Welcome to Bethel VT

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Welcome to Bethel VT

Food and drink

The closest village, has groceries (Bethel Central Market), Cockadoodle pizza (great for families with kids), and a classy sandwich/wine shop (with great views of the falls). Not to be missed is Babe's Bar (named after Paul Bunyan's ox, just so you don't get the wrong idea).
Bethel
The closest village, has groceries (Bethel Central Market), Cockadoodle pizza (great for families with kids), and a classy sandwich/wine shop (with great views of the falls). Not to be missed is Babe's Bar (named after Paul Bunyan's ox, just so you don't get the wrong idea).
Home to the Vermont Law School with a food coop with a good selection of organic foods. Also home to the original Worthy Burger, dedicated to local excellence in beer and food. And to First Branch coffee, our local roaster, that also serves as an outlet for Upper Pass brewery.
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South Royalton
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Home to the Vermont Law School with a food coop with a good selection of organic foods. Also home to the original Worthy Burger, dedicated to local excellence in beer and food. And to First Branch coffee, our local roaster, that also serves as an outlet for Upper Pass brewery.
A magical music venue, bakery and occasional farm stand. Find them on Facebook.
Wild Fern
1720 VT-100
A magical music venue, bakery and occasional farm stand. Find them on Facebook.
Rachel provides us with a great selection of fresh grown vegetables over a long season (April to October)
Foxville Farmstand
172 Gilman Road
Rachel provides us with a great selection of fresh grown vegetables over a long season (April to October)
The place to be on Saturday mornings. A real farmer's market. Has everything you need. Great running and cycling routes nearby.
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Norwich Farmers Market
301 US ​Route 5
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The place to be on Saturday mornings. A real farmer's market. Has everything you need. Great running and cycling routes nearby.
Farmstand with great sweet corn in season, plus beautiful melons and much ,much more. Check out their Facebook page for details https://www.facebook.com/HurricaneFlats
Hurricane Flats
975 South Windsor Street
Farmstand with great sweet corn in season, plus beautiful melons and much ,much more. Check out their Facebook page for details https://www.facebook.com/HurricaneFlats
Amazing baking, from sourdough bread to bagels to pies. Check out what is available to pre order on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/TheWildFern/
Wild Fern
1720 VT-100
Amazing baking, from sourdough bread to bagels to pies. Check out what is available to pre order on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/TheWildFern/
Open seasonally, carries extremely local maple syrup, eggs, beef and chicken. The maple syrup is made in the sugar house, the cows on the other side of the fence provide the beef and the chickens live 100 yards away. You can talk to the horses across the road. Rupert also stocks ice and firewood as well as a great selection of perennials. About a half mile south on North Rd.
McCullough Farm Stand
1110 North Road
Open seasonally, carries extremely local maple syrup, eggs, beef and chicken. The maple syrup is made in the sugar house, the cows on the other side of the fence provide the beef and the chickens live 100 yards away. You can talk to the horses across the road. Rupert also stocks ice and firewood as well as a great selection of perennials. About a half mile south on North Rd.
New this year, good source for fresh local meat of all kinds. Roma makes an excellent Viking sausage.
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Roma's Butchery
5615 Vermont 14
