Visiting The Area
Visitors to Waterbury, Vermont come for many reasons, from outdoor recreation to craft beer and spirits to our fabulous restaurants and more. Whatever you seek, Waterbury is an excellent base for a hub-and-spoke type of trip throughout Vermont and northern New England.
We love to help our visitors uncover their perfect itineraries – if you have specific activities or experiences you’re interested in, please check out our area activities below . You may also browse our area restaurants page or the upcoming events guide, and don’t forget to explore our blog for additional ideas. Feel free to contact us if you’re not quite finding what you’re looking for – we’ll be happy to help!
Check out Moss Glen Falls and Warren Falls for beautiful views that are easily accessed from the parking lot, or Bingham Falls for those up for a little bit of a hike.
In the summer, take the Stowe Gondola to the top of the Stowe Mountain Resort ski slopes for a view of the Stowe valley. Or drive the Stowe Auto Toll Road to the top of Mt. Mansfield and enjoy a short, easy hike to a clearing that offers a view of the Stowe valley and Worcester range to the east and the Adirondacks to the west.
No trip to Vermont would be complete without taking in a few of Vermont’s more than 100 covered bridges. Those closest to the inn to the north include Emily’s Bridge (also known as Gold Brook Bridge) and Brookdale Bridge in Stowe, and Red Bridge in Morristown. To the south, visit the Pine Brook and Waitsfield bridges in Waitsfield, the Warren Bridge in Warren, and four bridges in Northfield.
Grab a copy of the Waterbury Historic Tour pamphlet at our front desk, then begin your walking tour of over 260 years of Waterbury’s history. In Montpelier (15 minutes east), take a tour of the state capital and visit the Vermont History Museum. Or drive just 20 minutes west to visit the Old Round Church in Richmond, VT. Revolutionary War buffs will enjoy a visit to the Ethan Allen Homestead or Mount Independence, approx. a 30-minute and 90-minute drive, respectively.
Art and Artisans
The makersphere is alive and thriving in Vermont – in fact, it never went away. We have a multi-generational tradition of craftsmanship that stems from Vermonters’ do-it-yourself attitude (and a bit from long winters, too). The result is a plethora of outstanding art and artisan-crafted products available to view and purchase. Favorites include Jeremy Ayers Pottery in Waterbury, Little River Hotglass in Moscow, Mad River Glass Gallery and Artisans’ Gallery in Waitsfield, and Artisans’ Hand Craft Gallery in Montpelier.
Craft Beers and Spirits
On this front, Vermont truly has an embarrassment of riches. Walking distance from the inn, Freak Folk Bier offers some truly outstanding beers, all produced onsite by the husband and wife team. A short drive away, and offering great food and scenery, check out either Lawson’s Finest Liquids in Waitsfield or Von Trapp Bierhall in Stowe. Also in Stowe, and a perennial favorite, the Alchemist offers both a beer cafe and daily brewery tours (times vary). Or wander over to Northfield and treat yourself to some tasty food and beers at Good Measure Pub & Brewery. And of course, no craft beer trip would be complete without a pilgrimage to Hill Farmstead, just one hour northeast of the inn.
On the spirit side, Barr HIll in Montpelier offers both some of the finest spirits you’ll ever taste and a delightful tour experience. When you are ready for a bite to eat, don’t forget to check out or many wonderful area restaurants.
Do yourself a favor and head up to Waterbury Center for some samples at these local spots. First stop: Ben & Jerry’s factory. Book your tickets online to take a tour, ice cream sample included, or just stop by the scoop shop and flavor graveyard to visit favorite flavors current and past. Keep heading north about 1.5 miles to the Cabot Creamery Store, where you can sample several of their cheeses and accompanying products. Head across the parking lot to Champlain Chocolates and indulge your sweet tooth before heading north on VT-100 for one more mile to Cold Hollow Cider Mill. Learn about the cider-making process, taste some fresh cider, and grab some apple cider donuts for the road. Don’t leave without tasting a flight of their hard ciders paired with a panini or cold sandwich. Finally, head one more mile north on VT-100 to Vermont Artisan Coffee & Tea and check out their coffee bar for delicious craft espresso drinks and pour over coffees.
