Guidebook for Dorset

Daniela
Guidebook for Dorset

Food Scene

This place has THE BEST selection of baked goods, beautifully decorated holiday cakes and cookies, great coffees, creative lunch selections- all in a beautiful setting and outdoor seating in the summer, in the heart of Dorset.
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Dorset Bakery
3239 VT-30
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This place has THE BEST selection of baked goods, beautifully decorated holiday cakes and cookies, great coffees, creative lunch selections- all in a beautiful setting and outdoor seating in the summer, in the heart of Dorset.
One of my personal favorites to go and have a relaxed cup of Chai Tea (they make their own Chai mixture and it is over the top delicious!), huge cup of coffee (their coffee usually comes in a type of "French bowl") or a fresh fruit smoothie in the summer time. Very tastefully done, small setting, you may want to sit by the windows in the back and people watch. DELICIOUS items on their menu daily! The owner is super nice and really cares about his guests! Seating is limited.
Ponce Bistro
4659 Main St
One of my personal favorites to go and have a relaxed cup of Chai Tea (they make their own Chai mixture and it is over the top delicious!), huge cup of coffee (their coffee usually comes in a type of "French bowl") or a fresh fruit smoothie in the summer time. Very tastefully done, small setting, you may want to sit by the windows in the back and people watch. DELICIOUS items on their menu daily! The owner is super nice and really cares about his guests! Seating is limited.
Great pizzas, might be best to order ahead of time and visit Starbucks while waiting.
Manchester House of Pizza
351 Depot St
Great pizzas, might be best to order ahead of time and visit Starbucks while waiting.
For an authentic diner experience, great pancakes and other breakfast items, also lunch and dinner. Fun for kids.
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Bob's Diner
2279 Depot Street
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For an authentic diner experience, great pancakes and other breakfast items, also lunch and dinner. Fun for kids.
Nice setting, outdoor seating in the summer, sometimes live music. Their menu has some unusual and very delicious items, such as roasted pear cranberry arugula salad. It can get a little loud there because it's a small space so don't go on a busy night. http://seasonsvt.com
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Seasons Restaurant
4566 Main Street
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Nice setting, outdoor seating in the summer, sometimes live music. Their menu has some unusual and very delicious items, such as roasted pear cranberry arugula salad. It can get a little loud there because it's a small space so don't go on a busy night. http://seasonsvt.com
Great Italian food, sandwiches and pantry items. They also have a salad bar and cheeses. http://alduccis.com/
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Al Ducci's Italian Pantry
133 Elm Street
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Great Italian food, sandwiches and pantry items. They also have a salad bar and cheeses. http://alduccis.com/
Locals and tourists alike like Cilantro's for its fresh ingredients and prices. If you like rice, beans, burritos and tacos I would recommend it for a quick bite to eat or take-out
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Cilantro Restaurant
5036 Main Street
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Locals and tourists alike like Cilantro's for its fresh ingredients and prices. If you like rice, beans, burritos and tacos I would recommend it for a quick bite to eat or take-out
Fairly new restaurant, Salad Bar with fresh ingredients, not huge but definitely already worth the price you pay for the main dishes. Fresh rolls, outdoor seating in the summer time
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Raven's Den Steakhouse and Taproom
1844 Depot St
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Fairly new restaurant, Salad Bar with fresh ingredients, not huge but definitely already worth the price you pay for the main dishes. Fresh rolls, outdoor seating in the summer time
Great value for lunch, very authentic Thai food with white linen on tables, very clean, outdoor seating in summer time right on Main Street. Dinner is a little pricey, recommend getting take-out food because the portions are larger than if you eat-in.
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Thai Basil Restaurant
4940 Main Street
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Great value for lunch, very authentic Thai food with white linen on tables, very clean, outdoor seating in summer time right on Main Street. Dinner is a little pricey, recommend getting take-out food because the portions are larger than if you eat-in.
his Restaurant is one of the oldest in Vermont and very quaint! Arrive early for the "Early Bird Dinners" which are definitely worth every penny. Sometimes the wait staff can have a little 'attitude' and if that happens let the owner know.
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YE OLDE TAVERN
5183 Main Street
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his Restaurant is one of the oldest in Vermont and very quaint! Arrive early for the "Early Bird Dinners" which are definitely worth every penny. Sometimes the wait staff can have a little 'attitude' and if that happens let the owner know.
THE #1 place to eat breakfast in Manchester. Huge and delicious breakfasts, super popular place, make reservations if possible.
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Up For Breakfast
4935 Main Street
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THE #1 place to eat breakfast in Manchester. Huge and delicious breakfasts, super popular place, make reservations if possible.
Don't miss the Sunday Farmer's market in Dorset, 10- 1 PM. In the winter time it's inside J.K. Adams, in the summer right next to H.N. Williams. Shop for local products and produce, including fruits and vegetables, chocolates, meats, eggs, honey, breads, pastries and listen to music in a very relaxed atmosphere.
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Dorset Farmers Market
2732 VT-30
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Don't miss the Sunday Farmer's market in Dorset, 10- 1 PM. In the winter time it's inside J.K. Adams, in the summer right next to H.N. Williams. Shop for local products and produce, including fruits and vegetables, chocolates, meats, eggs, honey, breads, pastries and listen to music in a very relaxed atmosphere.
Voted many years in a row as "best Sandwiches in Vermont". Huge sandwiches on freshly baked bread, all the toppings you can imagine, homemade chips, also nice salads and enormous cookies! My tip: Get your picnic lunch here!
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Zoey's Deli
539 Depot Street
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Voted many years in a row as "best Sandwiches in Vermont". Huge sandwiches on freshly baked bread, all the toppings you can imagine, homemade chips, also nice salads and enormous cookies! My tip: Get your picnic lunch here!
Great place to eat with family and friends, even has a Sports Bar. Get there early or call for reservations. They're often packed. They have several rooms where you can sit depending upon the size of your party.
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Mulligan's Pub & Restaurant
3912 Vermont 7A
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Great place to eat with family and friends, even has a Sports Bar. Get there early or call for reservations. They're often packed. They have several rooms where you can sit depending upon the size of your party.
Beautiful Inn, chef-owned, delicious Asian-fusion and other types of dishes. Perfect for a romantic evening!
Inn at West View Farm
2928 VT-30
Beautiful Inn, chef-owned, delicious Asian-fusion and other types of dishes. Perfect for a romantic evening!
Delicious food at VERY reasonable prices, in a converted barn with great views! The drive along bucolic route 30, barns and cows, into Pawlet is worth it already! Live Music some weekends. Definitely try this one! Call ahead for reservations and ask for a table near the window, in the winter time near the fireplace.
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The Barn Restaurant and Tavern
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Delicious food at VERY reasonable prices, in a converted barn with great views! The drive along bucolic route 30, barns and cows, into Pawlet is worth it already! Live Music some weekends. Definitely try this one! Call ahead for reservations and ask for a table near the window, in the winter time near the fireplace.
They have great outdoor dining in the summer time and their food is delicious!
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Barrows House Inn & Restaurant
3156 Vermont 30
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They have great outdoor dining in the summer time and their food is delicious!
Their food is amazing and the decor very Vermont! In the summer time they have limited seating outside on beautiful Church Street.
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The Dorset Inn
8 Church Street
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Their food is amazing and the decor very Vermont! In the summer time they have limited seating outside on beautiful Church Street.
Great restaurant and nice bar!
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Chantecleer Restaurant
8 Read Farm Lane
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Great restaurant and nice bar!

