As you meander your way north on Vermont’s Scenic Route 100 Byway, you will find the town of Rochester midway between the Killington and Sugarbush Resorts-both easily accessed, but far enough away from the hustle and bustle of resort development. Tucked between the Green Mountains and the Braintree Range, Rochester is a quiet, unhurried place with a picturesque village and park that hosts Sunday night summer concerts, fairs, and just plain relaxing.
Rochester is home to several employers and is a good place to raise a family - in a country setting surrounded by friendly neighbors and Mother Nature’s beauty. Farmers raise llamas, cows, pigs, sheep and goats, and agritourism is alive and well at Liberty Hill Farm. The Huntington House and Doc’s Tavern will delight your taste buds at night, and dining on their porch during one of the summer concerts on the park is an experience not to be missed. Sandy’s Bakery and School Street Bistro are also excellent places to eat. For a touch of nostalgia, visit the Rochester Café and Country Store and enjoy a milkshake while sitting at an authentic 1940s soda fountain.
A drive through “the Hollows”, situated above the village along the Braintree Range, provides superb views and delightful alternation of field and forest. The Western portion of the town lies within the Green Mountain National Forest and is used by sportsmen, picnickers, campers and hikers. Swimming holes, old town roads, mountain bike trails-all kinds of recreation awaits you.
Rochester is a town with exceptional community spirit. Although small, the turn-out at high school sports games is fantastic, and their teams frequently make the playoffs. The annual Harvest Fest and July 4th parade are attended by almost every resident, and they all take the opportunity to stop and chat, catching up with people they have not seen ‘for a spell’.