Vibrant, Dynamic, Historic
Bristol is a vibrant and dynamic community with a compact and pedestrian-friendly village and a Main Street with friendly shops that retain its historic charm. Recycling is picked up by horse and wagon. The Sodbusters’ horseshoe pitch is home to a 2-time World Champion, and the summer Town Band Concerts on the green are a tradition dating back to the Civil War. Bordered by the New Haven River, the Green Mountain National Forest, and the farms and fields of the Champlain Valley, outdoor enthusiasts find hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking, swimming, snowshoeing and skiing within just minutes of the town's single traffic light.
Main Street is lined with friendly shops that satisfy every interest: from gifts to furniture and home accessories, Vermont arts & crafts to books and music, clothing to flowers to yarn, and yoga. Restaurants offer everything from pizza to seared duck, breakfast muffins to pop-up gourmet dinners, and local beverages from coffee to kombucha to small-batch brews and wines. The downtown block also hosts a summer music festival and street fair, and a winter celebration of fire and light. The Bristol 4th of July Celebration includes the longest-running Outhouse Race in the country, Harvest Festival kicks off foliage season, and the Chocolate Walk and Best Night bookend the holidays.
In Bristol, you’ll find sights like these:
Bristol Memorial Park
Green Mountain National Forest
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Downtown Bristol serves up quintessential small-town charm and a strong community that embraces visitors right away. Explore by video, then plan to visit in person.