Sightseeing

If there's only one thing you do in Manchester that's cultural, don't miss this one! Hildene has something for the entire family. It was Robert Todd Lincoln's summer home and is incredibly well maintained. For kids: The Goat barn, baby goats in the spring and summer, cheese-making operation, FABULOUS summer camps (they fill up quickly); a real Pullman car that can be visited; in the summer time a tram tours the estate For adults: In addition to the fascinating estate inside Hildene also has BEAUTIFUL gardens with stunning views. Top place to get married in Vermont!
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Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home
1005 Hildene Road
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If there's only one thing you do in Manchester that's cultural, don't miss this one! Hildene has something for the entire family. It was Robert Todd Lincoln's summer home and is incredibly well maintained. For kids: The Goat barn, baby goats in the spring and summer, cheese-making operation, FABULOUS summer camps (they fill up quickly); a real Pullman car that can be visited; in the summer time a tram tours the estate For adults: In addition to the fascinating estate inside Hildene also has BEAUTIFUL gardens with stunning views. Top place to get married in Vermont!
World famous swimming hole in the oldest marble quarry in the US! "Must see" in Dorset! Even if you don't want to go swimming (in the summer time it's a made-house) you should walk around the quarry, read the signs and take a couple of photos.
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Dorset Quarry
1940 VT-30
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World famous swimming hole in the oldest marble quarry in the US! "Must see" in Dorset! Even if you don't want to go swimming (in the summer time it's a made-house) you should walk around the quarry, read the signs and take a couple of photos.

