Guidebook for Colchester

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Guidebook for Colchester

Food Scene

Ask for a booth and get your own TV and remote! Great beer selection.
McGillicuddy's On The Green
18 Severance Green
Ask for a booth and get your own TV and remote! Great beer selection.
Great Brunch menu. A local joint and the locals can get rowdy but the food is good. Fresh fish caught from the lake. Free wings on Wednesdays.
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Rozzi's Lakeshore Tavern
1022 West Lakeshore Drive
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Great Brunch menu. A local joint and the locals can get rowdy but the food is good. Fresh fish caught from the lake. Free wings on Wednesdays.
Fresh baked goods and local food items and fresh veggies. A local family owned farm. Great place to pick up Vermont souvenirs.
Sam Mazza's Farm Market
277 Lavigne Road
Fresh baked goods and local food items and fresh veggies. A local family owned farm. Great place to pick up Vermont souvenirs.
Great place for brunch. It's a diner with Greek food available too but their brunch specials include some amazing eggs benedict done a variety of ways, and their homemade corned beef hash is great! Good prices.
Athens Diner
46 Highpoint Center
Great place for brunch. It's a diner with Greek food available too but their brunch specials include some amazing eggs benedict done a variety of ways, and their homemade corned beef hash is great! Good prices.
One of the nicer restaurants downtown. We usually go here for special occasions.
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Leunig's Bistro
115 Church Street
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One of the nicer restaurants downtown. We usually go here for special occasions.
Another good place to eat.
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Sweetwaters
120 Church St
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Another good place to eat.
This used to be our favorite place but they changed owners and the food quality has gone down hill. However, they have a full bar now and the view can't be beat, so stop by for a drink or a creemee (soft serve) in the summer.
Bayview Bar and Grill
97 Blakely Road
This used to be our favorite place but they changed owners and the food quality has gone down hill. However, they have a full bar now and the view can't be beat, so stop by for a drink or a creemee (soft serve) in the summer.

Shopping

Great place for local Vermont-made liquor. Try the Maple syrup flavors! Smuggler's Notch Vodka, while expensive, has won awards for some of the best vodka in the world.
Dick Mazza Liquor Store
777 W Lakeshore Dr
Great place for local Vermont-made liquor. Try the Maple syrup flavors! Smuggler's Notch Vodka, while expensive, has won awards for some of the best vodka in the world.
There's a mall with Starbucks, and great local shops up and down the pedestrian road. Start at the top and work your way down.
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Church Street Marketplace
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There's a mall with Starbucks, and great local shops up and down the pedestrian road. Start at the top and work your way down.
Outlet stores with great prices. No taxes on clothing in Vermont.
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Essex Experience
21 Essex Way
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Outlet stores with great prices. No taxes on clothing in Vermont.
Kohls, Bon Ton's, Hot Topic, Charlotte Rouse, FYE, Claire's, Shoe Dept., etc.
University Mall
Kohls, Bon Ton's, Hot Topic, Charlotte Rouse, FYE, Claire's, Shoe Dept., etc.

Essentials

Grocery store with all your needs.
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Shaw's
66 Mountain View Drive
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Grocery store with all your needs.
Grocery Store, less of a selection than Shaw's and a smaller place, but on the way to downtown Burlington.
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Price Chopper
1184 Prim Rd
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Grocery Store, less of a selection than Shaw's and a smaller place, but on the way to downtown Burlington.

Getting Around

Always space on the second floor. Quickest place to park on your way into and out of Burlington or to enjoy the waterfront. Four blocks down from Church St. Marketplace. One block up from the waterfront.
Hilton Burlington Lake Champlain
60 Battery St
Always space on the second floor. Quickest place to park on your way into and out of Burlington or to enjoy the waterfront. Four blocks down from Church St. Marketplace. One block up from the waterfront.

