Moose Pond Cabin Townshend Vermont

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Vermont Brewery


Vermont Brewery- once you have visited a brewery in the beautiful mountains of Vermont you cannot help but understand how this is where the concept of the small quintessential micro brewery began. Vermont has so many great small breweries with incredible varieties of different types of brews. Some places like Harpoon Brewery has been around for quite some time and has a good solid following, while other smaller breweries like the River Roost Brewery has just gooten its feet wet and is a no frills place…no cornhole, no munchies, no nonsense kinda’ place. You come for the beer because it’s that good. The following Breweries are within driving distance of our cabin in Townshend Vermont. It can be a great addition to any day drive to stop in and try some of the varieties that each brewery is making. Some of the breweries have pub fair available and others are pure breweries where you can get a tour and some free tastings. The following list is just a sample, but I tried to list them in an order where you could actually take a day and visit all of them with a big looped drive. Remember to bring along a designated driver.


A cool little Vermont brewery in the heart of Brattleboro. Friendship, big ideas, and just a pinch of brewing skills (okay, more like a barrelful) all lead to the sour-specific brainchild of Christophe Gagné and Avery Schwenk. Here at Hermit Thrush Brewery, we’re dedicated to concocting the best New American Sours we can dream up — and we aren’t afraid to go old-school with our style. We combine environmentally sustainable practices (like wood pellet boilers) with age-old brewing processes and a harvest of locally grown ingredients. The end result? A pucker-inducing punch to the tastebuds, and barely a dent on the planet.

29 High Street

Brattleboro, VT


A Vermont brewery right on the beautiful Connecticut river. This is a riverside eatery featuring craft drafts, creative pub grub & year-round deck seating.

We brew small, experimental batches in our little brewery and lab. Our system is so small we can only make about 7 kegs of beer on each brewday. We serve just a few at a time and change them up about every few days or so. We challenge ourselves to “brew differently” balancing creativity and science to craft some unique and delicious offerings.

It’s got a nice atmosphere, with a nice dining space indoors and casual beer garden deck overlooking the Connecticut river out back. They also serve many dishes in cast iron for a special fun flair. The drink options are expansive and good, staff friendly and knowledgeable. The food is great – inspired by classic pub food with fun and creative touches. Everything we’ve ordered has been delicious. The menu is well labeled for gluten free options, and the staff is well trained on that, too. Definitely worth popping in for lunch or dinner for good, casual but nice food that doesn’t cost a fortune in a nice setting. It’s often packed, so expect to wait, but it’s worth it.

6 Bridge St, Brattleboro, VT 05301


j'ville brewery

Since this Vermont brewery is connected with a vineyard, it is a particularly beautiful spot. In 2012, the CEO of Honora Winery, Patty, approached Janice about potentially starting a brewery. They dreamed about how a brewery would run and what beers they would brew. In 2015 that dream became a reality! Janice has taken courses through the Siebel Institute, done some home brewing and had some hands on experience. the license for J’ville Brewery came through on March 17th 2015 and they got right to recipe development and brewing! J’ville specializes mainly in ales, with some experimental brews along the way. The tasting room has 16 oz cans, 32 oz crowlers and 32 oz growlers for purchase to date. There are 4 taps that rotate through the different types of beer, including some seasonal and limited brews.

201 Vermont Route 112
Jacksonville, VT 05342
Tel: (802) 368-2226


Elm City Brewing Company

This “Vermont” brewery is actually just across the boarder in Keene, NH, but we will not hold that against them. Keene is a great little town to visit. Elm City Brewing Company is a full-service restaurant and brewery open 7 days a week. With over 20 years dedicated to brewing beer, we believe that we have perfected the art of great beer and flavorful food.

Our Beer

Throughout our 20 years of operation, we have brewed many different types of beers. We are always adding and experimenting with our beers to make sure that we can deliver the best product to our customers. Here is a list of some of our favorite and frequently brewed beers. Our current selection is constantly changing, so make sure to check the page or stop in to see what we have new on tap at Elm City! You might just find your new favorite.

