Randolph exudes small town charm. It is the hub of the White River Valley region, with a population just under 5,000. Here you will find shopping, many restaurants operating with Farm-to-Table practices, charming galleries, an Amtrak station, churches and many other businesses, all without a single stop light.
From I-89, you enter downtown Randolph (not to be confused with Randolph Center) by crossing over the river. There you arrive on Main Street, taking in a view straight through the town center that makes you want to stop and take a photograph. If it’s not summertime, just imagine the scene with American flags on the lamp posts, and the 4th of July Parade marching right down Main Street, which happens every year.
Beautiful historic buildings line the road, interspersed by charming homes. Chandler Music Hall, voted best small theatre in New England by Yankee Magazine, has become a completely modernized facility while preserving its historic integrity. Kimball Library stands nearby to welcome you for story time, computer use or just to relax with a good book. In Randolph you can take in a movie at The Playhouse, Vermont’s oldest operating movie theater. The Playhouse has been completely upgraded including dolby digital sound and 3D digital projection, so don’t expect anything old fashioned when you catch a show (except the prices).
Amenities are offered by the town such as a town skating rink in the winter, and in the summer a playground, town pool and a Frisbee golf course that travels along the river’s edge. Randolph has an award winning medical center and critical access hospital, the State’s only technical college, and a full size grocery store, along with many amenities of a larger town, all while remaining a close and personable community.
Small shops and delicious places to eat are found throughout the town. Don’t miss a trip into Belmain’s, one of the few “Five and Dime” stores still left in the area. There you will find a little of everything from greeting cards, to fabric, to household goods, to chocolates. You can purchase clothing, mementos, and they have a wide selection of gift items, including toys and games for children of all ages.
Across the road is The Blue Moon Boutique, the favorite store of many females near and far, with their wide assortment of colorful fashions, and there eclectic jewelry, incense, bags, hats and other gift items. “Blue Moon” is a kaleidoscope for the eyes.
At the intersection of Main Street and Merchants Row you can find delicious food at Black Krim Tavern, One Main Tap and Grill, and The Randolph Depot. Sapp restaurant, the only authentic northern Thai restaurant in the state, is just up Randolph Avenue, only a couple blocks from downtown. Other fine food choices include Village Pizza, East Garden Restaurant and Al’s Pizzaria. Further down the road is Chef’s Market Produce and Provisions where you can get amazing sandwiches, soups and other organic, specialty and gluten free foods.
Outside of downtown, just down Stock Farm Road, you will find the Three Stallion Inn. Here you can stay in well appointed country charm, and enjoy dinner in the tavern from Willy B’s. On warm summer evenings, you should consider sitting on their deck and at times you can even catch entertainment there. The Three Stallion Inn boards horses, hosts trails for hiking, cross country skiing, mountain biking, snowshoeing and just plain walking. Across from the inn you will see part of the Montague Golf Course, which you access off Randolph Avenue in town. This 18 hole course is both relaxing and challenging all in one.
Gifford Medical Center, the community’s medical home, is open 24/7 and has some of the nicest and most experienced doctors you could hope to find. With centers of excellence in the Birthing Center, Sports Medicine, and Palliative Care, Gifford is a special place to get the primary or urgent care you need. On Tuesday evening’s in the summer, you can usually find a free Concert on Gifford Park. One of the many things the hospital does for residents and visitors of the region.