Guidebook for Waterbury

Judi
Guidebook for Waterbury

Sightseeing

Vermont's number one tourist attraction is just a couple of miles from our house. Secret tip: Visit Monday through Friday to see the factory floor in action. Free ice cream at the end of each tour!
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Ben & Jerry’s
1281 Vermont Rte 100
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Vermont's number one tourist attraction is just a couple of miles from our house. Secret tip: Visit Monday through Friday to see the factory floor in action. Free ice cream at the end of each tour!
Just up the road from Ben and Jerry's, this working cider mill has the best cider donuts in New England. It's also a great place to shop for Vermont artisan food products.
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Cold Hollow Cider Mill
3600 Waterbury-Stowe Rd
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Just up the road from Ben and Jerry's, this working cider mill has the best cider donuts in New England. It's also a great place to shop for Vermont artisan food products.
In-season fishing, kayaking, swimming. Out of season gazing. Secret tip: Continue all the way down Blush Hill Road to get to the Reservoir--it's just three and a half miles from our house.
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Waterbury Reservoir
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In-season fishing, kayaking, swimming. Out of season gazing. Secret tip: Continue all the way down Blush Hill Road to get to the Reservoir--it's just three and a half miles from our house.
Visit the Golden Dome of our very own, fully restored state capitol! Secret tip: Guided tours, given by volunteers, are available from July through October, when the legislature is not in session.
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Vermont State House
115 State St
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Visit the Golden Dome of our very own, fully restored state capitol! Secret tip: Guided tours, given by volunteers, are available from July through October, when the legislature is not in session.
A drive through the Notch is a must...and, if you park at the summit, offers some of the best hiking around. Secret tip: Notch Road closes after the first snow; the road is impassable through Spring.
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Smugglers Notch State Park
6443 Mountain Rd
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A drive through the Notch is a must...and, if you park at the summit, offers some of the best hiking around. Secret tip: Notch Road closes after the first snow; the road is impassable through Spring.
A beautiful, somewhat secluded little state park that offers some of the best scenery around. Great place for a picnic.
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Little River State Park
3444 Little River Rd
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A beautiful, somewhat secluded little state park that offers some of the best scenery around. Great place for a picnic.
Even if you don't ski, take the gondola from base camp to the summit of Mount Mansfield for spectacular views. Secret tip: The summit is an Alpine climate zone, with flora and fauna to match!
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Stowe Mountain Resort
5781 Mountain Road
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Even if you don't ski, take the gondola from base camp to the summit of Mount Mansfield for spectacular views. Secret tip: The summit is an Alpine climate zone, with flora and fauna to match!
Watch local high school hockey or stick and puck, or just go skating at our non-profit community ice center. Secret tip: First Fridays are DJ Skate Nights.
The Ice Center
546 River Rd
Watch local high school hockey or stick and puck, or just go skating at our non-profit community ice center. Secret tip: First Fridays are DJ Skate Nights.
We don't ski, but we hear the skiing and boarding are great here.
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Smugglers' Notch Resort
4323 VT-108
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We don't ski, but we hear the skiing and boarding are great here.
Skiing, boarding, hiking., all on two mountains in the heart of the funky Mad River Valley.
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Sugarbush Resort
102 Forest Dr
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Skiing, boarding, hiking., all on two mountains in the heart of the funky Mad River Valley.
Their motto is "Mad River Glen: Ski it if you can." No kidding: SKI magazine says this is the most challenging terrain in the Northeast. Secret tip: They're a co-op ski resort. Cool, huh?
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Mad River Glen Cooperative
57 Schuss Pass
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Their motto is "Mad River Glen: Ski it if you can." No kidding: SKI magazine says this is the most challenging terrain in the Northeast. Secret tip: They're a co-op ski resort. Cool, huh?
Take the chocolate tour and get the lowdown on Vermont's best chocolates. Free samples, too! Secret tip: Seconds are available at the factory store in Waterbury.
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Lake Champlain Chocolates Factory Store
750 Pine St
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Take the chocolate tour and get the lowdown on Vermont's best chocolates. Free samples, too! Secret tip: Seconds are available at the factory store in Waterbury.
The Burlington/Port Kent crossing closes in the winter, but other crossings are open year 'round. Secret tip: The Charlotte/Essex crossing has just as good scenery, and it's less than half the price!
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Lake Champlain Ferries Main Offices
1 King St
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The Burlington/Port Kent crossing closes in the winter, but other crossings are open year 'round. Secret tip: The Charlotte/Essex crossing has just as good scenery, and it's less than half the price!
