Moose Pond Cabin Townshend Vermont

Our Top 10 Vermont Recommendations

Here are some of our family favorite things to see and do in Vermont.
Some are well know, some not so well known. Have a look around as we have included photos, videos, information and links.
They are in no particular order.

1. Rick's Tavern

This is a good family friendly restaurant just south of Townshend in Newfane on Route 30. We love “Wing Night” on Mondays,  they have pizza specials on Wednesdays and All-U-Can Eat Fresh Fish Fry on Fridays. Our kids love the Poutine and we like the delicious Rick’s Steak Tips! They have music on Saturday nights, so call ahead and see who is playing. A great place to hang out with the locals

rick's tavern newfane vermont

In 1956, the location of present-day Rick’s Tavern was used as a tool shed. It was located adjacent to a sawmill north of Newfane Village. Years later, the shed was moved to its current location and became Marie’s Dinette. It was closed around 1959 because of “improper facilities.” Their outhouse was not adequate for a public restaurant. Later, the location was purchased by a man from Connecticut. After the restaurant met state requirements, it was reopened. However, the location closed again in 1962. 

The location reopened again to serve as a summer camp for kids. It was used as a summer camp for 16 years. In April 1978, Rick bought the location and renovated it to meet modern health and fire codes. He called the new location Rick’s Tavern. 

The location’s bar was originally built around 1890 in Bismarck, North Dakota. It was shipped to the Winchester Hotel in Winchester, New Hampshire and served as their bar. In 1965, the original 50-foot bar measured 23 feet and was purchased by the Harmony Room, later known as the Village Barn, in Brattleboro, Vermont. In 1972, the bar was removed from the Village Barn and stored in a garage for six years. It resurfaced in 1978 when Rick purchased it. He restored it to its original condition and installed it in his restaurant where it now serves as the restaurant’s focal piece. 

The construction of Rick Tavern’s dining room began in May 1981 and opened on July 7, 1981. The response was so great that the kitchen had to be expanded to accommodate the never-ending orders. The kitchen expansion was completed on August 12, 1981 and was remodeled once again in June 1991. In addition to the kitchen expansion and remodeling, the waiting room and game room entrance were upgraded.

2. Tubing On The West River

In the summer months our kids love to go to the river when they bring friends.  There is a good spot at the junction of Depot Rd and VT Route 30 in Newfane. It’s a great place to cool off on a hot day and you can kayak or float for miles in an inner tube.

The Upper West River Run is a great way to go kayaking or canoeing on this quintessential class III run in southern Vermont. Participants in Upper West River Runs should be strong intermediate kayakers or canoeists with solid river maneuvering, rolling and self-rescue skills on class III whitewater.

3. Skiing and Eating at Stratton

Stratton is less than 45 minutes from the cabin and is one of the tallest ski mountains in Southern Vermont. We spend the day skiing and there are some good restaurants in the Village for a nice break between runs.

Stratton Vermont

4.Mountain Coaster at Killington

After a day drive antiquing the family loves to ride the mountain coasters, and Killington has a good one.

The Beast Mountain Coaster located at Snowshed Lodge, is a 4,800-foot-long alpine coaster that twists and turns through the woods with 360-degree corkscrews and supplies thrills for all ages.

  • This is an outdoor adventure, so please dress appropriately for the weather including waterproof outerwear, winter footwear, hats, gloves, and consider goggles for added comfort.
  • Operations are weather dependent; please check the Resort Services Report for updates in real-time.

The Beast Coaster operates from 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. weekend and peak days December 26, 2017 – April 1, 2018.

Winter 2017-18 Rates
Ages 7+
Ages 6 & Under 
1 Beast Coaster Ride$15$10
4 Beast Coaster Ride Card (transferrable)$49$34

6. Grafton Cheese Factory

On your way in or out of Brattleboro, don’t forget to visit on Route 30, just off I91, exit two! They feature a wide variety of the finest award winning cheeses and wine.

Grafton Cheese Factory

7. Robert DuGrenier Glass Art Gallery & Glassblowing Studio

Located just one mile south of Townshend village center, Robert DuGrenier Glass Art Gallery features hand-blown glass sculptures and home accessories created on-site in a unique, solar-powered glass studio. Come see and participate: The studio features weekly glassblowing demonstrations and glassblowing workshops.  

Townshend Vermont Robert DuGrenier Glass blowing

8.Townshend Pumpkin Festival

“On the Common” Route 30, The Pumpkin Festival is a country fair with a craft show, plus pumpkin decorating contest, Halloween costume parade, best pumpkin pie contest, food vendors, and free pony rides for kids. Buy your pumpkin pies whole or by the piece. Quality Crafts and Antiques.

9. Lowell Lake State Park

Great place to walk, float, swim and kayak. Peaceful and water is clean. There’s a little beach you can walk to to access a sandy spot and put out a chair.

10. Bellows Falls Opera House

The Opera House is worth the drive! Restored 19th century old-style theater with comfortable seats and big screen in digital format, offering first run movies, themed movie festivals, and occasional live performances by groups and the Vermont Symphony.  The admission is $5.00

Bellows Falls Opera House

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