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Guidebook for Grafton

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Guidebook for Grafton

Food Scene
who doesn't like hand crafted local cheese!? There are also pretty walking trails around the site.
Grafton Village Cheese Company
533 Townshend Rd
who doesn't like hand crafted local cheese!? There are also pretty walking trails around the site.
Chef-owner Michael Fuller founded this exceptional, upscale little eatery in an authentic 1927 diner over 30 years ago. Ever since, he's been offering a verbal menu of four seasonally changing items, sourced largely from local farms. Locals rave that the food here is Brattleboro's best. The diner seats just 18 souls, so reserve ahead. No credit cards.
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T. J. Buckley's
132 Elliot Street
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Chef-owner Michael Fuller founded this exceptional, upscale little eatery in an authentic 1927 diner over 30 years ago. Ever since, he's been offering a verbal menu of four seasonally changing items, sourced largely from local farms. Locals rave that the food here is Brattleboro's best. The diner seats just 18 souls, so reserve ahead. No credit cards.
The more upscale restaurant found at the Grafton Inn. The more casual Phelps Pub is found in the barn around back.
Old Tavern
92 Main St
The more upscale restaurant found at the Grafton Inn. The more casual Phelps Pub is found in the barn around back.
Hearthside dining at candlelit tables enhances the experience at this gracious roadside 1790s inn. The menu is wide-ranging: 'Yankee favorites' like traditional pot roast cooked in the tavern's own ale; New England scrod baked with Vermont cheddar, bread crumbs, sherry and lemon; and local venison (a regular Friday special) seal the deal.
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YE OLDE TAVERN
5183 Main Street
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Hearthside dining at candlelit tables enhances the experience at this gracious roadside 1790s inn. The menu is wide-ranging: 'Yankee favorites' like traditional pot roast cooked in the tavern's own ale; New England scrod baked with Vermont cheddar, bread crumbs, sherry and lemon; and local venison (a regular Friday special) seal the deal.
This classic 1950s-era diner serves breakfast all day and a healthy mix of American, Asian and Mexican fare, including vegetarian options. Enhancing the retro experience are little tabletop jukeboxes where you can you play Willie Nelson's 'Moonlight in Vermont' or Cher's 'Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves' till your neighbors scream for mercy.
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The Blue Benn
314 North Street
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This classic 1950s-era diner serves breakfast all day and a healthy mix of American, Asian and Mexican fare, including vegetarian options. Enhancing the retro experience are little tabletop jukeboxes where you can you play Willie Nelson's 'Moonlight in Vermont' or Cher's 'Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves' till your neighbors scream for mercy.
Best greasy spoon breakfast around in a classic 1930s era diner with all the classics and cheap as hell. Perfect to load up on before a good hike.
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Country Girl Diner
46 Vermont 103
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Best greasy spoon breakfast around in a classic 1930s era diner with all the classics and cheap as hell. Perfect to load up on before a good hike.
Quaint, country-style mainstay with counter seats for pancakes, egg dishes & other breakfast plates.
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Up For Breakfast
4935 Main Street
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Quaint, country-style mainstay with counter seats for pancakes, egg dishes & other breakfast plates.
From its humble beginnings as a home bakery to its move into a brick and mortar on the Chester, Vt. town green, The Southern Pie Company has excelled in importing uniquely flavored pies to New England.
Southern Pie Cafe
287 Main St
From its humble beginnings as a home bakery to its move into a brick and mortar on the Chester, Vt. town green, The Southern Pie Company has excelled in importing uniquely flavored pies to New England.
Found right next door in the town of Rockingham, it's chef owned and operated (husband and wife team). Serves unique Vermont inspired cuisine with a twist in a two hundred year old tavern. The menu focuses on fresh local ingredients prepared daily, including some that come from the couple's 30 year old onsite gardens. Charming and cozy with three colonial fireplaces. reservations - call or text - 802-275-7809
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Leslie's Tavern At Rockingham
660 Rockingham Road
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Found right next door in the town of Rockingham, it's chef owned and operated (husband and wife team). Serves unique Vermont inspired cuisine with a twist in a two hundred year old tavern. The menu focuses on fresh local ingredients prepared daily, including some that come from the couple's 30 year old onsite gardens. Charming and cozy with three colonial fireplaces. reservations - call or text - 802-275-7809
Shopping
adorable and quaint Vt at some of it's best. Many quirky small shops, restaurants, and bars on a river setting. Esp known for local craftsmanship.
