Local and Vermont-Wide Activities

Local and Vermont-Wide Activities

During your stay you may wish just to enjoy the pleasures of the house, grounds and nearby farm.  Hiking, walking, biking, swimming, sunning, reading and just relaxing can all be enjoyed without ever getting in the car.

However, if you want to explore Vermont, go out to dinner, ski, shop or find artists hidden in the hills, these page gives you an overview of what is available within a short drive or a longer sightseeing excursion.

Let us know if you have particular interests and we can provide specific opportunities for you and your group.

There are several areas for you to explore.  Each has a variety of activities including restaurants, shopping, wonderful views, outdoor activities and art.


WEST DOVER - 15 minutes

  1. Hermitage Inn Restaurant
  2. Hermitage Club Private Ski Area
  3. Mount Snow Ski Area
  4. River Valley Market - groceries, wine
  5. Equipe Sports (skis, bike and kayak rentals)
  6. Veronique's (high-fashion skiwear)
  7. Other restaurants and bars, including Panda Chinese
  8. Gas and sundries
  9. Liquor store
  10. ATM
  11. Deerfield Valley Regional Airport (private)
  12. Hermitage Golf Course
  13. Sonny Brown Maple Syrup on Dover Road

WILMNGTON - 25 minutes

  1. Coffee shop
  2. Shaw's Market
  3. Art shops
  4. Gas and sundries
  5. Liquor store
  6. Restaurants and microbrewery
  7. Pharmacy
  8. ATM & People's Bank
  9. Lake Whitingham access

NEWFANE - 20 minutes

  1. Dinner at Four Columns Inn
  2. Yoga Studio
  3. Country Store
  4. Coffee-Ice Cream Shop
  5. Art and antiques
  6. ATM & People's Bank

MARLBORO - 30 minutes

  1. Marlboro Music Festival
  2. Art
  3. Marlboro College


  1. Putney Food Co-op Organic Market
  2. Walker Farm Organic Farm Stand
  3. Curtis BBQ
  4. Funky shops, art and antiques
  5. Bakery-restaurant
  6. Putney School & Landmark College
  7. On the way to Walpole


  1. Beautiful classic New England green and houses
  2. LA Burdicks Restaurant, Coffee Bar and Chocolates
  3. Walpole Artists Co-op

WEST TOWNSEND - 30 minutes

  1. Windham Hill Restaurant


    BRATTLEBORO - 30 minutes

    1. Brattleboro Food Co-op (large selection of organics)
    2. Shin La Korean-Japanese Restaurant
    3. Peter Havens Restaurant
    4. Lots of art shops, antiques, jewelry, vintage
    5. Mocha Joe's Coffee - hand roasted beans and coffee bar 
    6. Micropubs, bakeries and sandwich shops
    7. Marina - boats, Connecticut river tours, restaurant
    8. Vermont Canoe Touring Center - West River and Connecticut River canoe and kayak rentals
    9. Rt. 5 strip - car repair, big grocery chain and services

    STRATTON - 30 minutes

    1. Stratton Mountain ski area
    2. Shops, restaurants, golf course

    MANCHESTER - 40 minutes

    1. Bromley Mountain Ski Area
    2. Designer Outlets
    3. Good restaurants, particularly Depot 62 (Turkish)
    4. Equinox Golf Course with Club House restaurant
    5. Art

    WOODSTOCK - 90 minutes

    1. Art, crafts, antiques
    2. Woodstock Inn and other restaurants
    3. A very nice drive
    4. Near Simon Pierce Restaurant and Quechee Gorge

    QUECHEE - 90 minutes

    1. Simon Pierce Restaurant (on the river)
    2. Art, antiques, crafts, river
    3. Balloon festival in summer
    4. Quechee Gorge (a modest hike)
    5. Skiing at the Quechee Club (private, call first)

    JAMAICA - 30 minutes

    1. Jamaica Coffee house
    2. Vermont Ski and Sport
    3. Elaine Beckworth Gallery
    4. White water rafting at Ball Dam
    5. On the way to Manchester

    GRAFTON - 30 minutes

    1. Grafton Inn Restaurant
    2. Swimming (summer), X-C skiing
    3. Historical society
    Nancy Elizabeth Shaw