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New this year, good source for fresh local meat of all kinds. Roma makes an excellent Viking sausage.
A mecca for bakers. Cafe, store and school. Classes sell out months before so plan ahead. Great source for all baking ingredients and tools, as well as good food, eat in or to go.
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King Arthur NB
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A mecca for bakers. Cafe, store and school. Classes sell out months before so plan ahead. Great source for all baking ingredients and tools, as well as good food, eat in or to go.
This place has everything. Old guys at the bar drinking Bud, a kid's play area next to the pool table, cribbage boards, and a shelf of LGBTQ+ literature
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Babe's Bar
221 Main St
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This place has everything. Old guys at the bar drinking Bud, a kid's play area next to the pool table, cribbage boards, and a shelf of LGBTQ+ literature
Good beer, good food, a great view. Meatless food menu.
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Bent Hill Brewery
1972 Bent Hill Road
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Good beer, good food, a great view. Meatless food menu.
An extensive high end selection of local and organic products. https://www.kissthecowfarm.com/farm-store.html
Kiss the Cow Farm
2248 Royalton Turnpike
An extensive high end selection of local and organic products. https://www.kissthecowfarm.com/farm-store.html
Tiny Farmstand at the corner of Liliesville Brook Rd and Whittier has a good supply of blueberries in season and fresh eggs. Check Barb's Facebook page to see if she has her blueberry cake in stock. https://www.facebook.com/bartlettfarmVT/
Lilliesville Brook Road
Tiny Farmstand at the corner of Liliesville Brook Rd and Whittier has a good supply of blueberries in season and fresh eggs. Check Barb's Facebook page to see if she has her blueberry cake in stock. https://www.facebook.com/bartlettfarmVT/
Makes some of the best bread in Vermont, which is not an easy thing to do. The cafe has a great selection of pastries, sandwiches, beer and wine. Their bread is also available in many local stores and food coops, including the South Royalton Market https://www.redhenbaking.com/
Red Hen Bakery
Makes some of the best bread in Vermont, which is not an easy thing to do. The cafe has a great selection of pastries, sandwiches, beer and wine. Their bread is also available in many local stores and food coops, including the South Royalton Market https://www.redhenbaking.com/
The best of eccentric Vermont food trucks. Great food. https://www.facebook.com/crazybrads/
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Chef Brads CrazySide
1 Quechee Main St
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The best of eccentric Vermont food trucks. Great food. https://www.facebook.com/crazybrads/
Northern BBQ Just the other side of Bethel on your way to Randolph. Open seasonally. https://www.facebook.com/Vermont-Maple-BBQ-179835668790224/
Vermont Maple BBQ
2236 VT-12
Northern BBQ Just the other side of Bethel on your way to Randolph. Open seasonally. https://www.facebook.com/Vermont-Maple-BBQ-179835668790224/
It is a 30 minute drive to this year around market. Worth the visit in winter to get fresh grown produce.
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Capital City Farmers Market
60 State St
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It is a 30 minute drive to this year around market. Worth the visit in winter to get fresh grown produce.
Open all winter with local produce. Winter produce is one of the secret joys of Vermont.
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Vermont Farmer's Winter Market
251 West Street
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Open all winter with local produce. Winter produce is one of the secret joys of Vermont.