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Woodstock
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adorable and quaint Vt at some of it's best. Many quirky small shops, restaurants, and bars on a river setting. Esp known for local craftsmanship.
next town over (7miles on a scenic drive), Chester is a goldmine of antique shops and markets. It's a true antique market town where you can get lost for hours. Make space in your car! The downtown is also quaint and includes another historic Inn, cemetery, school, and a handful of cafes.
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Chester
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next town over (7miles on a scenic drive), Chester is a goldmine of antique shops and markets. It's a true antique market town where you can get lost for hours. Make space in your car! The downtown is also quaint and includes another historic Inn, cemetery, school, and a handful of cafes.
Everything Vermont from produce, apple cider, maple syrup, dairy products, to arts and crafts and all sorts of locally made goodies.
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The Vermont Country Store Rockingham
1292 Rockingham Road
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Everything Vermont from produce, apple cider, maple syrup, dairy products, to arts and crafts and all sorts of locally made goodies.
Forming both the geographic and the intellectual center of the Manchester community, this thriving independent bookstore is the best in Vermont, with a sprawling collection of titles on every subject imaginable (including an entire section on Vermont and New England) and an impressive array of readings and author events.
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Northshire Bookstore
4869 Main Street
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Forming both the geographic and the intellectual center of the Manchester community, this thriving independent bookstore is the best in Vermont, with a sprawling collection of titles on every subject imaginable (including an entire section on Vermont and New England) and an impressive array of readings and author events.
Celebrating its 200th anniversary in 2016, this classic general store facing Dorset's pretty village green sells all manner of edible Vermont items, especially high-end gourmet goodies and picnic fixings, including local cheddar cheese (of course); it also has a well-stocked wine room, a deli and a freezer full of gourmet take-and-bake treats, including its award-winning mac-and-cheese.
Dorset Union Store
31 Church Street
Celebrating its 200th anniversary in 2016, this classic general store facing Dorset's pretty village green sells all manner of edible Vermont items, especially high-end gourmet goodies and picnic fixings, including local cheddar cheese (of course); it also has a well-stocked wine room, a deli and a freezer full of gourmet take-and-bake treats, including its award-winning mac-and-cheese.
Essentials
There's an adorable general store and market on main street where you can buy ready made meals (they cater), sandwiches, and all the basic staples you need including wine , beer, and ciders. Surprising finds for its size. Fresh local treats as well. GF and vegan options on hand!
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Grafton
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There's an adorable general store and market on main street where you can buy ready made meals (they cater), sandwiches, and all the basic staples you need including wine , beer, and ciders. Surprising finds for its size. Fresh local treats as well. GF and vegan options on hand!
Arts & Culture
Great place to swing by, check out the Inn from 1801 originally. The front desk is a good place to ask for local things happening as well as good advice for just about anything you're looking for. The adjoining Phelps Pub in an old bar setting is also an excellent place for a cozy dinner or drinks and often live music. Thursday nights are burger night, which is a delicious burger, fries/salad and a drink for about $15. They have a great menu regularly and some tasty cocktails. (sadly it's often closed on the weekend for events, aka mostly weddings). The Inn has a nicer restaurant for dinners onsite as well.
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Grafton Inn
92 Main St
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Great place to swing by, check out the Inn from 1801 originally. The front desk is a good place to ask for local things happening as well as good advice for just about anything you're looking for. The adjoining Phelps Pub in an old bar setting is also an excellent place for a cozy dinner or drinks and often live music. Thursday nights are burger night, which is a delicious burger, fries/salad and a drink for about $15. They have a great menu regularly and some tasty cocktails. (sadly it's often closed on the weekend for events, aka mostly weddings). The Inn has a nicer restaurant for dinners onsite as well.
Windsor is the site of the founding of Vermont and the original tavern where the state constitution was signed can now be found as a period museum.
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Windsor
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Windsor is the site of the founding of Vermont and the original tavern where the state constitution was signed can now be found as a period museum.
Very interesting former 19th century industrial town that fell on hard times and is now working hard to reinvent itself as an affordable place for artists. There are a couple galleries, cafes and some very interesting architecture, esp industrial architecture. There's a hidden riverfront trail walk that can be found if you go down the ramp by the flatiron cafe and across the RR tracks (check out the cool stone tunnel under town!) on down towards the river. Great views of the CT River, falls, and damn.
