What to do and see in Quechee, United States: The Best Places and Tips

December 24, 2017 Toi Mattera

Quechee is a census-designated place and one of five unincorporated villages in the town of Hartford, Windsor County, Vermont, United States. As of the 2010 census, the population of the CDP was 656. It is the site of Quechee Gorge on the Ottauquechee River and is also the home to the Quechee Lakes planned community initiated in the late 1960s, which also brought to the community the small Quechee Lakes Ski Area in the 1970s.
Restaurants in Quechee

1. VINS Nature Center

6565 Woodstock Road, P.O. Box 1281, Quechee, Hartford, VT 05059 +1 802-359-5000
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4.5 based on 287 reviews

VINS Nature Center

VINS Nature Center offers special educational live bird programs! Admission includes entrance to Exhibits, Nature trails, and Avian Rehab in action. Open picnic areas, beverages and snacks are available at the Nature Store. The VINS Nature Center is located 1/2 mile west from the Quechee Gorge.

Reviewed By alidaylily - Boston

We drove by here several times and after reading about it we decided to visit. We did go on a Saturday so be prepared to share the visit with a lot of families and children. The property is large enough that there is plenty of space for walking. The owl talk was fabulous. We thoroughly enjoyed it. We also walked the trails and were rewarded with beautiful scenery. Be sure to take a trail map with you before setting out as it describes the numbered posts and what you are looking at. The birds are well cared for though the stories of how they came to be there were sad. There are also hands on activities for children. We will be back next time we visit the area.

2. Ottaquechee River

Woodstock, VT
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4.5 based on 116 reviews

Ottaquechee River

River that runs through Woodstock.

Reviewed By Louisianagirl51

I love covered bridges and this was on my list to see on our trip and I was not disappointed!

It is a beautiful bridge and I can now check this one off my list.

Being the holiday weekend, we had to park down the street and walk back but it was well worth the walk. Very peaceful and beautiful.

Don’t pass this one up.

3. Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site

Maxfield Parrish Highway, Cornish, NH +1 603-675-2175
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5 based on 220 reviews

Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site

Once the home of sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens, this beautiful home and garden is now open to the public for free concerts and picnics.

Reviewed By McGone-agle - Hartford, Connecticut

Saint-Gaudens' sculptures are national treasures and this site of his summer home and sculpture studio houses many of his works in a garden setting. Individual sculptures can be found in public places in Boston, NYC, D.C., but his major works are all represented here in the bucolic landscape that inspired the artist. Operated by the National Parks Service, this historic site is worth a very long drive, and if you live or are visiting anywhere within an hour or two, be sure to put it on your 'to do' list.

4. Montshire Museum of Science

1 Montshire Rd, Norwich, VT 05055-9334 +1 802-649-2200
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5 based on 213 reviews

Montshire Museum of Science

The Montshire is an award-winning hands-on science museum. You'll experience over 140 exciting exhibits relating to the natural and physical sciences, ecology, and technology. As a 110-acre museum on the Connecticut River, there's always plenty to explore, both indoors and out! Open daily 10-5. Summer Admission (May 17-September 7) $16 for adults, $13 for children 2-17. Regular Admission: $14 for adults, $11 for children 2-17 Two day passes available. Free for members and children under 2 years of age. Water exhibits in outdoor Science Park are on mid-May through early October.

Reviewed By Jim W - Carmel, California

This was a special family adventure with three generations and ages from 5 to 72.
Our 5-year old granddaughter was almost overwhelmed with the seemingly never ending items for her to do "hands on". The "mystery" games, ant farm, etc., etc. are all done extremely well.

And that was just inside the facility. Despite the rain / drizzle, we did enjoy some of the exterior items with the pendulum and piano being big attractions.

The older (70s) members of the family seemed to enjoy the exhibits / challenges as much as the younger.

Our only negative observation is that there may not be too much for kids over 10 or 12.

5. Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH 03755 +1 603-646-3661
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4.5 based on 153 reviews

Dartmouth College

Reviewed By NHethel - nh

Lovely to walk around in any season...many old buildings, and modern ones, too, nicely woven together, and entwined with the pretty small but bustling town. A highlight is the library with the Orozco murals...should not be missed...is at the north end of the green, in the building with the clock tower...

6. Upper Valley Aquatic Center

100 Arboretum Ln, White River Junction, Hartford, VT 05001-3320 +1 802-296-2850
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5 based on 37 reviews

Upper Valley Aquatic Center

The Upper Valley Aquatic Center offers state-of-the-art swimming facilities for lessons, competition, and exercise in addition to a zero entry Splash Park with two slides and a current pool. There is a fully-equipped fitness center with exceptional personal training, an exciting assortment of group classes and vacation camps for kids. Other amenities include the Poolside Cafe, group and party rates, and childcare in the KidZone, all in a bright, fully-accessible building with views of the surrounding hills. Members enjoy FREE childcare and classes!

