Things to do
|Randolph is a beautiful, family-friendly community of 5,000 located in the geographic center of spectacular Vermont. While small by most people’s standards, Randolph has a lot of commerce, an outstanding hospital and schools, and plenty for vacationers to do and see.|
Below are just some of the things you can do in Randolph and the surrounding area while visiting Vermont for the Last Mile Ride on Aug. 15 and 16. With the affordable room rate Vermont Technical College is offering Last Mile riders (see our Lodging link for more information on this), we’re hoping you might extend your stay and get to know our lovely community. Here’s a bit of what we have to offer:
Shop our downtown
Randolph and the surrounding area are home to some terrific shops, many of which are locally owned and operated. Blue Moon Boutique (728-4321) and Belmains (728-3781) department store on Main Street and Sidewalk Florist (728-9979) and Fenix Fine Foods (728-3439) on Merchants Row in beautiful downtown Randolph are great examples.
Get in a round of golf
Montague Golf Club (728-3806) is an 18-hole course right in Randolph’s downtown. Located at the end of Randolph Avenue, it features a practice area and green, a links-style back nine, a pro shop and a newly renovated clubhouse with food, beverages and a lounge.
Catch a movie
The Playhouse (728-4012) on Main Street in Randolph is an old-fashioned theater offering new releases. The Randall Drive-In (234-7220) on Route 12 in Bethel is a historic drive-in offering movies Friday through Sunday. Call to hear what’s playing, viewing times and prices.
Take a swim
Vermont Technical College (728-1000) in nearby Randolph Center is home to an outstanding workout facility, Shape, which features a heated, indoor pool. The pool is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. The Randolph public pool (728-4647) on School Street is open daily from 1-7 p.m. and is offering a half-price rate in August.
Vermont’s rivers and lakes also make for some terrific swimming, at your own risk, of course. A branch of the White River runs through Randolph’s recreation area. Other popular options include Silver Lake, part of a Vermont State Park, about 20 minutes south in Barnard.
Hit the lanes
Valley Bowl (728-4525) on Prince Street in Randolph offers a quiet get-away on hot days or night of fun. Play a game or two and enjoy the Valley Bowl’s dining options. Summer hours are limited, however, so call ahead. Prince Street is just after the bridge as you come into Randolph on Route 12.
See a show
Randolph is home to Chandler center for the arts, a performance hall and gallery (728-9878 or 728-6464 for the box office). Chandler is a historic, recently renovated facility offering outstanding performances and gallery shows. The Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival is playing Aug. 14-24. Call Chandler or visit www.chandler-arts.org for lots more information.
There are many places to eat in downtown Randolph and lots more in the surrounding area. In Randolph, options include Black Krim Tavern (728-6776), China Garden (728-4488), East Garden (728-3288), One Main Tap and Grill (565-8117), Rail Side Tavern (728-9182), Randolph Village Pizza (728-9677), The Randolph Depot (728-3333), Three Bean Café (728-3533), Willy B’s (431-5575), Wright at Home Café (728-6678).
Like eating outside? Onion Flats (234-5169), Toziers Restaurant (234-9400) in Bethel and the Valley Bowl Lunch Wagon (272-8173) at Central Supplies in Randolph are great options for outdoor dining. Bethel is also home to the Bethel Sandwich Shop and Third Branch Wines (234-9110) and Cockadoodle Pizza Café (234-9666). Ariel’s Restaurant (276-3939) in Brookfield is well known for its up-scale cuisine, and, for a quaint lunch that’s worth the drive, visit the Rochester Café and Country Store (767-4302). Eaton’s Sugar House (763-8809) in Royalton is best known for its hearty breakfasts and the Chef’s Market (728-4202) on Route 12 in Randolph has some great to-go sandwiches, meals and other local foods.
Please call for directions and hours. Some establishments are open from breakfast and lunch only. Others are closed on Mondays.
Cruise the countryside
Vermont is known for its extraordinary natural beauty. Pick up a free map of the state at any welcome center or rest area, choose a route and take a cruise. Rolling hills, green mountains, rivers, working farms, covered bridges and much more await you.
Fresh from the farm
The region is renowned for its agriculture and local products, from farm fresh produce to Vermont maple syrup. Get a taste of Vermont at a local farmers’ market, such as the Randolph Farmers Market on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Bethel Farmers Market on Mondays from 3-6 p.m. and the Chelsea Farmers Market on Fridays from 3-6 p.m. or by visiting a local farm, such as the Lincoln Farm (728-4273) on East Bethel Road.
Worth the drive
If you’ve not been before, one spot that is particularly worth the drive is Quechee Gorge. The gorge stretches 165 feet down to the Ottauquechee River below U.S. Route 4 and is striking. (You won’t miss it. It’s just three miles off Interstate 89’s Exit 1). The area also features a Vermont Institute of Natural Science (359-5000) raptor center, a shopping village and the 611-acre Quechee State Park (295-2990).
All Vermont phone numbers begin with an 802 area code.
If you’re a business owner or manager who would like your establishment included on our listing, please call us at (802) 728-2284. We’re happy to add you!