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Apline skiing and riding. Seasonal events as well.
Snowmobile Vermont - Mount Snow
39 Mount Snow Road
FALL: CORN MAZE & CIDER DOUGHNUTS | This is a lovely nursery and garden center. In the fall, they have a corn maze and food stand that makes wonderful cider doughnuts and hot cider. Definitely worth a stop!
Equinox Valley Nursery
1158 Main St
FALL: CORN MAZE & CIDER DOUGHNUTS | This is a lovely nursery and garden center. In the fall, they have a corn maze and food stand that makes wonderful cider doughnuts and hot cider. Definitely worth a stop!
This is a great place for a rainy day excursion! Trompolines, foam pits and more. Check out their website to get a glimpse of their aerial features. (There is a toddler area for the wee ones.)
Sky Zone Trampoline Park - Coming Soon
50 Simmons Ln
This is a great place for a rainy day excursion! Trompolines, foam pits and more. Check out their website to get a glimpse of their aerial features. (There is a toddler area for the wee ones.)
This is about an hour from the Schoolhouse, and a world away. Check out world-class thoroughbred racing, and the posh scene that surrounds it, in this historic racetrack town. The town of Saratoga has lots of restaurants and shops.
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Saratoga racetrack
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This is about an hour from the Schoolhouse, and a world away. Check out world-class thoroughbred racing, and the posh scene that surrounds it, in this historic racetrack town. The town of Saratoga has lots of restaurants and shops.
Come see why our 39 km trail system is loved by so many. Beautiful and interesting trails wind through old woods, past classic Vermont scenery, around a busy beaver pond, and along side the West River. Our terrain is mixed from easy, short wooded loops that keep skiers out of the wind and near the ski center to longer treks out to picnic tables placed at scenic vistas. We meticulously groom 35 km of ski trails for both classic and skate ski techniques and have 4 km of dedicated snowshoe trails. Snowshoes are allowed on most of our ski trails and if conditions are right, fat bikes too.
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Viking Nordic Center
615 Little Pond Rd
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Come see why our 39 km trail system is loved by so many. Beautiful and interesting trails wind through old woods, past classic Vermont scenery, around a busy beaver pond, and along side the West River. Our terrain is mixed from easy, short wooded loops that keep skiers out of the wind and near the ski center to longer treks out to picnic tables placed at scenic vistas. We meticulously groom 35 km of ski trails for both classic and skate ski techniques and have 4 km of dedicated snowshoe trails. Snowshoes are allowed on most of our ski trails and if conditions are right, fat bikes too.
There’s an original Vermont skiing-first spirit at Magic, born over 50 years ago, but now renewed. Magic connects deeply with those who come here for two big reasons: its awesome terrain and its authentic community vibe. It’s why Magic not only endures but now offers skiers and riders a true alternative to today’s corporate-style resorts. It’s Magic’s skiers and riders who create a spirited community like no other. It’s a laid-back, friendly vibe where friends and families commune at Goniff’sDen to tell stories; where volunteers pitch in to help clear trails and create new glades; where many have invested in Magic’s future; and where new winter friends are made every season.
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Magic Mountain Ski Area
495 Magic Mountain Access
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There’s an original Vermont skiing-first spirit at Magic, born over 50 years ago, but now renewed. Magic connects deeply with those who come here for two big reasons: its awesome terrain and its authentic community vibe. It’s why Magic not only endures but now offers skiers and riders a true alternative to today’s corporate-style resorts. It’s Magic’s skiers and riders who create a spirited community like no other. It’s a laid-back, friendly vibe where friends and families commune at Goniff’sDen to tell stories; where volunteers pitch in to help clear trails and create new glades; where many have invested in Magic’s future; and where new winter friends are made every season.
Taylor Farm is a picturesque dairy farm in Londonderry. They make some incredible cheeses and farm treats, available in the farm store and lots of grocery stores around New England and the rest of the country. They also have SLEIGH RIDES during the winter time. These are very popular, so we encourage you to call in advance to check availability.
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Taylor Farm
825 Vermont 11
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Taylor Farm is a picturesque dairy farm in Londonderry. They make some incredible cheeses and farm treats, available in the farm store and lots of grocery stores around New England and the rest of the country. They also have SLEIGH RIDES during the winter time. These are very popular, so we encourage you to call in advance to check availability.
Getting Around
It takes one hour, door to door, to get from the Albany Airport to the Schoolhouse.
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Albany International Airport
737 Albany Shaker Road
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It takes one hour, door to door, to get from the Albany Airport to the Schoolhouse.
