Taking a drive over to Quechee, Vermont (about a 30-minute drive from the Inn) is always lovely, but especially so in autumn when the trees are bursting in color. The gorge, known as “Vermont’s Little Grand Canyon” is a spectacular site, and next to it is the charming Quechee Gorge Village.
The village is ideal for those who love poking in and out of shops, stopping for a bite to eat, and touring small-town museums. An anchor of the village is the Cabot Cheese store. Stop in and sample some of Vermont’s famous cheddar and check out all its other regional products. Shoppers will find a variety of jewelry, home furnishing, antiques, and other unique shops, including the Green Mountain Fire & Hammer Blacksmith Shop. It’s a great place for hand-forged products, to see a master blacksmith in action, and even take a lesson in the craft.
A must-stop for anyone who’s a kid-at-heart is the Vermont Toy Museum and Toy Store. You’ll find more than 100,000 toys spanning decades, including an interactive train setup that is a dream for train buffs.
Need a little refreshment? Head over to the Vermont Spirits Distilling Company for a complimentary tasting of their vodka, bourbon, and gin, all made with local Vermont ingredients. A good lunch stop is CJ’s Restaurant at Than Wheelers Tavern, where you’ll find New England-style pub food.
Quechee Gorge Village
5573 Woodstock Road, Quechee, VT
No matter what direction you head here is Vermont, you’ll find beautiful scenery and charming towns. And when you make Maple Leaf Inn you home base , you’ll always have a special place to come home to!