Top things to do in Central Vermont

Top Choice Microbrewery in Mad River Valley

Lawson's Finest Liquids

For years, Mad River locals would line up for special releases of Sean and Karen Lawson's homebrew, dispensed from a converted maple-sugar shack at their home in Warren. In late 2018, the Lawsons opened this caverno…
Top Choice French in Central Vermont

Café Provence

While the focus is on Provençal and French specialties such as moules marinière and bouillabaisse-inspired seafood stew, this elegant bistro also serves up non-French fare, such as succulent burgers (made from local…
Top Choice Canyon in Woodstock & Quechee Village

Quechee Gorge

Lurking beneath US 4, less than a mile east of Quechee Village, the gorge is a 163ft-deep scar that cuts about 3000ft along a stream that you can view from a bridge or easily access by footpaths from the road. A ser…
Top Choice Waterfall in Central Vermont

Bartlett Falls

Where do locals head when the mercury starts hitting devilish highs? One popular spot is Bartlett Falls, a heavenly swimming hole hidden just off the main road near Bristol, halfway between Warren and Middlebury. Th…
Top Choice Modern American in Woodstock & Quechee Village

Simon Pearce Restaurant

Few views in Vermont compare with those from the window tables overlooking spectacular Ottauquechee Falls in Simon Pearce's dining room, suspended over the river in a converted brick mill. Local ingredients are used…
Top Choice Farm in Central Vermont

Cedar Circle Farm

This lovely roadside organic farm and education center offers visitors a chance to wander through its lush fields of produce in search of pick-your-own strawberries, blueberries, flowers and pumpkins, with breaks in…
Top Choice Pizza in Middlebury

American Flatbread

In a cavernous marble-block building with a bustling bar and blazing fire that keeps things cozy in winter, this is one of Middlebury's most beloved eateries. The menu revolves around farm-fresh salads and custom-ma…
Top Choice Sandwiches in Mad River Valley

Warren Store

This atmospheric country store serves the area's best sandwiches along with delicious pastries and breakfasts. In summer, linger over coffee and the New York Times on the front porch, or eat on the deck overlooking …
Top Choice Bakery in Central Vermont

Sandy's Books & Bakery

A popular local hangout, this Rochester cafe and bookstore serves homemade everything – granola, scones, bagels, whole-wheat bread – along with mean dishes such as spinach-and-egg-filled biscuits, spanakopita, salad…
Top Choice Pizza in Mad River Valley

American Flatbread

For two decades, this valley mainstay on pretty Lareau Farm has been baking delicious thin-crust pizza in the wood-fired oven, topped with fresh-from-the-farm meats, cheeses and veggies and homemade tomato sauce. St…