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From Mountain High to Low Gear: Playing, Touring, and Shopping in Waterbury

Fun is an (un)common occurrence

On the Corner of Triumph and Delight: Playing, Touring, and Shopping Waterbury


It’s common knowledge that Vermont is year ‘round ground for adventure. It’s (un)common knowledge that in Waterbury, unrivaled recreation, touring, attractions, and shopping are all right here at our fingertips.

Our playground is the peaks, valleys, and rivers of the Green Mountains. From winter’s mountain snow to the soothing green of warmer climes, our culture and people are naturally active. Ski or ride hundreds of miles of powder-packed terrain at the renowned Stowe Mountain Resort, stylish Sugarbush, family-friendly Bolton Valley, and unspoiled Mad River Glen, all of which are within fifteen miles of Waterbury. If the backcountry beckons, Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, dog sledding, ice skating and even sleigh rides comprise the winter activities roster.

As the days grow longer the forests transform into trail networks for all levels of biking and cycling.  Pack your backpack and summit two of the highest peaks in the Green Mountain Forest, Camel’s Hump and Mount Mansfield. Swim in the 900-acre Waterbury Reservoir or Winooski River; rent some gear and try your hand at canoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, and fishing. Relax with a tranquil waterfront picnic, an (un)common occurrence in Waterbury.

If you would like to spend your day in a lower gear, take a scenic driving tour connecting the Mad River Byway to the Green Mountain Byway. Granite-edged mountains, valleys dappled with farms, rushing streams, covered bridges, and historic villages with impeccably restored architecture preserve the past, while the shops, restaurants, attractions, and cultural events that you will encounter along the way reflect contemporary creativity. 

Waterbury’s nearby attractions mirror Vermonters’ cutting-edge grasp on the homegrown and whimsical that has become (un)common practice in Waterbury. Watch ice cream and cider materialize from raw products at Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream and Cold Hollow Cider Mill, and discover why these businesses are pioneers in the international specialty food industry. Sample and shop fresh Vermont-made products at Smuggler's Notch Distillery & Tasting Room and the Cabot Creamery store; take in the story of the beans before your stock up at Green Mountain Coffee.

In Waterbury village, browse boutiques such as the Stowe Street Emporium, Bridgeside Books, and The Tiny Acorn. In warmer weather, farmers, crafters, and cottage chefs gather weekly to display a variety of crisp produce, natural meats, maple creations, jarred preserves, vibrant bouquets, and eclectic gifts at the farmers’ market.  End the day on the town (un)common with complimentary open-air performances from some of Vermont's best known folk, bluegrass, brass, country, and oldies bands. Weekends in Waterbury offer an eclectic antique market, where items are just waiting to be discovered.

Join us for an afternoon or for a week. From a village stroll to all-out exhilaration, you’ll find fun in Waterbury, uncommonly Vermont. 

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