Great Views

A number of trails will take you top the top for the best view of Vermont. Allow a couple of hours to get to the top and bring a few extra layers. Trail maps here https://www.alltrails.com/fr/trail/us/vermont/camel-s-hump-trail
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Camels Hump
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A number of trails will take you top the top for the best view of Vermont. Allow a couple of hours to get to the top and bring a few extra layers. Trail maps here https://www.alltrails.com/fr/trail/us/vermont/camel-s-hump-trail
Two trails to get there. One is a beautiful 2 hour hike from the Blue Ribbon Trailhead on Beaver Meadow Rd. The other a short but steep climb from Turnpike Rd. The view is a 360 degree one that goes on forever.
Gile Mountain Fire Tower
Two trails to get there. One is a beautiful 2 hour hike from the Blue Ribbon Trailhead on Beaver Meadow Rd. The other a short but steep climb from Turnpike Rd. The view is a 360 degree one that goes on forever.
Off Greengate Rd, off Lakota Rd, off Hwy 12 on your way south to Woodstock. Another spectacular view from the lookout shelter two miles up the trail.
The Lookout Trailhead
Off Greengate Rd, off Lakota Rd, off Hwy 12 on your way south to Woodstock. Another spectacular view from the lookout shelter two miles up the trail.

Beers of Vermont

Not close by but worth the trip. Probably the best beer in the world, only available from the brewery (and on occasion in select VT craft brew bars). A beautiful place, but currently only open for curbside pickup. https://hillfarmstead.com/ for details
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Hill Farmstead Brewery
403 Hill Road
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Not close by but worth the trip. Probably the best beer in the world, only available from the brewery (and on occasion in select VT craft brew bars). A beautiful place, but currently only open for curbside pickup. https://hillfarmstead.com/ for details
Home of Heady Topper, outlet for that and many of their other beers, with an outdoor beer garden Check their website to see what is on offer. https://alchemistbeer.com/
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The Alchemist Stowe
100 Cottage Club Road
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Home of Heady Topper, outlet for that and many of their other beers, with an outdoor beer garden Check their website to see what is on offer. https://alchemistbeer.com/
One of the original bright lights of Vermont beer, Sip of Sunshine is available here along with their many other beers in a beautiful new building. https://www.lawsonsfinest.com/
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Lawson’s Finest Liquids
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One of the original bright lights of Vermont beer, Sip of Sunshine is available here along with their many other beers in a beautiful new building. https://www.lawsonsfinest.com/

Local Villages

Great General store with lake access across the road. Big porch to sit in the shade and eat ice cream. Good selection of groceries, a meat counter, wine and beer.
Barnard
Great General store with lake access across the road. Big porch to sit in the shade and eat ice cream. Good selection of groceries, a meat counter, wine and beer.
Village with a good cafe, bookstore, grocery store and bike shop. From here there are many cycling possibilities. A mile or two north of the village is the Forest Service headquarters, with lots of helpful information. There is a 3 mile single track trail behind the office.
Rochester
Village with a good cafe, bookstore, grocery store and bike shop. From here there are many cycling possibilities. A mile or two north of the village is the Forest Service headquarters, with lots of helpful information. There is a 3 mile single track trail behind the office.
The old town is a surprising place. Make sure you go down the hill to the area around the train station. Eclectic retail, a flower shop, several restaurants, fashion, body care, brewery, BBQ, picture framing, community theatre. Also home to the Centre for Cartoon Studies and the amazing Vermont Salvage.
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White River Junction
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The old town is a surprising place. Make sure you go down the hill to the area around the train station. Eclectic retail, a flower shop, several restaurants, fashion, body care, brewery, BBQ, picture framing, community theatre. Also home to the Centre for Cartoon Studies and the amazing Vermont Salvage.

