Jen & Jake's Guide to Vermont Back Roads & More

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Jen & Jake's Guide to Vermont Back Roads & More

Neighboring Towns
Head South on Rt 14 to Vermont's State Capital- this quaint city is chock full of restaurants and shops, walk through Hubbard Park, visit the capital building, walk or just hang out on the capital lawn with the locals. Capital City Farmers Market Saturdays 9am-1pm through October.
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Montpelier
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Head South on Rt 14 to Vermont's State Capital- this quaint city is chock full of restaurants and shops, walk through Hubbard Park, visit the capital building, walk or just hang out on the capital lawn with the locals. Capital City Farmers Market Saturdays 9am-1pm through October.
Head North on RT 14 to Hardwick and the Northeast Kingdom. Known for it's farm-to-table food scene, Hardwick has more to offer than meets the eye. Restaurants, bookstore, gift shop, coffee shop, specialty beer and wine store, and the best small food coop around! Check out the Hardwick Farmers Market every Friday afternoon 3-6 pm for more local produce, specialty foods and handmade crafts.
Hardwick
Head North on RT 14 to Hardwick and the Northeast Kingdom. Known for it's farm-to-table food scene, Hardwick has more to offer than meets the eye. Restaurants, bookstore, gift shop, coffee shop, specialty beer and wine store, and the best small food coop around! Check out the Hardwick Farmers Market every Friday afternoon 3-6 pm for more local produce, specialty foods and handmade crafts.
Caspian Lake, the Willey's Store, Circus Smirkus, Jasper Hill Farm, Hill Farmstead Brewery, the Highland Center for the Arts, Highland Lodge, and a hike up Barr Hill make Greensboro a must-visit!
Greensboro
Caspian Lake, the Willey's Store, Circus Smirkus, Jasper Hill Farm, Hill Farmstead Brewery, the Highland Center for the Arts, Highland Lodge, and a hike up Barr Hill make Greensboro a must-visit!
Food & Drink
Farm fresh food and Vermont go hand-in-hand, so there are a lot of great places to eat, these a just a few of our local favorites. And if you have the opportunity, check out the farmer's market's too! Hardwick on Friday 3pm-6pm/ Montpelier on Saturday 9 am- 1 pm.
HARDWICK, VT. Best little food co-op around! Local and organic produce and groceries, prepared foods, soups, salads, sandwiches, and coffee in the upstairs cafe, wellness and gift items.
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Buffalo Mountain Co-Op
39 South Main Street
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HARDWICK, VT. Best little food co-op around! Local and organic produce and groceries, prepared foods, soups, salads, sandwiches, and coffee in the upstairs cafe, wellness and gift items.
Hardwick, VT- Start your day or enjoy an afternoon pick me up with a great cup of coffee and a fresh baked sweet treat from Frontseat. Cell Service and Wifi!
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Front Seat Coffee
101 S Main St
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Hardwick, VT- Start your day or enjoy an afternoon pick me up with a great cup of coffee and a fresh baked sweet treat from Frontseat. Cell Service and Wifi!
HARDWICK, VT. aka "the taco truck" Caja Madera has great street tacos. At $4/$5 per taco, how can you go wrong? Find them from 11:30 am -7 pm Thurs. Fri., Sat, on Rt 15 in Hardwick, across from Aubuchon Hardware. Occasional live music too! You can also find them at Highland Lodge in Greensboro on "Margarita Mondays" through the summer.
Caja Madera
154 Vermont 15
HARDWICK, VT. aka "the taco truck" Caja Madera has great street tacos. At $4/$5 per taco, how can you go wrong? Find them from 11:30 am -7 pm Thurs. Fri., Sat, on Rt 15 in Hardwick, across from Aubuchon Hardware. Occasional live music too! You can also find them at Highland Lodge in Greensboro on "Margarita Mondays" through the summer.
PLAINFIELD, VT. There are three Positive Pie restaurants, in Hardwick, Montpelier, but this one in Plainfield is our favorite! It's a beautiful back road drive from Little Bliss Cabin through Cabot to Plainfield. Open Thurs-Sun at 4pm- 9pm. Limited take-out menu may be available starting 11:30 am.
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Positive Pie
69 Main Street
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PLAINFIELD, VT. There are three Positive Pie restaurants, in Hardwick, Montpelier, but this one in Plainfield is our favorite! It's a beautiful back road drive from Little Bliss Cabin through Cabot to Plainfield. Open Thurs-Sun at 4pm- 9pm. Limited take-out menu may be available starting 11:30 am.
