So, you’re visiting Vermont. This state is known for charming small towns, amazing craft breweries, farm to table restaurants, and a thriving local business community. Lucky for you, Waterbury tops the list in every single category. Here are some of the best places to visit in Waterbury, the most popular spots, and our favorite hidden gems. Keep reading for our local tips on visiting Vermont like a local.
Stowe Street is home to some of the best businesses in our town. Right off Main Street in Waterbury Village, this historic street earns the charm this place is known for. With eclectic gift shops like Stowe Street Emporium, great cafes like Stowe Street Café, our local bookstore, Bridgeside Books, and so many fun spots, you’ll find yourself wandering up and down Stowe Street and find something new every time.
Beer is a big deal and Vermonters take our breweries seriously. With locations recognized worldwide like the original location for The Alchemist, maker of the cult-classic Heady Topper, the Blackback Pub known for its extensive and ever-changing draft list, and Prohibition Pig all within steps of each other this is the place to find some of the best brews in Vermont. Waterbury isn’t messing around when they call themselves the crossroads of Vermont.
All year long Waterbury hosts elaborate celebrations, parades, concerts, farmers markets, and everything in between. No matter what season you’re considering, Waterbury makes it our personal mission to be sure there are things for the whole family to enjoy together. Some of our favorites? The Lantern Parade is a community moment when makers, artists, and school children all travel down main street with handmade lanterns taking the shape of dragons, pirate ships, jellyfish, and so much more. It’s a special moment to see the street become illuminated by sustainable artwork and it brings that small town charm we are so proud of.
There’s no shortage of things to love about Waterbury. From the reservoir to the ski slopes to the great food to concert venues to even more fun events, Waterbury is always growing and changing as a community. This is the heart of Vermont and we’re so proud and excited to share it with you. We hope you’ll visit soon!