Fresh Food

At our core, we believe in serving fresh, homemade, flavorful food at all times. Fresh food is fundamental to our success and we believe that good food comes from good ingredients. We are proud to serve you food made from fresh, locally sourced ingredients whenever we can. Our soups, breads, sauces, salad dressings, and desserts are made fresh daily.

Recycling, Composting and Repurposing

Elm City Brewing Company proudly recycles and composts all of our prep food waste. Spent grains from the brewing process are picked up by Manning Hill Farm who uses them to help feed their livestock. We then buy their yummy milk that is packaged in reusable glass containers! Our empty grain sacks are given to Stonewall Farm which they use to package their compost. All of our to-go containers are biodegradable and we do not use plastic bags. Our drinking water is filtered and we do not sell bottled water. We are conscious about limiting packaging and shipping distances in the products we buy. We care about the environment and believe that making even the smallest changes can help make a difference.

Shopping Local

Our fresh, handmade food wouldn’t be the same without the help of local farmers supplying us with delicious, fresh ingredients. Whenever we can, we try to shop locally. If we can’t find what we need in the Monadnock Region, we will find the next closest alternative.

222 West St at the Colony Mill Marketplace

Keene, NH



Another “Vermont” brewery in NH. It was just too close to pass it by. The Belgian Mare Brewery in Alstead, NH has carved a rugged niche into the craft brew scene. Living on a historical farm in Cheshire county of southwest NH, Tim Roettiger uses a wood fired oven to cook his brews “the old fashion way.”

He has been perfecting his recipes for almost a decade in preparation to launching his 3 barrel brewery. Distribution is only in 22 oz. bottles — you will find both year-round and seasonal offerings from this great brewery.

The other unique part of the brewery is its off-grid aspect. “This building has no power to it,” says Roettiger. “The only automated part is this little chugger pump.” The three-barrel system features four repurposed tanks that serve as a boiler, a mash tun and two fermenters. The boiler is heated by burning wood inside an oven built to house the boiler. As you might suspect, using wood as your main source of heat can sometimes be difficult to manage. Recently his regular supplier stopped selling cheap slabs and now he pays top dollar for scraps and bundles of cordwood. “That’s been the biggest shock this spring – my fuel cost quadrupled.” he says.

207 Gilsum Mine Road
Alstead, NH



Looking for a Vermont brewery with pizza and beer? In the fall of 2014, Dan decided to step down as owner of Trout River Brewing Company. Kelen Beardsley, Gabriel Streeter, and Trevor Billings, three friends from the town of Springfield, Vermont, purchased the brewery. The three new owners are incorporated under Vermont Beer Shapers, LTD., honoring the heritage of the building that they moved the brewery to, the Fellows Gear Shaper building, located in the heart of Springfield, VT.  Trout River Brewing Company began brewing beer in their new location in March of 2016. The goal of Vermont Beer Shapers, under the DBA of Trout River Brewing Company, was to reinvent the brand that Dan spent 18 years building, while still keeping the small craft brews that people loved.

Although there isn’t really a good tasting area, they are open for pizza on the weekends. They have a wide variety of different pre-selected combinations of toppings.

100 River St

Springfield, VT 05156


HARPOON brewery

This Vermont brewery is quite established. Cap off your trip by taking a guided tour of the brewery on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday! Learn all about Harpoon and get an up close and personal view of the brewing process. After the tour, all visitors over 21 years of age will enjoy a range of freshly-brewed Harpoon beers. You must be 21 years or older with proper ID to sample. Tours cost $5 and include a tasting (for visitors who are 21+). Tours last about 30 minutes.


Friday:  5 – 7 pm
Saturday: 11 am – 5 pm
Sunday: 12 – 4 pm

If you are visiting during non-tour times we offer a Production Viewing Area where you can check out the Brewhouse “up close” and learn all about Harpoon. Feel free to request a free sample from our sampling area.

336 Ruth Carney Drive

Windsor, VT 05089



The owner of this Vermont brewery gets back to the basics and brews and pours this craft beer – a labor of love.   It’s a no frills place…no cornhole, no munchies, no nonsense kinda’ place. You come for the beer because it’s that good.

Excellent up and coming brewery.

