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Tour the (un)Commonplace

Diversions and Excursions

Hiking in Waterbury

Boots on the Ground: Blaze Your Own Uncommon Path Uncover the secrets hidden within Vermont’s lush forests, hidden lakes, and wooded streams. We’re hot on the trail to help you get to know Vermont from a different perspective with this diverse selection of the most stunning hikes in the Waterbury area. All hiking distances and times listed below are calculated based on a round trip. Fit an easy hike into a day of boating, shopping, or time on the beach; take the kids or elders ... Read More


Waterbury Beer and Breweries

The Key to Uncommon Hoppi-ness Beer flows through the Green Mountains like the water in our rivers and streams: plentiful, spirited, and singular. Some Vermont beers are dark and dusky, others are clear and bright. Many are sourced from the working lands around us, where local field-grown hops, forested fiddlehead ferns, and maple sap are recreated into robust beverages. All of our brews course through Vermont’s hills and valleys as part of our uncommon lifeblood. From a heady tankar... Read More


For the Localvore-Foodie

The Localvore Connoisseur: Uncommon Eats A state that focuses on community and the rural economy, “Buy Local” has become the anthem of Vermont. With so much abundance within the Waterbury region alone, “Feast Local” is our uncommon manifesto. Wake up to a fresh cup at Green Mountain Coffee Visitors Center & Café, in the heart of the Village of Waterbury’s historic neighborhood. Located in a meticulously restored 1875 rail station, the café of... Read More


Waterbury Shopping

Take it to the Uncommon Streets: Shop the World in Waterbury Waterbury may be small, but our trails, attractions, accommodations, dining – and shopping - are uncommonly mighty. You may define shopping as a form of relaxation or recreation; maybe it’s an important part of a vacation or even a necessity. Shopping reflects local culture and values, and Waterbury’s retail opportunities are eclectic, artistic, and unlike any other. So take some down time, talk shop, and shop arou... Read More


Water Activities in Waterbury

Waterbury: Water Defines Us Take the plunge and discover Waterbury’s state parks, reservoir, swimming holes, and the Winooski River. Swim, jump, dive, paddle, and fish; come up for air and take in our uncommonly pure natural environment. Water: it’s in our name. Looking for a calm day at the beach, relaxing with a good read or taking time with family? Waterbury Center State Park is located on a 90-acre peninsula, surrounded by a reservoir created by the Civilian Conservation Co... Read More


Waterbury Walking Tour

Visit Historic Waterbury - A Tour Welcome to the Historic Waterbury Tour. We invite you to stroll the streets allowing yourself to visualize stately elms and tall, rounded maples canopying the unpaved narrow streets in residential areas. As you amble along South and North Main Street, recall that in 1927 a devastating flood filled the street where you now walk with water reaching to the second story of the highest buildings. Watch for architectural details: varying roof styles, sidelights fla... Read More


Arts & Culture Itinerary

Observe, Listen, and Reflect: Waterbury’s Uncommon Culture Waterbury’s vibrant history, art, and music scene reflects a culture that honors its past as an integral part of its identity. If the town had a story board, it would chronicle the first footsteps of Native Americans, a town charter granted by King George III in 1763, and manufacturing of tools of the day such as scythe handles and children’s carriages. It would depict an early 1800s settlement of approximately 50 ho... Read More


Spin Cycle: Mountain Biking Mecca

Spin Cycle: A Mountain-Biking Mecca Accessible trailheads, dynamic terrain, and interconnected riding networks have transformed Vermont into a mountain-biking mecca. Whether you are a first timer, weekend warrior, or you have a growing list of happy trails, you’ll find rides for every ability ranging from peaceful to adrenalin-pumping. Warm up at Waterbury’s Little River State Park, which offers multi-use trails for a beginner-friendly ride. Explore historical settlements from ... Read More