Guidebook for Cornish

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Guidebook for Cornish

Food Scene

Our little piece of the Upper Valley is actually a strong part of the Vermont (and New Hampshire!) food scene, with lots to be found in Artisan's Park in Windsor and easy access to foodie favorites like Woodstock, VT and Hanover, NH. Whatever direction you head, you're sure to find original dining and great food!
Wonderful restaurant in the old train station with a very special, local menu and artisan cocktails. Save room for dessert - the best in town!
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Windsor Station Restaurant & Barroom
26 Depot Avenue
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Wonderful restaurant in the old train station with a very special, local menu and artisan cocktails. Save room for dessert - the best in town!
Old railcar diner right near the historic downtown in Windsor. Typical diner fare in a no-nonsense environment. Great for quick breakfasts!
Windsor Diner
135 Main Street
Old railcar diner right near the historic downtown in Windsor. Typical diner fare in a no-nonsense environment. Great for quick breakfasts!
Local ice cream place with good espresso and coffee drinks and lots to choose from for the little ones!
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Boston Dreams
7 State St
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Local ice cream place with good espresso and coffee drinks and lots to choose from for the little ones!
Very original, new Mexican/Southwestern place with lots of unique items and great margaritas. Right in the historic downtown Claremont. Try the bowls! http://www.revolutioncantina.com/
Revolution Cantina
38 Tremont St
Very original, new Mexican/Southwestern place with lots of unique items and great margaritas. Right in the historic downtown Claremont. Try the bowls! http://www.revolutioncantina.com/
Great restaurant for families and groups, with unlimited bread and cheese, great drinks, and an immeasurably large menu. Plus, it's right near an amazing waterfall and river bridge - great for a walk after filling up on the huge portions!
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The Common Man Restaurant
21 Water St
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Great restaurant for families and groups, with unlimited bread and cheese, great drinks, and an immeasurably large menu. Plus, it's right near an amazing waterfall and river bridge - great for a walk after filling up on the huge portions!
Pizza joint with a few locations in VT - just a typical pizza delivery and pickup place, but the pizza is amazing! Great for families and groups as well, if you want to sit in the restaurant.
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Pizza Chef
88 Main Street
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Pizza joint with a few locations in VT - just a typical pizza delivery and pickup place, but the pizza is amazing! Great for families and groups as well, if you want to sit in the restaurant.

Entertainment & Activities

There is so much to do in the area and not enough time or space to detail everything. You're sure to find great outdoor excursions any time of the year, and we're an easy drive to multiple National Historic Parks, state parks, town forests, and of course the Connecticut River!
Huge brewery and restaurant, the second outpost of Boston's Harpoon Brewery (one of the breweries that started the current craft brewing boom). They have an annual Oktoberfest celebration as well as other festivals and events, as well as 1-hour tours of the brewery floor (reservations recommended on weekends). The restaurant has great sandwiches and is very family-friendly! http://www.harpoonbrewery.com/breweries/windsor
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Harpoon Brewery Riverbend Taps and Beer Garden
336 Ruth Carney Drive
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Huge brewery and restaurant, the second outpost of Boston's Harpoon Brewery (one of the breweries that started the current craft brewing boom). They have an annual Oktoberfest celebration as well as other festivals and events, as well as 1-hour tours of the brewery floor (reservations recommended on weekends). The restaurant has great sandwiches and is very family-friendly! http://www.harpoonbrewery.com/breweries/windsor
An innovative distillery specializing in unique takes on whiskey, vodka and gin. Tastings are available during business hours, but we almost always grab a bottle of gin or bourbon when we stop by. The spirits are some of the best we've ever tasted.
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SILO Distillery
3 Artisans Way
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An innovative distillery specializing in unique takes on whiskey, vodka and gin. Tastings are available during business hours, but we almost always grab a bottle of gin or bourbon when we stop by. The spirits are some of the best we've ever tasted.
The biggest ski area in the vicinity, near Woodstock and all it has to offer. Some of the best skiing on the East Coast!
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Killington Ski Area
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The biggest ski area in the vicinity, near Woodstock and all it has to offer. Some of the best skiing on the East Coast!
Smaller ski area with highly weather-dependent operations, but it's going to be less crowded than Sunapee or Killington. Best for kids or beginners who might not want to face the bigger slopes.
Ski Quechee
40-64 Williams Ln
Smaller ski area with highly weather-dependent operations, but it's going to be less crowded than Sunapee or Killington. Best for kids or beginners who might not want to face the bigger slopes.
Another nearby option for skiing - we've never been but it's pretty popular with locals and New Englanders.
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Okemo Mountain Resort
77 Okemo Ridge Rd
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Another nearby option for skiing - we've never been but it's pretty popular with locals and New Englanders.
The other flagship ski area in our vicinity, right by Lake Sunapee (with views of the lake from up the mountain). Good variety of courses and it's usually well-maintained all season.
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Sunapee Mountain
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The other flagship ski area in our vicinity, right by Lake Sunapee (with views of the lake from up the mountain). Good variety of courses and it's usually well-maintained all season.
Windsor Golf Course. We're not golfers, but we've heard good things from locals. http://www.johnplarkincc.com/rates.html
John P. Larkin Country Club
Windsor Golf Course. We're not golfers, but we've heard good things from locals. http://www.johnplarkincc.com/rates.html
Local farm with a huge selection at the farmstand and PYO fruit in season
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Edgewater Farm
246 Route 12A
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Local farm with a huge selection at the farmstand and PYO fruit in season
A great place to rent kayaks or tubes for the day, or to go cross country skiing in winter!
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Great River Outfitters
36 Park Road
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A great place to rent kayaks or tubes for the day, or to go cross country skiing in winter!

