The famous Battenkill and Mettowee Rivers flow nearby, with legendary trout fishing available.
Nature walks and natural history
Merck Forest & Farmland Preserve is six minutes from our doorstep. A full schedule of educational outdoor events is designed to entertain and inform adults and children.
Hiking, jogging, bicycling, horseback riding and back-road touring
We can recommend adventures to suit your ambitions.
Six golf courses in the area will test your accuracy and distance.
Bromley's sunny slopes are within 20 minutes of our doorstep, and Stratton is just a few miles farther. Excellent cross-country skiing trails are nearby. Both resorts offer summertime activites as well.
Hunting and target shooting
A private shooting preserve is within 15 minutes drive.
You'll find a superb choice of dining establishments in the area.
What to see and do in and around Dorset
The village of Dorset dates from the 1760's. The old stagecoach road from Bennington to Burlington passed through the village. Located about seven miles north of Manchester, Vermont, Dorset is in a high valley with the Green Mountains to the east and the Taconic Range to the west.
The residents have been careful to preserve the character of the village; the white houses by the graceful village green are part of a protected historic district.
Today, Dorset remains a quiet (but rather sophisticated) country village with a handful of shops and restaurants.
Dorset Playhouse - A popular repertory theater with a tradition dating back to the 1920's. Most productions are staged during the summer months, but there are some performances during the other seasons as well. Check for current schedule.
Dorset Horse Show - A nationally ranked riding competition held every summer.
Hildene - A restored mansion built by Robert Todd Lincoln, offering guided tours, cross-country skiing, spectacular views of the Battenkill River Valley, and the annual Hildene Antique Car Show.
Museums and art galleries - The
Southern Vermont Arts Center and
Bennington Museum are within easy reach. If you're interested in the history of fishing, don't miss the
American Museum of Fly Fishing.
Manchester Music Festival - World-class artists perform weekly concerts of fine music throughout the summer.
Vermont Crafts Superb handmade furniture, pottery and other fine products are created in studios in and around Dorset. Some of our favorite local artisans are
Dorset Custom Furniture,
William Laberge, and
Flower Brook Pottery.