It was hard to decide which category to put this under...mostly because this is, for us, the definitive creemee (don't know what that is? Google it). Warning: Closed during the winter.
Dairy Creme
320 State St
It was hard to decide which category to put this under...mostly because this is, for us, the definitive creemee (don't know what that is? Google it). Warning: Closed during the winter.
A LEED-certified science research center that also houses a top-notch aquarium? All on the shores of beautiful Lake Champlain, with stunning views of the Adirondacks? Yes, please!
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ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain
1 College St
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A LEED-certified science research center that also houses a top-notch aquarium? All on the shores of beautiful Lake Champlain, with stunning views of the Adirondacks? Yes, please!
The Old Round Church, located in the charming town of Richmond, is the only surviving example of a sixteen-sided polygonal 18th century meetinghouse.
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The Old Round Church
29 Round Church Rd
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The Old Round Church, located in the charming town of Richmond, is the only surviving example of a sixteen-sided polygonal 18th century meetinghouse.
Be sure to drive through this covered bridge on the way out of Warren...it's the prettiest one on Route 100!
Covered Bridge Road
Covered Bridge Road
Be sure to drive through this covered bridge on the way out of Warren...it's the prettiest one on Route 100!
Glider rides (north of us)!
Stowe Soaring
2305 Laporte Rd
Glider rides (north of us)!
This bike/pedestrian path winds through some of the prettiest scenery in Stowe. Secret tip: There's an entrance right behind Main Street's Town Hall.
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Stowe Recreation Path
Stowe Recreation Path
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This bike/pedestrian path winds through some of the prettiest scenery in Stowe. Secret tip: There's an entrance right behind Main Street's Town Hall.
If you golf, check out this nine-hole course, open to the public, less than a half mile from our house! Incredible views, too. Secret tip: Download a two-for-one coupon off their website.
Blush Hill Country Club
141 Lonesome Trail
If you golf, check out this nine-hole course, open to the public, less than a half mile from our house! Incredible views, too. Secret tip: Download a two-for-one coupon off their website.
Do you love a good hot shop as much as we do? Check out Melanie and David's place. Their technique is incredible, and their works are in museum and private collections around the U.S.
Mad River Glass Gallery
4237 Main St
Do you love a good hot shop as much as we do? Check out Melanie and David's place. Their technique is incredible, and their works are in museum and private collections around the U.S.
Another great hot shop, Little River is worth a detour on your way to or from Stowe. Michael and Chris blow every day (except Tuesdays and Wednesdays). Excellent gifts for people you really love.
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Little River HotGlass Studio
593 Moscow Rd
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Another great hot shop, Little River is worth a detour on your way to or from Stowe. Michael and Chris blow every day (except Tuesdays and Wednesdays). Excellent gifts for people you really love.
Shelburne Farms is so many things...a working farm; a sustainability institute; an inn (the former home of Lila Vanderbilt Webb); the home of the Vermont Cheesemakers Festival...and more. Go explore.
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Shelburne Farms
1611 Harbor Road
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Shelburne Farms is so many things...a working farm; a sustainability institute; an inn (the former home of Lila Vanderbilt Webb); the home of the Vermont Cheesemakers Festival...and more. Go explore.
This small winery is located at the end of a gorgeous, scenic loop drive, and is well worth visiting for its great events as well as its great wines. Secret tip: Check out Wine and Yoga Thursdays.
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Fresh Tracks Farm Vineyard & Winery
4373 VT-12
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This small winery is located at the end of a gorgeous, scenic loop drive, and is well worth visiting for its great events as well as its great wines. Secret tip: Check out Wine and Yoga Thursdays.
From the intersection of Route 2 in Waterbury right down through the Granville Gulch, this is our favorite scenic drive in the state. Secret tip: Stop at the Warren Store for lunch (and shopping!).
Vermont 100
Vermont Route 100
From the intersection of Route 2 in Waterbury right down through the Granville Gulch, this is our favorite scenic drive in the state. Secret tip: Stop at the Warren Store for lunch (and shopping!).
The "Middlebury Gap," one of Vermont's six Gap Roads, runs through the Green Mountain National Forest and is one of our favorite drives. Secret tip: Check out the Robert Frost Interpretive Trail!
Hwy 125
The "Middlebury Gap," one of Vermont's six Gap Roads, runs through the Green Mountain National Forest and is one of our favorite drives. Secret tip: Check out the Robert Frost Interpretive Trail!
The most secluded of the Gap Roads, and the one where you'll have the best chance of seeing a moose. Warning: This road is steep on both sides; unpaved at the top; and frequently closed in winter.
Lincoln Gap Rd
The most secluded of the Gap Roads, and the one where you'll have the best chance of seeing a moose. Warning: This road is steep on both sides; unpaved at the top; and frequently closed in winter.
Glider rides (south of us)!
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Sugarbush Soaring
2355 Airport Rd
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Glider rides (south of us)!

