10 Things to Do in Middlebury That You Shouldn't Miss

July 20, 2017 Nicolette Lion

Middlebury survived being almost entirely destroyed during the Revolutionary War to become the home of Vermont's original marble quarries, as well as a popular vacation destination, filled with charming country inns. Middlebury offers visitors the opportunity to shop for crafts, folk art and locally grown produce amidst beautiful woods and farmland. The nearby village of Ripton features the Robert Frost Wayside Trail, leading poetry fans through the woods that inspired his most famous poems.
Restaurants in Middlebury

1. Middlebury College

Middlebury, VT
Excellent
70%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 74 reviews

Middlebury College

Reviewed By Lynn L - Toronto, Canada

Middlebury College is absolutely Awesome! My daughter is going there for a 7 week language program. She has gone there twice for German and now for French. The staff are amazing. Everyone is professional , laidback and helpful. Great experience that everyone should try at least once.

2. Woodchuck Cider House

1321 Exchange St, Not "East Middlebury", rather "Middlebury", East Middlebury, VT 05753-1477 +1 802-385-3656
Excellent
82%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 73 reviews

Woodchuck Cider House

Reviewed By PresPJ - Beijing, China

Travelled four hours just to come visit the Woodchuck cider house.

Good:

-20 different ciders on tap, so many good flavors
-Friendly staff.
-VERY reasonable prices 3 bucks for 4 samples, 1.50 for 4 oz samples, and 5-7 for pints, bigger takeaways also available.
-Reasonably price gift shop
-Easy to park and find
-Many events during the week, Thursday was pizza night 2 bucks a slice

Bad:
-Closes at 18:00
-Self guided tour was very lacking, could be done in 5 mins, could have more substance

Suggestion:
-Don't stay in Middlebury as there is nothing to do, also DON'T stay at the Middlebury Inn because it's a SUPER overpriced motel!
-Have a DD (designated driver) so you can drink as many as you want.

3. Lincoln Peak Vineyard

142 River Rd, Middlebury, VT 05472-9600 +1 802-388-7368
Excellent
66%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 70 reviews

Lincoln Peak Vineyard

Lincoln Peak Vineyard makes 10 wines (from dry to sweet), all them entirely from grapes grown in the 12-acre vineyard. Lincoln Peak's grape varieties are cold-hardy and make bright and lively wines.The Granstrom family planted 12 acres of cold-hardy grapevines in Vermont's Champlain Valley starting 10 years ago, and Lincoln Peak Vineyard has grown into one of the largest grape producers in the state. We're a family farm devoted to sustainable farming practices and the creation of new and delicious wines. We tend our vines with care, and all our grapes are picked by hand each autumn. We make wine in the barn we built, with meticulous devotion to the best winemaking techniques. We make our wine with our own grapes, and we're committed to 100% Vermont grape wines. We make bright, crisp whites, hearty reds, joyful dry rosés, and some sweet and fruity wines, too. Our wines have won three Best-in-Show awards at the International Cold Climate Wine Competition in the past few years, and we're proud of what we grow and make.

Reviewed By John O - Peabody, Massachusetts

Fabulous place to get your vino! The wine tasting is great, many great wines to choose from, glassware and other Bacchus accessories available in the shop. The vineyard is idyllic Vermont countryside. Oh, and the wine glass is part of the purchase for the wine tasting.

The Firelight is an ice wine (way cool), it's a delicious dessert wine. I was also exposed to a new wine, Cassis, black currant wine (absolutely decadent, had to get a bottle).

4. Otter Creek Brewing

793 Exchange St, Middlebury, VT 05753-1193 +1 802-388-0727
Excellent
53%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 111 reviews

Otter Creek Brewing

In 2015 we broke ground on a brand new, 120-barrel brew house. This state-of-the-art facility will expand our capacity and allow us to deliver more of our deliciously dank beers to bottles cans and kegs everywhere. Phase one of this project included a complete renovation of our pub and restaurant space. On the heels of upgrades to our packaging and production facilities, our brand new, mid-century inspired digs reflect the commitment we've made to our brand and the collective creative juices the keep our brewery running. We invite you to hop on the bus and join us on our cosmic journey of craft. Pub and Restaurant open daily from 11am - 6pm serving a locally-sourced selection of tasty treats with a healthy dose of delicious brews served straight from our stash to your glass.