Parks & Nature

Free beach and picnic area, great playground, tennis courts, volleyball courts, and skate park. Connected to the bike path. Enjoy views of the marina, bay and mountains. Wear water shoes as there can be mussels and shells in the sand in the water.
Bayside Paddle Sports (2020 Season Cancelled)
2 W Lakeshore Dr
Free beach and picnic area, great playground, tennis courts, volleyball courts, and skate park. Connected to the bike path. Enjoy views of the marina, bay and mountains. Wear water shoes as there can be mussels and shells in the sand in the water.
Beautiful beach accessible by car and along the Burlington Bike Path. Bike here from Airport Park.
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Leddy Park
216 Leddy Park Road
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Beautiful beach accessible by car and along the Burlington Bike Path. Bike here from Airport Park.
Great place to get onto the Burlington Bike Path or to bike the Causeway. Visit the local school house for some Vermont history.
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Airport Park
500 Colchester Point Road
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Great place to get onto the Burlington Bike Path or to bike the Causeway. Visit the local school house for some Vermont history.

Drinks & Nightlife

The place where the band Phish got its start! Great wings and live music. Upstairs is another bar called Metronome that has dancing on the weekends. Once a month, they host the Green Mountain Cabaret burlesque show.
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Nectar's
188 Main Street
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The place where the band Phish got its start! Great wings and live music. Upstairs is another bar called Metronome that has dancing on the weekends. Once a month, they host the Green Mountain Cabaret burlesque show.
Irish bar with great Irish food and a cover band on the weekends. Connects to a whiskey bar out the back on the right. Try the whiskey samples.
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Rí Rá Irish Pub
123 Church Street
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Irish bar with great Irish food and a cover band on the weekends. Connects to a whiskey bar out the back on the right. Try the whiskey samples.
Karaoke on Friday nights!
JP's Pub
139 Main St
Karaoke on Friday nights!
They make their own infused liquors and have great mojitos. It's a college hang out. They have board games and couches so you can drink and play.
Drink
135 St Paul St
They make their own infused liquors and have great mojitos. It's a college hang out. They have board games and couches so you can drink and play.
Dancing and live music. They have a separate dance floor in the back that is sometimes reserved for special parties but when it is open it is a fun place to dance. Also have outdoor seating and music in the summer.
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Red Square
136 Church Street
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Dancing and live music. They have a separate dance floor in the back that is sometimes reserved for special parties but when it is open it is a fun place to dance. Also have outdoor seating and music in the summer.
Go here to watch live sports. They have homemade chips and a great deal on wings. The cheapest best place to eat downtown.
Ruben James
159 Main St
Go here to watch live sports. They have homemade chips and a great deal on wings. The cheapest best place to eat downtown.
A restaurant upstairs and a cozy den with a fireplace downstairs with lots of beer choices. Restaurant features great farm to table meals.
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The Farmhouse Tap & Grill
160 Bank Street
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A restaurant upstairs and a cozy den with a fireplace downstairs with lots of beer choices. Restaurant features great farm to table meals.
Try a flight of cider. They have ginger cider, cranberry cider, etc. The place can get noisy but it's some of the best cider in the state.
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Citizen Cider
316 Pine Street
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Try a flight of cider. They have ginger cider, cranberry cider, etc. The place can get noisy but it's some of the best cider in the state.
Great beer that is now 100% employee owned. Stop here among other breweries like Queen City and Citizen Cider on Pine street.
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Switchback Brewing Co.
160 Flynn Avenue
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Great beer that is now 100% employee owned. Stop here among other breweries like Queen City and Citizen Cider on Pine street.
Great live music, artsy decor, connected to a restaurant next door with romantic seating in the back.
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Radio Bean
8 North Winooski Avenue
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Great live music, artsy decor, connected to a restaurant next door with romantic seating in the back.
Similar to Radio Bean - artsy decor, lots of unique lamps, some outdoor seating. A fun place to hang out. Feels kind of like a speak easy.
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Light Club Lamp Shop
12 N Winooski Ave
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Similar to Radio Bean - artsy decor, lots of unique lamps, some outdoor seating. A fun place to hang out. Feels kind of like a speak easy.

Entertainment & Activities

Rollerskating and rollerblading.
Skateland Vermont
8 Susie Wilson Rd
Rollerskating and rollerblading.
Bowling and lots of new arcade games.
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Spare Time Colchester
215 Lower Mountain View Dr
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Bowling and lots of new arcade games.
Petra Cliffs Climbing Center & Mountaineering School
105 Briggs St
Rock climbing center