Shopping

In a complex with the Cabot Creamery Annes and Lake Champlain Chocolates. One-stop shopping for gifts to bring home to family and friends. Secret tip: Best prices on hand-dipped Maine candles around!
Danforth Pewter Waterbury
2653 Waterbury-Stowe Rd
In a complex with the Cabot Creamery Annes and Lake Champlain Chocolates. One-stop shopping for gifts to bring home to family and friends. Secret tip: Best prices on hand-dipped Maine candles around!
Taste every single Cabot cheese made, and buy them all, at better prices than any grocery store. Good selection of wine and beer, too. Secret tip: There's an artisan cheese store within!
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Opposite Cabot Cheese Annex Store station
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Taste every single Cabot cheese made, and buy them all, at better prices than any grocery store. Good selection of wine and beer, too. Secret tip: There's an artisan cheese store within!
You can take the chocolate making tour at the Burlington factory, but this is where you can get first class chocolates disguised as factory seconds. Check out the wall of candy and the ice cream bar!
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Lake Champlain Chocolates
2653 Waterbury-Stowe Rd
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You can take the chocolate making tour at the Burlington factory, but this is where you can get first class chocolates disguised as factory seconds. Check out the wall of candy and the ice cream bar!
Just what it says...it's a beverage center housed within a gas station, right where Route 2 meets Route 100. This is our local liquor store. Secret tip: Deli within...lobster rolls in season!
CITGO
52 N Main St
Just what it says...it's a beverage center housed within a gas station, right where Route 2 meets Route 100. This is our local liquor store. Secret tip: Deli within...lobster rolls in season!
Are you seeking Heady Topper? This is where to get it. Oh, and they have other beers, too.
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Craft Beer Cellar
3 Elm St
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Are you seeking Heady Topper? This is where to get it. Oh, and they have other beers, too.
Are you a fan of the industrial/salvage look? Go see what the creative people at Conant are doing. Secret tip: Conant anchors the Pine Street arts community, which is growing by leaps and bounds.
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Conant Metal & Light
266 Pine St
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Are you a fan of the industrial/salvage look? Go see what the creative people at Conant are doing. Secret tip: Conant anchors the Pine Street arts community, which is growing by leaps and bounds.
Our local hardware store. Just in case.
Waterbury True Value
838 Waterbury-Stowe Rd
Our local hardware store. Just in case.
Small Dog's big city outpost. Need an iPhone charger? Want to play with the cool new bendy iPhone 6? This is the closest thing to an Apple Store we've got.
Small Dog Electronics
Small Dog's big city outpost. Need an iPhone charger? Want to play with the cool new bendy iPhone 6? This is the closest thing to an Apple Store we've got.
Breakfast, lunch, deli, local hangout, wine store, the More Store upstairs (clothing and housewares)...the Warren Store has it all. Seriously. Secret tip: The drive down Route 100 is worth the trip.
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Warren Store
284 Main St
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Breakfast, lunch, deli, local hangout, wine store, the More Store upstairs (clothing and housewares)...the Warren Store has it all. Seriously. Secret tip: The drive down Route 100 is worth the trip.
Huh? This is really 92 Stowe Street, Waterbury. Tab's studio, housed in the grist mill that's home to Hen of the Wood, is the only place you can find all of her luminous, beautiful porcelain designs.
tabbatha henry designs::porcelain lighting and sculpture
10 Stowe Street
Huh? This is really 92 Stowe Street, Waterbury. Tab's studio, housed in the grist mill that's home to Hen of the Wood, is the only place you can find all of her luminous, beautiful porcelain designs.
An old fashioned emporium with a new twist. Recently sold to new owners, the Emporium is slowly modernizing. We like the changes so far...you can get lost for hours here! Secret tip: Great tailoring,
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Stowe Street Emporium
23 Stowe St
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An old fashioned emporium with a new twist. Recently sold to new owners, the Emporium is slowly modernizing. We like the changes so far...you can get lost for hours here! Secret tip: Great tailoring,
We honestly have the best local bookstore in the world...Hiata's recommendations never fail, whether she's a longtime friend or she's just met you. Secret tip: The annual sale in March is amazing.
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Bridgeside Books
29 Stowe St
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We honestly have the best local bookstore in the world...Hiata's recommendations never fail, whether she's a longtime friend or she's just met you. Secret tip: The annual sale in March is amazing.
Best cookbook selection in New England! Oh, and 15% off on staff picks, too. Our favorite bookstore next to Bridgeside. Worth a trip.
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Bear Pond Books
77 Main St
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Best cookbook selection in New England! Oh, and 15% off on staff picks, too. Our favorite bookstore next to Bridgeside. Worth a trip.
Eco-friendly body care and cosmetics. Splash carries many luxury brands that are hard to find. Sometimes it's hard to believe that they cram this much into one tiny store!
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Splash Naturals
67 Main St
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Eco-friendly body care and cosmetics. Splash carries many luxury brands that are hard to find. Sometimes it's hard to believe that they cram this much into one tiny store!