230 S Main St.

White River Junction, VT 05001


Thursday: Noon-6pm
Friday: Noon-8pm
Saturday: Noon-6pm
Sunday: Noon-6pm



Long Trail Brewing Company is another Vermont brewery that has a name that everyone knows. Founded in 1989 by Andy Pherson in the basement of the Bridgewater Woolen Mill, the company relocated to its current brewing facility and visitor center in 1995.[1] Originally known as Mountain Brewers, the company changed its name to Long Trail Brewing Company shortly after their relocation to Bridgewater Corners, Vermont.[1] In 2006, Long Trail was acquired by its present owner, Fulham and Co., a Massachusetts-based private equity firm. Located on the banks of the Ottaquechee River in the heart of the Green Mountains, the Long Trail campus includes its brewing operations, visitor center, farmhouse pilot brewery and wastewater treatment facility.

Our spacious riverside pub & restaurant was inspired by the Hofbräu House in Munich, Germany. It is a magnificent place where the beer is plentiful and the atmosphere is a unique blend of industrial design and down-home comfort. We’ve sourced local Vermont ingredients to offer you a seasonal menu that complements our award-winning, handcrafted beer.



5520 US Rte. 4
Bridgewater Corners, VT 05035



Killington Beer Company is located at 53 Woods Road, at the Spa building in the Woods Resort, Killington, Vermont. The facility opened for production in January of 2018. The brewery features a 4 barrel system which is capable of producing 125 gallons (about 55 cases) per brew. Beers are packaged in keg, cans, 22 ounce and special release bottle formats for distribution throughout the greater Killington area.

The brewery holds regular live music events and seminars. We are family friendly with food, soft drinks, and a spacious game room for our younger generation to enjoy!

Tours are available on Saturdays at 2:00 PM, first come, first served.

53 Woods Road
Killington, VT 05751



Chill, seat-yourself Vermont brewery with original, wood-fired pizza & many house beers, plus live music & TVs. Locally sourced food paired with hand crafted ales and lagers

Great microbrewery and restaurant.

Their skillet brownie sundae-takes about 15 minutes to make but worth the wait. Brownie dough cooked in a pan, topped with ice cream, whipped cream, hot chocolate sauce and a cherry. It was delicious!
You can also get cookie dough cooked in a skillet!

41 Center Street,

Rutland, VT 05701



The Vermont Tap House celebrates local farmers and brewers, with 30 regional brews on tap, and a menu featuring wood-fired pizzas, small plates, salads and sandwiches–made with the freshest ingredients available.

22 Merchants Row
Williston, Vermont, 05495
(802) 879-7060

Thinking of booking a vacation? We invite you to check our rustic log cabin for your perfect stay. Moose Pond cabin sleeps 8 and is just about 20 miles away from Brattleboro and also about 25 miles from several ski resorts.

Brattleboro VT ~ 2018 Visitor Guide ~ Harris Hill Ski Jump Competition

VT ski jump

February 17–18, 2018

The Vermont Harris Hill Ski Jump Competition offers spectators an opportunity to experience the Olympic sport of ski jumping up close in all its breathtaking, heart-stopping glory. It draws some of the best competitors in the US. This amazing event is held on an Olympic-size, 90-meter hill.

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Ski jumping is a sport that truly needs to be seen up close to be appreciated and spectators can do that at Harris Hill Vermont

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Harris Hill Ski Jump is located on Cedar Street in Brattleboro, Vermont.

Free parking is on-site at the hill in the field.

It’s Vermont in February! For those who aren’t used to New England winters, it can be unpredictable, so it’s always best to dress in layers. Snow gear is highly recommended: waterproof boots, hat, gloves, long johns, etc. If it’s warmer, you can always peel off the layers!

You are in for a treat as the Harris Hill Vermont Ski Jump is a festive atmosphere with visits by Jumper the mascot, food vendors, music, event souvenirs and a heated beer tent with chairs and tables that are set up outside (weather permitting) at the base of the jump.

Vt HH ski jump

Thinking of booking a vacation? We invite you to check our rustic log cabin for your perfect stay. Moose Pond cabin sleeps 8 and is just about 20 miles away from Brattleboro and also about 25 miles from several ski resorts.