Bellows Falls
Very interesting former 19th century industrial town that fell on hard times and is now working hard to reinvent itself as an affordable place for artists. There are a couple galleries, cafes and some very interesting architecture, esp industrial architecture. There's a hidden riverfront trail walk that can be found if you go down the ramp by the flatiron cafe and across the RR tracks (check out the cool stone tunnel under town!) on down towards the river. Great views of the CT River, falls, and damn.
Don't miss the little history museum (if it's open) just across from the village grocer. So much history packed in there and they can tell you how to hike and find the hidden quarry on a nearby mountaintop. Also don't miss the blacksmith shop, mineral museum, and the history museum all around the village as well. (very limited hours)
Grafton Historical Society
147 Main St
Don't miss the little history museum (if it's open) just across from the village grocer. So much history packed in there and they can tell you how to hike and find the hidden quarry on a nearby mountaintop. Also don't miss the blacksmith shop, mineral museum, and the history museum all around the village as well. (very limited hours)
Outside Manchester, the 24-room Georgian Revival mansion of Robert Todd Lincoln, son of Abraham and Mary Lincoln, is a national treasure. Lincoln family members lived here until 1975, when it was converted into a museum and filled with many of the family's personal effects and furnishings. These include the hat Abraham Lincoln probably wore when he delivered the Gettysburg Address, and remarkable brass casts of his hands, the right one swollen from shaking hands while campaigning for the presidency. The museum ticket includes access to the surrounding grounds, which are home to 8 miles of walking, skiing and snowshoeing trails, an observatory with a telescope, etc.
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Hildene-The Lincoln Family Home
1005 Hildene Road
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Outside Manchester, the 24-room Georgian Revival mansion of Robert Todd Lincoln, son of Abraham and Mary Lincoln, is a national treasure. Lincoln family members lived here until 1975, when it was converted into a museum and filled with many of the family's personal effects and furnishings. These include the hat Abraham Lincoln probably wore when he delivered the Gettysburg Address, and remarkable brass casts of his hands, the right one swollen from shaking hands while campaigning for the presidency. The museum ticket includes access to the surrounding grounds, which are home to 8 miles of walking, skiing and snowshoeing trails, an observatory with a telescope, etc.
Vermont’s oldest professional theater, the Weston Playhouse occupies an old church on the town common and backs onto the West River. It enjoys a good reputation for musicals and drama. Before or after a show, head downstairs to the West Town Eatery, a sweet little bistro below the theater, opened in 2015 by acclaimed chefs Rogan and Abby Lechthaler.
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Weston Playhouse Theatre Company
703 Main Street
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Vermont’s oldest professional theater, the Weston Playhouse occupies an old church on the town common and backs onto the West River. It enjoys a good reputation for musicals and drama. Before or after a show, head downstairs to the West Town Eatery, a sweet little bistro below the theater, opened in 2015 by acclaimed chefs Rogan and Abby Lechthaler.
When he moved his family to Shaftsbury (4 miles north of Bennington), poet Robert Frost was 46 years old and at the height of his career. This modest museum opens a window into the poet's life, with one entire room dedicated to his most famous work, 'Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,' which he penned here in the 1920s.
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Robert Frost Stone House Museum at Bennington College
121 Vermont 7A
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When he moved his family to Shaftsbury (4 miles north of Bennington), poet Robert Frost was 46 years old and at the height of his career. This modest museum opens a window into the poet's life, with one entire room dedicated to his most famous work, 'Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,' which he penned here in the 1920s.
Concerts on the Green Each Tuesday evening between 6pm and 8pm from mid-July to mid-August you can catch live music performances (mainly local folk bands) alfresco at the town green.
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Manchester
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Concerts on the Green Each Tuesday evening between 6pm and 8pm from mid-July to mid-August you can catch live music performances (mainly local folk bands) alfresco at the town green.
One of Dorset's top draws, this annual summer festival includes a solid lineup of Broadway-tested works alongside a new play reading series.
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Dorset Theatre Festival
104 Cheney Road
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One of Dorset's top draws, this annual summer festival includes a solid lineup of Broadway-tested works alongside a new play reading series.