Parks & Nature

Bromley has much to offer in the winter time (great ski area) and summer (Adventure Park, Alpine Slide- kids can spend all day here). Fabulous views, fun for the whole family! Hike or snow-shoe to the top!
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Bromley Mountain Ski Resort
3984 Vermont 11
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Bromley has much to offer in the winter time (great ski area) and summer (Adventure Park, Alpine Slide- kids can spend all day here). Fabulous views, fun for the whole family! Hike or snow-shoe to the top!
Great place to spend the day, swimming, taking photos and enjoying the beautiful setting.
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Lake St. Catherine State Park
3034 Vermont 30
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Great place to spend the day, swimming, taking photos and enjoying the beautiful setting.
Lots of hiking trails, very well marked. If you're in great shape go to the top of Equinox and be rewarded with stunning views! Otherwise drive up. Don't miss the "St. Bruno Scenic Viewing Center" dedicated with a fascinating exhibit on the Carthusian monks and their Monastery which is on the left as you drive up the mountain. For more information and a coupon to drive up the Skyline Drive:www.equinoxmountain.com/skylinedrive_index.php
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Equinox Mountain
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Lots of hiking trails, very well marked. If you're in great shape go to the top of Equinox and be rewarded with stunning views! Otherwise drive up. Don't miss the "St. Bruno Scenic Viewing Center" dedicated with a fascinating exhibit on the Carthusian monks and their Monastery which is on the left as you drive up the mountain. For more information and a coupon to drive up the Skyline Drive:www.equinoxmountain.com/skylinedrive_index.php
Bucolic setting, great camping, swimming, paddling, kayaking, fun for the whole family! You can rent paddle-boats and stand-up paddleboards here. They also have some ice cream and refreshments in the summer time. In the winter you can snow-shoe to the lake and watch ice-fishing!
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Emerald Lake State Park
65 Emerald Lake Lane
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Bucolic setting, great camping, swimming, paddling, kayaking, fun for the whole family! You can rent paddle-boats and stand-up paddleboards here. They also have some ice cream and refreshments in the summer time. In the winter you can snow-shoe to the lake and watch ice-fishing!
3100 acres (!!!) of beautiful hiking and forest land, complete with demonstrations on maple syrup making, a working farm (great for kids), blueberry picking in the summer, sleigh rides in winter, lots of events year round. Check out their website: http://www.merckforest.org/ Insider tip: Avoid the drive there after periods of rain or during "mud season" (thawing in February and April usually) because then the access road is very muddy.
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Merck Forest & Farmland Center
3270 Route 315
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3100 acres (!!!) of beautiful hiking and forest land, complete with demonstrations on maple syrup making, a working farm (great for kids), blueberry picking in the summer, sleigh rides in winter, lots of events year round. Check out their website: http://www.merckforest.org/ Insider tip: Avoid the drive there after periods of rain or during "mud season" (thawing in February and April usually) because then the access road is very muddy.

