Norwich is one of the towns that dot the Connecticut River in Northern Vermont and New Hampshire that make up the picturesque Upper Valley. The area is dedicated to four season outdoor adventures and sports and there are numerous nature lovers living here. Norwich has a Norman Rockwell feel to it – a true New England town – with a Town Green, General Store, a tall steepled white Congregational Church and a pub or two- all of which are comfortably nestled into the mountains. There are lots of trails for hiking, biking, skiing, bird watching and such just a short walk from our Carriage House. In fact, the Appalachian Trail meanders through Norwich and can also be reached by foot from this vacation spot. Just across the bridge is Dartmouth College offering up lots of talent, culture, shopping and good eats. World Class theater, opera and music are all available and appreciated here.
We are close to the breathtaking Quechee Gorge, to Quechee town and Simon Pearce where glass blowing demonstrations are available, as well as a fantastic restaurant. The storied town of Woodstock, Vermont is also nearby and worth a day trip. Downhill skiers and snowboarders can take advantage of the Dartmouth SKIWAY, Suicide Six, and Killington at a bit more of a distance. This area is also the location of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Hospital, a world class medical facility providing care to the region.
It could be that the Upper Valley is the unofficial birthplace of the farm-to-table foodie movement as most restaurants wouldn’t think of offering anything but local, fresh ingredients. Several great finds: Ariana’s Restaurant in Orfield, NH, Osteria in Woodstock, VT and a bit closer – Carpenter & Main (just a mile away) with a Chef that hails from Keswick Hall – a 4-star, 4- diamond resort in Virginia. There are numerous craft beer breweries in the area, including Jasper Murdocks Alehouse, right here in Norwich. Hard cider products from local orchards abound and remarkable local artisanal cheeses -that go well beyond Vermont Cheddar -are available and best sampled at the Norwich Farmers Market.
The summers are cool and comfortable offering golfing, sight-seeing, hiking, swimming and all sorts of camps. Autumn is breathtakingly beautiful and hiking, cycling and just plain old leaf peeping are actively pursued. Winter brings a quiet serenity to the landscape, but it is equally active with folks enjoying downhill and cross country skiing, snowboarding, skating, snow shoeing, snowmobiling and other winter sports.
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