We're always delighted by the top-flight labels found at this consignment store. Recent sightings: An adorable Jamin Puech bag and a pair of unworn Stuart Weitzman heeled brogues. Allow some time.
One More Time Quality Consignment
62 Main St
We're always delighted by the top-flight labels found at this consignment store. Recent sightings: An adorable Jamin Puech bag and a pair of unworn Stuart Weitzman heeled brogues. Allow some time.
Why are we recommending a chain store? Because this seems to be a secret TJM Runway store. Recent sightings: Helmut Lang; Foley and Corinna; Ray-Ban; Lucky; Joe's Jeans; James Perse; Cloth and Stone.
T.J. Maxx
63 Consumer Square
Why are we recommending a chain store? Because this seems to be a secret TJM Runway store. Recent sightings: Helmut Lang; Foley and Corinna; Ray-Ban; Lucky; Joe's Jeans; James Perse; Cloth and Stone.
One of the best galleries around. Independent makers in all media from all over the U.S., with a focus on New England. Worth a stop in Middlebury.
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Edgewater Gallery at the Falls
1 Mill St
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One of the best galleries around. Independent makers in all media from all over the U.S., with a focus on New England. Worth a stop in Middlebury.
This local arm of the STA empire has an extensive designer section, and very good behind-the-counter wares. Recently spotted: Frye; MMG Maison Martin Margiela; Burberry; and a wealth of indy labels.
Second Time Around
89 Church Street
This local arm of the STA empire has an extensive designer section, and very good behind-the-counter wares. Recently spotted: Frye; MMG Maison Martin Margiela; Burberry; and a wealth of indy labels.
Besides smaller cult brands like Gräf and Lantz, Expressions carries the largest selection of Eileen Fisher clothing in Burlington.
Expressions
102 Church St
Besides smaller cult brands like Gräf and Lantz, Expressions carries the largest selection of Eileen Fisher clothing in Burlington.
Allow yourself quite a few hours to explore this really amazing furniture/home goods consignment store. Special tip: Co-owner Eric has a special side room devoted to his passion, mid-century modern.
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Anjou & the Little Pear Home
53 Main St
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Allow yourself quite a few hours to explore this really amazing furniture/home goods consignment store. Special tip: Co-owner Eric has a special side room devoted to his passion, mid-century modern.
Lots of Frye. Head directly to the back of this boutique to check out the high end shoes and boots on sale (I've scored quite a few things at half price). Secret tip: Watch for periodic flash sales!
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Stella Mae
96 Church St
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Lots of Frye. Head directly to the back of this boutique to check out the high end shoes and boots on sale (I've scored quite a few things at half price). Secret tip: Watch for periodic flash sales!
Crow has the best second hand and remaindered book selection around. Secret tips: Check out the review copies section; new titles are always 10% off.
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Crow Bookshop
14 Church St
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Crow has the best second hand and remaindered book selection around. Secret tips: Check out the review copies section; new titles are always 10% off.
All the high-end beauty lines you know and love, plus some smaller ones you may not have heard of. Warning to beauty junkies: Watch your credit cards here!
Mirror Mirror
3 Main St
All the high-end beauty lines you know and love, plus some smaller ones you may not have heard of. Warning to beauty junkies: Watch your credit cards here!
Largest collection of Three Dots clothing around, together with a highly edited selection of accessories and jewelry.
Green Envy Burlington
Battery Street
Largest collection of Three Dots clothing around, together with a highly edited selection of accessories and jewelry.
Best granola in the world (seriously), in a gluten free variety, too--along with amazing European style chocolates. Secret tip: On Bacon Thursdays (!!!), the owner and her love perform bawdy music.
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961 U.S. 2
Best granola in the world (seriously), in a gluten free variety, too--along with amazing European style chocolates. Secret tip: On Bacon Thursdays (!!!), the owner and her love perform bawdy music.
Yes, she's a weaver, but she's also got a stash of amazing gifts, from cushions by Pine Cone Hill to fingerless mittens by Babazuzu. Highly recommended.
Ann's Weavery LLC
961 US-2
Yes, she's a weaver, but she's also got a stash of amazing gifts, from cushions by Pine Cone Hill to fingerless mittens by Babazuzu. Highly recommended.
If you should find yourself in Middlebury, stop at Clementine--it features a lovely, highly curated, idiosyncratic collection of gifts, home goods, and baby accoutrements.
Clementine
56 Main Street
If you should find yourself in Middlebury, stop at Clementine--it features a lovely, highly curated, idiosyncratic collection of gifts, home goods, and baby accoutrements.
If you're expected at a dinner party, and you need flowers for your host, stop at Nina's for extremely personalized service. Secret tip: Ask her if she has leftovers from any of her many wedding jobs!
Proud Flower
80 S Main St
If you're expected at a dinner party, and you need flowers for your host, stop at Nina's for extremely personalized service. Secret tip: Ask her if she has leftovers from any of her many wedding jobs!
Our new women's clothing store! Cute basics, good selection of shoes...and they stock Hanky Panky. Owned by the Stowe Street Emporium family.
21 Stowe St
21 Stowe Street
Our new women's clothing store! Cute basics, good selection of shoes...and they stock Hanky Panky. Owned by the Stowe Street Emporium family.

