Guidebook for Colchester

Margie
Guidebook for Colchester

Food Scene

Rozzi's has the best selection of burgers anywhere in the Burlington area! The fried chicken and seafood platters are also amazing. Try the Green Mountain Burger, or if you're feeling adventurous, the Elvis. Great local hangout spot with reasonable prices!
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Rozzi's Lakeshore Tavern
1022 West Lakeshore Drive
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Rozzi's has the best selection of burgers anywhere in the Burlington area! The fried chicken and seafood platters are also amazing. Try the Green Mountain Burger, or if you're feeling adventurous, the Elvis. Great local hangout spot with reasonable prices!
The Guilty Plate has amazing pancakes and awesome home-cooked reasonably priced breakfasts! They close after lunch so go early in the day.
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The Guilty Plate Diner
164 Porters Point Rd
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The Guilty Plate has amazing pancakes and awesome home-cooked reasonably priced breakfasts! They close after lunch so go early in the day.
For a little more upscale dining, try Pauline's-- everything is fresh and most is local, and they have a great amount of veggies on the menu. Nice healthy food and excellent cocktails.
Pauline's Cafe & Restaurant
1834 Shelburne Rd
For a little more upscale dining, try Pauline's-- everything is fresh and most is local, and they have a great amount of veggies on the menu. Nice healthy food and excellent cocktails.
Leunig's is a nice upscale cafe-restaurant on Church street in downtown Burlington. Their cheese platters are amazing, and be sure to try the duck tacos!
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Leunig's Bistro
115 Church Street
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Leunig's is a nice upscale cafe-restaurant on Church street in downtown Burlington. Their cheese platters are amazing, and be sure to try the duck tacos!
At the Cabot annex store, you can taste over 50 different kinds of Cabot cheese! Delicious :)
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Opposite Cabot Cheese Annex Store
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At the Cabot annex store, you can taste over 50 different kinds of Cabot cheese! Delicious :)

Everything Else

How random is the world's tallest filing cabinet? Pretty dang random. Worth a trip just to drive by, get out of your car, and go "hmmm. Yep, that's a tall filing cabinet." You won't find it anywhere else!
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World's Tallest Filing Cabinet
270 Flynn Ave
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How random is the world's tallest filing cabinet? Pretty dang random. Worth a trip just to drive by, get out of your car, and go "hmmm. Yep, that's a tall filing cabinet." You won't find it anywhere else!
If there's a residency happening, VCFA has a great selection of art and concerts open to the public! The music composition program has free concerts nightly during its residency in the first week of February and first week of August. Check out vcfa.edu for more details on what's currently happening.
Vermont College of Fine Arts
36 College St
If there's a residency happening, VCFA has a great selection of art and concerts open to the public! The music composition program has free concerts nightly during its residency in the first week of February and first week of August. Check out vcfa.edu for more details on what's currently happening.

Parks & Nature

Nearest public lake access from our house! The parking lot for Thayer Beach is called Rossetti Natural Area parking lot, and it's on the corner of Church Rd and Holy Cross Rd/W Lakeshore Dr. Park your car and then take the trail about 10 minutes through the woods to the beach.
Thayer Beach
Nearest public lake access from our house! The parking lot for Thayer Beach is called Rossetti Natural Area parking lot, and it's on the corner of Church Rd and Holy Cross Rd/W Lakeshore Dr. Park your car and then take the trail about 10 minutes through the woods to the beach.
If you're here in the winter, check out Spruce Peak in Stowe for fantastic skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, or snowshoeing.
Spruce Peak Base
If you're here in the winter, check out Spruce Peak in Stowe for fantastic skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, or snowshoeing.
Airport Park is an easy walk from the house, less than a mile! Featuring lots of grass to run around on, jogging, and ice rinks in the winter.
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Airport Park
500 Colchester Point Road
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Airport Park is an easy walk from the house, less than a mile! Featuring lots of grass to run around on, jogging, and ice rinks in the winter.