Reviewed By CityMouse79 - Fort Lauderdale, Florida

They had 2 featured beer flights but allowed me to customize one of them on a Wednesday afternoon. The restaurant part is super cute and casual inside, with a view of part of the brewery... very cool. The menu is typical bar food but very fresh - hot dogs, salads, sandwiches, etc. The deviled eggs are delish!

5. UVM Morgan Horse Farm

74 Battell Dr, Weybridge, Middlebury, VT 05753-9778 +1 802-388-2011
Excellent
53%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 80 reviews

UVM Morgan Horse Farm

Reviewed By kzsull01 - Windsor, Connecticut

My husband and I visited the UVM Morgan Horse Farm in Middlebury, Vermont on the way from Burlington, Vermont to Lake George in New York. Both the video presentation and guided tour gave very good background information on Morgan Horses, including their history and were very interesting. Additional details were provided in the write-ups on display in the barn. The horses on the farm are beautiful and nice to watch. The grounds were scenic as well as well-maintained. The main barn is quite unique looking and a good representation for this National Historic Landmark. It was also a scenic ride to get there going by way of the back roads. It is definitely a recommended place to stop by and visit and to enjoy this quality breed of horses. There is even a picnic area on the grounds.

6. Cambridge Junction Covered Bridge

Cambridge Junction Road, Cambridge, VT +1 802-644-2251
Excellent
25%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 4 reviews

Cambridge Junction Covered Bridge

Reviewed By jeremiahb213

What a surprise while looking for some covered bridges in this area - a very well maintained playground, and play area. Our kids loved the change of scenery, and had fun. If passing through it would be a great photo op or stop to get out of the car. Thank you to the municipality responsible for the upkeep!

7. Town Hall Theater

68 S Pleasant St, Middlebury, VT 05753-1476 +1 802-388-1436
Excellent
100%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 19 reviews

Town Hall Theater

Reviewed By John H - Burlington, Vermont, United States

The Town Hall Theater was built in the 1880's with a theater over the town offices which were in the basement - first floor. The restoration completed almost ten years ago provides a vibrant theater space in which many performances are given by local and national groups, to include screenings of HD Met Opera and National Theatre performances. THT provides a large number of educational programs and there is the small but beautiful Jackson Art Gallery in the old town offices.

8. Mahaney Center for the Arts

72 Porter Field Rd, Middlebury, VT 05753-6013 +1 802-443-3168
Excellent
84%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
5%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 18 reviews

Mahaney Center for the Arts

Reviewed By Mike M

The Middlebury College Museum of Art is a true gem and a must visit. The collection on display is first rate and extremely well presented. The descriptions accompanying the works are thorough and very informative. The collection is surprisingly extensive, but the works on display are not overwhelming and do not wear one out. You should allow 75 to 90 minutes for your visit. There is no admission charge and voluntary donations are accepted.

9. Appalachian Gap Distillery

88 Mainelli Rd, Suite 1, Middlebury, VT 05753-1453 +1 802-989-7362
Excellent
66%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 17 reviews

Appalachian Gap Distillery

Come see our distillery in action and sample our fine spirits.

Reviewed By SkyKingBoston - Northampton, Massachusetts

Small distillery with a part-time tasting room staffed by the owner and chief distiller. What fun to sample a variety of his local distilled products, which run from gin to whiskey to rum to cordials. Our favorite was the house coffee liqueur; we don't think we'll ever be able to choke down a Kahlua again.

10. Pulp Mill Covered Bridge

Pulp Mill Covered Bridge Rd, Middlebury, VT 05753
Excellent
34%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
26%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 23 reviews

Pulp Mill Covered Bridge

Reviewed By MO4975678910 - Amherst, New Hampshire, United States

I enjoy the covered bridge, appreciate that they have a place in history and connect to real history. Very much worth the time to visit and celebrate the connection to history.

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