Welcome to Dorset!

Brian Don

Welcome to Dorset!

Skiing Summer Adventure Park
Winter and Summer fun! Only 20 minutes away.
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Bromley Mountain
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Winter and Summer fun! Only 20 minutes away.
30 minute drive from Dorset!
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Stratton Mountain
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30 minute drive from Dorset!
30 minutes from our house!
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Magic Mountain Ski Area
495 Magic Mountain Access
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30 minutes from our house!
City/town information
Full of New England character and energy, Dorset, Vermont is a four-season destination and home to a vibrant arts scene, a never-ending list of outdoor activities, and world-class restaurants and lodging. Dorset’s unparalleled beauty is matched only by our rich history, our residents and the diverse businesses you will find here. Nestled in the heart of the Vermont Valley in southwestern Vermont – where the Taconic Mountains meet the Greens – you’ll find there’s always more to discover in Dorset.
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Dorset
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Full of New England character and energy, Dorset, Vermont is a four-season destination and home to a vibrant arts scene, a never-ending list of outdoor activities, and world-class restaurants and lodging. Dorset’s unparalleled beauty is matched only by our rich history, our residents and the diverse businesses you will find here. Nestled in the heart of the Vermont Valley in southwestern Vermont – where the Taconic Mountains meet the Greens – you’ll find there’s always more to discover in Dorset.
From shopping and dining, to cultural, recreational and community events, Manchester is the quintessential New England community. Ideally located in southwestern Vermont, Manchester is easily accessible to the rest of the Northeast but tucked into the Green Mountains in the picturesque Battenkill River Valley.
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Manchester
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From shopping and dining, to cultural, recreational and community events, Manchester is the quintessential New England community. Ideally located in southwestern Vermont, Manchester is easily accessible to the rest of the Northeast but tucked into the Green Mountains in the picturesque Battenkill River Valley.
Weston, Vermont is home to the famous Vermont Country Store, the Weston Village Store and the Weston Village Christmas Shop. These shops will keep you coming back year after year. Take a treasure hunt and discover products long gone from store shelves including Tangee lipstick, pants stretchers, the largest selection of weather vanes in Vermont, The Vermont Scale Museum, and a year ’round Christmas Shop. Shopping in Weston is like taking a nostalgic step back in time when life was simpler, and proprietors operated their family businesses. Also check out the Galleries in town where you will find a unique gift or a one of a kind work of art. Visit with local artist and craftsmen and experience personal shopping found nowhere else.
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Weston
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Weston, Vermont is home to the famous Vermont Country Store, the Weston Village Store and the Weston Village Christmas Shop. These shops will keep you coming back year after year. Take a treasure hunt and discover products long gone from store shelves including Tangee lipstick, pants stretchers, the largest selection of weather vanes in Vermont, The Vermont Scale Museum, and a year ’round Christmas Shop. Shopping in Weston is like taking a nostalgic step back in time when life was simpler, and proprietors operated their family businesses. Also check out the Galleries in town where you will find a unique gift or a one of a kind work of art. Visit with local artist and craftsmen and experience personal shopping found nowhere else.
Swimming Kayaking Hiking Fishing
Emerald Lake State Park is located in the narrow Route 7 valley between the Green Mountains to the east and the Taconic Mountains to the west. The 28-acre Emerald Lake, a focal point of the valley watershed, is situated near the headwaters of Otter Creek. Unique Features: Emerald Lake State Park hosts enriched northern hardwood forests and uncommon natural communities. Its forests support important wildlife habitat including deer wintering habitat. There is a 4-acre Natural Area of mature hemlocks. And the lake and associated wetlands are near the beginning of Vermont’s longest river – Otter Creek. Recreation Overview: In addition to the camping and swimming that Emerald Lake has to offer it has many miles of hiking trails. These trails lead the hiker through working forests, near wetlands and along cliffs with spectacular views of the surrounding mountains as well as Emerald Lake and its associated wetlands.
Emerald Lake
Emerald Lake State Park is located in the narrow Route 7 valley between the Green Mountains to the east and the Taconic Mountains to the west. The 28-acre Emerald Lake, a focal point of the valley watershed, is situated near the headwaters of Otter Creek. Unique Features: Emerald Lake State Park hosts enriched northern hardwood forests and uncommon natural communities. Its forests support important wildlife habitat including deer wintering habitat. There is a 4-acre Natural Area of mature hemlocks. And the lake and associated wetlands are near the beginning of Vermont’s longest river – Otter Creek. Recreation Overview: In addition to the camping and swimming that Emerald Lake has to offer it has many miles of hiking trails. These trails lead the hiker through working forests, near wetlands and along cliffs with spectacular views of the surrounding mountains as well as Emerald Lake and its associated wetlands.
Food scene