For more information, call: 802-254-4565 or go to:

Brattleboro Vermont ~ Visitor Guide ~ Winter Carnival 2018

VT Winter Carnival

VT winter carnival

Welcome to the 62nd Brattleboro Winter Carnival!

February 17-25, 2018

The event hosts many favorite winter sports and tons of activities for kids and adults in this 9-day festival.

There is an Outdoor Family Day with great fun at Living Memorial Park, Carnival Family Day at BAMS where you can bounce till your heart’s content, and Sugar on Snow (which if you haven’t tried, YOU MUST!)  Sleigh/Hay rides (depending on Mother Nature!), our much loved Pancake Breakfast at the Elks Home, the Country Western Jamboree, the Variety Shows which are jam packed with so much local talent it takes two nights to see it all!  You can bowl, enter a fishing derby and sample many local chiles, just to name a few things.

VT winter carnival

Bring the whole family and enjoy the fun.


Check out our rustic Moose Pond Cabin that sleeps 8 and is just about 20 miles away from Brattleboro and about 25 miles from several ski resorts.


For a full program and Schedule of events go to:

(802) 348-1956



Simon Pearce Mill

Simon Pearce Vermont

Simon Pearce Mill ~ A Vermont Classic Glass Blowing, Food and Shopping

A wonderful experience for a day trip. Enjoy watching the artisans glass blowing and wander around the showroom.. enjoy a drink at the bar, walk to the covered bridge and waterfall and eat at the restaurant lunch or dinner.

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Located on the Ottaquechee River, the Simon Pearce Mill offers a unique experience.

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Plan your morning or afternoon with the family, or a romantic evening at this one-of-a-kind destination.

Simon Pearce Restaurant

For lunch, make sure you plan to arrive some time in advance to get your name on the wait list and then tour the facility and observer master glassblowers and potters at work. Then browse the retail store where you can shop the best of their work – glass and pottery designed by Simon Pearce. Finally, enjoy a delicious and affordable lunch with a view of the waterfall and the covered bridge.

Vermont simon pearce

The view is magnificent and changes with the seasons. Among my family and friends’ favorites are the lamb burger and the soups. The cuisine is delicatessen “New American” with an Irish accent. The evening offers an ideal romantic ambience in a unique and different environment. The chef prepares an award-winning menu. Make your selection of wine among an extensive list of sumptuous wines.

Glass Blowing

Head downstairs and watch how they make all the glass items for sale in the showroom.

The fact that you can watch the glass blowing, drink and dine with Simon Pearce glass and pottery makes this experience even more special.

Reservations are strongly recommended for dinner.

The Simon Pearce Mill Glass Blowing is quintessential Vermont! Well worth a visit, even if you just window shop.

Our rustic Moose Pond Cabin sleeps 8 and is just about an hour drive from Simon Pearce Mill on the Ottaquechee River in Quechee, Vermont.

For more information go to:



Stratton Concert Series Feb 3



Big Eyed Phish is the ONLY full 7-piece Dave Matthews tribute in the country and are based out of Rochester, NY. Front man Brandon Depaul is backed up by a group of great musicians, including a full time lead guitar and keyboard player. This allows Big Eyed Phish to be the most accurate DMB Tribute in the country, offering the full catalog of the Dave Matthews Band sound throughout the years. Big Eyed Phish is the best there is – this band will leave you saying “I feel like I just left a live Dave Matthews show”.

GRIZZLY’S At Stratton

Saturday 2/3



Tarkuaz stratton concert

They’ve become one of Brooklyn’s freshest exports – nine charismatic men and women brightly outfitted to have their colorful nature match their expressive voice.

Turkuaz is a rock band at its core that blends soulful sounds with potent funk grooves. Since hitting the road in 2012, Turkuaz have released a handful of albums, canvassed the US more times over, and continue to gather devoted listeners along the way. A quickly addictive pulse coupled with a reputation for their trademark “Powerfunk” sound has earned steadily growing attention across the nation. Just over the past two years, the band has made impactful appearances at Bonnaroo, Red Rocks, Lock’n, Mountain Jam, and have been filling rooms coast to coast from Terminal 5 in New York to The Fillmore in San Francisco.