Craftsbury, VT. This bistro has everything, great food, craft cocktails, and a fun vibe. Outdoor seating available.
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Blackbird Bistro
1037 South Craftsbury Road
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Craftsbury, VT. This bistro has everything, great food, craft cocktails, and a fun vibe. Outdoor seating available.
Montpelier, VT - visit Bohemian in their beautiful new location on Main Street for delicious pastries and savory baked treats. Open Wed-Sun 8am - 2 pm
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Bohemian Bakery
78 Barre St
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Montpelier, VT - visit Bohemian in their beautiful new location on Main Street for delicious pastries and savory baked treats. Open Wed-Sun 8am - 2 pm
GREENSBORO, VT. While you cannot actually visit the World's Best Artisan Cheeses aging at the Cellars, this is where the magic happens! And don't fret- you CAN find the entire collection at The Willey's Store in the center of Greensboro village.
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Cellars At Jasper Hill
140 Junction Rd
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GREENSBORO, VT. While you cannot actually visit the World's Best Artisan Cheeses aging at the Cellars, this is where the magic happens! And don't fret- you CAN find the entire collection at The Willey's Store in the center of Greensboro village.
GREENSBORO, VT. Microbrewery and makers of, literally, the Worlds Best Beer, four years running! **Be prepared for long lines, but if you love beer its worth the wait! HFB bottles and cans sold locally at Willey's in Greensboro.
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Hill Farmstead Brewery
403 Hill Road
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GREENSBORO, VT. Microbrewery and makers of, literally, the Worlds Best Beer, four years running! **Be prepared for long lines, but if you love beer its worth the wait! HFB bottles and cans sold locally at Willey's in Greensboro.
CALAIS, VT. Maple Corner Store offers a variety of beverages, some groceries, and delicious sandwiches until 3 pm. The Whammy Bar, a hidden gem in the back of this small store, open with live music on Friday and Saturday nights.
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The Whammy Bar
31 W County Rd
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CALAIS, VT. Maple Corner Store offers a variety of beverages, some groceries, and delicious sandwiches until 3 pm. The Whammy Bar, a hidden gem in the back of this small store, open with live music on Friday and Saturday nights.
CABOT, VT. It's a bar, inside a hardware store. 'Nuff said.
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Harry's Hardware
3087 Main Street
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CABOT, VT. It's a bar, inside a hardware store. 'Nuff said.
Woodbury, VT- Lovely little farm and flower stand, and very close by! Turn left out of Little Bliss driveway, left down East Hill Rd, and another left onto RT 14. Fly wheel will be, yes, on the left.
Flywheel Farm
588 Vermont 14
Woodbury, VT- Lovely little farm and flower stand, and very close by! Turn left out of Little Bliss driveway, left down East Hill Rd, and another left onto RT 14. Fly wheel will be, yes, on the left.
Montpelier, VT- Makers of award-winning honey-infused Barr Hill Gin, oak barrel-aged Tom Cat Gin, and Barr Hill Vodka. Enjoy an original craft cocktail and a bite to eat at the bar, or outdoor patio. Open weekends only. This is a popular place, seating is limited. Visit Caledoniaspirits.com for reservations.
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Caledonia Spirits Inc.
Log Yard Drive
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Montpelier, VT- Makers of award-winning honey-infused Barr Hill Gin, oak barrel-aged Tom Cat Gin, and Barr Hill Vodka. Enjoy an original craft cocktail and a bite to eat at the bar, or outdoor patio. Open weekends only. This is a popular place, seating is limited. Visit Caledoniaspirits.com for reservations.
Montpelier, VT - New Global Deli, Enna, offers a variety of delicious take out meals made with fresh, local ingredients. Open 8AM-3PM ennavt.com
Enna
14 State Street
Montpelier, VT - New Global Deli, Enna, offers a variety of delicious take out meals made with fresh, local ingredients. Open 8AM-3PM ennavt.com
Entertainment
HARDWICK, VT. Guess what! Co-Host, Jake, is an incredible glassblower! (@rinconblownglass) Harry and Wendy Besset, owners of Vermont Glass Workshop were, and still are, his mentors. Hot Shop hours are limited, but let us know if you would like to see these amazing artisans in action. Glassware available for purchase in the Gallery.