Arts & Culture

18 local artists and their beautiful wares
Epoch Inc
4927 Main St
18 local artists and their beautiful wares
Hands down one of my favorite high-end art galleries. Teri Lindsey, the owner and a very gifted artist herself, does a fabulous job of selecting gifted local artists and also some visiting artist. Check with them for special events, including artist receptions and demonstrations. Tell Teri we sent you!
Tilting At Windmills
24 Highland Ave
Hands down one of my favorite high-end art galleries. Teri Lindsey, the owner and a very gifted artist herself, does a fabulous job of selecting gifted local artists and also some visiting artist. Check with them for special events, including artist receptions and demonstrations. Tell Teri we sent you!
www.manchesterhotglass.com/ This is a fun place to try glass-blowing, even make your own paperweight! Parking is a bit tight right there at the store but you can park across the street in a big parking lot.
Manchester Hot Glass
79 Elm St # 1
www.manchesterhotglass.com/ This is a fun place to try glass-blowing, even make your own paperweight! Parking is a bit tight right there at the store but you can park across the street in a big parking lot.
Very quaint library with more books, videos, CDs and children's game than the fabulous new Manchester library! "Artist of the month" exhibits with artist receptions on 1. Saturday of the month (check their sign out front)
Dorset Village Public Library
Very quaint library with more books, videos, CDs and children's game than the fabulous new Manchester library! "Artist of the month" exhibits with artist receptions on 1. Saturday of the month (check their sign out front)
If you want to find out more about the Dorset area, don't miss this very informative place!
Dorset Historical Society
If you want to find out more about the Dorset area, don't miss this very informative place!
Revolving exhibits, great permanent collection. Don't miss on a rainy day! Cafe Sora, a Japanese restaurant, is run by two Japanese friends of mine. Tell them I sent you!
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Southern Vermont Arts Center
930 Southern Vermont Arts Center Drive
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Revolving exhibits, great permanent collection. Don't miss on a rainy day! Cafe Sora, a Japanese restaurant, is run by two Japanese friends of mine. Tell them I sent you!

Shopping

Quaint and small outdoor Farmers Market, open summers only, Thursday afternoons. Everything from fruits and vegetables to locally made cheeses, sometimes meats, also gifts and often with live music. Very fun on a hot summer day!
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Manchester Farmers Market
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Quaint and small outdoor Farmers Market, open summers only, Thursday afternoons. Everything from fruits and vegetables to locally made cheeses, sometimes meats, also gifts and often with live music. Very fun on a hot summer day!
What I love about Dutton's is that in late winter/ early spring, when maple sugaring has started, you can actually watch them boil the syrup right there in a little sugaring hut. Fun for little kids: visit with the goats which are straight ahead when you pull into the parking lot. In the summer they serve most delicious maple sugar soft serve ice cream. Most of the year they also have a great selection of local produce, just don't expect the same in the winter time.
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Dutton Farm Stand
2083 Depot Street
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What I love about Dutton's is that in late winter/ early spring, when maple sugaring has started, you can actually watch them boil the syrup right there in a little sugaring hut. Fun for little kids: visit with the goats which are straight ahead when you pull into the parking lot. In the summer they serve most delicious maple sugar soft serve ice cream. Most of the year they also have a great selection of local produce, just don't expect the same in the winter time.
Fabulous selection of all things made out of wood plus THE nicest owners ever! I love going there to laugh with them. Their items are super well priced, mostly made right there in their workshop. Everything from wooden bowls to Christmas ornaments, cutting boards, wooden chairs, children's wooden toys and much more. Secret Tip: Buy a cutting board and have them engrave it. The wood engraving is free and such a nice personal memory! Sometimes they can do it right there on the spot, sometimes you can come back a while later and pick it up.
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Manchester Woodcraft
175 Depot St
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Fabulous selection of all things made out of wood plus THE nicest owners ever! I love going there to laugh with them. Their items are super well priced, mostly made right there in their workshop. Everything from wooden bowls to Christmas ornaments, cutting boards, wooden chairs, children's wooden toys and much more. Secret Tip: Buy a cutting board and have them engrave it. The wood engraving is free and such a nice personal memory! Sometimes they can do it right there on the spot, sometimes you can come back a while later and pick it up.
#1 on TripAdvisor for our area. Best bookstore in all of Vermont and I dare say in all of New England! Truly, don't miss visiting this place, even if you're not into books!!! Beautiful setting on several floors, cozy and relaxed atmosphere and thousands of books, gifts and other things to explore. Children will LOVE that an ENTIRE THIRD FLOOR is dedicated to them with games, books, some clothing and much more. SPIRAL PRESS CAFE downstairs has great pastries, coffees and more!
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Northshire Bookstore
4869 Main Street
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#1 on TripAdvisor for our area. Best bookstore in all of Vermont and I dare say in all of New England! Truly, don't miss visiting this place, even if you're not into books!!! Beautiful setting on several floors, cozy and relaxed atmosphere and thousands of books, gifts and other things to explore. Children will LOVE that an ENTIRE THIRD FLOOR is dedicated to them with games, books, some clothing and much more. SPIRAL PRESS CAFE downstairs has great pastries, coffees and more!
http://www.manchesterdesigneroutlets.com/our-stores Check for coupons and more info on this site! Fabulous shopping and savings await you in over 40 tastefully decorated stores, everything from clothing to shoes, jewelry, hand bags, including such well-known brands as The GAP, Uggs, Eddie Bauer, Michael Kors and many more.
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Manchester Designer Outlets
97 Depot Street
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http://www.manchesterdesigneroutlets.com/our-stores Check for coupons and more info on this site! Fabulous shopping and savings await you in over 40 tastefully decorated stores, everything from clothing to shoes, jewelry, hand bags, including such well-known brands as The GAP, Uggs, Eddie Bauer, Michael Kors and many more.
Step inside this store and feel like you're in a different century! True locals hang out here and get all their supplies! My father-in-law used to say that if you can't find it at HN Williams then you don't need it! Original wood flooring, candy in jars, yummy deli, nice selection of outdoor clothing (everything from boots and shoes to overalls, jackets, ski clothing) and so much more.
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H N Williams Store
2732 Vermont 30
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Step inside this store and feel like you're in a different century! True locals hang out here and get all their supplies! My father-in-law used to say that if you can't find it at HN Williams then you don't need it! Original wood flooring, candy in jars, yummy deli, nice selection of outdoor clothing (everything from boots and shoes to overalls, jackets, ski clothing) and so much more.
Fabulous selection of all things revolving around dining, kitchen, linens- great place to get a gift. Sometimes they have remnant slate tiles out front (at the top of the stairs, outside) at a super low price. Ask them for their one-a-year tent sale with rock-bottom prices. In the winter time the Sunday Farmer's Market takes place here (hours: 10-1 PM)
The Kitchen Store at JK Adams
1430 VT-30
Fabulous selection of all things revolving around dining, kitchen, linens- great place to get a gift. Sometimes they have remnant slate tiles out front (at the top of the stairs, outside) at a super low price. Ask them for their one-a-year tent sale with rock-bottom prices. In the winter time the Sunday Farmer's Market takes place here (hours: 10-1 PM)