In Vermont, every property that has a maple treat has someone who makes maple syrup (or so it seems), and you’ll pass many roadside stands selling homemade maple syrup. But not every sugar shack offers tours and tastings. For a great educational and entertainment experience, plus a chance to sample different grades of maple syrup, head east just past Montpelier and check out either Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks or Bragg Farm Sugar House.
Our area has long been a destination for winter athletes seeking world-renowned skiing, and with five ski areas within 25 minutes, the Old Stagecoach Inn is ideally located to allow you to explore the slopes regardless of your skill level. Most visitors are familiar with Stowe (Epic Pass), Sugarbush (Ikon Pass), and Mad River Glen (independent, co-op owned). All three offer fantastic runs for the novice to the expert (note that Mad River Glen does not allow snowboarding).
Other local gems include Bolton Valley and Cochran’s Ski Area, both about 15 minutes west of the inn. Bolton offers terrain for everyone in your party, including backcountry and uphill options, and a sports center with indoor pool, hot tub, sauna, gym, and a bar/lounge. Cochran’s focus is children and families – this is a great spot to introduce the novices in your group to downhill skiing in a low pressure environment!
If you don’t have your own equipment, check out Waterbury Sports for rental options (or you can rent slopeside).
Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing
Opportunities for nordic skiing and snowshoeing abound – some within walking distance like the Cross Vermont Trail (just a few hundred yards from the inn), and others within a 20 minute drive, such as Little River State Park, Blueberry Lake, Trapp Family Lodge, Bolton Valley, and Camel’s Hump Nordic.
If you’re new to either sport, do yourself a favor and schedule a lesson or guided tour to learn the basics. Bolton Valley and Trapp Outdoor Center offer both as well as rentals, or you can rent equipment at Waterbury Sports.
Of all the things to do in Waterbury, Vermont, mountain biking may be the activity most ideally situated and suited for locals and visitors alike. Access the Perry Hill trails just at the end of Main Street for some of the finest trails in the state, thanks to the efforts of the Waterbury Area Trails Alliance. Note: Perry Hill is challenging terrain. Those newer to the sport will love Little River State Park’s trail network, just five miles away, or head up to Cady Hill in Stowe which boasts multiple trails from beginner to expert. Don’t have a bike? Rent one from Waterbury Sports, just about 200 yards from the inn..
From veteran through hikers to folks tying on their first pair of hiking boots, everyone in your party can find a trail to provide just the right balance of challenge and inspiration.
Easy: Two of our favorite hikes, Libby Loop and Preston Pond trails, provide beautiful views without crazy elevation gains. Accessed from the same trailhead about 15 minutes west of the inn, you can combine various segments of the trails to make up a roughly 2.5-5.0 mile easy hike. There will likely be some wet spots, so plan your footwear accordingly.
Intermediate: Little River State Park offers a great network of intermediate hiking trails. The trails feature forest views and moderate elevation gains, and the Dalley Loop includes a “history hike” past remnants of the farming community that existed here for almost 150 years prior to the construction of the reservoir dam. Other favorites that offer a view include the Lake Mansfield to Nebraska Notch hike and the Stowe Pinnacle via Pinnacle Meadows trail. (Note: there are several versions of the Stowe Pinnacle trail, all of which end at the summit for a terrific view, but the other versions have a little more elevation gain, tipping them into “difficult.”)
Difficult: Ask any local for their favorite hiking trails and they’ll likely name Camel’s Hump, Mount Hunger, and Mount Mansfield. Each offers a fabulous view at the top (assuming you’re not fogged in or in the clouds) and a challenging journey. Check the weather before heading up – it’s often much cooler at the top, and we recommend taking poles if it’s wet at all to make the downhill less treacherous or microspikes if there’s a chance of frost/ice as you climb.
Walking & Biking Trails
Turn left out of the inn’s parking lot to begin a leisurely, scenic 2-mile loop, passing along the banks of the Winooski River, past the town cemetery and ending up at the former Vermont State Hospital, then strolling back down Main Street. This river trail is part of the Cross Vermont Trail, a walking and biking path that spans the state east-to-west. You can also head up to the Stowe Recreation Path and meander along this 5-mile greenway.
Learn more about Waterbury, Vermont
We are just a short drive away from many top attractions in Vermont including Ben & Jerry’s and Cold Hollow Cider Mill.