A delight for chamber-music lovers, this festival is held on summer weekends at Marlboro College, 12 miles west of Brattleboro. Founded in 1951, it regularly draws big names in classical music, with performances held in an intimate 700-seat auditorium. Reserve ahead; many concerts sell out almost immediately.
Marlboro Music
2472 South Road
A delight for chamber-music lovers, this festival is held on summer weekends at Marlboro College, 12 miles west of Brattleboro. Founded in 1951, it regularly draws big names in classical music, with performances held in an intimate 700-seat auditorium. Reserve ahead; many concerts sell out almost immediately.
Parks & Nature
amazing amenity right in the village with something for every season...hiking, mountain biking, snow shoeing, cross country skiing on a great network of local trails. Equipment for rent. There's a pair of men's size 10 snow shoes at the cabin that can be used as well.
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Grafton Trails & Outdoor Center
783 Townshend Road
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amazing amenity right in the village with something for every season...hiking, mountain biking, snow shoeing, cross country skiing on a great network of local trails. Equipment for rent. There's a pair of men's size 10 snow shoes at the cabin that can be used as well.
Not far away is Green Mountain National Park with several points to chose from for entry. The 45 miles of the Appalachian Trail cutting through the park at the east end of the state are lower elevation, but offer great autumn foliage and a chance to get away from the crowds. There are plenty of more challenging trails in the area as well, including the famed trail to the ghost town of Glastenbury that has many legends around it. Here's a great interactive map to help you pinpoint a hike or two on the A.T. https://appalachiantrail.org/home/explore-the-trail
Green Mountain National Forest
Not far away is Green Mountain National Park with several points to chose from for entry. The 45 miles of the Appalachian Trail cutting through the park at the east end of the state are lower elevation, but offer great autumn foliage and a chance to get away from the crowds. There are plenty of more challenging trails in the area as well, including the famed trail to the ghost town of Glastenbury that has many legends around it. Here's a great interactive map to help you pinpoint a hike or two on the A.T. https://appalachiantrail.org/home/explore-the-trail
Encompassing over 3200 acres of high-country meadow and forest, this sprawling farm and environmental education center is a blissful place to experience Vermont's natural beauty and agricultural heritage. The park's centerpiece is a working organic farm with animals, vegetable gardens, renewable-energy installations and a sugar house where you can watch maple syrup being produced during sugaring season. It's hidden away on a gorgeous hilltop, only 25 minutes from Manchester but a world apart from the village hustle and bustle.
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Merck Forest & Farmland Center
3270 Route 315
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Encompassing over 3200 acres of high-country meadow and forest, this sprawling farm and environmental education center is a blissful place to experience Vermont's natural beauty and agricultural heritage. The park's centerpiece is a working organic farm with animals, vegetable gardens, renewable-energy installations and a sugar house where you can watch maple syrup being produced during sugaring season. It's hidden away on a gorgeous hilltop, only 25 minutes from Manchester but a world apart from the village hustle and bustle.
The Windham Foundation, which owns and manages many of Grafton's businesses, also owns and manages a wilderness area on nearby mountain tops. Google their trail system for maps and directions. Be careful, it's easy to get confused in the tangle of trails and unmarked snowmobile trails and they go on for miles in all directions.
Windham Foundation Inc
225 Townshend Rd
The Windham Foundation, which owns and manages many of Grafton's businesses, also owns and manages a wilderness area on nearby mountain tops. Google their trail system for maps and directions. Be careful, it's easy to get confused in the tangle of trails and unmarked snowmobile trails and they go on for miles in all directions.
Beautiful and ethereal setting; fun to swim in the summer and ice skate in the winter. www.atlasobscura.com/places/freedlyville-quarry
Freedlyville Quarry
3817-5015 Dorset Hill Rd
Beautiful and ethereal setting; fun to swim in the summer and ice skate in the winter. www.atlasobscura.com/places/freedlyville-quarry
Entertainment & Activities
about 30 mins south, it's a larger town and has a thriving downtown with a good selection of restaurants, cafes, bars, brewpubs, amenities, waterfalls, and theaters. Great riverfront views from the Whetstone Brewery. Excellent spot for fun sunset dinners.
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Brattleboro
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about 30 mins south, it's a larger town and has a thriving downtown with a good selection of restaurants, cafes, bars, brewpubs, amenities, waterfalls, and theaters. Great riverfront views from the Whetstone Brewery. Excellent spot for fun sunset dinners.