Roads of VT

A beautiful piece of Vermont landscape, restored and maintained by the local residents. Walkers and gravel cyclists can get through at the top where it turns to Class 4 (unmaintained road), other vehicles can do it as an out and back from Stage Rd. If you come from the top end (at the intersection of Webster Hill Rd and Skyline) you can park at the top of the road and walk down the Class 4 road. There is a trail (wide double track) off the southeast side of the road, marked by two stone pillars. You can follow it down to just off Webster Hill Rd.
Wild Apple Road
A beautiful piece of Vermont landscape, restored and maintained by the local residents. Walkers and gravel cyclists can get through at the top where it turns to Class 4 (unmaintained road), other vehicles can do it as an out and back from Stage Rd. If you come from the top end (at the intersection of Webster Hill Rd and Skyline) you can park at the top of the road and walk down the Class 4 road. There is a trail (wide double track) off the southeast side of the road, marked by two stone pillars. You can follow it down to just off Webster Hill Rd.
This beautiful road climbs steeply for miles. A challenge on the bike.; starts as smooth dirt, goes to rough gravel, then to a boulder strewn surface. Gradients top 15% in many places. Turn around when it looks too rough for the kind of day you had in mind, because it keeps getting worse until you crest the ridge. Where it starts to flatten out there is an old cemetery on your right that is worth a visit. The road quality deteriorates as the landscape gets more spectacular. On foot you can go all the way through over the top of the Mt Hunger ridge, where it turns into Davis Rd. and down into the Stoney Brook valley. Some parts of it are logged, other have some beautiful forest. There are a few side roads off Smith Hill Rd that connect to other forest roads. Once on Stoney Brook Rd, you can follow it up to the Appalachian trail, or back down to 107. On an MTB, there is one challenging uphill boulder strewn section of the road. I have done this on a road bike, but I carried it for several miles over seriously rough terrain.
Smith Hill Road
This beautiful road climbs steeply for miles. A challenge on the bike.; starts as smooth dirt, goes to rough gravel, then to a boulder strewn surface. Gradients top 15% in many places. Turn around when it looks too rough for the kind of day you had in mind, because it keeps getting worse until you crest the ridge. Where it starts to flatten out there is an old cemetery on your right that is worth a visit. The road quality deteriorates as the landscape gets more spectacular. On foot you can go all the way through over the top of the Mt Hunger ridge, where it turns into Davis Rd. and down into the Stoney Brook valley. Some parts of it are logged, other have some beautiful forest. There are a few side roads off Smith Hill Rd that connect to other forest roads. Once on Stoney Brook Rd, you can follow it up to the Appalachian trail, or back down to 107. On an MTB, there is one challenging uphill boulder strewn section of the road. I have done this on a road bike, but I carried it for several miles over seriously rough terrain.
Dirt road climbs out of Woodstock relentlessly. Just as relentless is the beauty of the farms and the views as you climb. It crosses the Appalachian trail near the top. Makes a great ride on a gravel bike, or a nice afternoon drive. At the top you can follow Galaxy Hill Rd (also stunning scenery and farms) down to Pomfret Rd and back into Woodstock, or find your way back over the ridge to East Barnard (Howe Hill, to Allen Hill Rd, to East Barnard Rd to Bowman Rd to North Rd
Cloudland Road
Dirt road climbs out of Woodstock relentlessly. Just as relentless is the beauty of the farms and the views as you climb. It crosses the Appalachian trail near the top. Makes a great ride on a gravel bike, or a nice afternoon drive. At the top you can follow Galaxy Hill Rd (also stunning scenery and farms) down to Pomfret Rd and back into Woodstock, or find your way back over the ridge to East Barnard (Howe Hill, to Allen Hill Rd, to East Barnard Rd to Bowman Rd to North Rd
A beautiful road with a variety of working farms and well tended houses and gardens. Makes a great (hilly) bike ride. Can be combined with a visit to Woodstock, Mt Tom and a return via Cloudland Rd
North Bridgewater Road
A beautiful road with a variety of working farms and well tended houses and gardens. Makes a great (hilly) bike ride. Can be combined with a visit to Woodstock, Mt Tom and a return via Cloudland Rd
This makes a great gravel bike ride. The road becomes a Class 4 at the top after it passes the Appalachian Trail. you can get through on a mountain or gravel bike, or one foot. A wild old road into one of the least inhabited parts of Vermont. Look for a yellow gate on the west side next to the Barnard Town Forest. A Class 4 road heads off here and goes all the way through to Stony Brook, traversing through forest and some logged out pieces. On a gravel bike you can do a long out and back to Bridgewater Corners, refresh at the general store and come back through. At the top, in the open meadow, follow the road that goes high on the east side to avoid the combination stream/road that is the main route.
Chateauguay Road
This makes a great gravel bike ride. The road becomes a Class 4 at the top after it passes the Appalachian Trail. you can get through on a mountain or gravel bike, or one foot. A wild old road into one of the least inhabited parts of Vermont. Look for a yellow gate on the west side next to the Barnard Town Forest. A Class 4 road heads off here and goes all the way through to Stony Brook, traversing through forest and some logged out pieces. On a gravel bike you can do a long out and back to Bridgewater Corners, refresh at the general store and come back through. At the top, in the open meadow, follow the road that goes high on the east side to avoid the combination stream/road that is the main route.