Food Scene

Housed within Waterbury's historic train station, Keurig Green Mountain's cafe houses a staff of friendly baristas and some of the best coffee around. Secret tip: EV charging station at this location!
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Green Mountain Coffee Café & Visitor Center
1 Rotarian Place
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Housed within Waterbury's historic train station, Keurig Green Mountain's cafe houses a staff of friendly baristas and some of the best coffee around. Secret tip: EV charging station at this location!
Waterbury's independent coffee roaster! Freshest coffee around (honestly; I've bought coffee roasted the day before). The mahogany espresso is excellent. Secret tip: They supply Black Cap in Stowe.
Brave Coffee & Tea
136 Demeritt Place
Waterbury's independent coffee roaster! Freshest coffee around (honestly; I've bought coffee roasted the day before). The mahogany espresso is excellent. Secret tip: They supply Black Cap in Stowe.
Great baristas; serious local scene. Get a latte and stroll Stowe's Main Street. Secret tip: Coffee is supplied by Waterbury's Brave Coffee and Tea.
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Black Cap Coffee & Beer - Espresso - Sandwiches - Craft Beer Store - Wine shop - Gift shop
144 Main St
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Great baristas; serious local scene. Get a latte and stroll Stowe's Main Street. Secret tip: Coffee is supplied by Waterbury's Brave Coffee and Tea.
The original and the best. Farm to table genius, with a community commitment. Eric Warnstedt has major chops (and he's one of the reasons we moved to Waterbury; long story--we're happy to share!).
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Hen of the Wood - Waterbury
92 Stowe St
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The original and the best. Farm to table genius, with a community commitment. Eric Warnstedt has major chops (and he's one of the reasons we moved to Waterbury; long story--we're happy to share!).
HOTW-BTV is Eric and crew's new location. Sit at the bar for a truly front-row view of chefs in action. Secret tip: Best bathrooms in Burlington, with a view on the way there of your future dinner.
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Hen of the Wood - Burlington
55 Cherry St
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HOTW-BTV is Eric and crew's new location. Sit at the bar for a truly front-row view of chefs in action. Secret tip: Best bathrooms in Burlington, with a view on the way there of your future dinner.
It's a bar and a restaurant! Housed in the former Alchemist (a pub before it was a brewery), the Pig became a local favorite just seconds after it opened. Serious meats, great cocktails, cool vibe.
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Prohibition Pig
23 S Main St
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It's a bar and a restaurant! Housed in the former Alchemist (a pub before it was a brewery), the Pig became a local favorite just seconds after it opened. Serious meats, great cocktails, cool vibe.
"Serious pizza. Humble food. No bull." No kidding. Like a slice of home, with a farm to table bent. Gluten free crust available, too! Secret tip: The Blackboard Specials offer the pizzas of the day.
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The Blue Stone
13 Stowe St
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"Serious pizza. Humble food. No bull." No kidding. Like a slice of home, with a farm to table bent. Gluten free crust available, too! Secret tip: The Blackboard Specials offer the pizzas of the day.
Currently our number one dining out favorite...the food is as good as Hen of the Wood (shh!). And, they're open Sundays! Secret tip: "The Messy" burger...house ground and cold smoked. Crazy smart.
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Plate Restaurant
91 S Main St
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Currently our number one dining out favorite...the food is as good as Hen of the Wood (shh!). And, they're open Sundays! Secret tip: "The Messy" burger...house ground and cold smoked. Crazy smart.
Mark's place is a local favorite...we can't eat there without running into at least six people we know. Largest on-tap list around, and some pretty darn good food to go along with that, too.
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The Reservoir
1 S Main St
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Mark's place is a local favorite...we can't eat there without running into at least six people we know. Largest on-tap list around, and some pretty darn good food to go along with that, too.
Do you miss classic diner food? Well, here it is. Local favorite brunch spot...we know people who drive here for the pancakes.
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Maxi's
47 N Main St
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Do you miss classic diner food? Well, here it is. Local favorite brunch spot...we know people who drive here for the pancakes.
Want a real bagel? Go here. Just do it. You'll think you're in Brooklyn. Best bagels in the U.S. Dodgers posters, too. Little-known fact: Roy Feldman founded Burlington Bagel Bakery in the 1970s.
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Feldman's Bagels
660 Pine St
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Want a real bagel? Go here. Just do it. You'll think you're in Brooklyn. Best bagels in the U.S. Dodgers posters, too. Little-known fact: Roy Feldman founded Burlington Bagel Bakery in the 1970s.
Never had a Montreal bagel? Too far to drive? Forgot your passport? Go here. Oh, the difference? Montreal bagels have eggs, and they're lightly sweetened. VERY lightly. Yum.