Reviewed By Gloria H - Fairfield, Connecticut

We had a great time here. My granddaughter enjoyed the water play pad, lazy river and small water slide. My husband and I enjoyed swimming laps in perfect temp water. The facility is very clean and the staff is very helpful. This a great facility to workout at.

7. Taftsville Country Store

2706 Woodstock Rd, Taftsville, Woodstock, VT 05073 +1 802-457-1135
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4 based on 5 reviews

Taftsville Country Store

Reviewed By Ian L

There are lots of "country stores" in Vermont that are little more than tourist trinket outlets. Taftsville Country Store is not a trap -- it's the real deal, in operation since 1850 or so, with authentic local goods (cheese, syrup, smoked meats, chocolates, etc.) plus an incredible meat/fish/wine selection ... and it's so reasonably priced! It's also a local community anchor, by virtue of its location (across from the covered bridge) and the presence of a small post office and bulletin board in the back.

The proprietors know their stuff -- ask them about the best wine to pair with a certain dish, or the most authentic Vermont ice cream (hint: it's not B&J) and they can point you in the right direction. To give you an example, they have a selection of Grüners that would be impressive in any Boston or NYC wine shop, and they will happily point newcomers to a "starter" variety that pairs well with fish.

In an commercial era that is dominated by Walmarts and Amazons, it's so refreshing to see a real small business that serves the local community and visitors so well with exceptional local products and friendly service. I will definitely be coming back with my family.

8. Billings Farm & Museum

69 Old River Rd, Rte. 12 North, Woodstock, VT 05091 +1 802-457-2355
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4.5 based on 536 reviews

Billings Farm & Museum

A scenic stroll from the village center of Woodstock, Vermont, Billings Farm & Museum is regarded as one of the finest outdoor history museums in the country. Combining a fully-operating Jersey dairy farm with educational exhibits and interactive programs and events, Billings Farm & Museum is committed to providing education and enjoyment to visitors of all ages. From meeting our award-winning Jersey dairy cows, draft horses, and sheep, to exploring the carefully restored 1890 Farm House, sampling Billings Farm cheddar, and taking part in hands-on activities, there really is something for everyone. Daily livestock programs and hands-on activities, afternoon milking, audiovisual presentations, museum shop, dairy bar. We are open Apr 1-Oct 31., 10-5; weekends Nov.-Feb., & Christmas & Feb. vacation weeks 10-4.

Reviewed By Elly H - New Hampshire Lakes Region, New Hampshire

Got here about an hour before closing. Glad we watched movie.. VERY EXCELLENT! It actually won an award. Gives a complete history of the family that built Billings and how they are related to the Vanderbilt Family. Great little gift shop. Walked around farm area and buildings. Would have liked more time.

9. King Arthur Flour

135 US Route 5 S, Norwich, VT 05055-9430 +1 800-827-6836
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4.5 based on 494 reviews

King Arthur Flour

King Arthur Flour's Baker's Store & Café is packed with everything you need for your very best baking, from hard-to-find ingredients, innovative gadgets, and top-quality pans, to easy mixes and a huge selection of baking basics. Grab a pastry or lunch from our café; relax and check your email with our free WiFi; and connect with our expert staff about all your baking questions.Our store is open and ready for your visit!

Reviewed By USMCRip - Merrimack, New Hampshire

This is a gourmet cooks paradise The flour and flour products are endless. They also sell numerous bakery items and tools, some you never thought you needed. Parking was far from the door The sales people were sooooo nice Prices were very high.

10. Vermont Spirits

5573 Woodstock Rd, Quechee, Hartford, VT 05001-8905 +1 802-281-6398
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4.5 based on 103 reviews

Vermont Spirits

Visit Vermont's Original Craft Distillery at the Quechee Gorge Village. The Distillery Tasting Room is open for visitors every day from 10 am until 5 pm. Sample the award winning vodkas, gin, bourbon, whiskey and seasonal brandy and liqueurs and learn about the distillation process. 2 miles off I-89, exit 1, and close to the famous Quechee Gorge.

Reviewed By Bill M - Kerrville, Texas

We walked into Vermont Spirits not knowing what to expect. We walked out after a half dozen tastings with an ever deeper respect for small Vermont distilleries.

Lisa knows her product and is generous with her tastings. We tried the 1797 cranberry cider rye, 14 Maple Bourbon, Maple Whiskey, Blueberry Liqueur, and a gin.

We had a great time and highly recommend Vermont Spirits on a tour of Quechee.

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