Arts & Culture

With a wealth of historic sites, winter resorts, and Windsor's Artisan's Park nearby, there is no shortage of art or cultural offerings. Hanover and Dartmouth will be a big center for a lot of items, and Woodstock has a historic arts community. Cornish itself was once home to the world-renowned Cornish Artists' Colony, founded by Augustin St-Gaudens.
Sculpture garden and walking bath - buy your tickets at the Great River Outfitters. http://www.pathoflifegarden.com/
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Path of Life Sculpture Garden
36 Park Road
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Sculpture garden and walking bath - buy your tickets at the Great River Outfitters. http://www.pathoflifegarden.com/
Historical Park and home of Augustin St-Gaudens. A great trip with tons to do, even for kids! https://www.nps.gov/saga/index.htm
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Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park
139 Saint Gaudens Road
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Historical Park and home of Augustin St-Gaudens. A great trip with tons to do, even for kids! https://www.nps.gov/saga/index.htm
Fun museum detailing the history of machinery and precision manufacturing along the Connecticut River. Great with kids! Note, it's only open Memorial Day through Labor Day. https://www.americanprecision.org/
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American Precision Museum
196 Main St
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Fun museum detailing the history of machinery and precision manufacturing along the Connecticut River. Great with kids! Note, it's only open Memorial Day through Labor Day. https://www.americanprecision.org/

Parks & Nature

We are surrounded by nature and parks of all sorts in our area. Mt Ascutney has great hiking, we have a swimming area about 5 mins away in Windsor, and so many great views. Even a drive up I-91 will offer spectacular views.
Highest mountain in Vermont, with lots of great hiking trails and a driving path that takes you most of the way up. The mountain top is visible right from our porch, when there aren't too many clouds. http://www.vtstateparks.com/htm/ascutney.htm
Mount Ascutney State Park Road
Highest mountain in Vermont, with lots of great hiking trails and a driving path that takes you most of the way up. The mountain top is visible right from our porch, when there aren't too many clouds. http://www.vtstateparks.com/htm/ascutney.htm
Home of the famous Quechee Gorge! Mostly a tourist trap but there are fun hiking trails (just remember to save energy for the walk back up) and a great photo op. http://www.vtstateparks.com/htm/quechee.htm
Quechee State Park
5800 Woodstock Rd
Home of the famous Quechee Gorge! Mostly a tourist trap but there are fun hiking trails (just remember to save energy for the walk back up) and a great photo op. http://www.vtstateparks.com/htm/quechee.htm
Historic Park and working farm at the Billings Farm, right across the street. Highly recommended and great for families! https://www.nps.gov/mabi/index.htm
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Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park
54 Elm St
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Historic Park and working farm at the Billings Farm, right across the street. Highly recommended and great for families! https://www.nps.gov/mabi/index.htm
A great local swimming area! http://www.vtstateparks.com/htm/coolidge.htm
Coolidge State Park Road
A great local swimming area! http://www.vtstateparks.com/htm/coolidge.htm
Park and walking trail near the Windsor town pond. A great short hike that takes you through interesting views of the lake. http://www.uvtrails.org/sites/uvtrails.org/files/field_trail_map/paradise_park.pdf
Paradise Park Road
Park and walking trail near the Windsor town pond. A great short hike that takes you through interesting views of the lake. http://www.uvtrails.org/sites/uvtrails.org/files/field_trail_map/paradise_park.pdf
This is the Vermont Institute for Natural Sciences (VINS), which for a low price has a wealth of activities - including predatory bird demonstrations, walking paths, and great playgrounds.
149 Natures Way
149 Natures Way
This is the Vermont Institute for Natural Sciences (VINS), which for a low price has a wealth of activities - including predatory bird demonstrations, walking paths, and great playgrounds.

Essentials

We have grocery stores only a few minutes away, or you can find a huge variety of fresh and high quality stuff in West Leb.
Our local Price Chopper store. It's a small store but the selection is huge and the prices are incredibly affordable.
Price Chopper
2725 U.S. 5
Our local Price Chopper store. It's a small store but the selection is huge and the prices are incredibly affordable.
Closest hospital and health center for any urgent care needs.
Mt Ascutney Hospital and Health Center: Acute Care
289 County Rd
Closest hospital and health center for any urgent care needs.
The Market Basket in Claremont - Bostonians will know what makes Market Basket great. But for the uninitiated, it often has some of the most affordable prices on a huge selection of produce, cheese, and essentials. Think of it as Trader Joe's but with name brand items.
Market Basket
345 Washington St
The Market Basket in Claremont - Bostonians will know what makes Market Basket great. But for the uninitiated, it often has some of the most affordable prices on a huge selection of produce, cheese, and essentials. Think of it as Trader Joe's but with name brand items.
Hannaford's is a great New England chain with amazing produce and a huge selection of local goods (e.g. maple syrup, coffee, cheese, farm-fresh milk, wines & beer). Usually pretty affordable though you can certainly spend a lot as well. There are locations in both Claremont and West Leb.
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Hannaford Supermarket
8 Market St
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Hannaford's is a great New England chain with amazing produce and a huge selection of local goods (e.g. maple syrup, coffee, cheese, farm-fresh milk, wines & beer). Usually pretty affordable though you can certainly spend a lot as well. There are locations in both Claremont and West Leb.

Getting Around

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Windsor-Mt. Ascutney
26 Depot Ave
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Shopping

See the glass blowing studio and store.
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Simon Pearce
109 Park Road
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See the glass blowing studio and store.
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Great River Outfitters
36 Park Road
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https://cheeseboardvt.com
Vermont Farmstead Cheese Co. Market
71 Artisans Way
https://cheeseboardvt.com