Drawing from the conventions that have ignited their existence and using that spark to forge its own sword, Turkuaz is a band that will make anyone move to their familiar beat, yet stay intrigued by an ability to explore its own complex character comprised of nine striking personalities. Ages 21+.

Doors: 9pm
DJ Joe Bell: 9-9:50pm
Turkuaz: 10-11:15pm
DJ Joe Bell: 11:15-11:30pm
Turkuaz: 11:30pm-1am

Tickets $20+tax online through 5pm day of show. $25+tax at the door.

Mount Snow Concert Series

strange Machines

Bud Light Concert Series – Strange Machines

Enjoy rock and reggae music from Strange Machines starting at 9 p.m.

Boston-born, New England based quartet Strange Machines have been steadily making a name for themselves in the East Coast jam scene. What started as a band focused on rock and reggae has slowly melded into a true melting pot of musical fusion, with sounds catering to funk, livetronica, heavy rock and a multitude of other genre’s, all while stringing them together seamlessly to create a fluid and captivating live performance. Their original songs are nuanced by creative composition, practiced precision, and a looseness that allows them to truly explore the music they create.

They have shared the stage with national-touring acts such as Dopapod, Twiddle, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Turkuaz, Kung Fu, TAUK, Deep Banana Blackout, John Brown’s Body, and more. Strange Machines have carved out their own niche in the east coast music scene and show no signs of slowing down.

Strange Machines are set to release a new album Fall of 2017. Founding member Mike MacDonald and long time keyboardist Christian Perron, with the additions of Craig Holland on bass and Isaac Civitello on drums, have honed in their sound and hit their stride as a four piece. “Voice of Color”, the bands first full length release, is a representation of what the band has developed into, diving further into progressive experimental rock and funk more than ever before. Striving to consistently deliver a high energy and engaging live performance, the band has continued to gain momentum in the Northeast and beyond. This album aims to capture the diversity and big sound you will experience at a Strange show.

“Strange Machines is known for powerful, high-energy live performances that explore the depths of their music and cater to a breadth of listeners. None of the band’s beloved characteristics are lost on the album—rather, Voice of Color offers precisely executed arrangements of Strange Machines originals while still embodying the looseness and exploration you’d find at a live performance.” – Live For Live Music

Tickets available online for $12. Tickets will be $15 at the door if still available. Online ticket sales will end at 11:59 p.m. on January 26.—strange-machines/



Vermont Wildlife

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Vermont is a breathtakingly beautiful place and is home to thousands of diverse critters. Whether they have scales, feathers, or fur, wildlife find suitable habitats in the lush valleys, harsh mountaintops, and everywhere in between!

Exploring the beautiful nature shots will give you a glimpse at the many unique and fascinating animals that call the Green Mountain State home. Come stay in our Vacation Rental at and escape to Vermont and experience all the beauty that it has to offer.


VT squirrels

VT cardinals clash in the snow

VT dog

VT deer in the snow

VT life and death

Food And Music At Stratton

Grizzlys at the base lodge stratton

Grizzly’s At The Base Lodge


Conveniently located in the Main Base Area next to the Gondola, Grizzly’s is open for lunch, dinner and late night with draft beer specials, wood-fired pizza and a whole menu of tasty fare. Grizzly’s is home to the best view around and the most hopping apres scene at Stratton with live music and specials every weekend. Bring the family, bring your friends and relax after a great day on the slopes.

Ranked #3 in Curbed Ski 25 Best Après-ski Spots in North America!

Phone: 802-297-4371

Hours of Operation:
Sunday – Friday: 11am – 6pm
Saturday: 11am – 2am – Kitchen closes at 6pm & bar at 2am with pizza menu

*Hours of operation are subject to change

Lunch, dinner & late night

Stratton Base Lodge

Or just stop in after a run on the slopes for a cup of Hot Chocolate…

Stratton Vermont

Or, if you still have the energy, come back for an evening of music.