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Myer's Bagel Bakery
377 Pine St
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Never had a Montreal bagel? Too far to drive? Forgot your passport? Go here. Oh, the difference? Montreal bagels have eggs, and they're lightly sweetened. VERY lightly. Yum.
We can't say enough about MLC. You just have to experience it. Secret tip: Lunch is just as good as dinner. Also check out the new MLC Bake Shop across the circle...open 7 days, and Stumptown Coffee!
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Misery Loves Co.
46 Main St
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We can't say enough about MLC. You just have to experience it. Secret tip: Lunch is just as good as dinner. Also check out the new MLC Bake Shop across the circle...open 7 days, and Stumptown Coffee!
Best breakfast....best bread...and friendliest baristas, serving Vermont cult brand Awake Coffee. Secret tips: Mad River Grain bread is all local and the bacon cheddar scone rivals the one at Bouchon!
Opposite Red Hen Bakery station
Best breakfast....best bread...and friendliest baristas, serving Vermont cult brand Awake Coffee. Secret tips: Mad River Grain bread is all local and the bacon cheddar scone rivals the one at Bouchon!
Hands down, best vegetarian restaurant in VT. Deb and Peter are just lovely, too. Secret tips: The laksa noodle pot is a standout, and try Deb's German Chocolate Cake...no one believes it's vegan!
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Revolution Kitchen
9 Center St
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Hands down, best vegetarian restaurant in VT. Deb and Peter are just lovely, too. Secret tips: The laksa noodle pot is a standout, and try Deb's German Chocolate Cake...no one believes it's vegan!
Next door to Lake Champlain Chocolates...great food, great cooking classes. Secret tip: Houses Blue Bandana Chocolate, single-origin chocolates by Eric Lampman, son of LCC's founder.
South End Kitchen
716 Pine St
Next door to Lake Champlain Chocolates...great food, great cooking classes. Secret tip: Houses Blue Bandana Chocolate, single-origin chocolates by Eric Lampman, son of LCC's founder.
The original AF, and the most emblematic of the mini-empire's founder's vision. Fabulous farm to table flatbreads baked in an open wood-fired oven. Secret tip: Show up early (it's a tourist favorite).
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American Flatbread
46 Lareau Rd
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The original AF, and the most emblematic of the mini-empire's founder's vision. Fabulous farm to table flatbreads baked in an open wood-fired oven. Secret tip: Show up early (it's a tourist favorite).
AF's second outpost, and the home of Zero Gravity, a craft brewery. Same flatbread quality as at the original in Waitsfield. Secret tip: Avoid Friday and Saturday nights on major UVM weekends.
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American Flatbread Burlington Hearth
115 St Paul St
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AF's second outpost, and the home of Zero Gravity, a craft brewery. Same flatbread quality as at the original in Waitsfield. Secret tip: Avoid Friday and Saturday nights on major UVM weekends.
French bakery and coffee service in a former laundry. Worth the drive; everything is top quality, and their croissants are baked in a wood-fired oven. Secret tip: Has the best people-watching around.
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Vergennes Laundry by CK
247 Main St
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French bakery and coffee service in a former laundry. Worth the drive; everything is top quality, and their croissants are baked in a wood-fired oven. Secret tip: Has the best people-watching around.
Farm to table Mexican, with the best fish tacos outside of San Diego and some amazing margaritas. Secret tip: Check out the unusual art in the bathrooms.
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El Cortijo
189 Bank St
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Farm to table Mexican, with the best fish tacos outside of San Diego and some amazing margaritas. Secret tip: Check out the unusual art in the bathrooms.
Vermont Fresh Network's website will link you to Vermont restaurants that partner with farms to bring you great, fresh local food. Secret tip: For farmers' markets, check out Dig In Vermont's site.
Vermont Fresh Network
54 Bridge St
Vermont Fresh Network's website will link you to Vermont restaurants that partner with farms to bring you great, fresh local food. Secret tip: For farmers' markets, check out Dig In Vermont's site.
Good, honest breakfast and lunch food, at prices that won't break the bank.
Park Row
Park Row
Good, honest breakfast and lunch food, at prices that won't break the bank.
Our favorite new late breakfast and lunch spot...right next to Bridgeside Books. Great coffee, great iced tea, really great specials. Get a bag of Sun Crisps to go. Open 10-6 Tuesday through Saturday.
29 Stowe St
29 Stowe Street
Our favorite new late breakfast and lunch spot...right next to Bridgeside Books. Great coffee, great iced tea, really great specials. Get a bag of Sun Crisps to go. Open 10-6 Tuesday through Saturday.
Eric Warnstedt (of Hen of the Wood)'s newest and grooviest (literally) establishment! Hen-style food at non-Hen prices...and, sometimes, Eric spinning vinyl.
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Doc Ponds
294 Mountain Rd
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Eric Warnstedt (of Hen of the Wood)'s newest and grooviest (literally) establishment! Hen-style food at non-Hen prices...and, sometimes, Eric spinning vinyl.

