Middlebury: More Than a College Town
Middlebury is so much more than a classic New England College town! Middlebury’s historic and lively downtown is an authentic place frequented by the friendly people that are fortunate enough to call it home. Ideally located midway between Burlington and Rutland (to the north and south) and the Adirondacks and Green Mountains (to the west and east), Middlebury makes a great four-season destination for a day trip or a longer stay.
In addition to the wide variety of shopping opportunities, including one of Robert Frost’s favorite bookstores, the downtown features over ten restaurants, many are located along the Otter Creek as it flows and tumbles dramatically over the Otter Creek Falls in the heart of the downtown. Three historic inns, a movie theater, the Town Hall Theater (featuring year-round music, dance, opera and plays), the Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History, and the Vermont Folklife Center are all within a five-minute walk of the Town Green and gazebo.
Middlebury College, a 15-minute walk from the Green, has a full schedule of performing arts events, a gallery, outstanding college athletics and much more.
Lodging options in the Middlebury area also include other historic inns, a hotel, three motels, many bed and breakfasts, private lakeside or mountainside cottages, camping, and recreational vehicle camps - most no more than a ten minute drive from the historic downtown
Within a short drive from your base in Middlebury, you can visit the University of Vermont Morgan Horse Farm, the collection of local manufacturers that welcome you to see pewter, wood products or local beer being made. If you are looking for exercise jump on the Trail Around Middlebury, which welcomes walkers, bicyclists, cross-country skiers and snow shoe enthusiasts, or go to one of two local gyms or one of the many yoga, Pilates or other fitness classes offered in town.
When you make Middlebury your base for exploration all of the following is no more than a 45-minute drive away:
- Lake Champlain, the unofficial sixth Great Lake (Middlebury is a waypoint community on the Lake Champlain Byway)
- Revolutionary and other historic sites such as Fort Ticonderoga, Mount Independence and Crown Point
- Branbury State Park (Lake Dunmore)
- Green Mountain National Forest and Moosalamoo National Recreation Area
- Robert Frost Cabin
- Three other small, historic downtowns (Bristol, Vergennes and Brandon)
- A local vineyard
- Four downhill skiing areas
- Three golf courses
- Two cross-country skiing areas
- Hiking, biking and canoeing trails and access
- White and flat water kayaking,
- Bird watching, fishing, and hunting
- Guide service and rentals for all of the above are available in the area
For more information on the town of Middlebury, visit the town website.
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- Vergennes: The Little City with Big Appeal
Middlebury is host to several cultural and community events throughout the year:
Vermont Chili Festival
March 12, 2016
Middlebury Maple Run – The Sweetest Half
May 1, 2016
Vermont Sun Triathlon Series
Middlebury Farmer’s Market
Dates year round
Festival on the Green
July 10-16, 2016
October 30, 2016
A Very Merry Middlebury