In 1796, The Dorset Inn welcomed its first guests – travelers en route to the major markets in Boston and Albany. After tethering their horses at the Inn’s front door, they would pass an evening before the fireplace of the Inn, eat a hearty supper and retire to the four poster bed. The New England Village Green was the center of town activity. In Dorset, the Green Mountain Boys planned their exploits against the British in 1775 at the Green before riding off to rally their compatriots. It was on the Green where the parades started or a game of tennis or croquet could be played. In the summer of 1918, Inn proprietor Amy Ann Lapham added new guest rooms by raising the roof over the ballroom. The Inn provided lodging for 35 guests, mostly “city dwellers” who fell in love with the area’s beauty and charm. Guests would stay for weeks or months at a time. Excursions to Mt. Equinox, Downer’s Glen, Lake St. Catherine, the Marble Quarries and Mt. Antoine were favorite pastimes. For the first 100 years, the chef relied on the Inn’s backyard population of chickens, cows and the vegetable garden for the ingredients in each day’s meals. Later, the neighboring farmer supplied fresh Vermont milk and cream while Thomas Hanley’s general market was the source for poultry, meat and vegetables. At the Dorset Grist Mill, established in 1876, grains for baking and the country’s only source of granola were purchased for patrons. Now completely refurbished, The Dorset Inn is renowned locally and nationally for its gracious, welcoming atmosphere and exceptional cooking. Careful attention to the finer details in restoring the Inn are in evidence throughout the historic building: period furnishings and new carpeting and wallpaper amidst well-preserved architectural details in the Inn’s common rooms including wide pine board floors in the living rooms, the restored tavern and the pronounced character of the candlelit dining room. Now and for the past century, Dorset has attracted writers, artists, sports enthusiasts and vacationers to its high meadows, hardwood forests, golf courses and clear, trout-laden streams.
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The Dorset Inn
8 Church Street
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In 1796, The Dorset Inn welcomed its first guests – travelers en route to the major markets in Boston and Albany. After tethering their horses at the Inn’s front door, they would pass an evening before the fireplace of the Inn, eat a hearty supper and retire to the four poster bed. The New England Village Green was the center of town activity. In Dorset, the Green Mountain Boys planned their exploits against the British in 1775 at the Green before riding off to rally their compatriots. It was on the Green where the parades started or a game of tennis or croquet could be played. In the summer of 1918, Inn proprietor Amy Ann Lapham added new guest rooms by raising the roof over the ballroom. The Inn provided lodging for 35 guests, mostly “city dwellers” who fell in love with the area’s beauty and charm. Guests would stay for weeks or months at a time. Excursions to Mt. Equinox, Downer’s Glen, Lake St. Catherine, the Marble Quarries and Mt. Antoine were favorite pastimes. For the first 100 years, the chef relied on the Inn’s backyard population of chickens, cows and the vegetable garden for the ingredients in each day’s meals. Later, the neighboring farmer supplied fresh Vermont milk and cream while Thomas Hanley’s general market was the source for poultry, meat and vegetables. At the Dorset Grist Mill, established in 1876, grains for baking and the country’s only source of granola were purchased for patrons. Now completely refurbished, The Dorset Inn is renowned locally and nationally for its gracious, welcoming atmosphere and exceptional cooking. Careful attention to the finer details in restoring the Inn are in evidence throughout the historic building: period furnishings and new carpeting and wallpaper amidst well-preserved architectural details in the Inn’s common rooms including wide pine board floors in the living rooms, the restored tavern and the pronounced character of the candlelit dining room. Now and for the past century, Dorset has attracted writers, artists, sports enthusiasts and vacationers to its high meadows, hardwood forests, golf courses and clear, trout-laden streams.
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Barrows House Inn & Restaurant
3156 Vermont 30
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The Barn Restaurant and Tavern
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Dorset Bakery
3239 VT-30
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Horseback Riding
See Scenic Vermont from horseback. Go trail riding on our beautiful horse trails. Chipman Stables offers Horseback Riding in Southern Vermont. Located in Danby Four Corners, just minutes from the Equinox Hotel in Manchester, Vermont. Take a trail ride on the finest trained horses in the Northeast. Our horses are sound, safe and sane. Experienced friendly trail guides are willing to help those who need a little extra attention. We welcome kids of all ages. Ride along the hillside of our peaceful little valley on the most beautiful farmland in Southern VT. Our trails have the most spectacular views in the world! (Known as God’s Country). Beginners to experienced riders will truly enjoy this unique experience. Chipman Stables is proud to to serve you for the past 40 years. Come horseback riding at the best riding stable in Vermont!
Chipman Stables
33 Danby Pawlet Road
See Scenic Vermont from horseback. Go trail riding on our beautiful horse trails. Chipman Stables offers Horseback Riding in Southern Vermont. Located in Danby Four Corners, just minutes from the Equinox Hotel in Manchester, Vermont. Take a trail ride on the finest trained horses in the Northeast. Our horses are sound, safe and sane. Experienced friendly trail guides are willing to help those who need a little extra attention. We welcome kids of all ages. Ride along the hillside of our peaceful little valley on the most beautiful farmland in Southern VT. Our trails have the most spectacular views in the world! (Known as God’s Country). Beginners to experienced riders will truly enjoy this unique experience. Chipman Stables is proud to to serve you for the past 40 years. Come horseback riding at the best riding stable in Vermont!
Sightseeing
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Equinox Mountain
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Theater
The Dorset Players
104 Cheney Road
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Weston Playhouse Theatre Company
703 Main Street
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