Hiking and Running

In the middle of Vermont's only National Park, Mt Tom provides access to quiet trails of all kinds, as well a quiet ponds and beautiful views. It has wide carriage roads, smaller double track and some beautiful single track. No bikes permitted but great walking and running. Use the Faulkner trail from Faulkner Park in Woodstock for the shortest route to a spectacular view. Park at the park headquarters on Hwy 12 and walk across the road to get access to the carriage roads and trails. There is a museum, information center off the parking lot. You can also access the trails from the quieter trailhead off Prosper Rd, giving you closer access to the Pogue and the upper sections of the park.
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Mount Tom
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In the middle of Vermont's only National Park, Mt Tom provides access to quiet trails of all kinds, as well a quiet ponds and beautiful views. It has wide carriage roads, smaller double track and some beautiful single track. No bikes permitted but great walking and running. Use the Faulkner trail from Faulkner Park in Woodstock for the shortest route to a spectacular view. Park at the park headquarters on Hwy 12 and walk across the road to get access to the carriage roads and trails. There is a museum, information center off the parking lot. You can also access the trails from the quieter trailhead off Prosper Rd, giving you closer access to the Pogue and the upper sections of the park.
This is a steep climb up off Hwy 12. If you stay right at the fork, the road dead ends but continues as a Class 4 road. The upper part was logged recently (2015) but the lower part is a beautiful forest. If you follow it through, it opens into a field off Gill Rd. This connector makes it a nice 8 mile loop run from the house.
Rhoades Hill
This is a steep climb up off Hwy 12. If you stay right at the fork, the road dead ends but continues as a Class 4 road. The upper part was logged recently (2015) but the lower part is a beautiful forest. If you follow it through, it opens into a field off Gill Rd. This connector makes it a nice 8 mile loop run from the house.
Just below the intersection of Tower Rd and North Rd is an old Class 4 Rd. You can park either down in Barnard, or by pulling to the edge of the road at the intersection of Tower and North Rd. The entrance is sort of hidden on the east side of the road about 100 yds down from the intersection. It runs along the edge of the State Park for a while then continues, more or less in a straight line all the way up to Royalton Hill Rd. The forest canopy covers the road the whole way.
Tower Road
Just below the intersection of Tower Rd and North Rd is an old Class 4 Rd. You can park either down in Barnard, or by pulling to the edge of the road at the intersection of Tower and North Rd. The entrance is sort of hidden on the east side of the road about 100 yds down from the intersection. It runs along the edge of the State Park for a while then continues, more or less in a straight line all the way up to Royalton Hill Rd. The forest canopy covers the road the whole way.

Waterfalls and swimming

Right next to Hwy 100, but hidden in the trees, a large beautiful waterfall. The route up there from Rochester on Hwy 100 (and through to Warren), makes a great bike ride with only moderate (for VT) gradients. Four gap rides depart from this stretch of Hwy 100 for those looking for some serious mountain riding. Brandon, Middlebury, Lincoln and Appalachian gaps on the west side, Roxbury and Rochester gaps to the east.
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Moss Glen Falls
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Right next to Hwy 100, but hidden in the trees, a large beautiful waterfall. The route up there from Rochester on Hwy 100 (and through to Warren), makes a great bike ride with only moderate (for VT) gradients. Four gap rides depart from this stretch of Hwy 100 for those looking for some serious mountain riding. Brandon, Middlebury, Lincoln and Appalachian gaps on the west side, Roxbury and Rochester gaps to the east.
Spectacular waterfalls with good swimming in the pools below. Can be crowded, best in the morning and off season
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Warren Falls
3919 VT-100
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Spectacular waterfalls with good swimming in the pools below. Can be crowded, best in the morning and off season
A series of waterfalls, with lots of places to swim and lie in the sun.
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Buttermilk Falls
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A series of waterfalls, with lots of places to swim and lie in the sun.
Beautiful place to swim, crowded on warm summer days, beautiful year around.
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Bristol Falls a.k.a. Bartlett Falls
24 Lincoln Rd
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Beautiful place to swim, crowded on warm summer days, beautiful year around.