Drinks & Nightlife

Best wine bar outside Brooklyn...Danielle and her crew are the best. Great selection of panini and salads, too. Secret tips: Every Wednesday's oyster night, and check out the wine store within!
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Cork Wine Bar & Market
40 Foundry St
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Best wine bar outside Brooklyn...Danielle and her crew are the best. Great selection of panini and salads, too. Secret tips: Every Wednesday's oyster night, and check out the wine store within!
Blackback recently changed hands, and it's slowly being upgraded. Still a great place to grab a beer and watch some sports. Secret tip: Genuine Irish pub food now served here!
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Blackback Pub
1 Stowe St
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Blackback recently changed hands, and it's slowly being upgraded. Still a great place to grab a beer and watch some sports. Secret tip: Genuine Irish pub food now served here!
It's obviously not just a bar, but the best thing about the home of the family that inspired The Sound of Music is the little annex building that houses the beer hall with the best views in the U.S.
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Trapp Family Lodge
700 Trapp Hill Rd
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It's obviously not just a bar, but the best thing about the home of the family that inspired The Sound of Music is the little annex building that houses the beer hall with the best views in the U.S.

Essentials

Our local chain supermarket, with a decent selection of organic/veggie options, and pretty good wines. Just down the hill from us.
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Shaw's
820 Waterbury-Stowe Rd
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Our local chain supermarket, with a decent selection of organic/veggie options, and pretty good wines. Just down the hill from us.
One in a small chain of local markets (similar to the IGA chain). Good selection of beers and cheeses. Secret tip: Great bulk foods aisle!
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Village Market of Waterbury
80 S Main St
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One in a small chain of local markets (similar to the IGA chain). Good selection of beers and cheeses. Secret tip: Great bulk foods aisle!
Need a quick take-out dinner in Montpelier? Head over to Hunger Mountain's hot bar. Good selection of cheeses and wines, too; excellent bulk aisle. No, you don't have to be a member to shop here.
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Hunger Mountain Coop station
623 Stone Cutters Way
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Need a quick take-out dinner in Montpelier? Head over to Hunger Mountain's hot bar. Good selection of cheeses and wines, too; excellent bulk aisle. No, you don't have to be a member to shop here.
Burlington's exceptionally full service food coop, right in the center of town. Excellent prepared foods, and a very comprehensive beauty/health aisle. No, you don't have to be a member to shop here.
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City Market/Onion River Co-op
82 S Winooski Ave
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Burlington's exceptionally full service food coop, right in the center of town. Excellent prepared foods, and a very comprehensive beauty/health aisle. No, you don't have to be a member to shop here.
Vermont's first TJ's. Good cheeses; great wine selection (talk to Jamey for his recommendations).
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Trader Joe's
200 Dorset St
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Vermont's first TJ's. Good cheeses; great wine selection (talk to Jamey for his recommendations).
Locally owned and operated (with a branch in Saratoga), this is Vermont's answer to Whole Foods. There's a little bit of everything here--and great hot bar, cold bar, espresso stop, and take out, too!
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Healthy Living Market and Cafe
222 Dorset St
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Locally owned and operated (with a branch in Saratoga), this is Vermont's answer to Whole Foods. There's a little bit of everything here--and great hot bar, cold bar, espresso stop, and take out, too!