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
96 Northside Dr
Parks & Nature
Merck Forest is an incredible place to visit. This is piece of working landscape that has been preserved for the enjoyment of the public. There are miles and miles of beautiful hiking trails, a working farm with livestock, sugaring operation, and seasonal events as well. Visit their calendar to check out moonlight owl walks, tours, and other hands-on farming activities. This is one of our favorite places!
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Merck Forest & Farmland Center
3270 Route 315
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Merck Forest is an incredible place to visit. This is piece of working landscape that has been preserved for the enjoyment of the public. There are miles and miles of beautiful hiking trails, a working farm with livestock, sugaring operation, and seasonal events as well. Visit their calendar to check out moonlight owl walks, tours, and other hands-on farming activities. This is one of our favorite places!
This is a winding, beautiful auto road that brings you to the summit of Mount Equinox. There is a small visitor center and tower you can climb at the top and enjoy scenic views of the valley. Closed over the winter.
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Mount Equinox Skyline Drive
Skyline Drive
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This is a winding, beautiful auto road that brings you to the summit of Mount Equinox. There is a small visitor center and tower you can climb at the top and enjoy scenic views of the valley. Closed over the winter.
This is a beautiful state park, just up the road from us. (Weekends in the summer are very busy there.) There is a sand beach and swimming area, as well as paddle boats, canoes, and kayaks for rent, as well as a wonderful walking trail around the outside of the lake. The walk is just over a mile, and perfect short, but varied hike for our young family.
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Lake Shaftsbury State Park
262 Lake Shaftsbury Road
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This is a beautiful state park, just up the road from us. (Weekends in the summer are very busy there.) There is a sand beach and swimming area, as well as paddle boats, canoes, and kayaks for rent, as well as a wonderful walking trail around the outside of the lake. The walk is just over a mile, and perfect short, but varied hike for our young family.
This is a beautiful, secluded state park, that doesn't get quite as busy as some of the others along Rt. 7. There is a small sand beach and swimming area, as well as paddle boards, boats, canoes, and kayaks for rent, as well as a wonderful walking trail around the outside of the lake. The walk is just over a mile, and perfect short, but varied hike for our young family.
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Woodford State Park
142 State Park Road
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This is a beautiful, secluded state park, that doesn't get quite as busy as some of the others along Rt. 7. There is a small sand beach and swimming area, as well as paddle boards, boats, canoes, and kayaks for rent, as well as a wonderful walking trail around the outside of the lake. The walk is just over a mile, and perfect short, but varied hike for our young family.
This is a small lake in the heart of North Bennington. There is a picnic and swimming area open to the public. There is also a nice walking trail that goes to the adjacent Robert Frost homestead and back.
Lake Paran Recreation
This is a small lake in the heart of North Bennington. There is a picnic and swimming area open to the public. There is also a nice walking trail that goes to the adjacent Robert Frost homestead and back.
SWIMMING HOLE | This is a local swimming hole along the Battenkill river. Follow directions to Covered Bridge Road in Arlington.
Arlington Covered Bridge
SWIMMING HOLE | This is a local swimming hole along the Battenkill river. Follow directions to Covered Bridge Road in Arlington.
This is a remote, winding road that follows a mountain river up into the Green Mountain National Forest. It is absolutely beautiful, and truly, and epically frigid. We drive about 10-15 minutes up the road and find a few deep spots to take a freezing, but refreshing dunk. If you like getting off of the beaten trail, this is pretty wild and romantic feeling.
Kelley Stand Road
This is a remote, winding road that follows a mountain river up into the Green Mountain National Forest. It is absolutely beautiful, and truly, and epically frigid. We drive about 10-15 minutes up the road and find a few deep spots to take a freezing, but refreshing dunk. If you like getting off of the beaten trail, this is pretty wild and romantic feeling.
At 2 hours away, this isn’t someplace you can pop out for a swim, but it is one of my favorite places in Vermont, so I have to include it on a list of swimming holes. It’s a series of carved, cascading deep pools that are a magical emerald green color. Put this on your Vermont check list for sure. (Try to go on a weekday if you can.)
Warren Falls
3916 VT-100
At 2 hours away, this isn’t someplace you can pop out for a swim, but it is one of my favorite places in Vermont, so I have to include it on a list of swimming holes. It’s a series of carved, cascading deep pools that are a magical emerald green color. Put this on your Vermont check list for sure. (Try to go on a weekday if you can.)
A great state park for the whole family. Swimming and hiking trails in a beautiful mountain setting. There is a lovely waterfall there too.
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Jamaica State Park
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A great state park for the whole family. Swimming and hiking trails in a beautiful mountain setting. There is a lovely waterfall there too.