Arts & Culture

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Shelburne Museum
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The Vermont Historical Society Museum is a great way to spend an afternoon learning about the history of the great state of Vermont. Make sure to check out the video on the 1927 flood-- a sobering silent film with strangely hilarious captions.
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Vermont Historical Society Museum
109 State Street
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The Vermont Historical Society Museum is a great way to spend an afternoon learning about the history of the great state of Vermont. Make sure to check out the video on the 1927 flood-- a sobering silent film with strangely hilarious captions.
For a fun and interactive look at one of Vermont's most famous residents, check out the Ethan Allen Homestead, where you get to tour his house and try on colonial costumes!
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Ethan Allen Homestead Museum
1 Ethan Allen Homestead
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For a fun and interactive look at one of Vermont's most famous residents, check out the Ethan Allen Homestead, where you get to tour his house and try on colonial costumes!

Essentials

If you need basic groceries or other items, swing by Price Chopper for convenient 24 hour shopping.
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Price Chopper
1184 Prim Rd
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If you need basic groceries or other items, swing by Price Chopper for convenient 24 hour shopping.
If you need a pharmacy or drugstore, the Rite Aid on Prim Rd is very convenient.
Rite Aid
1184 Prim Rd
If you need a pharmacy or drugstore, the Rite Aid on Prim Rd is very convenient.

Shopping

The VT Teddy Bear factory has a fun 30-minute tour that only costs a few dollars-- great for kids and interesting for adults too! There's a nice gift shop where you can get any type of bear you like, and a Pajamagram seconds shop that's fun to browse through (maybe they'll have your name!).
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Vermont Teddy Bear
6655 Shelburne Road
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The VT Teddy Bear factory has a fun 30-minute tour that only costs a few dollars-- great for kids and interesting for adults too! There's a nice gift shop where you can get any type of bear you like, and a Pajamagram seconds shop that's fun to browse through (maybe they'll have your name!).
The Restore is a fantastic thrift shop that also sells household items! If you're looking for something random (especially furniture, dishes, or tools), come check out the Restore and see what they've got. Amazingly cheap prices and proceeds go to help the community.
Habitat ReStore, Williston
528 Essex Rd
The Restore is a fantastic thrift shop that also sells household items! If you're looking for something random (especially furniture, dishes, or tools), come check out the Restore and see what they've got. Amazingly cheap prices and proceeds go to help the community.
Check out the Christmas Loft for year-round holiday spirit! Great selection of ornaments and really fun atmosphere (make sure to go through the Christmas tree room with all the decorations).
Country Christmas Loft
3155 Shelburne Rd
Check out the Christmas Loft for year-round holiday spirit! Great selection of ornaments and really fun atmosphere (make sure to go through the Christmas tree room with all the decorations).
There are no Targets in Vermont, so if you're visiting from out of state and need some random essentials, try Big Lots-- they have a little bit of everything.
Big Lots
70 Pearl St
There are no Targets in Vermont, so if you're visiting from out of state and need some random essentials, try Big Lots-- they have a little bit of everything.
The Vermont Country Store has everything under the sun, especially if you love mid-century nostalgia! There are also dozens of delicious foods to sample. A must-see for any visitor to Vermont.
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The Vermont Country Store Weston
657 Main Street
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The Vermont Country Store has everything under the sun, especially if you love mid-century nostalgia! There are also dozens of delicious foods to sample. A must-see for any visitor to Vermont.

Drinks & Nightlife

If you like spirits, come in for a tasting at Mad River Distillers-- they have fantastic vanilla rum and they're always making something new.
Mad River Distillers Burlington
137 St Paul St
If you like spirits, come in for a tasting at Mad River Distillers-- they have fantastic vanilla rum and they're always making something new.
Swing by the Citizen Cider tasting room and try a flight of ciders, sample the new exclusive flavors, or try the cider buffalo wings or cider donuts. A must-see for anyone who enjoys hard cider (and they have some good non-alcoholic flavors as well)! One of our favorite places in Burlington.
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Citizen Cider
316 Pine Street
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Swing by the Citizen Cider tasting room and try a flight of ciders, sample the new exclusive flavors, or try the cider buffalo wings or cider donuts. A must-see for anyone who enjoys hard cider (and they have some good non-alcoholic flavors as well)! One of our favorite places in Burlington.
If you like IPAs, swing by the Magic Hat Brewing Co. You can take a self-guided tour and have as many samples as you like, or pick up a growler to take home.
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Magic Hat Brewing Company
5 Bartlett Bay Road
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If you like IPAs, swing by the Magic Hat Brewing Co. You can take a self-guided tour and have as many samples as you like, or pick up a growler to take home.