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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
State / Provincial Park
“Emerald Lake State Park is a 430-acre state park in East Dorset, Vermont, USA. It is the home of 20-acre Emerald Lake, called such because of its emerald color. Activities include swimming, non-motorized boating, camping, fishing, hiking, picnicking, bicycling, wildlife watching, and winter sports.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Excellent professional summer theater in a theater built out of barn siding.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“What do you know about a swimming hole? Nothing, until you’ve cannon balled into the 60-foot deep Dorset, Vermont quarry. On any sizzling summer day, the quarry is a picturesque scene full of friends and families cooling off, Vermont style! So, if you’re looking for a unique experience that adds to the beauty and originality of the Manchester area, look no further than an afternoon aside the Dorset quarry. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Restaurant
“For a special treat Michelle & Melanie offer the finest dining in Southern Vermont...reservations recommended! ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This is wonderful old Inn and restaurant with all the ambience of Vermont! This has a tavern for more casual dining with their own menu and a Fine Dining area that is quiet and perfect for slower dining. The food is fantastic! The service is great! A favorite of the locals as well. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“This year round farmers market is held every Sunday, rain or shine. It is a great mix of lots of local produce, meats, cheeses, and craft goods, as well as music and prepared foods as well. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Wonderful food and cozy place to breakfast or lunch inside or out. Amazing baked goods. Amazing.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“JK Adams is known for their high-end cutting boards but this shop contains so much more. A browsing delight on several levels. The Dorset Farmers Market is also held here on Sundays during winter months”
  • 3 locals recommend
Lodging
“The restaurant at Barrows House has a great bar with modern cocktails and a great beer & wine list. Food is always delish and they offer a fun atmosphere. Make sure to say Hi to Scott the bar manager - he's a friend & lots of fun. Also, if you're a trivia buff - Scott hosts Trivia Night on Thursdays. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bar
“Beautiful Inn, chef-owned, delicious Asian-fusion and other types of dishes. Perfect for a romantic evening!”
  • 2 locals recommend
Library
“Very quaint library with more books, videos, CDs and children's game than the fabulous new Manchester library! "Artist of the month" exhibits with artist receptions on 1. Saturday of the month (check their sign out front)”
  • 2 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Swimming hole in the summer and nice place to walk around in the fall and spring. ”
  • 1 local recommends
Entertainment
“Held from July through the beginning of August every year, the Vermont Summer Festival is quite a spectacle! Here you will see some of the finest horse competitors in the country perform in Grand Prix show jumping, hunter-rider events and more. The horse show has been recognized as a "Top Ten Summer Event" by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Museum
“If you want to find out more about the Dorset area, don't miss this very informative place!”
  • 1 local recommends
Route
““The Spot” x2 to catch a theatre performance. Closer than Weston, you can’t go wrong with catching a play and then dining at the Dorset Inn.”
  • 1 local recommends
Food
“Wonderful orchard where you can pick your own apples, enjoy wonderful views and homemade apple products!”
  • 2 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“For a special treat Michelle & Melanie offer the finest dining in Southern Vermont...reservations recommended! ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This is wonderful old Inn and restaurant with all the ambience of Vermont! This has a tavern for more casual dining with their own menu and a Fine Dining area that is quiet and perfect for slower dining. The food is fantastic! The service is great! A favorite of the locals as well. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Bakery
“Wonderful food and cozy place to breakfast or lunch inside or out. Amazing baked goods. Amazing.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
“Beautiful Inn, chef-owned, delicious Asian-fusion and other types of dishes. Perfect for a romantic evening!”
  • 2 locals recommend

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