Things to Do
The area offers an endless variety of things to do in any season. Below are some suggestions:
Art and Music
The area offers a large variety of art and artisans, and an exceptional variety of music. Please explore the artists listed in our directory – you can visit the galleries or make your own tour of individual artist’s studios. Music is available in a variety of intimate venues at The Music Box in Craftsbury, and at the Positive Pie restaurant in Hardwick, as well as special town events. Enjoy the world-class classical talent of The Craftsbury Chamber Players during the summer season.
You have read “the book” or heard a program about the Hardwick area on NPR, an article in the NY Times or other publications, or have heard rumors that something different is happening here in this corner of the Northeast Kingdom. Well – it’s true.
We suggest a tour of Cabot Creamery, the birthplace of Cabot dairy products, in the morning; grab something to eat at the Cabot Village Store or Downstreet Eats restaurant; then drive 15 minutes down the road and the family can tour Agape Hill Farm (with reservations made in advance), walk a llama and do felting. Then it’s on to Hardwick. If you’ve planned through the Center for an Agricultural Economy to come on a tour day, you’ll be able to visit the Food Venture Center. Close to the Venture Center is Caledonia Spirits & Winery, tucked in on the banks of the Lamoille River behind Lamoille Valley Ford. Tour the winery and sample their unique offerings amid the peaceful fields of wildflowers on the banks of the Lamoille. Drive up Center Road to Greensboro and stop in at Willey’s General Store to pick up many local products. Pete’s Greens in Craftsbury has a unique farm stand you won’t want to miss, and Hardwick, Greensboro and Craftsbury all have their own farmer’s markets. Hardwick’s Farmer’s Market is on Friday’s from 3-6 at Atkins Field in Hardwick – just follow the signs!
For a unique off road experience, wander any of our dirt back roads in any of the towns. Should you care for a more traditional paved version of this adventure, we suggest starting in Cabot, meandering over to Hardwick, and then taking the scenic Center Road to Greensboro and Caspian Lake. From there, just follow Craftsbury Road to Craftsbury – its Commons is one of the most photographed in Vermont.
Circus and other entertainment
Yes, we have a circus, a remarkable touring youth circus. Circus Smirkus has local shows in Greensboro before and after their summer tour. Please visit our Community Calendar.
We have variety of great food. Click here to locate a local restaurant for the style food and setting you want.
Golf & Tennis
Situated in Greensboro, Mountain View Country Club is one of the oldest and most inviting golf, tennis and social clubs in Vermont and welcomes both visitors and new members. The hilly 9-hole course is a picturesque, links-style layout and the seven clay tennis courts are the best around. Information on membership, visitor fees and special events can be found on their website.
Hiking/ Nature/Bird Watching
We welcome motorcycle tourists and again suggest our own local scenic by-way from Cabot to Hardwick to Greensboro to Craftsbury. Stop along the way at Caspian Beach, bring your bathing suit in the summer – there are changing houses at the beach.
Caspian Lake, Greensboro combines beautiful views and a public beach.
Skiing and Snowshoeing
The Craftsbury Outdoor Center has the largest cross-country ski race on the East Coast. There are miles of trails from Craftsbury to Greensboro for your cross-country and snowshoeing pleasure.
Shopping and other adventures
We have this too with a variety of interesting options.
Please see our directory to plan out where you might like to stop, lunch or just enjoy the day.
Annual Featured Events
3rd Saturday in March: Maple Fest 9am – 3pm
July 4th: Rummage Sale 8 AM, Masonic Hall, 11 AM Main St. Parade, Chicken Barbeque.
October: Apple Pie Festival.
2nd Sat. in July: Antiques & Uniques, 9 AM–4 PM.
2nd Sat. in August: Old Home Day.
Summer: Craftsbury Chamber Players Summer Season.
January: Craftsbury Marathon (cross country ski race)
July 5th: Parade 10:00 AM; activities on Green, Chicken BBQ, fireworks at dusk. Circus Smirkus Big Top Tour
May: Kiwanis Spring Festival Parade & Carnival; Spring Craft & Garden Fair;
June- Sept: First Friday of each month Hardwick’s Main Street businesses are open late, music, art, special events outside Peace Park and more.
October: Fall Festival & Craft Fair
Summer: Annual Horseshoe Tournament.
Oct: Fall Foliage at Walden Church.
January: Fireman’s Dance.
3rd Sat. in March 8:30–10:30 AM, New England Pie Breakfast & Silent Auction;
May: Artists and artisans of the area participate in Vermont’s Open Studio Weekend.
Visit our Community Calendar for a listing of Current events