Arts & Culture

Radio Vermont is "the friendly pioneer radio voice of northern New England." FM 96.1 and AM 550. Truly local, independent radio. Secret knowledge: Owner Ken Squier is a former CBS NASCAR reporter.
WDEV
9 Stowe St
Radio Vermont is "the friendly pioneer radio voice of northern New England." FM 96.1 and AM 550. Truly local, independent radio. Secret knowledge: Owner Ken Squier is a former CBS NASCAR reporter.
The frequency that covers the most range around Waterbury is 107.9.
Vermont Public Radio
365 Troy Ave
The frequency that covers the most range around Waterbury is 107.9.
Electra Havemeyer Webb was really rich, and really liked to shop. For everything. This museum reflects all of her passions, from serious art to steamboats to farm communities. Secret tip: Allow a day.
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Shelburne Museum
6000 Shelburne Rd
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Electra Havemeyer Webb was really rich, and really liked to shop. For everything. This museum reflects all of her passions, from serious art to steamboats to farm communities. Secret tip: Allow a day.
"Destroy apathy." Events; food; happenings. Central to Burlington's Pine Street arts community.
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ArtsRiot
400 Pine St
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"Destroy apathy." Events; food; happenings. Central to Burlington's Pine Street arts community.
Formerly a frame shop, this is now...a frame shop, a gallery, and the center of Waterbury's independent arts scene. Secret tip: Stop in and ask Whitney what's going on around town. She'll know.
Axel's Gallery & Frame Shop
5 Stowe St
Formerly a frame shop, this is now...a frame shop, a gallery, and the center of Waterbury's independent arts scene. Secret tip: Stop in and ask Whitney what's going on around town. She'll know.
When you've exhausted the menu at the Vergennes Laundry, head over to this gallery-in-a-carriage-house that demonstrates just how multi-talented its owners are. Secret tip: Ross does custom furniture.
Ross Sheehan Studio
37 Green St
When you've exhausted the menu at the Vergennes Laundry, head over to this gallery-in-a-carriage-house that demonstrates just how multi-talented its owners are. Secret tip: Ross does custom furniture.
Very high-end amateur stage productions. This season's theme: Musicals.
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Stowe Theatre Guild
67 Vermont Rte 100
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Very high-end amateur stage productions. This season's theme: Musicals.
Vermont's premier regional performing arts center was recently enlivened by the arrival of its new(ish) director, Steve MacQueen. The Flynn and its smaller iteration (FlynnSpace) are worth a look.
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Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
153 Main St
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Vermont's premier regional performing arts center was recently enlivened by the arrival of its new(ish) director, Steve MacQueen. The Flynn and its smaller iteration (FlynnSpace) are worth a look.

Everything Else

Need an adjustment? Keith is the best around. Even if you have time for only one appointment, he'll work with you to achieve your chiropractic goals. Rocktape taping available, too.
Sports & Family Chiropractic Ltd.
26 N Main St
Need an adjustment? Keith is the best around. Even if you have time for only one appointment, he'll work with you to achieve your chiropractic goals. Rocktape taping available, too.
Our local hospital, with a good emergency room.
Central Vermont Medical Center (CVMC) station
Our local hospital, with a good emergency room.
Burlington's premier teaching hospital, with a good emergency room.
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UVM Medical Center
111 Colchester Ave
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Burlington's premier teaching hospital, with a good emergency room.
Urgent care for minor injuries and illnesses. Open 365 days a year. About 20 minutes from Waterbury. Weekday hours: 10:00am to 8:00pm. Weekend hours: 9:00am to 7:00pm. Phone 802-371-4239.
ExpressCare - Berlin, UVM Health Network - Central Vermont Medical Center
1311 Barre-Montpelier Road
Urgent care for minor injuries and illnesses. Open 365 days a year. About 20 minutes from Waterbury. Weekday hours: 10:00am to 8:00pm. Weekend hours: 9:00am to 7:00pm. Phone 802-371-4239.
Local and independent. Fabulous, caring staff. Forgot a crucial medication? They can work with your doctor to get you a temporary supply.
Waterbury Pharmacy
149 S Main St
Local and independent. Fabulous, caring staff. Forgot a crucial medication? They can work with your doctor to get you a temporary supply.
Just down the hill...our favorite local gas station. Secret tip: diesel available, at better prices than most stations.
Shell
713 Waterbury-Stowe Rd
Just down the hill...our favorite local gas station. Secret tip: diesel available, at better prices than most stations.
Good independent auto repair. Just in case.
Waterbury Center Auto Repair
224 Howard Ave
Good independent auto repair. Just in case.
Got a sudden dental emergency? Phone Cassie Coakley's office. She's our dentist, and she's amazing.
Dr. Cassandra Coakley
152 Main St
Got a sudden dental emergency? Phone Cassie Coakley's office. She's our dentist, and she's amazing.
If you suddenly decide you need a haircut or a new color or style...go here. Linda is my stylist, and she's as good as anyone I've ever been to in New York. Fair pricing, too.
Rapunzel Full Service Salon
13 Center St
If you suddenly decide you need a haircut or a new color or style...go here. Linda is my stylist, and she's as good as anyone I've ever been to in New York. Fair pricing, too.
In case you love Waterbury as much as you do and want to relocate here, call Lisa Meyer at Century 21 Jack. She sold us our house, and she's the most knowledgeable and ethical realtor around!
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Vermont Realty Group
98 South Main Street
In case you love Waterbury as much as you do and want to relocate here, call Lisa Meyer at Century 21 Jack. She sold us our house, and she's the most knowledgeable and ethical realtor around!