Stratton Mountain for Skiing and Snowboarding!
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Stratton
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Stratton Mountain for Skiing and Snowboarding!
Small, classic ski operation with friendly staff and more locals
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Bromley Mountain Ski Resort
3984 Vermont 11
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Small, classic ski operation with friendly staff and more locals
Drive safely in the winter; VT keeps roads clear but don't be surprised to find many main roads to actually be well maintained dirt roads (which means they're frozen dirt in the winter).
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Mount Snow
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Drive safely in the winter; VT keeps roads clear but don't be surprised to find many main roads to actually be well maintained dirt roads (which means they're frozen dirt in the winter).
one of the best known resorts around
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Okemo Mountain Resort
77 Okemo Ridge Rd
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one of the best known resorts around
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Estância de Esqui Killington
4763 Killington Rd
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Closest to the cabin at only 12 miles!
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Magic Mountain Ski Area
495 Magic Mountain Access
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Closest to the cabin at only 12 miles!
Another local cross country ski course.
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Viking Nordic Center
615 Little Pond Rd
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Another local cross country ski course.
Maple Valley Ski Area
3219 W River Rd
One of 3 resorts in the area that are part of the Epic Pass system.
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Mount Sunapee
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One of 3 resorts in the area that are part of the Epic Pass system.
Known for a thriving LGBT and arts scene, Newfane also hosts Rock River nearby, which is cherished as a local river swimming hole with a famed nude beach. Directions online can be confusing, but locals will point you in the right direction. Rock River is actually the River, but there's a particular spot on it known as Rock River as well.
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Newfane
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Known for a thriving LGBT and arts scene, Newfane also hosts Rock River nearby, which is cherished as a local river swimming hole with a famed nude beach. Directions online can be confusing, but locals will point you in the right direction. Rock River is actually the River, but there's a particular spot on it known as Rock River as well.
With a long riverside hiking trail and campsites directly adjacent to the rushing West River, this is one of only two riverside state parks in Vermont. It's especially popular with kayakers and rafters for its annual whitewater weekends in late September.
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Jamaica State Park
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With a long riverside hiking trail and campsites directly adjacent to the rushing West River, this is one of only two riverside state parks in Vermont. It's especially popular with kayakers and rafters for its annual whitewater weekends in late September.
The nicely restored, art-deco Latchis Building houses this theater, where you can see mainstream and indie films on four screens nightly, listen to live music (such as a string quartet) or catch Metropolitan Opera performances broadcast live from New York City.
Latchis Hotel
50 Main St
The nicely restored, art-deco Latchis Building houses this theater, where you can see mainstream and indie films on four screens nightly, listen to live music (such as a string quartet) or catch Metropolitan Opera performances broadcast live from New York City.
Drinks & Nightlife
Fun bar closest to the cabin in Chester or 7 mile drive. Be extremely careful and don't drink and drive. The road is twisty and passes up through a mtn pass so it's very icy in the winter. The pub is fun, the owner truly Scottish, and it's cheap.
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MacLaomainn's Scottish Pub
52 South Main Street
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Fun bar closest to the cabin in Chester or 7 mile drive. Be extremely careful and don't drink and drive. The road is twisty and passes up through a mtn pass so it's very icy in the winter. The pub is fun, the owner truly Scottish, and it's cheap.
This classic pub is inhabited by a lively, friendly local crowd. With 10 varieties, plus a few seasonal options, there's a beer for every taste here. Offerings include its namesake microbrew, McNeill's, its flagship Firehouse Amber and award-winning Pullman Porter. There's also frequent live music.
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McNeill's Brewery
90 Elliot Street
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This classic pub is inhabited by a lively, friendly local crowd. With 10 varieties, plus a few seasonal options, there's a beer for every taste here. Offerings include its namesake microbrew, McNeill's, its flagship Firehouse Amber and award-winning Pullman Porter. There's also frequent live music.
Hideaway craft brewery specializing in classic session beers provides Saturday tours with tastings.
Northshire Brewery
108 County St
Hideaway craft brewery specializing in classic session beers provides Saturday tours with tastings.
Tour the brewery and sample
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Harpoon Brewery Riverbend Taps and Beer Garden
336 Ruth Carney Drive
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Tour the brewery and sample
A VT classic!
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Long Trail Brewing Company
5520 US-4
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A VT classic!