Dorset, Vermont Area Hospitality and Recreation

If you’re seeking a laid-back lifestyle rooted in traditional small-town values with excellent schools and community resources, you’ll find it here in the Northshire and the Mountain Towns of scenic southern Vermont. Fine dining, boutique and outlet shopping, world-class theater and the arts—as well as unparalleled outdoor recreational activities—are within easy reach of every town or village. No matter where you choose to live, you’ll never run out of fun things to do! See below for a full list of options for each town.

 

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Restaurants

  • Chanticleer Restaurant: Seafood is a specialty here, but the creative menu offers a variety of dishes prepared with a French touch and served in an elegant atmosphere.
  • Dorset Bakery: Pick up a treat and an espresso to go, or stay in the cheerful Provencal-inspired dining room to enjoy baked goods, breakfast and lunch, homemade from locally-sourced ingredients.
  • Dorset Inn: A favorite stop for travelers since 1796, diners these days come for the warmth of a traditional ambience and the firelit tavern, and stay for outstanding cuisine. 
  • Inn at Westview Farm: Chef Raymond Chen is currently offering his refined interpretations of Asian classic cuisine as take-out only, Thursday through Sunday.
  • Barrows House: This casual farm-to-table gastro-pub offers a sophisticated vibe, pairing thoughtfully prepared dishes with locally crafted brews.

 

Lodging

  • Aerie Inn: Nature is at your doorstep at this family-owned establishment offering comfortable renovated rooms in a rustic wooded setting.
  • Cornucopia Bed & Breakfast: This restored 1880 Colonial offers four luxurious rooms with private baths and a cottage suite with fireplace and fully equipped kitchen.
  • Squire House: The three guest rooms at this bed and breakfast assure visitors the peaceful ambience of staying at a country estate.
  • Dorset Inn: A favorite stop for travelers since 1796, diners these days come for the traditional ambience and firelit tavern—and stay for outstanding cuisine
  • Barrows House: Eight buildings on six beautiful landscaped acres in the heart of Dorset Village provide a variety of lodging options, including luxury suites, cottages and free-standing homes, with restaurant, pub, swimming pool, tennis courts and fire pit.

 

Recreation

  • Bley House Museum: This small museum is the home of the Dorset Historical Society, and a great place to while away a couple of hours. Highlights include a room dedicated to Dorset’s marble industry, works by local artists and artifacts of days gone by. The Society also holds special events throughout the year.
  • Dorset Farmers Market: Locations vary depending on the season for this year-round market featuring live music and vendors hawking locally grown fruits and vegetables, artisanal meats and cheeses, baked goods, preserves, crafts and fun foods.
  • Dorset Field Club: A members-only private golf course with fitness center, paddle courts and golf simulators, plus snowshoeing and cross-country skiing on groomed trails in the winter.
  • Dorset Playhouse and Dorset Summer Theatre: A Dorset institution since 1929, staging amateur productions by the Dorset Players off-season, and in the summer, professional live performances by the Dorset Theater Festival.
  • Dorset Quarry: This popular swimming hole is the site of the historic Norcross-West Marble Quarry. It’s privately owned but open to the public.