Discover Quarry Hill Creative Center and other secrets of this beautiful town nestled in Vermont’s Green Mountain National Forest.
From stunning vistas to a friendly atmosphere, Rochester offers a typical small-town New England experience. With less than 2,000 residents, nature takes center stage here. Explore the sprawling Green Mountain National Forest and enjoy a leisurely stroll around town.
It’s easy to understand why Rochester is nicknamed the “Heart of the Green Mountains,” with its location in the eastern center of the Green Mountain National Forest. Depending on the season, grab your hiking shoes, mountain bike, snowshoes or cross-country skis and trek along its many trails. Hike along some of the forest’s nearly 400,000 acres (160,000 hectares) of rolling mountains and lush woodlands.
See Vermont at its most picturesque along the Scenic Route 100 Byway. Travel the Rochester portion or its entire 138 miles (222 kilometers) stretching from the Massachusetts border north to the Canadian border. The route runs the length of the state, along the eastern spine of the Green Mountain National Forest, and is a great way to see Vermont’s storied scenery as you travel.
Check out Quarry Hill Creative Center. Founded in 1946, it is Vermont’s oldest alternative community. The self-described “hip refuge” is a haven for peace-loving people and creative minds. Stroll around its bucolic grounds and learn about life at the center.
Visit downtown Rochester, located on the banks of the lazy White River. Shop and sample the boutiques and restaurants lining the streets. See if an event is taking place in Pierce Hall Community Center or watch the White River Valley Players perform a play in the high school auditorium. Enjoy a picnic in Rochester Park or listen to live music during the Summer Concert Series held here on Sundays.
Rochester feels like its own little universe, but it is actually quite central. Drive north to Montpelier, the state capital, in under an hour. Hit the famous ski slopes at Sugarbush Resort, located just 22 miles (35 kilometers) north in the Green Mountain National Forest.