Named for it's lovely emerald green water, this is a great park for a picnic and a swim. It does get very crowded on the weekends, but weekdays are fine. There is a large sandy swimming area and boats for rent as well.
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Emerald Lake State Park
65 Emerald Lake Lane
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Named for it's lovely emerald green water, this is a great park for a picnic and a swim. It does get very crowded on the weekends, but weekdays are fine. There is a large sandy swimming area and boats for rent as well.
This iconic swimming hole is quite the scene on a summer weekend, but worth braving the crowd for. There are a bunch of well-worn jumping spots for those who like to leap off of high places, and a shallower area for the more reserved. (But I would not say this a relaxing place to bring your toddler for the afternoon.) Utterly beautiful.
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Dorset Quarry
1940 VT-30
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This iconic swimming hole is quite the scene on a summer weekend, but worth braving the crowd for. There are a bunch of well-worn jumping spots for those who like to leap off of high places, and a shallower area for the more reserved. (But I would not say this a relaxing place to bring your toddler for the afternoon.) Utterly beautiful.
This is an extremely remote and peaceful lake deep in the Green Mountain National forest. There is a public parking area, boat launch, and walking trails, but it is very much a self-serve park. The dirt roads that lead you through the park are beautiful and very remote. Cell service is patchy, so you might want to print out the directions on paper as back up. Bring a canoe and a picnic, and have lunch out on one of the islands!
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Somerset Reservoir
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This is an extremely remote and peaceful lake deep in the Green Mountain National forest. There is a public parking area, boat launch, and walking trails, but it is very much a self-serve park. The dirt roads that lead you through the park are beautiful and very remote. Cell service is patchy, so you might want to print out the directions on paper as back up. Bring a canoe and a picnic, and have lunch out on one of the islands!
PLAYGROUND | If you're looking for a fantastic playground to take your kids, this is the place! It has a huge wooden castle with bridges, slides, and secret passage ways. The signage to get you there is really poor, so keep your eyes peeled!
Willow Park
PLAYGROUND | If you're looking for a fantastic playground to take your kids, this is the place! It has a huge wooden castle with bridges, slides, and secret passage ways. The signage to get you there is really poor, so keep your eyes peeled!
This is a great public park with a little bit of everything. Tennis and basketball courts. Two play structures, one for toddlers, and one for bigger kids. A fitness circuit training course. River frontage on the iconic Battenkill river, which our kids love to wade and play in. There is also a free, pitch and put golf course. (There is no golf club house/pro shop. You bring your own equipment and balls.)
Arlington Recreational Park
This is a great public park with a little bit of everything. Tennis and basketball courts. Two play structures, one for toddlers, and one for bigger kids. A fitness circuit training course. River frontage on the iconic Battenkill river, which our kids love to wade and play in. There is also a free, pitch and put golf course. (There is no golf club house/pro shop. You bring your own equipment and balls.)
This is a lovely network of easy walking/hiking trails at the base of Mt. Equinox. And as the name suggests, there is a scenic pond there as well. In the winter, you can snow shoe and nordic ski here as well. (The pin on the map is for the pond itself, you should search the web for the directions to the trail head parking area.)
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Equinox Pond
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This is a lovely network of easy walking/hiking trails at the base of Mt. Equinox. And as the name suggests, there is a scenic pond there as well. In the winter, you can snow shoe and nordic ski here as well. (The pin on the map is for the pond itself, you should search the web for the directions to the trail head parking area.)
This is a great town rec park! It's got a little bit of everything. Little play structures for toddlers, a huuuuuggge sandbox filled with trucks and diggers, big kid playgrounds, a STELLAR skateboard park, and lots of athletic fields and courts. Great place for a picnic in between Manchester activities.
Manchester Recreation Department
340 Rec Park Rd
This is a great town rec park! It's got a little bit of everything. Little play structures for toddlers, a huuuuuggge sandbox filled with trucks and diggers, big kid playgrounds, a STELLAR skateboard park, and lots of athletic fields and courts. Great place for a picnic in between Manchester activities.
This is a great, medium-length hike we like to take. It's about 2 miles up the trail to a scenic waterfall. Our 3 year old wouldn't be up for hiking the whole way yet, but it's a great family hike if your kids are a bit older, or you don't mind doing some carrying!
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Lye Brook Falls Trail
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This is a great, medium-length hike we like to take. It's about 2 miles up the trail to a scenic waterfall. Our 3 year old wouldn't be up for hiking the whole way yet, but it's a great family hike if your kids are a bit older, or you don't mind doing some carrying!