Central Vermont is known for the small shops, museums, farms, historic sites and diverse outdoor recreation that make life vibrant and attractive. The hills and valleys make the landscape picturesque, and historic downtowns and quaint villages throughout the region offer lots to explore. Get to know Vermont’s political history at the state capitol, drink in the creativity and innovation of Vermont artists, and let central Vermont’s welcoming communities embrace you.
EXPLORING CENTRAL VERMONT
The region is home to a rich roster of museums and cultural heritage stops and great access to the outdoors. Here is an itinerary for a long weekend in central Vermont to help kickstart your planning.
VERMONTING IN WARREN AND BRISTOL
Warren and Bristol could qualify as hidden gems, with beautiful, well-stocked general stores, bakeries, quaint shops and striking waterfalls. Explore Warren and Bristol with Seven Days, then plan to see it yourself.
Vermonting in Middlebury
Middlebury is a haven for lovers of all aspects of Vermont life, from a trail walk on the Trail Around Middlebury to lake time at Lake Dunmore to delicious local food. Read about Vermont weekly Seven Days’ adventures in Middlebury, then plan to visit yourself.
VERMONTING IN WOODSTOCK
Visit Vermont’s only national park, rich with beautiful historic buildings and luxurious gardens, by taking a day trip to Woodstock, also home to a charming Vermont village and family-friendly Billings Farm. Read about Vermont weekly Seven Days’ trip.
VERMONTING IN BARRE
Vermont weekly Seven Days takes a trip to Barre. Explore Vermont's granite capital and enjoy delicious food, beautiful views and local adventure.
Vermonting in Stowe
Stowe is home to some of the finest skiing, sightseeing, eating and drinking in the northeast. Explore a historic Vermont resort (hint: its hills are alive) and a paved recreation path.
CENTRAL VERMONT HISTORIC DOWNTOWNS
Vermont’s historic downtowns offer the chance to get off the beaten path and explore the history of the Green Mountains, as well as enjoy delicious local food, shopping that feels like treasure hunting and welcoming communities.
Central Vermont Events
There’s so much to look forward to in central Vermont, including arts events, festivals and fairs. Find a Central Vermont event to look forward to.
WHAT TO DO AND WHERE TO STAY
Vermont is home to unique lodging, world-class recreation, local food, shopping, history and art in beautiful surroundings. Plan your trip with our directory.
Cider in Central Vermont
Cold Hollow Cider Mill is among Central Vermont's top attractions, offering delicious homemade cider doughnuts and cider pressed on-site. Sample their menu and get a first-hand look at how it's made.