Essentials

We have two supermarkets in Manchester. One of them is a large Shaws, the other one is Price Chopper (very old but ok if you're in a hurry and don't need much).
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Shaws Supermarket
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We have two supermarkets in Manchester. One of them is a large Shaws, the other one is Price Chopper (very old but ok if you're in a hurry and don't need much).
My favorite locally-owned health food store in town. It was recently completely renovated and now features a juice bar, breakfast sandwiches, etc. There's another health food store over by the cemetery.
New Morning Natural Foods and Juice Bar
4776 Main St
My favorite locally-owned health food store in town. It was recently completely renovated and now features a juice bar, breakfast sandwiches, etc. There's another health food store over by the cemetery.
ou'll love this store! It's a small, Vermont Country Store, with everything you need to either cook or buy a nice pre-cooked meal, including a good selection of wines. Their pastries are awesome and they also have a great deli!
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Dorset Union Store
31 Church Street
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ou'll love this store! It's a small, Vermont Country Store, with everything you need to either cook or buy a nice pre-cooked meal, including a good selection of wines. Their pastries are awesome and they also have a great deli!

Everything Else

http://wildwoodberryfarm.com/ Gigantic You-pick blueberry and raspberry farm in BEAUTIFUL country setting on Mad Tom Road. Great way to spend a morning or afternoon. The nicest owners! Nibble your way through the rows and take some berries home to freeze!
Wildwood Berry Farm
2977 Mad Tom Rd
http://wildwoodberryfarm.com/ Gigantic You-pick blueberry and raspberry farm in BEAUTIFUL country setting on Mad Tom Road. Great way to spend a morning or afternoon. The nicest owners! Nibble your way through the rows and take some berries home to freeze!
Broadway- caliber live performances that are usually sold out weeks in advance! http://www.westonplayhouse.org/ Combine a show here with a visit to the Vermont Country Store just a block or two down from the theater. That's a must-see, too!
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Weston Playhouse Theatre Company
703 Main Street
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Broadway- caliber live performances that are usually sold out weeks in advance! http://www.westonplayhouse.org/ Combine a show here with a visit to the Vermont Country Store just a block or two down from the theater. That's a must-see, too!