Vermont Glass Workshop
482 Mackville Rd
HARDWICK, VT. Guess what! Co-Host, Jake, is an incredible glassblower! (@rinconblownglass) Harry and Wendy Besset, owners of Vermont Glass Workshop were, and still are, his mentors. Hot Shop hours are limited, but let us know if you would like to see these amazing artisans in action. Glassware available for purchase in the Gallery.
GREENSBORO, VT. This beautifully built theatre offers plays, performances, music, local art, and a cafe.
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Highland Center for the Arts
2875 Hardwick St
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GREENSBORO, VT. This beautifully built theatre offers plays, performances, music, local art, and a cafe.
Marshfield, VT- A local favorite since 1979, this community theatre is just around the corner from the cabin.
Unadilla Theatre
501 Blachly Rd
Marshfield, VT- A local favorite since 1979, this community theatre is just around the corner from the cabin.
Glover, VT- A Must-See! Live performances on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Must order tickets in advance at breadandpuppet.org. Outdoor event, dress appropriately for the weather. BnP Museum open most days. Note: The fun colorful block print posters in the cabin are from Bread and Puppet. All of their "cheap art" is available at the show, the museum, or online at breadandpuppetpress.com (Last show 8/29.)
bread and puppet theatre
1721 Dexter Mountain Road
Glover, VT- A Must-See! Live performances on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Must order tickets in advance at breadandpuppet.org. Outdoor event, dress appropriately for the weather. BnP Museum open most days. Note: The fun colorful block print posters in the cabin are from Bread and Puppet. All of their "cheap art" is available at the show, the museum, or online at breadandpuppetpress.com (Last show 8/29.)
Glover, VT. quirky fun take on finding art in everyday life. Check schedule.
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The Museum of Everyday Life
3482 Dry Pond Rd
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Glover, VT. quirky fun take on finding art in everyday life. Check schedule.
Scenic Back Road Drives
Explore Vermont’s back roads by winding through the woods and through small towns. Ask Jen and Jake for the best roads to take.
Head over the Blachly Rd toward Cabot village and tour Vermont’s picturesque landscape. Have a beer at Harry’s Hardware, Cabot Cheese tour, or head to Positive Pie, Plainfield.
Cabot
Head over the Blachly Rd toward Cabot village and tour Vermont’s picturesque landscape. Have a beer at Harry’s Hardware, Cabot Cheese tour, or head to Positive Pie, Plainfield.
You should not miss this view. Back road it from Marshfield to Walden.
Coles Pond
You should not miss this view. Back road it from Marshfield to Walden.
Lakes, Ponds, Swimmin' Holes
You are in the land of lakes and ponds in Vermont. Listed are just a few, but you will find more local swimming holes just driving along the back roads! If you have a kayak or canoe, bring it!
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Caspian Lake
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Curtis Pond
Known as “Number 10 Pond” to the locals, this is a great spot for a swim or a paddle. Featured in a sweet article in Yankee magazine July 2016 titled ‘Mirror Lake’.
Mirror Lake
Known as “Number 10 Pond” to the locals, this is a great spot for a swim or a paddle. Featured in a sweet article in Yankee magazine July 2016 titled ‘Mirror Lake’.
Walking/ Hiking/ Biking
A must-visit. Close by, easy hike, and incredible views.
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Nichols Ledge
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A must-visit. Close by, easy hike, and incredible views.
Barr Hill Natural Area
1021-2001 Barr Hill Rd
North Branch Cascades Trail
1181 Vermont 12
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Hubbard Park
400 Parkway Street
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This one is a bit of a drive in Groton State Forest, but an easy hike and the pay off is well worth it!
Owls Head Mt.
This one is a bit of a drive in Groton State Forest, but an easy hike and the pay off is well worth it!
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Groton State Forest
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Health & Wellness
HARDWICK, VT. Need a zen experience after a long ride getting here? A massage, or acupuncture after a day of hiking? Michelle Hannigan and Aubrey Meister are Masters of the Arts of Acupuncture, Shiatsu Massage and Chinese Herbs. Tues-Fri, by appointment only. Bookings are tight! Be sure to call for an appointment in advance!
Inner Rivers Oriental Medicine
156 Daniels Road
HARDWICK, VT. Need a zen experience after a long ride getting here? A massage, or acupuncture after a day of hiking? Michelle Hannigan and Aubrey Meister are Masters of the Arts of Acupuncture, Shiatsu Massage and Chinese Herbs. Tues-Fri, by appointment only. Bookings are tight! Be sure to call for an appointment in advance!